How Socially Engaged Activism in Transforming Cuba

How Socially Engaged Activism in Transforming Cuba

Feb 22, 2018

Originally published in The Nation Since 1944, the rhythms of daily life in the small rural town of La Conchita in Cuba’s western province of Pinar del Río have been tied to a bell that chimes at 7:50 am, noon, 12:50 pm, and 5 pm. This is the bell of the food-processing factory La Conchita, […]

Hairdressers of the World Unite!

Hairdressers of the World Unite!

Jan 28, 2018

Originally published in The Nation (You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Locks… and a Community to Win) In one Havana neighborhood, they’re doing exactly that. December 27 is celebrated in Cuba as the Day of the Barber and Hairdresser. The initiative was inaugurated by the prerevolutionary Cuban government in 1946, in honor of the […]

Trump’s Cold War Politics are Hurting Ordinary Cubans

Trump’s Cold War Politics are Hurting Ordinary Cubans

Nov 15, 2017

Originally published in The Nation It has been almost three years since Barack Obama declared détente with Cuba, initiating, with Cuban President Raúl Castro, a normalization of relations between the two countries. But since his election last fall, Donald Trump has attempted to revert to an obsolete and aggressive Cold War policy by strengthening the […]

We Need to Fight for All Undocumented Migrants, not Just Dreamers

We Need to Fight for All Undocumented Migrants, not Just Dreamers

Sep 8, 2017

Originally published in The Nation The announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is a devastating blow to those who are currently protected by it. (For more on how the rollback and six-month deadline works, see this piece by Julianne Hing.) We […]

What’s Left of the Bolivarian Revolution?

What’s Left of the Bolivarian Revolution?

Jul 26, 2017

Originally published by NACLA There have recently been a number of pieces featured in NACLA and the progressive media outlet Jacobin evaluating the Nicolás Maduro government in Venezuela and questioning the ongoing viability of Chavismo. Leftist commentators have proclaimed the end of the Bolivarian Revolution and the failure of twenty-first century socialism, and have offered […]

The Many Shades of Fidel Castro

The Many Shades of Fidel Castro

Nov 27, 2016

Originally published by NACLA Yesterday morning, Cubans woke up to the news that the 90-year old leader Fidel Castro had died. It was an event much expected and anticipated, given Fidel’s ailing health and advanced years, but it still took Cubans and the world by surprise. It was a particularly hard blow coming so soon […]

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

May 28, 2016

Originally published by The Nation On May 4, the Network of Afro-descendant Women convened an urgent meeting of activists, academics, and members of organizations fighting against racial discrimination in Cuba. At the meeting, held at the Jurists’ Union Center in Havana, the longtime anti-racism activist Gisela Arandia presented a document calling for government action in […]

Building Child-Centered Social Movements

Building Child-Centered Social Movements

Mar 23, 2016

Originally published in Contexts Eridiana Diaz was a 19-year-old sophomore at the City College of New York when she became pregnant. After her daughter Hailey was born, friends and family helped with childcare for a short time, but she soon found herself without support and unable to complete her studies. She earned only $50 a […]

What Do Cubans Think of Normalization With the United States

What Do Cubans Think of Normalization With the United States

Feb 9, 2016

Originally published by The Nation In late January, the Obama administration announced that it would remove a number of impediments to trade with Cuba by lifting restrictions on the American financing of exports, relaxing limits on shipping goods, and further loosening the constraints on travel. These and other measures have come in the wake of […]

The Repeating Barrio

The Repeating Barrio

Feb 1, 2016

Originally published by The Nation The urban slums have always been a source of vexation for the Cuban revolution. During the seventies, the revolution attempted to do away with the slum areas of the cities by providing housing, employment, and education to the poorest residents. The 1974 film De Cierta Manera (One Way or Another) […]

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