Raíces de Esperanza/Roots of Hope mourns the loss of Laura Pollan, a mother, teacher and civil rights leader, who passed away on Friday, October 14th, 2011. Pollan was an example of perseverance and courage for all, often standing for her beliefs in the face of harsh opposition. Her white dress, weekly marches, and leadership of the Ladies in White has inspired the world over.
Pollan’s impact will not be forgotten. Her commitment to her formerly imprisoned husband and to a pluralistic and free Cuba was unswerving. She helped inspire the Hunger for Change marches throughout the world in March 2010, and she will continue to serve as a beacon of hope to all Cubans who desire a Cuban future that respects all human rights and civil liberties.
Raíces de Esperanza/Roots of Hope would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to Pollan’s family and friends. The world lost a hero this week.