VOTERS EDGE: Dennis Richter, SWP candidate to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom, if Newsom is recalled

Walter Lippmann

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Organize a revolutionary fight for a workers and farmers government
  • For a massive government funded public works program to put millions to work on building housing, schools, hospitals.
  • Nationalize PG &E and Southern Cal. Edison

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am an elected leader of the Socialist Workers Party. The purpose of our party is to educate and and organize the working class in order to establish a workers and farmers government in the United States. This will abolish capitalism in the U.S. as part of joining the worldwide struggle for socialism. Taking power out of the hands of the tiny US ruling class is a life and death questions for the working class. The ruling rich, with their crisis-ridden system will result in more and more catastrophes for the working class. All of history says that when their crisis reaches a certain stage they will unleash fascist gangs against the working-class as their forebearers did in Germany and Italy in the last century.

Our campaign solidarizes with workers struggles for higher wages and improved working conditions. A current example is the coal miners on strike at Warrior-Met Coal in Alabama. We support foights for workers control of working conditions and job safety.

We will fight against the systematic racism the capitalists depend on to maiximie their profits. Along this road we will organize to demand that cops who brutalize and kill workers, whether they are Black, Latino, or Caucasian be arrested and prosecuted. We will fight against every manifestation of anti-semitism and Jew-hatred. 

Our campaign defends Cuba's Socialist Revolution and we demand an end to Washington's brutal six-decade long economic embargo against that country. 

We demand amnesty for undocumented workers, a necessary step to unify the working class to fight more effectively against the bosses and government who try to divide.

THE MILITANT: Defend Cuba’s socialist revolution! [editorial]

Walter Lippmann


Defend Cuba’s socialist revolution!

August 23, 2021

Statement by Vivian Sahner, Socialist Workers Party candidate for New Jersey lieutenant governor, Aug. 11.

Working people are not only capable of waging mighty revolutionary struggles, we have proven we can win. That is the lesson of the two great socialist revolutions of the imperialist epoch — the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and Cuba’s socialist revolution. Decisive to both was forging a Marxist vanguard party to lead workers and farmers to take power.

Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and the July 26 Movement led working people in Cuba to overturn the U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship and replace capitalist rule with a workers and farmers government. They uprooted capitalist exploitation by seizing the factories, land and banks from the propertied owners; organized production to meet human needs; and drew working people into taking ever more control over their lives. As they transformed themselves, workers and farmers understood the socialist character of the revolution they were making and determined to defeat all attempts by the U.S. imperialists to crush them.

Cuba’s socialist revolution opened the possibility of using state power, the most powerful instrument fighting toilers can ever wield, to carry through to the end the struggle to eradicate racial and national oppression, the subjugation of women and all other forms of exploitation and human degradation from millennia of class-divided society. These politically class-conscious and organized fighters and their government offered fellow workers worldwide selfless internationalism. Cuba provides the most powerful example of what working people can and must do as we face the rulers’ attempts to put the economic and moral crisis of their dog-eat-dog system on our backs.

Only by taking — and wielding — state power, can the working class prevent deeper capitalist crises and, with them, the rulers’ inevitable march toward fascism and war. Before fascist forces can grow, we will have our chance. We will have the opportunity to forge a leadership to emulate what Castro led workers and farmers to do.

The powerful example of a living socialist revolution is the reason the Democratic Party administration of President Joseph Biden — like every Democrat and Republican since Cuban workers and farmers took power — is ratcheting up the U.S. rulers’ brutal economic war against Cuba, financing counterrevolutionary agents and interfering in Cuban affairs. That is why it is stepping up the U.S. rulers’ six-decades-long drive to try to starve working people in Cuba into submission.

We will tell the truth about Cuba’s socialist revolution, the example it sets, and mobilize opposition against Washington’s attacks. And above all build a party capable of uniting working people to win the massive battles the crisis of capitalism is preparing. Join the Socialist Workers Party!

THE MILITANT: Gen. Armando Choy, lifelong Chinese Cuban revolutionary

Walter Lippmann

Gen. Armando Choy, lifelong Chinese Cuban revolutionary

August 23, 2021

Armando Choy Rodríguez, a brigadier general in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba, died July 26 in Havana at age 87.

Anyone who had the chance to meet Choy was struck by his pride and satisfaction of having devoted his whole life as a disciplined, conscious cadre in the revolutionary struggle to transform society in the interests of the exploited and oppressed.

His record as a revolutionary fighter is told in the book Our History Is Still Being Written: The Story of Three Chinese Cuban Generals in the Cuban Revolution, published by Pathfinder Press (see excerpts below).

Choy would often tell young people he spoke with that he — like most workers, peasants, and students who fought against the Batista dictatorship — didn’t get involved in order to make a socialist revolution. They fought for a land reform, to eradicate illiteracy, to uproot institutionalized racist discrimination, to provide jobs for all. But they had communist leaders of the caliber of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara who helped them learn from their own experiences as they in fact carried out a socialist revolution.

Choy was among the 425,000 Cubans who served as internationalist volunteers in Angola between 1975 and 1991, successfully defending that newly independent nation from multiple invasions by the white supremacist South African regime. Cuba’s contribution was decisive in also winning the independence of Namibia and in the fall of the apartheid regime itself — a turning point for Africa and the world.

Choy always pointed to how their participation in the Angola mission strengthened the Cuban Revolution. It helped deepen his proletarian internationalist consciousness and that of millions of other Cubans.

Choy was a founding member of the Communist Party of Cuba and of the Association of Combatants of the Cuban Revolution. In the 1990s and first decade of the 21st century he also carried central responsibilities as president of the State Working Group to clean up Havana Bay — a major environmental project.

In Our History Is Still Being Written the three Chinese Cuban generals — Choy, Moisés Sío Wong, and Gustavo Chui — describe the history of the 140,000 Chinese brought to Cuba as indentured workers on Spanish- and Cuban-owned sugar plantations, and their important role in Cuba’s 19th century wars of independence from Spanish rule and to abolish slavery and bonded servitude.

And they point to how in Cuba today, unlike any other country where large numbers of Chinese settled overseas, discrimination against Chinese Cubans has been eradicated as a result of the socialist revolution.

Copyright © 2005 by Pathfinder Press. Reprinted by permission.


[I got involved in the revolutionary struggle] as a student in Santa Clara. On the very day of Batista’s coup d’état, March 10, 1952, I opposed the coup and soon joined an anti-Batista organization.


I always say I’m a Fidelista going back to July 26, 1953. Because on that day, when the radio announced that Dr. Fidel Castro was the leader of the attack on the Moncada barracks, I said, “That’s the man we need to fight the dictatorship.”

I participated in student struggles and took part in street demonstrations, strikes, and other actions. I was jailed six times. At the beginning of 1958 I was named head of the July 26 Movement’s Student Front in Las Villas province. …

I went up to the mountains. … We had six combat engagements before being integrated into the column led by Commander Che Guevara in October 1958.

In December Che promoted me to captain and assigned me a platoon. I participated in a number of battles that contributed to the Rebel Army’s liberation of Las Villas province. That offensive culminated in the battle for Santa Clara, which ended on January 1, 1959, when Batista fled. …

The war to free Angola

In December 1986 [Cuba’s] Council of State named me ambassador to Cape Verde, a position I held until 1992. During that time, on Sal Island, which is part of the Cape Verde Islands, the agreement with the South Africans was reached following their defeat in the battle of Cuito Cuanavale. The essence of the 1988 agreement was that the South Africans would pull out of Angola for good, provided that Cuban armored units halted our advance before reaching the Namibian border and pulled back to a line north of the Cunene River, in southern Angola.

On the very day the Sal Island proposal was reached, the vanguard of General Enrique Acevedo’s tank brigade was practically at the Namibian border. The South Africans were in shock.

There was a second meeting at Sal Island a year or so later to review the implementation of the agreement. … At one point in the meeting, the head of our delegation, Carlos Aldana, turned to General Cintra Frías and said, “General, please tell [South African Deputy Foreign Minister] Mr. Van Heerden how much weaponry we’ve withdrawn.”

Polo gave the number of men, artillery pieces, and tanks — 800 of them. Van Heerden’s mouth dropped. He knew that even after that withdrawal, thousands of artillery pieces, tanks, other motorized vehicles, and men still remained with our forces in southern Angola. Clearly the South Africans would have been unable to stand up to that force. …

In 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, our commander in chief, Fidel Castro, stressed the urgent need for taking measures to restore and protect the environment and thereby save humanity. …

The creation of the State Working Group for the Cleanup, Preservation and Development of Havana Bay is simply living proof that as we have conquered we’ve continued to develop.

This is possible because our system is socialist in character and commitment, and because the revolution’s top leadership acts in the interests of the majority of humanity inhabiting planet Earth — not on behalf of narrow individual interests, or even simply Cuba’s national interests.

THE MILITANT: Working people, youth mobilize to defend socialist revolution in Cuba

Walter Lippmann

Working people, youth mobilize to defend socialist revolution in Cuba

August 23, 2021

JUVENTUD REBELDE/ROBERTO SUÁREZStudents, workers, farmers discuss road forward with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel in Havana Aug. 5. Gov’t is organizing to take on economic challenges, impact of U.S. embargo.

President Joseph Biden announced July 30 that Washington plans to “increase pressure” on Cuba. Since Fidel Castro and the July 26 Movement led Cuban workers and farmers to make a socialist revolution over 60 years ago, every U.S. president, Democrat and Republican alike, has carried on a relentless economic and political war against the Cuban people.

To justify his threats, Biden and the liberal media are pushing the lie that the Cuban government responded with “violence and repression” to July 11 protests there.

In fact, those actions — which in some cases included looting and violent attacks on supporters of the revolution — were orchestrated by counterrevolutionaries in collaboration with the U.S. government. Aided by the capitalist media worldwide, they are creating the image of an “out of control” spiraling emergency, which they are doing their best to foster.

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has noted that some who support the government took part, frustrated or confused in the midst of the economic crisis on the island. Thousands more working people and youth responded by taking to the streets that day and since, in public mobilizations to show their support for the revolution.

Far from mounting “repression,” Díaz-Canel and other government officials have continued going out to working-class neighborhoods and campuses to discuss what steps the government is taking and to seek their opinions.

ROBERTO SUÁREZVolunteer labor by 300 workers in La Lisa, on the outskirts of Havana, July 26 set up homes for families who needed them and cleaned up the neighborhood. “Voluntary work was the brainstorm of Che and one of the best things he left us,” Fidel Castro said Oct. 8, 1987.


The revolutionary government and Cuba’s mass organizations are explaining what’s at stake and leading to involve more workers, farmers and youth in taking initiatives to combat the difficulties they face, a result of Washington’s embargo, the worldwide capitalist economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tightening of the embargo by the Biden administration, on top of decades of attacks and sanctions, is increasing the hardships in Cuba. There are serious shortages of food, medicine and personal hygiene items. Scarcity of fuel, pesticides and fertilizer have caused drops in industrial and agricultural production. And despite having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID-19, and a steadily increasing rate of vaccination — with vaccines created and manufactured by Cuba — a rise in cases has taxed the island’s health facilities.

The U.S. ruling capitalist families, as they have since 1959, hope that causing even greater hardships will demoralize the workers and farmers of Cuba and provide an opening to crush the socialist revolution.

Washington grooms ‘dissidents’

Biden said he is already expanding “assistance” to “dissidents” — euphemisms for grooming and financing counterrevolutionaries — and planning to increase staffing at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, clearly with an eye to stepped-up meddling in Cuban affairs.

Meanwhile, Cuban revolutionaries and their government continue doing what they always have done — relying on the discipline, perseverance, enthusiasm and confidence of working people. On July 26, the anniversary of Castro’s 1953 attack on the Batista dictatorship’s Moncada garrison, young people turned out for voluntary labor at farms across the island. Increasing food production and lessening reliance on imports is a key part of standing up to the U.S. economic war.

Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero joined young volunteers at the Havana Agricultural Enterprise, planting peppers, beans and chives. After a morning of work, Marrero sat and exchanged views with the youth, encouraging them to have a critical attitude, to say what they think and to express their opinions.

“We’re not going to wait for them to lift the blockade some day,” Marrero said. “We have to — with our own efforts — resolve our problems, our shortcomings, to change everything that needs to be changed.”

On Aug. 5, President Díaz-Canel discussed the challenges Cubans face for four hours with 100 young people in Havana, including students, artists, farmers, production workers, health care and self-employed workers.

“Even though we know that we don’t have all the inputs we need to work,” Lázaro Daniel Cruz Álvarez, a veterinarian at a dairy and beef cooperative, told Díaz-Canel, “we are playing a key role in food production, looking for alternatives.”

The Cuban press is filled with reports on similar meetings and visits by revolutionary leaders to farms, factories and working-class neighborhoods. Challenges on everything from increasing the pace of vaccination to dealing with the housing shortage and lack of paved roads in some neighborhoods are discussed out in Granma, Juventud Rebelde and other media.

In the face of the tightening of the U.S. embargo, the Cuban government has received new aid from the governments of China, Vietnam, Venezuela, Russia, Angola, Qatar, Italy and others. In many cases this is a sign of the respect and appreciation for Cuba’s selfless internationalism for decades.

The donations of syringes to Cuba is helping health institutions broaden their vaccination efforts among the population.

Mexico’s government sent two ships filled with food, medical supplies and fuel. “The truth is that if one wanted to help Cuba,” Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said of Washington, “the first thing that should be done is to suspend the blockade.

*yes!!* AL JAZEERA: SOS: A plea for freedom from the media narrative on Cuba

Walter Lippmann

Aljazeera          29 July 2021

SOS: A plea for freedom from the media narrative on Cuba

Since the beginning of protests in Cuba, the US corporate media have been peddling false narratives and outright lies about the country.

Belen Fernandez
Contributing editor at Jacobin Magazine

People take part in a demonstration in support of the government of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana, Cuba, July 11, 2021 [File: Yamil Lage/AFP]

In the wake of this month’s protests in Cuba over food and medicine shortages and other complaints, the New York-based magazine Travel + Leisure ran an item titled “4 Ways to Help the People of Cuba Right Now”.

First on the list is “asking the US for humanitarian intervention” in order to “help alleviate the dire situation citizens are in”. Never mind that Cuba’s dire situation has just about everything to do with United States interference in the first place – particularly the six-decades-long blockade that, under international law, technically qualifies as an act of war – or that magazines called Travel +
Leisure should perhaps stick to the subjects at hand rather than serving as conduits for imperial propaganda.

The fourth suggestion on the list is to “drink some Cuba libres in Miami”, the unofficial capital of right-wing Cuban exiles. The name “Cuba libre”, which literally means “free Cuba” and generally involves rum and Coca-Cola, evokes nostalgia for the good old days when the island existed blissfully under a brutal US-backed dictatorship.

But the problem extends far beyond Travel + Leisure. The US corporate media as a whole have been less than serious in their coverage of recent events in Cuba – to the extent that many outlets have deceitfully published images of pro-government demonstrations cast as the opposite.

Propelled by the “#SOSCuba” hashtag, The New York Times and other usual suspects rushed to report, aghast, on a Cuban security crackdown in response to the protests, characterised by the jailing of dissidents and alleged human rights violations.
While such critiques are not in and of themselves invalid, they would surely hold more moral traction were they not issued by the media mouthpieces of a country that has long operated an illegal prison-cum-torture centre on Cuban soil.

Although mainstream articles do often mention US sanctions, they almost never convey their comprehensively asphyxiating nature – context without which none of Cuba’s contemporary history can begin to be understood. It would be like reporting the spontaneous collapse of buildings across Mexico City on September 19, 1985 – without mentioning that there had been a magnitude 8.1 earthquake.


Among the outlets peddling straight-up lies is Newsweek, where one Cathy Young contends that “blaming Cuba’s economic woes on the US is ludicrous” and that the effects of the embargo were “always limited by the fact that no other countries joined in”.

After all, the beauty of being the global superpower is that you get to call the shots – regardless of whether anyone else really wants to “join in”. Essentially, the current US government approach is to make life such hell for anyone wanting to deal economically with Cuba as a sovereign nation that, for example, the island cannot even obtain sufficient syringes in the middle of a devastating pandemic.

So much for “Cuba libre”.

Of course, there is no denying that sanctions kill; just ask Iraq, another territory where the corporate media have traditionally played a starring role in agitating for US intervention. When confronted in 1996 with reports that half a million Iraqi children had thus far died on account of these sanctions, then-US ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright charmingly responded: “We think the price is worth it.”

Whatever the human cost of the embargo on Cuba, it is safe to surmise that the price will never be high enough to deter US capitalism from its path of vengeance against a tiny country that dared to remove price tags from basic rights like healthcare and education.

Meanwhile, in light of the US history of excessively lethal violence across the entire planet, the uproar over the Cuban crackdown becomes an ever more absurd spectacle. The day after one person was reported to have died at the protests, Cuban exile Miami Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago issued the grave warning that, if US President Joe Biden “bungles the bloodshed in Cuba, Democrats can kiss our vote goodbye forever”.

A Washington Post article on Cuban exiles in Florida – who tend to excel at dramatically and disproportionately occupying media spotlights – quoted a 39-year-old attendee at a rally in Miami: “We’re here for people who are dying.”

Speaking of people who are actually dying in disproportionate numbers, the events in Cuba have also provided the media with ammunition to slam the Black Lives Matter movement, founded in 2013 following the acquittal of the US police assassin of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin – yet another casualty of US law enforcement’s long-running homicidal habit vis-à-vis Black people.

In the eyes of select media outlets, the fact that Black Lives Matter has now had the nerve to call on Biden to end the embargo on Cuba means that the organisation is not only “defending the totalitarian Cuban regime” (Newsweek again), it is also supporting police repression of Black Cuban protesters and, intriguingly, even “advocating the use of slave labour – including Afro-Cuban slave labour – by US corporations” (The Washington Post).

Anyway, the more birds that can be killed with the anti-Cuba stone, the better for the US empire.

Last but not least, no media coverage of Cuba would be complete without the two cents of the Wall Street Journal’s Mary Anastasia O’Grady, who never misses a chance to weigh in on the evils of Latin American governments who have veered from the proper path of fanatical right-wing oppression.

According to O’Grady’s latest hallucinations, Cuba’s “Covid Uprising” can be explained in part by “Havana’s practice of human trafficking [that] robs the nation of available medical professionals”.

By “human trafficking” O’Grady means the nation’s decades-long, internationally celebrated programme of medical diplomacy, which has seen Cuba deploy tens of thousands of medics across the globe to combat disease and, now, the plague.

Throughout my own travels, I have had the fortune to come into contact with a few of these doctors – such as the female one who attended to me at a free healthcare clinic in Venezuela, and who was apparently unaware that she was a trafficking victim.
Instead, she remarked with pointed irony that, like the US, Cuba was also present in myriad international conflict zones – but for the purpose of saving lives.

Compare O’Grady’s professed concern for Cuban health with her infatuation with “the man who saved Colombia”, ie former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe, who presided over the slaughter of an estimated more than 10,000 civilians as part of the so-called “false positives scandal” – among other presidential activities.

Needless to say, the current bloody repression of protests in Colombia – a trusted right-wing ally of the US – has not merited much media consternation or the rampant proliferation of an “#SOSColombia” hashtag.

And while O’Grady insists that the Cuban “regime” will exploit its “population’s agony as a negotiating tool” to wrest concessions from the US – a prospect that has already been proven dead wrong as Biden endeavours to out-Trump Donald Trump on sanctions – it is worth reviewing a recent dispatch from Helen Yaffe, a senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow.

Writing from Havana, Yaffe reminds us that, from the get-go, the US objective in Cuba has been “regime change”. A secret 1960 memorandum from Lester Mallory, US deputy assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs, stated as much: “Recognising popular support for the revolutionary government, [Mallory] advised measures to ‘weaken the economic life of Cuba … to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of government’”.

No wonder, then, that the narrative has to be so fervently rewritten. Luckily for those pleading “#SOSCuba”, the media are fully on board.

Contributing editor at Jacobin Magazine. She is the author of Checkpoint Zipolite: Quarantine in a Small Place (OR Books, 2021), Exile: Rejecting America and Finding the World (OR Books, 2019), Martyrs Never Die: Travels through South Lebanon (Warscapes, 2016), and The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work (Verso, 2011). She is a contributing editor at Jacobin Magazine, and has written for the New York Times, the London Review of Books blog, Current Affairs, and Middle East Eye, among numerous other publications.



Los Angeles, California
Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews

"Cuba - Un Paraiso bajo el bloqueo"

*important* CUBADEBATE: Cuban women are the strength of the Revolution

Walter Lippmann


Cuban women are the strength of the Revolution

By: Leticia Martínez, Graduate of the Marta Abreu de Las Villas Central University in 2007. Journalist for the Granma newspaper.

The appointment of this Thursday in the shade of the trees that inhabit the Federation garden. Photo: Revolution Studies.

Just at one in the afternoon, when the sun was giving all of itself, and after almost four hours in San Isidro, Old Havana, President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez arrived at Paseo, between 11 and 13, the house of Vedado Havana headquarters of the Federation of Cuban Women, a place chosen for another of those dialogues that the president is taking up these days with various actors of Cuban society.

From exchanging with community leaders in the morning, he went on to do it with women from a myriad of professions. Previous days I had been with young people, jurists, economists, producers, religious and in all of them good and bad ways of doing had been put on the table, but fundamentally proposals to change how much should be changed.

The appointment this Thursday in the shade of the trees that inhabit the Federation's garden was no different, or yes: it had the imprint of Cuban women, leaders wherever they are, decisive, enterprising. The First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party told them “you have the floor”, and they did not miss a single vowel.

We have come - he commented in the company of Roberto Morales Ojeda, head of Organization and Politics of the Communist Party cadres - to talk “about all the pending issues, emancipation, equality, participation and any other matter that you want. approach".

What we want, he clarified, is for public policies to be aligned based on the criteria of each of the sectors, to see what things have to be perfected; also with what tasks the people with whom we are sharing are left and also have a vision of what is being done in the country, of the way in which it is participating. The introduction lasted one minute, the dialogue lasted three hours again and was led by the member of the Party's Political Bureau and secretary of the FMC, Teresa Amarelle Boué.

For the doctor of science Clotilde Proveyer Cervantes, who on more than one occasion was cut off by the emotion of the moment, Cuban women are the strength of the Revolution, and that truth as a temple marked the entire conversation. “Because it is on women, for example in this time of pandemic, the survival of society, not only in what each one of us contributes in the trench that touches us, but also in the rear, the care of daily life of this country that is extremely difficult ”, considered the researcher.

"We Cubans are artisans of the daily life in the country," she sentenced before the Head of State, who nodded all the time. Recognizing the role of Cuban women, he indicated later, is essential to guarantee the continuity of the Revolution. We, precisely because of the patriarchal structure that we still have and against which we must continue to fight, we are the ones who carry the education of children on our shoulders, therefore we are transmitters of values and principles.

The specialist reported how the FMC has turned to the social sciences and has listened to the experts. Social scientists have not been complacent because we believe that the way to improve the Revolution is not by showing off complacency, but by looking for where the deficiencies we have to improve reality are.

In excellent speeches, several federated women mentioned the urgency of not silencing the truth of the Revolution on social media.

The voice of Lizette Vila, documentary maker and director of the Palomas Project, a production house, was also heard, she said, for social activism, where artistic creation becomes human creation. As he explained, for years they have dedicated themselves to recording the life stories of men and women, who often do not have the necessary promotion in the media. Hence their claim to make other daily realities more visible, in which not all rights are satisfied.

Lizette also spoke to the President of the need to use gender language from decision-making spaces to the media. It is the expression, he said, of the desired fairness.

With fewer years on her shoulders, Laura Rodríguez, a CUJAE student, told of her recent experiences in Havana neighborhoods as part of the transformation that has begun in them, and where she has been able to interact with adolescent mothers and others who do not have with who leave their children to work, large families, economically disadvantaged people. The National Program for the Advancement of Women in Cuba must be brought down to those communities.

Díaz-Canel also referred to the rescue of social programs that we had at other times with another dimension ; return to work with families that have formative gaps, that are economically and socially disadvantaged; go with an intelligent and mobilizing reasoning; that there are no children or young people disconnected from study or work; keep them away from situations that could lead them to commit crimes.

The Head of State opted to articulate community work, bring to the present many of the experiences put into practice by Vilma Espín and also by the Commander-in-Chief with the Battle of Ideas, in a renewed way to transform the problems that have accumulated in us. and prevent them from happening again.

From the sciences, Dagmar García, one of the creators of the Sovereign vaccine, contributed her experiences, for whom women in her sector are well positioned: they exceed 62% of their strength. Limiting? Of course there are and he mentioned the access to the nursery school for working mothers, which sometimes delays, and the care of the elderly, which falls on many female scientists in full employment.

Malú Cano Valladares, national coordinator of the Network of Trans People, Couples and Families (TransCuba) recounted how for more than 20 years the Ministry of Public Health and CENESEX opened their doors to activism for sexual rights and health. Being here, he reflected, is a sign of appreciation for us.

Malú proposed to the President a particular meeting with the network that coordinates to talk about problems in our families, education and other issues that affect us, he said. "We are going to see each other," replied the President and commented on the new Family Code, more inclusive, advanced, modern, where the diversity of Cuba is recognized.

In excellent remarks, several women from the FMC mentioned the urgency of not silencing the truth of the Revolution on social networks, the preventive role of the National Revolutionary Police, education in values, the need to recognize the heterogeneity of Cuba, projects for production food led by women and the deepening of spaces for dialogue in a Revolution that has been built precisely on the basis of dialogue.

Very heartfelt were the words of Teresa de Jesús Fernández, philologist and national coordinator of the Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Network, who spoke of decency, of forming good human beings, that children grow up without prejudice because if there is something that threatens the dignity of human beings are precisely prejudices. It is about, he pointed out, creating a society for all with humanistic justice.

From the popular council Colón, in Centro Habana, and from La Güinera, in Arroyo Naranjo, Pilar and Ileana were also together with the President at the FMC headquarters, women with surprising life stories, born while walking through their neighborhoods. The two spoke of the imprint of Fidel that lasts until today, of the continuity that they glimpse in Díaz-Canel, and of the challenges in the communities where they are active.

Putting your heart into things, said Pilar, is working every day from dawn. And yes, this warrior dawns, who at four in the morning is already pushing life.

For Ileana, who lived and still suffers the July 12 riots in her neighborhood, it is now about adding, not subtracting. Wonderful people live in my community, he clarified as if wanting to erase the image that transcended that fateful Monday about his favorite place: La Güinera.

Photo: Revolution Studies.


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Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews

"Cuba - Un Paraiso bajo el bloqueo"

*definitely* PROGRESO WEEKLY: To win elections, Biden needs to normalize relations with Cuba

Walter Lippmann

To win elections, Biden needs to normalize relations with Cuba

 To win elections, Biden needs to normalize relations with Cuba

Joe Biden was Obama’s vice president when the process of normalization started and was active in implementing it. Biden, the candidate, promised that his foreign policy would be guided by concerns over human rights and the welfare of people. He would “try to reverse the failed Trump policies that inflicted harm on Cubans and their families” and explicitly promised to seek greater engagement. Why then is Biden following in Trump’s footsteps?

Pandering to a subset of voters overrides concern for the welfare of the Cuban or American people, human rights, or the promotion of democracy. Biden needs to have Florida in the bag in 2024. But in Florida, and particularly Miami-Dade, just the idea of talks with Cuba magnetizes the “communist” label and the dialoguero slur for a fanatical block of Cuban-American super voters. Historically, presidential candidates have calculated that they cannot alienate this block.

I question this political calculus. Obama, after all, nearly won a majority of Cuban-Americans against Mitt Romney. What Biden and other Democrats need in order to win elections in the future is to remove once and for all the electoral issue of relations with Cuba. It is only the Republicans who benefit from it, and the fanatics will never be convinced. Those who should not be alienated are those who voted for Obama in 2016 and Biden in 2020. Getting more such voters to the polls is the way to win.

I understand Biden’s current predicament. Besides the American Rescue Plan enacted earlier this year and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework currently moving through Congress, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act are designed to counteract the Republicans’ aggressive attempts to suppress the Democratic vote, and even to put in the hands of partisan hacks the power to overturn elections.

The future of democratic governance in the United States is at stake. Democrats need to be completely unified because of their 50-50 status in the Senate (with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking a tie) and a razor-thin margin in the House. A single rogue Democratic senator could derail the Democrats’ ability to win elections in the future. This puts a tremendous power in the hands of such a rogue senator.

When it comes to Cuba policy, Bob Menendez of New Jersey is that senator. Menendez, a persistent hardliner and advocate of the pressure cooker theory, can blackmail President Biden without even uttering a word or writing an email. Biden is not going to risk his agenda for the sake of an issue of minimal importance for the American electorate, except for those “anti-communist” super voters in South Florida. 

This dynamic has existed since 1961, when Cuban-American Republicans started blaming President Kennedy for the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion. From the governorship down to the level of dog catcher, Florida candidates want to display their “anti-communism” with harebrained plans to punish Cuba as harshly as possible, even when it means biting our noses to spite our faces. All the candidates actually do, of course, is drink Cuban coffee at photo-ops and utter nonsense about liberating Cuba. But the result is an embargo that devastates the Cuban people, prevents companies from fully pursuing their business interests on the island, and is a violation of Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the right to travel, none of which has engendered any “democracy,” human rights, or welfare of the people.

Every election cycle, Democrats are placed on the defensive. They may not, in good conscience, support the absurdities of our Cuba “policy,” but many fear to contradict the false narrative of an obedient media, painting Cuba as a Stalinist gulag, which prevents a detente. The same story happened with China before Nixon’s trip in 1972. China used to be demonized, but in the blink of an eye it became a respectable trading partner, and the media started depicting it as the great millenary civilization that it is. 

Cuba does not brook dissent, and its economy is in shambles, in equal parts because of the continuing hostility of the United States and the ideological rigidity of its government, but it is not hell on earth. It’s nowhere near the top of the horror or poverty scales compared to many other countries that enjoy American support. In fact, the worst human rights abuses committed on the island have occurred at Guantanamo’s naval base.

Still, in recent demonstrations in Miami, hundreds of people were calling for another United States intervention on the island. The mayor of Miami, mindless about international law and the inevitable human suffering and horrific destruction that would follow, called for airstrikes on Havana. The mayor and the demonstrators have no knowledge, apparently, of the history of the three American occupations of Cuba between 1898 and 1922, as well as other interventions, such as the Bay of Pigs invasion, and their consequences. They don’t understand Cuban nationalism or how a foreign invasion tends to unite people against the invaders, as it happened at the Bay of Pigs. They fancy themselves followers of José Martí, but ignore what he wrote to his friend, Manuel Mercado, the day before he was killed in battle in Dos Ríos in 1895: “[It] is my duty . . . to timely prevent with the independence of Cuba that the United States spread through the Antilles, and with that greater force, on our lands of [Latin] America. All I have done so far, and will do, is for that.” 

Cuba has gone through worse and its government still survives. The pressure cooker that has been boiling slowly for decades is not going to explode, despite wishful thinking and distorted reporting of the Patria y Vida and San Isidro movements, justified as they may be. What will surely happen is that Republicans will continue to have a convenient narrative to exploit and hard-liners like Bob Menendez will be able to blackmail progressives in every election. It’s time to end that vicious cycle by fully normalizing relations and making Cuba a non-issue. If we help the Cuban people live better lives, allow American businesses to do their capitalist magic, legalize all travel, and remove barriers to Cuba’s participation in the world’s economy, it is likely democracy, human rights, and the welfare of the people will grow––just not regime change, because only the Cubans can do that. That would be good for Cuba, the United States, and Democrats.

Amaury Cruz is a writer, lawyer, and political activist from Miami Beach. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor.

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