Monday, November 16, 2015

Urgent New Posting on Cuban graffiti artist El Sexto’s US visa denial, Honduras appeal, Skype conversation

I would not usually post two days in a row, but it's important to urgently raise a ruckus with Congress, Kerry, and Obama administration about his visa denial, as El Sexto is due in Miami in early December. We were trying to coordinate with a gallerist, Stephen, but there is very little time left now. 
Stephen a London gallerist wants El Sexto at their Art Basel show in Miami in Dec. We were worried about him getting an exit visa, but now he cannot even get a US visa. He needs to summit another application immediately with outside intervention to expedite it. 
Welcome to the favorite winter meeting place for the international artworld. At the nexus of North America and Latin America, this Art Basel show presents artwork from across the globe. Over 250 of the world's leading galleries participate, drawing over 70,000 visitors each year. December 03, 2015 - December 06, 2015

Below 11-16-2015 from Diario de Cuba:

U.S. Embassy in Havana Denies Visa to El Sexto

The United States Embassy in Cuba has denied a non-immigrant visa to the graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado, known as “El Sexto” (The Sixth), according to information on Friday from the artist himself, via his Facebook account.
The graffiti artist displayed a document where the embassy said that the decision cannot be appealed, but that it is not permanent. In any event, it recommended that Maldonado wait for one year before submitting a new visa application.
The artist was recently released after spending 10 months in prison without trial for trying to stage a controversial performance in December of 2014. Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience.

Honduras appeal: Hello, my name is Richard Guidry and I am a college student at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and a member of Enactus. Enactus is a student organization that strives to use ENtrepreneurial ACTion to create a better world for US all. Through a partnership with the World Resources Group we are looking to bring an aquaponic/hydroponic farm to the small village of Linaca, Honduras. This farm will be utilized to help combat the hunger and malnutrition in this area as well as developing a potential business in the community. You obviously care about those in Honduras and the problems the country faces, as do all of us here at Enactus.

Would you please help us spread the word about our Indiegogo campaign to support the hydroponics/aquaponics project we are doing in the Linaca Valley of the El Paraiso Department near Danli, Honduras?  Through your blog, we can reach people who truly care about Honduras and its people . We currently only have a few days left in our campaign and have already raised nearly $1,700 towards our $10,000 goal. All donations that go towards this campaign will be used to help the community in Linaca and are 100% tax deductible as  they go to World Resources Group, a registered non-profit.  The link to our campaign is as follows:
If you would like more information about our project to help us spread awareness for the campaign please contact me at Any awareness you can help us raise will help to change the lives and the destiny of an entire community.
Thank you, Richard Guidry

Amnesty International Caribbean coordinators from around the world came together for a 2 ½ hour Skype meeting. It was the first time I had tried Skype, made available to me at the DC Amnesty office. It’s certainly cheaper than traveling, not as satisfactory as a face-to-face meeting, but better than e-mail. The internet really has provided a communications revolution. I am glad to have lived long enough to see it. 

Below, El Sexto's photo:


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