One Cuba’s L for Libertad campaign – The first photos are in… and also a shirt

The first solidarity photos have begun to roll in at the One Cuba Facebook page — including some from the Babalú family:

Ziva L for Libertad - One Cuba solidarity campaign

Maggie L for Libertad - One Cuba solidarity campaign

If you haven’t sent us a photo of yourself making the L for Libertad, there are a few different ways to do that.

Finally, Miami-based artist, award-winning animator and friend of One Cuba Emilio Carnero has taken it upon himself to design this incredible t-shirt.

L for Libertad - One Cuba solidarity campaign T-shirt by Emilio Carnero

Emilio will also be donating $1 from the sale of every L for Libertad shirt to One Cuba. This will help us cover some of our small software expenses. You can get yours at

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.


Home stretch for Pope petition signatures

I want to take a moment to thank all of you who have signed the One Cuba petition to Pope Benedict XVI, which asks that he make time on his trip to Cuba to meet with human rights activists, independent journalists and other civil society leaders while he’s on the island.

As all Babalu readers know, the papal visit is just around the corner… and the Pope doesn’t travel on Cuban time.

That’s why we need your help in these lat moments before our deadline to turn in sugnatures. We have a way to get this document and all of the signatures that come with it into helpful hands, but to ensure that we get your signature to the Pope and his delegation, we need it on there ASAP.

As more signatures come in (through this form, which you should sign now if you haven’t already), we will attempt to continue sending updated lists to all our contacts who might be able to put them in front of the right people… but our first shot at a sure thing is the next two hours or so.

Again, my friends Keith Fernandez, Giancarlo Sopo and I are grateful not only to Babalu’s bloggers and readers, but also to the broad and diverse group of people who have backed the petition campaign to this point. We hope that, whatever One Cuba becomes in the wake of the Pope’s visit, it’s something that continues to reflect points of consensus among the Cuban community in Cuba and around the world.  As you might know, Babalu’s are not the only bloggers who have helped us spread the word… We’ve also gotten tweets from journalists abroad, like Havana’s own Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, who took time to tell his followers to sign this petition on his breaks from bringing us news about harassment of Porno Para Ricardo member Ciro and grafitti artist El Sixto.

Related: Check out this interview I did a couple of nights ago with Duane Lester of All American Blogger.

A special thanks to fellow Babalu bloggers Carlos and Alberto for being gracious enough to offer quotes and extra public support for the project:

Endorsement - Pope Petition - Alberto de la Cruz

Endorsement - Pope Petition - Carlos Eire