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La Revancha / Revenge by Henry Eeic Hernandez

La Revancha / Revenge by Henry Eric Hernandez is a truthful account of the history of the previously unknown. The lives of those documented in this eloquent statement of episodic accounts are not of the wealthy or the text book elevated leaders of Cuba's past. Those included in this book are individuals who contributed to Cuba's deep, cross-rooted culture.

The backdrop of the story is the 1950's overthrow of the Batista regime by the 26th of July Movement and the establishment of Fidel Castro's new Cuban government. Each story Hernandez etches into the historical record draws from the patchwork quilt of Cuba's oppression and wealth. Photos and text create an episodic written documentary. Notes From A Ferry is Episode 8 of the 16.

Notes From A Ferry is the story of Conchita Mas Mederos who listened to the rogue radio station: Rebel Radio (Radio Rebelde). The station broadcast the messages of Castro and his forces from within enemy territory. Carlos Franqui, Castro's previous acquaintance and a Cuban exile living in Puerto Rico at that time because of his involvement with the 26th of July Movement which resulted later in his torture and imprisonment, was the reason the radio station could broadcast. Franqui, also a journalist, was smack in the middle of several literary and artistic movements where he made deep-rooted connections with Cuban artists which included writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante and painter Wifredo Lam.

Conchita lived during the time when the United States Congress sought to prevent the sale of sugar to the socialist West. Hernandez documents how in February of 1958, Conchita heard such broadcast slogans as, "This is Rebel Radio. . .We are against the intervention of the United States in our national affairs!"

Hernandez weaves the story of how at the age of fourteen Conchita finished sixth grade and began work as a domestic for a wealthy family so she could help support her family. And she also joined the "clandestine fight to collect funds to expedite the invasion of the rebel army." Hernandez states, "Many adolescents had done more than offer a prayer for its victory."

Conchita was literally working herself into the grave, Kevin powers writes in his introduction. Completely dedicated to the revolution, in 1963 Conchita's name had been given to the Circulo Infantil for her merit, Powers states. But as Episode 16 documents, Hernandez confirms that at the age of 19, Conchita took her life shooting herself on July 19, 1964.

"The causes that drive a person to suicide are difficult to assess, but the State as an institution-wherever its zone of action and whatever its ideology-has a long and dark record of pushing people to extremes. All of us have breaking points: when they are known, we break; when we are unaware of them, we break even faster; sometimes we break irrevocably," Powers writes of Conchita in his introduction.

However, Hernandez does more than just document works of lives not yet known but nonetheless who contributed on personal levels. Hernandez' art is unique in that he completes "interventions." His works include such interventions as the repair of three girls' bathrooms at the Ruben Bravo School. Hernandez replaced the washbasins, toilets, tiles, pipes and did the electrical and carpentry work. The tile motifs include photos the artist took of the bathroom in the condition in which he first found the buildings, Powers writes.

With regard to Conchita, Hernandez held a collective birthday celebration for the children in need who attended a daycare center that used to be the home of the owner of the Cienfuegos electrical plant in the 1940's. In 1961, the daycare center was renamed after Conchita, about four years prior to her suicide.

"In one symbolic sweep the individual owner had been changed into a state collective and a rich person's house into a social services center-in short wealth had been redistributed," Powers writes.

Hernandez combination of good works and art delineate the truth from the documented untruths of the continual rewriting of history. The book is an intellectual read and far surpasses the text of any previous release from Perceval Press-even considering the most outstanding works from this indie publisher.

 La Revancha / Revenge is available for purchase at $35 from Perceval Press Here


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Kriss Perras
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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. Her photogrpahy has aired on CMTV channel 14 Spokane, Washington. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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