[Ppnews] Rafael Cancel Miranda writes in defense of Cuba & about PPs

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Fri Mar 26 13:52:44 EDT 2010

Rafael Cancel Miranda writes in defense of Cuba

March 26, 2010


Rafael Cancel Miranda, a giant in the Puerto 
Rican independence struggle, a man who spent 25 
years in prison in the United States following an 
attack on the U.S. Congress meant to call 
attention to that struggle, has a few suggestions 
for Guillermo Fariñas, the latest Cuban hunger 
striker.  In an 
some years ago, he spoke more about the attack at 
the U.S. Capitol and explained the significance 
of the Cuban he mentions here too: Saturnino.

“For me, Cuba is Saturnino, a black man who 
worked with me. When he saw me eating bread with 
quail for lunch, he took me to his house. He 
lived in total poverty but his mother gave me a 
sandwich from the larder. He was called Saturnino, and that for me, is Cuba.”

The Truth is On the Side of the Cuban Revolution 
and it Shall Prevail – 

Compañero José Estevez
Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples
Havana, Cuba

Jose, my brother.

Of course it is with the greatest of honor and a 
sense of justice that I am signing the 
Declaration in Defense of Cuba to counter the 
hypocritical and cynical campaign by the Yankees 
and the European Union.  With what moral 
authority can these plunderers of humanity speak 
of human rights?  It’s beyond cynical that those 
who have never bothered themselves about the 
deaths by starvation of thousands of children who 
would have liked very much to have something to 
eat, should suddenly and in a very orchestrated 
way pretend to be so worried about someone on a “fast.”

This “fasting” gentleman – who I understand is 
black and is also said to be a psychologist (if 
so, it is thanks to the Revolution) – has no idea 
how his race was treated by those who today claim 
to be so concerned for his health.  I was 
surprised enough to hear about this psychologist 
because I lived in Cuba under [Cuban presidents] 
Prío Socarrás and the bloodthirsty Batista and I 
never knew of any black psychologists.  I 
remember that when the legal and illegal mafias 
were predominant in Cuba, there were clubs where 
black people were prohibited from entering and 
places where they were not even allowed to 
approach, such as the house belonging to the 
DuPonts.  To be precise, those that organized 
those clubs were of the same mentality as those 
who today claim to be worried about the health of 
the “faster.”  I also remember the poverty of my 
brother, the black man named Saturnino, who 
worked alongside me repairing streets in Havana.

Seeing as this “faster” is of the noble black 
race, I’d like to suggest to him that he make a 
“fast” in favor of the liberation of a group of 
his black brothers from the Black Liberation Army 
and the Black Panthers, who’ve spent more than 
thirty-five years behind bars in Yankee prisons 
for having fought for the rights of their race.  Here are their names:

Abdulla Majad

Sekou Odinga

Dr. Mutulu Shakur

Jalil Muntaquim

Robert Seth Hayes

Sundiata Acoli

Also having spent more than three decades in 
prison are compañero Herman Bell and the 
spiritual leader of the Native Americans (the 
originals) Leonard Peltier, as well as the Puerto 
Ricans Carlos Alberto Torres and Oscar López Rivera.

As well, the “faster” might honor the four 
compañeros of the Black Liberation Army who died 
while incarcerated: Kuwasi Balagoon, Bashir 
Hameed, Albert Nuh Washington, Teddy Jah 
Heath.  And he might also remember his brother, 
the black journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has spent years on death row.

Of course, the imperialist and oligarchic press 
will not mention him, and as we say amongst 
ourselves, they’ll look the other way; they’ll 
shut their mouths, just as they remained silent 
about our Five Cuban antiterrorist brothers, as 
they’ve remained silent about the rape of 
Colombian girls by Yankee soldiers, as they’ve 
said nothing about Haitian women marching to 
protest the abuses committed against them – 
including rape – by the Yankee 
soldiers.  Well
they’re black women and dressed in the garments of poverty.

The truth is with the Cuban Revolution and it 
shall prevail.  The fakers will fall in their own trap.

Well, my brother José, I began to write these 
lines to you some three days ago, but my father 
in law fell ill and you know what the deal is 
with healthcare in Puerto Rico.  The first thing 
they ask you is not where it hurts, but how 
you’re going to pay and go on from there.  You 
can’t believe how many people die because they can’t pay.

Onward, forever!

With a warm Caribbean embrace,

Rafael Cancel Miranda

Machetera is a member of 
<http://www.tlaxcala.es/>Tlaxcala, the 
international network of translators for 
linguistic diversity. This translation may be 
reprinted as long as the content remains 
unaltered, and the author and translator are cited.

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