The response has been quick and furious.
Today’s letter from Andy Gomez is being interpreted as a betrayal of the agreement that exile leaders had reached with UM president Julio Frenk. (See today’s previous post for the text of that letter.)
Here we go….
The University of Miami said it welcomed “input” from the exile community.
Well, how’s this for “input?”
ASSEMBLY OF THE CUBAN RESISTANCE STATEMENT ON TODAY’S LETTER BY THE INTERIM DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE OF CUBAN AND CUBAN AMERICAN STUDIES
Miami, August 22, 2017– The Assembly of the Cuban Resistance laments the letter e-mailed today as well as the greeting posted on the new University of Miami’s ICCAS website by Dr. Andy Gomez as interim director of the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies (ICCAS).
We believe that the statement issued by Dr. Gomez – which mentions meetings he has started and activities to be undertaken at ICCAS, as well as his advisory role to the Provost on the future of ICCAS – undermines the spirit of the agreement reached on August 18th after a meeting between University of Miami President Julio Frenk and prominent members of the Cuban American community.
We continue to maintain that there exists a deep conflict of interest between participation in profit-making ventures in Cuba which require engagement with the Castro Regime and an objective and unbiased study of the history and reality of Cuba and of the Cuban American community.
The statements issued today by Dr. Gomez confirm our concerns about ICCAS and its future. We respectfully request from Dr. Frenk that he clarifies this matter for our community. The diverse organizations that constitute the Assembly, as well as other partner organizations, will be meeting shortly to decide upon a course of action.
The Assembly of the Cuban Resistance is a coalition of Cuban American organizations based in the United States and of pro-democracy organizations in Cuba.