Cuba and the Struggle for Freedom: Rosa Maria Paya and David Hoffman talk about his book on her father

Hosted by Eric Farnsworth, Rosa Maria Paya joins David Hoffman in a talk about his biography of her martyred father, Oswaldo Paya.


“Oswaldo [Payá]’s story appealed to me because there were really millions of Cubans who, for decades, understood that something was wrong—red lines, lack of political freedom, repression—and over those years some people had stood up, but very few,” said David Hoffman, author of Give Me Liberty. He joined Rosa Maria Payá, Oswaldo’s daughter and a Cuban democracy activist, and Eric Farnsworth, AS/COA’s vice president, for a conversation on the struggle for democracy in Cuba.


“My brothers and I, we were able to grow up free persons in the midst of a big jail that is Cuba,” said Rosa Maria Payá about her life as the daughter of Oswaldo Payá. She explained what the international community can do to support the Cuban people and honor the legacy of her father, calling for a coalition of nations in support of freedom.