Click here for the whole story.Cuba protests diplomats' visit to activist's home
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
It all started when an undeniably inebriated Juan Carlos González Marcos, better known by the nickname Pánfilo (Spanish for, among other things, "dimwitted"), interrupted what appears to be an interview related to reggaetón to give the world a piece of his mind on Cuba, the lack of food there, and the system that denies its people decent jama (a Cuban slang term for food... which can also take the verb form jamar, which means "to eat").
But he also did this sober interview, where he never retracts his statements, but does give the impression that he never had any political objective in making them and probably hadn't made them had it not been for the curda. Further, he says in this video that he wasn't looking for trouble and would prefer not to have his image become a political tool.
Advocates for human rights have a dilemma to face:
- On the one hand, Pánfilo was pretty explicit about not wanting to be the poster boy of a political campaign.
- On the other, he's since been put in prison, and that's an injustice that shouldn't be ignored.
There are other sites, social networking site groups, etc. as well.
The question is: Where is the balance between respecting that Pánfilo never wanted to make trouble for himself by being seen as an activist and making sure that we're not ignoring the abuse of his right to speak his mind — even when under the influence?
I don't know that I have that answer, but I'd like to hear what you have to say. So go on... discuss in the comments section. Hopefully this will generate some creative solutions to a delicate problem.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Raúl Ortega, manager of the Villa Clara post office, told her (postal employee Rosario Morales) she was being fired because of her association with the Committee for Racial Integration. He said the decision was made by State Security.Click here for the whole story.
Monday, August 24, 2009
As you might recall, Felice recently appeared on CNN's online streaming channel, CNN Live, for Nicole Lapin's "Young People Who Rock" series. These are indications that Raíces is increasingly being seen as a noteworthy organization and as an authority on youth in Cuba and their struggle for the right to self-actualization.
First, we have a correction: Tony Harris did not interview Felice, Nicole Lapin did.
In fact, I should have noticed Nicole's status update on my Facebook news feed this morning:
Here are some shots (of my TV... we're very much on the cutting edge here at Raíces) from the interview.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
If you get a chance to or have seen any of these films please let us know your thoughts in our comments section.
For more information you can contact the theater @ 305 643 8706.
Saturday, August 8: 5 p.m.
Director: OGary Marks
En agosto de 1994, dos escritores, amigos desde laadolescencia, se encuentran ante una encrucijada: seguir luchando en Cuba, o navegar mar abierto en una balsa artesanal. Ernesto opta por quedarse, y Jorge decide emprender la aventura. Una historia de sus luchas, sus éxitos, y la amistad que los une.
“Stirring … A provocative look at Cuba”.
“Cuban reality without sugar coating, without romanticizing…”
FRUTAS EN EL CAFE
Cuba-Spain. 95 minutes, Digital Projection. Spanish with English subtitles, Not Rated (NR)
Faría es una prostituta audaz cuya vida corre peligro si no salda una deuda. Avelino es un comunista ferviente que denuncia a la policía los negocios ilícitos de su esposa. Miro es una pintora que no logra vender sus cuadros, pero consigue el apoyo económico de una extranjera a cambio de su compañía. Estas historias de amores difíciles y corrupción sexual se entrecruzan cuando una pintura misteriosa entra en escena.
Friday, August 7: 9 p.m.
PRICES: General Public: $6; MDC Students, Seniors, Miami Film Society Members: $5
From the Associated Press:
I can't wait for the pocket-size version.
So... let's have some fun with this. In the comments section, leave your own suggestions for entries in this new dictionary. (English and Spanish are both welcome)
A ver... vamos a divertirnos un poco con esto. En la sección para los comentarios, déjenos palabras y definiciones que se podrían añadir al diccionario de Fidel. (En inglés o español)
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Cuba's Resorts Welcome A New Clientele: Cubans
by Nick Miroff
Cuba's President Raul Castro put an end last year to the country's so-called tourism apartheid that banned ordinary Cubans from staying at tourist hotels.
The change has brought something new this summer to the island's all-inclusive resorts: Cuban tourists.
With 12 miles of white sand beaches and more than 50 hotels, Varadero is one of the largest resorts in the Caribbean. Foreign companies partner with the Cuban government to run the place, and it's a bit like Cancun without the American college kids.
Varadero is still off-limits to American tourists under U.S. law, and for years it was pretty much that way for Cubans, too. Cuban workers cleaned the hotel rooms and staffed the restaurants, but the island's communist authorities wouldn't let them check in as guests.
That policy ended with reforms initiated by Raul Castro, who succeeded his ailing brother, Fidel.
Now, dozens of tour buses packed with Cuban vacationers are pouring daily into Varadero. For less than $200 per person, Cubans can buy a weeklong, all-inclusive package and finally claim their places in the sand alongside budget-minded Europeans and Canadians.
Key quote no. 1:
"You know, this is how it works in the rest of the world. Either you can afford something or you can't," said Felix Beatoy, an actor at one of the resort hotels. "It didn't make sense that a Cuban wasn't allowed to stay in a hotel even if they had the money. We've fixed that — just like Cubans not being able to have cell phones. Now, if the offer's there but you can't afford it, that's a different problem."Key quote no. 2:
Miami resident Karel Alemany left the island a decade ago, and while his family members seemed to be enjoying themselves by the pool, his thoughts were elsewhere, with the real Cuba beyond the beach.
"What about the other 11 million people that live here? What if they don't have someone else that comes to Cuba to take them to some place? How do they live, how do they eat? That's something that you got to think about," Alemany said.
Congratulations to Felice and the whole organization for some well-deserved recognition.
What are your thoughts? We'd love to hear them in the comments section.
Nicole Lapin will be talking with Felice about his road to founding Raices and his connection to the Cuban cause.
Tune in today to CNN at 3:30 p.m. EST to watch live, or click here to learn more and watch the segment online.
Click here for the whole story.
Miami Herald Staff
A South Florida student was chosen by fans as ``America's favorite dancer'' on Thursday night.
Jeanine Mason, an 18-year-old graduate of Ransom Everglades School, was declared the winner during the two-hour finale of season five of the Fox's hit show, So You Think You Can Dance.
Mason, who grew up in Pinecrest, will receive a $250,000 cash prize.
She plans to attend UCLA, where she will major in journalism, although dancing and acting beckon. She says she has three passions: theater, dance and acting.
As I was Googling Mason (because we journalism people are creepy that way), I came across an essay she wrote for the 2004-2005 Junior Orange Bowl Creative Writing Contest. She's 18 now, so she was about 14 at the time. Here it is:
CELEBRATING FREEDOM AS AN AMERICAN
By Jeanine Mason
I am pro-choice. If you disagree with me will you hurt me, will you isolate me, and will you take my life from me? No because I am American.
Every day in this country we have the opportunity to speak our mind. We can believe in what we think is right. We can fight and argue for what we think is wrong.
As an American I treasure this, and as a student who has been encouraged to become a lawyer I always take advantage of this. While writing this paper I wondered if there are children in other countries like Cuba, which close their eyes and imagine themselves in America. Do they say to themselves in the lightest of whispers, so quiet and so secretly that their small lips seem to not even move, “I believe…” “I think…” “I want…”? Do they dream of raising their voice so that they are heard? But then they open their eyes and realize that if they do those might be their last words.
My entire family is Cuban and I am extremely proud of my heritage. I know that I unlike my family in Cuba can say “I am pro-choice,” “I believe the Vietnam War was pointless,” “I disagree with Fidel Castro and the communist government and want nothing more than to get them out of Cuba.” I unlike the residents of Cuba would be able to live to see if I made a difference because my beliefs were heard. I know that people in other countries not only Cuba would give everything they have for themselves or their children to be able to have the freedom we have here in America. For this reason I always speak my mind and always explain to others why I believe and in what I believe.
In America we not only get to raise our voice, but we can make sure what we say is heard. There are many ways we can make a difference. Voting is one way millions of Americans exercise their ability to make a difference. Every American should vote for as many political positions as possible. Even if time only permits you to vote for the presidential elections and then run back to your busy life in a busy country.
Americans celebrate freedom in America on July 4, with fireworks, parties, or other traditions. My family and I celebrate freedom in America everyday. All of my family votes and always come home overflowing with joy, knowing they expressed their ability to be heard. I celebrate freedom in America by participating in class discussions and expressing what I think, and then letting out a sigh of happiness knowing I am an American.
We sometimes forget how fortunate we are to live in this great country. We unlike the little boy, who closed his eyes and dreamed of being in our place, are able to live his dream. We unlike the little boy don’t have to whisper. I am pro-choice.
Ransom Everglades Middle School
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
FCP co-founder and friend of Raíces de Esperanza Mike Evans would shoot 100 free throws, and donors would pledge to give the amoung of their choosing for every shot he made.
How many did he make? Well... let's just say I skipped though most of this video beause watching the ball go through was starting to get boring.
In all, Mike and FCP raised just under $4,000 with this campaign. Which made me think two things:
- Mike and everyone at FCP who made this such a success deserve some congratulations.
- Raíces' own Felice Gorordo needs to get to work on his shot after his CNN Live interview on Friday.
commemorate this day. If you would like to participate, see the
times and locations (in Miami) below.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
From School Library Journal:
Cruelly outed by a teacher, Laura Amores is kicked out of her home in Mayra Lazara Dole’s Down to the Bone (HarperTeen, 2008). In Miami’s Catholic Cuban-American culture, “tortilleras” are morally depraved. Laura moves in with best friend Soli, and surrounds herself with new friends including Tazer, a transgendered Cuban lesbian. After much vacillation, Laura officially comes out to herself and others, defying her mother’s manipulations and rejection. The Miami Cuban community offers an evocative backdrop to the story and Dole fills Down to the Bone with sassy characters and fresh dialogue. Themes of social class friction, racial diversity, relations within the LGBTQ community, and the use of sexual slurs are topics that sociology and communications classes can explore.Click here for more on this and other books about LGBTQ issues for young adults.
The author and conference alum, Camilo López, is currently a student at the University of Florida.
|Question 1: |
Why is Cuba important to you? *
Para mí, Cuba es mi casa, mi ciudad, país, y paraíso. Como todo cubano, siento un gran respeto y admiración por mi país, el lugar en donde me crié y crecí para ser lo que soy hoy. El lugar en donde dí mis primeros pasos y aprendé a hablar el castellano. Ahí es donde aprendí sobre arte música y sobre todo el baile. Donde yacen los restos de mis ancestros y donde aún vive mi familia.
|Question 2: |
How do you think the conference's theme of "Generation in Action" can be applied to Cuba? Try to be as concrete and specific as possible. *
Esta conferencia puede ayudar a muchos cubanos que viven en el exilio a matener un lazo con su país natal, lo cual les sirve para involucrarse en el tema cubano. A la misma vez estrecha las relaciones entre las nuevas generaciones que viven por todos los Estados Unidos. Pero no solo es de valor significativo para los que estamos exiliados, sino para aquellos que aun viven en una libertad ficticia. Así, todos podemos contribuir a la causa cubana y al país como tal.
Click here for the whole story.
Doctors in Cuba Start Over in the U.S.
Published: August 3, 2009 Click here for the whole story.By MIRTA OJITO
While the rest of the country is suffering from a shortage of primary care physicians, Miami is awash with Cuban doctors who have defected in recent years. By some estimates, 6,000 medical professionals, many of them physicians, have left Cuba in the last six years.
Monday, August 3, 2009
The lastest person featured is a fellow "Root", our friend, colleague, and one of our founders, Felice Gorordo. Her interview with Felice will air online on Friday, Aug. 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Click here for Lapin's blog post and a link you can use to watch the interview on Friday. You can also use the comments section of Lapin's blog to suggest questions for Felice.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Click here for the whole story.Milestone parties shrink to survive for teens
By ILEANA MORALES (AP) – 2 days ago
MIAMI — For a generation of girls, coming of age during the recession calls for a celebration that can be as much DIY as it is mini-wedding.
Planning a quinceanera? Think about choreographing your own dance routine. Feeding a Sweet 16? Hope you know how to bake. Bat mitzvah on the way? You might want to share your party with a neighbor.
"You don't know if you're going to lose your job. You don't know what's going to happen. You don't want to go overboard," said Yanicet Ganuzas. For her daughter Yanelis's quinceanera, the lavish party many Latino families throw when their daughters turn 15, she spent $14,000 — a little more than half of what she spent two years ago on another daughter.
Click here for the whole article.
What Happened to That New Cuba Policy?By Michael Hirsh | NEWSWEEKPublished Aug 1, 2009
It's been about four months since President Obama announced looser restrictions on travel and sending money to Cuba. But they haven't gone into effect yet, the Treasury Department confirms to NEWSWEEK. So what's the holdup?
In late July, in yet another sign that the Obama administration wants to make nice, the State Department shut down an electronic billboard that the Bush administration had erected across the front of the building that houses the U.S. interests section in Havana. The billboard, which is said to have irked Fidel Castro, continually flashed quotes about freedom from American icons like Lincoln and King. But with Castro's brother, Raúl, in charge, Team Obama believes that it can make more progress talking than sniping.Question from the blogger:
The New Oxford American Dictionaty defines sniping as "Making a sly or petty verbal attack."
Why is it that, when it comes to how we communicate on Cuba, quoting Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King is considered "sniping"?
Click here for the whole story.
Castro to U.S.: communist Cuba will not changeHAVANA (Reuters) - President Raul Castro said on Saturday he would not change Cuba's communist system to make peace with the United States, but repeated his willingness to discuss all issues with the island's longtime enemy.
Cuban revolution: Exiles' stories
The Cuban revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power in 1959 provoked a large exodus of people, most of whom headed for the US. And in the following 50 years, there have been waves of Cubans seeking exile abroad.
Five Cubans based in Miami spoke to the BBC's Emilio San Pedro about their lives.
Click here for the package.