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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas: The Christian Liberation Movement at 25

"It is September 8, 25 years ago my parents and a group of friends founded the Christian Liberation Movement. Happy Anniversary MCL Cuba." -  Rosa Maria Payá Acevedo

Cuban dissidents organized a movement 25 years ago today and have been resisting repression and working towards liberation for the past quarter century and continue in the struggle for freedom today.

Imagine for a moment, the year is 1988 and the Soviet Union is still in power and the Eastern Europe under their domination. Fidel Castro's dictatorship was already in its 29th year in power.  In the midst of all this a group of Cubans gathered together to defend human rights and proclaim that their goal was liberation of the Cuban people in a nonviolent process.

Despite death threats, violent repression, long imprisonment, machete attacks and the murder of prominent figures of their movement they continue in their struggle for freedom.

Let us honor them today and remember their words of freedom.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Remembering Eva Barbas and her struggle for justice

Eva Barbas mother of Pablo Morales murdered by agents of the Castro regime on February 24, 1996 and steadfastly called for justice for her son passed away yesterday. Requiescat in pace

Brothers to the Rescue remembered: Eva Barbas mother of Pablo Morales at bridge dedication in 2009:


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Kristan Patton, FCF Chairman 2011 - 2013 looks back over his tenure

Remembering "13 de Marzo"Tugboat victims at FIU

As former president of the Free Cuba Foundation (FCF) it wasn't so much what happened on campus that affected me but rather off it. I had the opportunity to meet Polish diplomats, rebel-rousers from other countries, and the heads of the top human rights organizations in Miami that dealt specifically with Cuba.


The connections I made eventually led to me currently being in Frankfurt Germany working for the International Society for Human Rights. If I could go back and do things differently, really the only thing I would have changed was to get involved in FCF sooner rather than later.