MLK, Ramon and a dream

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his life for what he believed in. He fought tooth and nail for equality for African Americans. For civil rights. For what was moral and just. Today is a national holiday in this country honoring the life and work of the late reverend.

All over the country there will be parades and homages. Speeches and sermons. Vigils. Marches. All of them, of course, well deserved. Earned. Martin Luther King paid with his life for what he believed in. For what was right.

Today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as this country both mourns the death of and celebrates the life of MLK, there is another man, a leader of a community following the footsteps of today’s honoree and fighting, risking his own life for what is moral and just and right.

It is the ninth day of Ramon Saul Sanchez’s hunger strike. Nine days without food, in solemn protest of the wet foot/dry foot policy that has repatriated thousands of Cubans seeking freedom. Seeking equality. Seeking civil and human rights. The very same thing Martin Luther King gave his life for.

Somewhere in Little Havana, Ramon Saul Sanchez, his body weakening from lack of sustenance, is lying on a bed ready to give his life for others.

So I urge you all, today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, to find a littlle bit of that spirit for freedom, of that spirit for what is right and support Ramon Saul Sanchez. All he is asking is that you contact your government and ask them to put an end to the wet foot/dry foot policy.

Please, email the White House, contact your senators and representatives, and let them know that there are others who have a dream.


If physical death is the price I must pay to free my brothers and sisters from the permanent death of the spirit, then nothing could be more redemptive.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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4 thoughts on “MLK, Ramon and a dream”

  1. I would like to add my voice to urge all readers of this site to take action and let your officials know you support Ramon Sanchez and the cause he is willing to die for. My e-mail went out today to the white house to plead with them to at least review this foolish wet-foot/dry-foot policy and save the life of Ramon Sanchez! Also, of course, I e-mailed a letter of my prayers and support to Ramon Sanchez. May God bless and keep him during this most noble of efforts. God bless Dr. King and may his dream never die. Last, but most certainly not least, my thanks to Val for this site and for all he does to bring the issues a biased and uncaring media ignore to our attention. God bless you Val keep up the good work. Esperanza! e Cuba libre!

  2. I think its important to write letters to the media. Push for coverage. I haven’t seen any. Cindy Sheehan still gets more coverage than Ramon and that is just sad.

  3. I concurr on the previous posts. I have already written to the White House and all my goverment officials about Sanchez’ plight and the cause for which he is fighting. If it wasn’t for this blog, I would not have known about Sanchez’ hunger strike. Up here in the North, we are “out of the loop” (even though there is a “Loop” in Chicago) as far as the Cuban community and its issues are concerned. Thanks to the internet and people like Val and the rest of you who invest themselves in this type of communication for the benefit of the rest of us.

    Additionally, I would like to mention a great PBS documentary on MLK titled “Citizen King”. I watched it last Friday and it made me rethink my image of the man. My own father was not fond of MLK because of the movement’s connections to the communist party (which the documentary presents in a very straightforward manner). Over the years I find myself little by little getting out from under my father’s influence (not easy for a Cuban, but it’s about time I grow up). The documentary helped me realize that things were not as they seemed to an easily-influenced teenager growing up in the turbulent sixties. I believe MLK was primarily motivated by the forward progress of the movement he led. He made decisions and took stances that angered, not only his opponents, but his own followers as well. The film made me think of how frail we all are as we live out our lives as imperfect beings. MLK was indeed a great man, but he was also human like the rest of us.

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