13 de septiembre de 2008

Letter to President Bush

September 12, 2008

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC 20500

Subject: Direct humanitarian aid to Cuba by US citizens and residents of Cuban origin.


Dear President Bush:

After the destruction caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, a group of colleagues and I wrote the letter below, directed to you and General Raúl Castro, and posted it to my blog.

In a few days, we collected more than 400 hundred signatures from Cubans in the US, Latin America, Europe and the island itself. They represent all walks of life—blue collar workers, professionals, artists and intellectuals. They represent a spectrum of viewpoints—conservative, liberal, pro-embargo and against the embargo.

This is not an attempt to weaken the embargo nor a covert strategy to undermine the Cuban government. We are committed to maintaining the humanitarian spirit of this initiative, putting aside our political positions, which are well known in the case of the many public figures that have signed this letter.

We ask you to let us know that you are willing to consider our bipartisan, binational approach and we are asking the same of the Cuban government. Should this proposed initiative become a reality, we are certain that the public support for it will be overwhelming.

Sincerely,


Jorge Salcedo
Cambridge, MA

cc: cc: General Raúl Castro, President of the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba

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Remove Restrictions on Humanitarian Aid to Cuba
Open letter to the governments of Cuba and the United States on behalf of the victims of hurricanes Gustav and Ike


The Honorable George W. Bush, President of the United States
General Raúl Castro, President of the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba

Distinguished Leaders:

We ask that you urgently consider the following initiative asserting the right of all Cubans to help our relatives and countrymen in case of a humanitarian crisis, as well as the right of the victims to receive our aid.

Hurricane Gustav caused serious damages in Cuba, principally in Pinar del Río province and on the Isle of Youth. Images and reports in the press, both national and international, as well as personal testimonies of inhabitants of the areas most affected, attest to the extreme gravity of the situation, which could further deteriorate with the impact of Hurricane Ike.

Considering these circumstances, we ask:

  1. That the US government suspends for 90 days the restrictions on remittances, visits and humanitarian aid sent to Cuba by US citizens and residents of Cuban origin, whether or not they have immediate family on the island.
  2. That the Cuban government suspends for 90 days the taxes and tariffs on remittances and humanitarian aid coming from Cuban nationals abroad (not only in the US), that they authorize humanitarian visits for all who wish to visit Cuba for this reason during the stipulated time period and that they be allowed to do so with their current travel documents, without discrimination for political or other reasons.
  3. That the governments of Cuba and the United States immediately create a bilateral working commission to oversee the logistic, diplomatic and legal aspects of this initiative, guaranteeing that the humanitarian aid of US citizens and US residents of Cuban origin is delivered in its entirety to those for whom it is intended.

The below signatories are committed to maintaining the humanitarian spirit of this initiative and focusing exclusively on the mission of avoiding greater suffering for the victims of Hurricane Gustav and Ike, putting aside our political differences and rejecting any commercial, party or ideological impulses. We only ask that the governments of Cuba and the United States immediately lift the restrictions Cubans abroad face in helping their relatives and countrymen on the island.

Signed,


Enrique del Risco -West New York, NJ. USA | Zoé Valdés - Paris, France | Isis Wirth - Munich, Germany | Ernesto Hernández Busto - Barcelona, Spain | Manuel Sosa - Atlanta, GA. USA | Jorge Ferrer - Barcelona, Spain | Jorge Salcedo - Cambridge, MA. USA | Cristina Peri Rossi - Barcelona, Spain | Rafael Rojas - Mexico DF, Mexico | Carlos Alberto Montaner - Madrid, Spain | Yodel Pérez Pulido - Manaos, Brazil | Mari R. Ichaso - New York, NY. USA | Juan Antonio Blanco -Canada | Emilio Ichikawa - Miami, FL. USA | Alexis Romay - Upper Montclair, NJ. USA | David Lago González - Madrid, Spain | J. M. Pozo Cruz, artist - Berlin, Germany | Geandy Pavon - Guttenberg, NJ.USA | Tania Quintero - Lucerna, Switzerland | Teresa Cruz - New Jersey. USA | Félix José Hernández - Paris, France | Rosie Inguanzo - Miami, FL. USA | Elena Larrinaga, empresaria - Madrid, Spain | Heriberto Hernández - Miami, FL. USA | Elizabeth Quintana - Miami, FL. USA | Erick Alejandro Hernández - Miami, FL. USA | Miguel Iturralde - Guaynabo, Puerto Rico | Laycen Chuey Ferrer - Colonia, Germany | Olga Lastra - Coral Springs, FL. USA | Andria Medina - Italy | Manuel Marzel - Valencia, Spain | Jorge Alberto Aguiar Díaz - Valencia, Spain | Betty Matías - Madrid, Spain | Blanca Acosta - Jackson, TN, USA | Jorge Gutierrez Alemida - Madrid, Spain | Armando Betancourt - New York City, NY. USA | Ernesto Gonzalez - Miami, Florida. USA | Diana Villegas Rueda – Veracruz, Mexico | L. Santiago Méndez Alpízar - Madrid, Spain | Isbel Alba - Montréal, Canada | Mayda Rodríguez Gil - Marsella-France | Adrian Valdes Montalvan - Montreal, Canada | Ernesto Menendez-Conde - New York, NY, USA | Rosa Alvarez - Oviedo, Spain | Abel Hernandez - Miami, FL, USA | Ernesto Gutiérrez Tamargo - Madrid, Spain | Rafael López-Ramos - Miami, FL. USA | Naday Balbuena - FL. USA | Yvette Inufio - FL. USA | Raúl Ciro Hernández Gómez - Granada, Spain | Marlene Rodríguez - Barcelona, Spain | Oscar Peña - Miami, FL. USA | Belkis Cuza Malé - Fort Worth, Texas. USA | José Prats Sariol - Mexico DF, Mexico | Lester Cano Alvarez - Colonia, Germany | Mili Espinosa - Guaynabo, Puerto Rico | Roberto Ferranti - Roma, Italy | Roberto Soto Legón – Canary Islands, Spain | Carlos M. Estefanía - Stockholm, Sweden | Carmen B. Diaz - Miami, FL. USA | Jorge Luis Arcos - Madrid, Spain | Alessandra Molina - Columbia. USA | Raúl Ernesto Colón Rodríguez - Montréal, Canada | Yaxys D. Cires Dib - Madrid, Spain | Ivis Acosta Ferrer - Spain | Walter Barreto - Miami, FL. USA | Eva Silot - Miami, FL. USA | Ana J. Faya - Ottawa, Canada | Juan Carlos Castillón - Spain | César Reynel Aguilera - Canada | Joan A. Guerrero - Andorra la Vella, Principality of Andorra | Luis Camnitzer - New York, NY. USA | Manuel Díaz Martínez - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain | Antonio José Ponte - Madrid, Spain | Camilo Loret de Mola - Miami, USA | Joaquin Estrada-Montalvan - USA | Luis Cabrera Daspet - Los Angeles, CA. USA | Mercy Lastre - Granada, Spain | Rafael Cruz - Granada, Spain | Greisy Rivas - Miami, Fl USA | Milena Rodríguez - Granada, Spain | Beatriz Robles - | Javier de Castromori - Almeria, Spain | Wanda Rivera-Rivera - Boston, MA. USA | Waldo Pérez Cino - Madrid, Spain | Manuel Benito de Valle Ruiz - Sevilla, Spain | Ruben Fernandez - Miami, USA | Marc R. Masferrer - Bradenton,Florida. USA | Roosevelt F. Bernal - Coral Gables, Florida USA | María Argelia Vizcaíno - Greenacres,Florida. USA | Maura M. Candelaria - North Bergen-NJ. USA | Lourdes Sánchez Benítez - Madrid, Spain | Sandra Ceballos - Havana, Cuba | René Quintana - Havana, Cuba | Guillermo Corujo Domínguez - Alicante, Spain | Jorge Fornes - Miami, Florida. USA | Lisset Martinez Herryman -Jackson Heights, NY. USA | Elizabeth B. Torres - NJ. USA | Jorge Dalton - El Salvador C.A | Noemi Luis - Miami, Fl. USA | Esther Diez - Miami, Fl. USA | Yensy James Hall - Miami, FL. USA | Orlando Casin - Miami, FL. USA | Veronica Cervera - Miami, FL. USA | Yansi Y. Pérez - Northfield, MN.USA | Jorge Brioso - Northfield, MN. USA | Emilio García Montiel - Veracruz, Mexico | Frank A.Caner - | Ofill Echevarria - New York, NY. USA | Pablo Garay - Miami. FL. USA | Tania Montes Ruiz -Havana, Cuba | Daisy Ballmajo - Miami, FL. USA. | Bobby Salamanca, Jr. - Miami, FL. USA | Juan C. Garcia - New York, NY. USA | Ada Baisre - New York, NY. USA | Michael Hernandez Miranda -Houston, Texas. USA | Ana Belén Martín Sevillano - Kingston, Ontario. Canada | Andrea van Hensbergen - Tiel, The Netherlands | Pío E. Serrano - Madrid, Spain | Luis Manuel García Méndez - Madrid, Spain | Iliana Cerra Valdés - Panama City, Panama | Rolando Díaz - Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain | Rolando Sánchez Bouza - Málaga, Spain | Vanito (Ihosvany Caballero) Brown - Madrid, Spain | Lourdes Gil - Tenafly, NJ, USA | León de la Hoz - Spain | Ladislao Aguado - Spain | Ricardo Brey - Gent, Belgium | Isabel Brey - Gent, Belgium | Paula Brey - Gent, Belgium | Guillermo Milán Reyes - Stockholm, Sweden | Carlos A. Aguilera - Frankfurt, Germany | Beatriz Calvo Peña - Madrid - Spain | Haroldo Dilla Alfonso - Santo Domingo, Dominica Republic | Angel L Hernandez - Orlando, Florida USA | Angel L Hernandez Jr. - Orlando, Florida USA | Amalia Vilches Dueñas - Spain | Ariane Bosquet - | Dagmar Monett - Berlin, Germany | Vivian Carbó - Madrid, Spain | Boris Larramendi - Madrid, Spain | Ernesto Morales - Madrid, Spain | Juan Carlos Quintero-Herencia - College Park, MD. USA | Roberto Fernandez Rizo - Panama City, Panama | Carlos Lafuente - Vevey,Switzerland | Vanessa Arce Senati - New York, NY. USA | Alejandro Frómeta Morejón - Madrid, Spain | Nieves Cáceres - | Angel Ernesto Gutiérrez Cajiao - | Rafael Guevara García - Miami, FL. USA | Andrés Hardwick - Sugar Land, TX. USA | Gustavo Valdés - Guttenberg, New Jersey.USA | Ginés Górriz - Barcelona, Spain | Alina Brouwer - Nueva Yok-USA | Evora Tamayo - New Jersey. USA | Cepp Selgas - New York City, NY. USA | Rosario Pérez Cabaña - Sevilla,Spain | Jorge R. Moya - New York. USA | Zenaida Valdes - Tampa, FL. USA | Luis Manuel Casacó Valido - Montevideo, Uruguay | Enrique Rodriguez - Miami, FL. USA | Ulises Saint-Ives - Frankfurt, Germany | Gustavo Rodríguez - Miami, FL. USA | Ramon Fernandez-Larrea - Miami, FL. USA | Eduardo León De La Hoz - | Luis Abreux - Austin, Texas. USA | José de Zárate Bravo de Laguna - Spain | Pedro Monge Rafuls - New York, NY. USA | Orlando N. Acosta - Jacksonville, FL.USA | Vicky Ruiz - Miami, FL. USA | Orlando Coré Fernández - Miami, Fl. USA | Lena Rodriguez O'sullivan - New York, NY. USA | Armando Añel - Miami, FL. USA | Manuel Castro Rodríguez -Panama City, Panama | Oxana Alvarez - Bronx, New York. USA | Francis Perez - Newark, NJ. USA | Delio Regueral - Miami, FL. USA | Monica Lopez - New York City, NY USA | Alexis T. Parra Saez - Norway | Ivan Cañas, - Miami, FL. USA | Eliseo Leyva Barrios - Madrid, Spain | Jose Tain-Alfonso - Bal Harbour, FL. USA | Maria Aurorra López - Talca, Chile | Pablo Medina - | Dalila M. Bouchik - NY. USA | Adelaida Castro Navarrete - Madrid, Spain | Pablo Brescia - Bradenton, Florida.USA | Olga Connor - Miami, FL. USA | Pablo Garí Mirabal - Miami, FL. USA | Alfredo Manzo -Phoenix, AZ. USA | Ana Maria Dopico - NY. USA | Carlos Michel Fuentes - North Carolina, EUA | Luis Enrique Pérez - Berlin, Germany | Ricardo Mansilla - D. F., Mexico | Pedro Pablo Arencibia Cardoso - Miami, FL. USA | Yoani Sánchez - Havana, Cuba | Reinaldo Escobar - Havana, Cuba | Raúl Dopico - Miami, FL. USA | Omar Santana - Miami, FL. USA | Susana Escudero Martín - Granada, Spain | Marta V. Martinez - Chile/Argentina | Nancy Colomé - Granada, Spain | Hugo Stevenson - Toronto, Canada | María Inés Ruz - Chile | Néstor Ferrer - Helsinki, Finland | Juan Antonio Molina Cuesta – Veracruz, Mexico | Rodrigo Carrera Redondo - | Anna Veltfort - New York, NY. USA | Chanel Gomez - Orlando, FL. USA | José Pelayo - Santiago de Chile, Chile | Emily A. Maguire - Chicago, IL. USA | Zinayida Artyushenko - Madrid, Spain | Jorge Ojeda, empresario - Miami, FL. USA | Santiago Rebaque Cabañas - Madrid, Spain | Gilberto Dihigo - | Guillermo C. Milan - Dominican Republic | María Antonieta Prío - | Nicolás Reinoso - | Moraima Díaz Arnau - Dominica Republic | José A. Nicolás Zorrilla - | Montserrat Pedra Gil - | Manuel Pereira, - Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico | Julio Hernández Zamora - Madrid, Spain | Camilo Venegas - Santo Domingo, Dominica Republic | Fernando Delgado Durán, - Bregenz, Austria | Alberto Fernandez - | Alain Caron - Montréal, Canada | Leandro González - Dominica Republic | Réjean Lafortune - Joliette, Québec, Canada | Miguel A. García Puñales - | Marcel Gascón Barberá - | Rochelle Banziger - Nashville, In. USA | José Aníbal Campos, - | Jorge Garrote - Miami, FL. USA | Florian Borchmeyer - Berlin, Germany | Irene Rozsa - Montréal, Canada | Marisela Verena - Miami, FL. USA | Joaquín Gálvez - Miami, FL. USA | Ana Cristina d´Angelo - São Paulo, Brazil | Pablo Díaz Espí - Madrid, Spain | Claudia Larripa - Miami, FL. USA | Erick Porto Miami - Fl. USA | Marlene Provedo, cajera - Hialeah, FL. USA | Francisco Ellin, - Hialeah, FL. USA | Yemil Aragon, - Hialeah, FL. USA | Yessyca Machado, - Hialeah, FL. USA | Heriberto Jesus Mora Macias, - Miami, FL. USA | Ania Hernández Díaz - Miami, FL. USA | Gabriel Bardo Hernández - Miami, FL. USA | Ernesto R. Vega - | Mariblanca Cartaya - | Dr. Manuel Sorí Blanco - Mérida, Venezuela | Justo Ruiz Malherbe - | Eduardo Frias Etayo - NY, NY. USA | Omar Gutierrez Arenas - Miami, FL. USA | Jose Quiroga - Atlanta, GA. USA | Henry Walon Laurencio, - Frankfurt, Germany | Ania Tellez - Montreal, Canada | Yamila Vargas - Montreal, Canada | Pavel Jaime - Montreal, Canada | Ricardo Nuevas - Montreal, Canada | Dominic Paquette - Montreal, Canada | Dora Vázquez - Montreal, Canada | Miriam Benítez - Montreal, Canada | Eric Monpain - Montreal, Canada | Evelyn García - Montreal, Canada | Yvonne López Arenal - Country Walk, FL. USA | Jorge Valdes Ruiz - Vancouver, Canada | Luis Alonso - Miami, FL. USA | Sarah Moreno - Miami FL. USA | Pablo Rodríguez Carvajal - FL. USA | Clara Morera, - NJ. USA | Monica Del Risco - Miami, FL. USA | Douglas Rodriguez Aguero - Miami, FL. USA | Enrique Rubio - San Juan, Puerto Rico | Ismael Ortega - Miami, FL. USA | Rommy Nunez - Miami, FL. USA | Eduardo Del Risco Ibañez - Barranquilla, Colombia | Mickey Garrote - Palmetto Bay, Fl. USA | Tim Skoldberg - New York, NY. USA | Denis Fortún - Miami, FL. USA | Betty Alonso - Key West, FL. USA | Mar Sanfrancisco Olivar - Zaragoza, Spain | Yudeimi Fuentes - Germany | Ana Lima - | Jorge Gonzales - FL. USA | Tina Neubauer - Berlin, Germany | José Fuente - Stillwater, OK. USA | Ariel Cubillas Muñiz - Sevilla, Spain | David Prego Padros - Barcelona, Spain | Ubay Murillo - Berlin, Germany | Lester Fernandez Vicet - Norway | Alfonso M. Calero - | Michel D. Suárez Sian - Madrid, Spain | Eduardo Coll, - Barcelona, Spain | Rogelio Mazaeda - Valladolid, Spain | Oscar Alvarez - | Edgar Gonzalez - Londres, UK | Omar Estrada - Toronto, Canada | Sara Fontanive - Berlin, Germany | Jaime Blas - Miami, Florida. USA | Mirtha Arnal - Spain | Gilberto Díaz - Spain | Ahmed Gomez - Miami, FL. USA | Armando Marino - Madrid, Spain | Elizabeth Burgos - France | Heriberto Leyva Rodriguez - North Bergen, NJ. USA | Jorge Camacho - Columbia, SC. USA | Christina Leon - Atlanta, GA | Silvia María Méndez Rosado - Montevideo, Uruguay | Manuel Bu Dominguez - Vienna, Austria | Sandy Pozo - Madrid, Spain | Pablo Fuentes-Prior - Barcelona, Spain | Xavi Bové Fernández - Barcelona - Spain | Arnaldo Labori - Guaynabo, PR | Ailyn Sánchez - Ciudad de Mexico | Aned Madan - Miami, FL. USA | Alina Salgado - Boston, MA. USA | Alejandro Barreras, - Miami Beach, FL. USA | Alicia Besada - Barcelona, Spain | Igor Montes Rodriguez - Miami, FL. USA | Karina Paredes - Miami, FL. USA | Acner Camino Benech - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Ana C. Fuentes Prior - Granada, Spain | Camilo Hernández - Caracas, Venezuela | Karen Cosano Reiners - Miami, Florida.USA | Sheri Lyn Falco - Miami, Florida. USA | Diego Rodriguez-Arche - NJ. USA | Marcela Lopez Gravina - Uruguay | Lola Blanco Lozano - Sevilla, Spain | Ana Maria Rodriguez - Miami, FL. USA | Dagoberto Rodriguez - Boucherville, Qc. Canada | Luis Arronte Ygartua - Granada, Spain | María Ángeles Ratia Miranda - Granada, Spain | Daniel Rodríguez Moya - Granada, Spain | Reinaldo García Ramos - Miami, FL. USA | Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé - New York, New York.USA | Susan Antebi - Riverside, CA. USA | Kristin Bergaust - Norway | Yanitzia Canetti - Boston,Massachusetts. USA | Lic. Héctor Ávalos Sardiñas, abogado - Santiago de Cuba, Cuba | Olga Duque - Boston, MA. USA | José M. López - Boston, MA. USA | Diego Mansilla - Boston, MA. USA | Marta Hernández Salván - Riverside, CA. USA | Antonio Hallado - West New York NJ. USA | Inma R.Carmona - Córdoba, Spain | Camila Krauss Ruz - Santiago de Chile, Chile | Andrea Sunder-Plassmann - Berlin, Germany | Isabel del Pino Sotolongo - Miami, Florida. USA | Dagmar Muñiz Alonso - Barcelona, Spain | Adriana Rodriguez Varela - Bogota, Colombia | Baltasar Martin - Hialeah, FL. U.S.A. | Patricia Gonzalez - Miami, Fl. USA | Idalma Largo - FL. USA | Carlos Luis - Miami, FL. USA | Martha M. Luis - Miami, FL. USA | Miguel Correa, College Professor - Weehawken, NJ. USA | Andres Reynaldo - Miami, FL. USA | Arelis Tamayo - Madrid, Spain | Margarita García Alonso - Le Havre, France | Luis Ruiz, - Courbevoie, France | Miguel Tam - Gotemburgo, Sweden | Yu Mei Long - Copenhagen, Denmark | Dolores Lago-Gonzalez - Naperville, IL, USA | José Antonio Meca Díaz - Granada, Andalucía. Spain | Nanne Timmer - The Netherlands | Lianelis Victoria - Havana, Cuba | Claudia Cadelo - Havana, Cuba | Ciro Díaz - Havana, Cuba | Jorge Muñoz Cantero - Granada, Andalucía. Spain | Francisco Terrón Ibáñez - Spain | Gabriel José González García - Jerez de la Frontera, Spain | Elsa Chacón P. - Chile | Duba Sambolec - Oslo, Norway & Lubljana, Slovenia | César Bustamante Gonzáles - Breda, The Netherlands | Julio Blazquez, Jr. - Miami, Florida. USA | Abraham Laria - Madrid, Spain | Jorge L Gonzalez - Miami, FL. USA | Ricardo Santos - Dominica Republic | Lourdes Domínguez Solís - Madrid, Spain | Jacqueline Loss - Connecticut, USA | Lily Delgado - New Jersey, USA | Maite Díaz Gonzàlez - Dammartin en Goële, Seine et Marne.France | José Gonzàlez Gavilàn - Dammartin en Goële, Seine et Marne. France | Lourdes Gonzalez -Bellaire, TX. USA | Juan-Sí González - Yellow Springs, Ohio. USA | Paloma Dallas - Yellow Springs,Ohio. USA | Camila Dallas González - Yellow Springs, Ohio. USA | Primitiva Sanz Punzano -Granada, Spain | Miguel Rivero - Lisboa, Portugal | Ernesto Fumero - Stockholm, Sweden | CarolaMartinez Finlay - New York. USA | Luis Gonzalez Martinez - New York. USA | Andrea GonzalezMartinez - New York. USA | Jorge Enrique Gonzalez-Pacheco - South Park, Seattle. USA | Nelson Melo Rodríguez - Bogotá, Colombia | Laura Redruello - New York, NY. USA | Jorge Sánchez Martínez - Navarra, Spain | Uziel Gómez, - Santiago de Chile, Chile | Leonardo Juan Lezcano Gómez - Barcelona, Spain | Pedro A. Assef - CN, USA | Fernando Valverde Rodríguez - Granada, Spain | Salva G. Tunno - Italy/Germany | Yania Suárez - London, Ontario. Canada | Norberto Ricardo Barcala - Argentina | Pedro Estopiñán - Miami, FL. USA | Elisa Sol Fernández - Spain | Idael Cepero Garcia - Londres, UK | Johan-Magnus Elvemo - Trondheim, Norway | Mª del Rosario Lamas Domínguez - Palma de Mallorca, Spain | Felipe Pedregosa Garrido, - Huelva, Andalucía. Spain | Elena Gutiérrez Quintana - Madrid, Spain | Carlos Caso - Madrid, Spain | Gladys Castillo - Aveiro, Portugal | Ignacio García Medina - Granada, Spain | Yamian Quintero - Toronto, Canada | Mina Bárcenas Jiménez - Mérida, Mexico | Gloria Radcliff - Miami, FL. USA | Jorge Carrigan - Montréal, Canada | Carlos O Utrera - Philadelphia, PA. US | Jesús María Toral Fernández -Granada, Spain | Mario Roitman – São Paulo, Brazil | Valerie Block - Upper Montclair, NJ.USA | José Luis de Román González - Palencia, Spain | Boris Bulit - Miami, FL. USA | Alexis P. Cundejo - Toronto, Ontario, Canada | James Beverley - Miami, Florida. USA | Brunilda Solanilla - Panama City, Panama | Lien Carrazana Lau, artist - Madrid, Spain | Manuel Gayol Mecías, copy editor - Los Angeles, CA. USA | Nora Cerviño - Miami, FL. USA | Alicia Morales Menocal - Basel, Switzerland | Conchita Gutiérrez Marín - Barcelona, Spain | Carlos Hernandez - Miami, FL. USA | Mariela Dreyfus - NY, NY. USA | Carlos Hernandez - Miami, Fl. USA | Mario García Joya - Country Walk. USA | Claudia Sanchez - FL. USA | Maria Teresa Paez - Madrid, Spain | José Enrique Fernández Piñón - Spain | Abilio Estévez - Barcelona, Spain | Alejandro González Raga - Madrid, Spain | Olga Huerta Jubia - Zaragoza, Spain | Luis David Fuentes - Frankfort, KY. USA

4 comentarios:

TIROFIJO dijo...

http://tirofijomalanga.blogspot.com/2008/09/disuadir-dos-comentarios-y-una-nota.html

TIROFIJO dijo...

cc: cc: General Raúl Castro

Eso me parece gracioso.
Se peinan o se hace papelillos?
Hay que pedir (o exigir, decian antes) a ambos gobiernos?
Esto es confusion, miedo, frustracion o simplemente la ceguera tipica de nuestra elite intelectual?

ACRey dijo...

Tu labor es admirable, Jorge¡¡

Alba dijo...

Jorge:

Ayer leí una noticia en Cuba Encuentro sobre las campañas de McCaín y Obama. Es evidente que esta vez nuestra voz se hizo escuchar a través de tus misivas y quizás también de las que han redactado otros.

Hay que reconocer que eso ya es bastante para gente que carece de influencias en los partidos políticos y en el Congreso americano. Pues sobra decir que si somos exiliados, menos reconocimiento ni credibilidad tenemos en el país que nos vio nacer…

Algunos dirán que la carta y tus gestiones fueron vanas, que no resolvieron mucho o nada. Lo cierto es que es una iniciativa pacífica que invita al concilio y aunar fuerzas en aras de un interés común: el envío de ayuda humanitaria directa a los familiares y amigos en Cuba.

Lo más significativo de esta experiencia es la cantidad de nombres -con su ubicación precisa en una latitud- que reclaman lo mismo. He querido subrayar lo de estos nombres pues es algo que no vemos con frecuencia debido al miedo visceral que, como un virus, nos han inoculado desde que nacimos. Es el mismo miedo que a veces obliga a muchos a tragarse las ideas o en otros casos, a callar esa voz hasta asfixiarla.

No obstante, creo que estamos asistiendo a un despertar y ya se va entendiendo que tan criminal es quien comete una injusticia como quien calla ante ella.

En todo caso, tu iniciativa es loable. Es más que cruzarse de brazos, criticar y observar pasivamente o desentenderse de la realidad, cosa que no ayuda a solucionar el problema que hoy afrontamos todos los que amamos Cuba.

Lo que hemos vivido durante la última semana me lleva a pensar que los blogs están destinados a jugar un papel cada vez más importante en la divulgación de la información. Sin lugar a dudas, este fenómeno tiene repercusiones positivas en el reforzamiento de las relaciones entre los cubanos de adentro y los de afuera de la isla.

Es esta idea de nexo, de creación de vínculos durables desde una posición cívica la que me mueve a apoyarlos, no el odio absurdo que destilan las posturas políticas antagónicas y extremistas.

Retomo una reflexión que hiciste el 28 de agosto en tu diario: “También cabe la posibilidad de que el concepto de "patria" esté cambiando con nosotros.” Para mí, Jorge, esto que hoy hacemos ¡también es hacer patria!

Saludos,

Isbel