One Cuba’s new campaign. A simple gesture for a simple message: Libertad.

Many of you will remember the One Cuba campaign petitioning Pope Benedict XVI to meet with human rights leaders in Cuba. In terms of making the struggle for liberty in Cuba a part of the narrative in places where it might otherwise not have been, the campaign was a resounding success.

I’d like to invite all ofyou to take part in our new campaign. It’s an opportunity for all of us to make a simple gesture of solidarity with the Cuban people.

Here’s a video we just posted to the One Cuba Facebook page.

You can get more information (and a Spanish summary of the project) here.

Thanks again to all of you for helping to make our last campaign a success. This one will be an ongoing effort. Your support, participation and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated.


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Olympic triathlete Manny Huerta lives immigrant’s dream

He was born in Havana and speaks with a Cuban accent, but he is an American at heart and was proud to march with the U.S. team in in the opening ceremony.

American man in prison in Cuba dreams of freedom, going to Cuban baseball game, eating ribs

Bonnie Rubinstein, the sister of Cuban prisoner Alan Gross, was in Washington Monday for a weekly demonstration in front of Cuba’s equivalent of an embassy.

In an interview afterward, she said her 63-year-old brother is a Washington Redskins football fan who has grown interested in Cuban baseball because his jailors watch games.

Cuba’s Mijain Lopez repeats as Olympic champion

Lopez is the third wrestler to win multiple golds at 120 kilograms, joining Russian legend Alexandre Karelin and Alexander Koltschinkski of the former Soviet Union.


Heartbreak in Havana

The Suspicious Death of Catholic Lay Leader Oswaldo Paya and a Vibrant Young Colleague

Cuba: 18 Years After a Short-Lived Uprising (by Yoani Sanchez)

But on the morning of August 5 of that year, the Malecón became a battlefield. Around the ferry dock to Regla people were gathering, encouraged by the hijackings of several boats throughout the summer. An extended sensation of the end, of chaos, of “zero hour” was palpable in the atmosphere.


From Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: As A Dozen Former U.S. Foreign Policy Makers Endorse Document Rejecting Commercial Ties With Cuba While Castros Remain In Power, Ros-Lehtinen Congratulates Them For Putting Freedom First

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