WHAT:  Demand the immediate release of Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado "El Sexto" who has been held without charge since last Christmas, shortly after the US announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuban. 
Amnesty International considers Danilo Maldonado as a Prisoner of Conscience.
On October 1, 2015, after 24 days of hunger strike, Danilo stopped his hunger strike after Cuban prison officials promised him that he would be released by today.  Yet he is still imprisoned.
WHEN: Sunday, October 18, 2015
              1:00 p.m.
                Santa Monica Art Studio               
                3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, Ca. 90405
            Cuban-American human rights activists
                Visual Artists Guild
            Humberto Capiro 310-927-2852
                Ann Lau, Visual Artists Guild 310-433-0697

         On December 25, 2014 Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado (El Sexto) prepared a Christmas performance. It consisted of releasing, in Central Park in Havana, two piglets greased with the names “Fidel” and “Raul" painted on their backs. An action based on a Cuban peasant tradition, he named it, “Rebellion on the Farm” [The title used in Spanish for the novel “Animal Farm”].
          Danilo was immediately intercepted and sent to prison without charge.
          On September 8, 2015, Danilo started his hunger strike to protest his continued imprisonment.
          As his hunger strike continued, Danilo wrote on September 16 a farewell letter, in which he said, "I am with faith and conviction: Liberty or death, dying for art is living."            
          On October 1, 2015, after 24 days of hunger strike, Danilo stopped his hunger strike after prison officials promised that he would be release in 15 days.
          Danilo told his mother that if after 15 days, he is not released, he will restart his hunger strike.
          Today, October16 is the day that Danilo should be released.