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Danny Glover and Gerardo Hernández:
By Tom Whitney, August 11, 2010
Although the encounter had been months in the making, actor Danny Glover’s visit August 8 with Cuban Five Prisoner Gerardo Hernandez at the Victorville CA maximum security federal prison came at just the right time. Gerardo, one of five Cuban men jailed for efforts in the 1990’s to protect their homeland against U.S.- based terrorist attacks, had been released from a punishment cell - the so-called “hole” - on August 2. He’d been there 13 days. His prison disciplinary record is spotless.
Danny Glover’s visit to a prisoner carrying two life sentences symbolized the high level of worldwide solidarity for Hernandez that observers say was instrumental in securing his exit from the ‘hole.” Additionally, by lending his prestige to the cause of alleviating Hernandez’ persecution - and to that of the Cuban Five – Danny Glover provided witness, this time unspoken, to injustice against Hernandez and the others.
Glover has in fact been far from silent especially in regard to the U.S. government’s indecency and violation of human rights evident in preventing wives from visiting their husbands in jail. Gerardo’s wife Adriana Perez has not seen him for almost 12 years. Nor has Olga Salanueva been allowed to visit husband Rene Gonzalez. In March, Glover wrote Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requesting that the wives receive visas so they could visit. Danny Glover speaks out clearly and strongly in these recent YouTube readings:
Letter from Adriana to Gerardo
Letter from Gerardo to Adriana
“The Bird and the Prisoner&rdquo
A day after release from the “hole” Gerardo Hernandez spoke to the world:
Dear Sisters and Brothers: