Fair Play for Cuba Committee

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Lee Harvey Oswald and others handing out "Fair Play for Cuba" leaflets in New Orleans, August 16, 1963

The Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC) was an activist group set up in New York City by Robert Taber in April 1960.[1][2][3]


The FPCC's purpose was to provide grassroots support for the Cuban Revolution against attacks by the United States government, once Fidel Castro began openly admitting his commitment to Marxism and began the expropriation and nationalization of Cuban assets belonging to U.S. corporations. The FPCC opposed the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961, the imposition of the United States embargo against Cuba, and was sympathetic to the Cuban view during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Its members were placed under surveillance by the FBI.[4]

Subsidiary Fair Play for Cuba groups were set up throughout the United States and Canada.[5][6]

By December 1963, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee was defunct, with FBI investigations concluding in 1964.[7]

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  3. ^ Edson, Peter (October 21, 1962). "Edson in Washington; Defectors to Castro". The Park City Daily News. Bowling Green, Kentucky. NEA. p. 21. Retrieved May 29, 2013.
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  18. ^ "CIA Reveals Name of Former Spy in JFK Files—And He's Still Alive". History News Network. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
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  20. ^ "Chapter Eighteen The Reformation of Black New Liberals (1958–1960)". The Indignant Generation: 470–484. 31 December 2010. doi:10.1515/9781400836239-021. ISBN 9781400836239. Retrieved 7 February 2023. Richard Gibson, who returned to the United States to attempt a job as a televi- ... France, other than being fired from Agence France-Presse, ...
  21. ^ Campbell, James (7 January 2006). "The Island affair". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 February 2023. Ellen Wright did not say so outright, but I left with the impression that the presence in Island of Hallucination of a character based on one member of the Café Tournon circle in particular, an African-American writer and journalist called Richard Gibson, was largely behind her decision to withhold the novel.
  22. ^ United States Senate Subcommittee on Internal Security (1961). Fair Play for Cuba Committee: Hearings , Eighty-seventh Congress, First Session ... U.S. Government Printing Office.
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