Young Leaders Group begins Cuban dissident awareness campaign
Young Leaders Group (YLG) Begins Dissident Awareness Campaign
The U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC's Young Leaders Group (YLG) has begun a dissident awareness campaign.
Every week in October, YLG will highlight a different member of Cuba's courageous democracy movement.
The campaign began today with Rosa Maria Paya.
Rosa María Paya, 24, is the daughter of the late Oswaldo Paya, the lead organizer of the Varela Project, a signature-gathering drive regarded as the largest nonviolent campaign challenging the Castro dictatorship. The petition asked authorities for a referendum on guaranteeing basic civil rights such as freedom of speech and assembly in Cuba.
Rosa María has continued in her father’s footsteps by demanding that the Cuban government adopt fundamental political changes through a nonviolent plebiscite process. Despite being constantly harassed and under close surveillance by the Cuban government, Rosa María has persisted by speaking about the need for democratic reforms to members of the United Nations, civic organizations, dignitaries and other international leaders.
Rosa María is a shining example of Cuba’s bright democratic future.