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May 20 - A New Day For Cuba
Thursday, April 14, 2005   By: Juan Paxety

Assembly for the Advancement of Civil Society in Cuba

A very important meeting is scheduled for May 20, 2005 in Havana.  It will bring together people who want to see a democratic form of government in Cuba. I've written before about the movement herehere and here. Now, Cuban dissidents have formed The Assembly for the Advancement of Civil Society in Cuba to host the talks.

 The Assembly to Promote Civil Society in Cuba is a coalition of 365 independent civil society groups within Cuba, which can be truthfully called non - governmental organizations.

All these groups - although having solicited official recognition, have been unable to obtain it, because, as it is well known, dissent is not permitted in Cuba -- not even within the Constitution of the Republic.

The Assembly is a learning means, to help educate the social self towards the re-establishment of civil society, aimed at establishing a democratic system in our country.

The Assembly's course of action is based upon:

The formation of a democratic culture
The development of a social movement
The strengthening of the Assembly's organization
The communications among groups to promote the civil society
The use of all available means to combat poverty and seek the betterment of the community's life conditions
The development of a true knowledge of Cuba's history, in all its dimensions: economic, social and political.
The undertaking of activities and projects aimed at the protection and conservation of natural resources and the ecosystem.
The promotion of a true culture on labor rights

Even members of the Cuban American National Foundation, Democracy Movement and Brothers to the Rescue plan to attend. But will fidel allow the meeting to go forward?  Perhaps only if there is significant international support. That's where you come in. There's an online petition here where you can sign up to show solidarity with the cause.  I ask each of you reading this to go to the site and show your support.  Most of the entries are in Spanish, but it's important to show support from the English speaking world, too, so write a note of support in English.

Val has written more here - and has translated the field labels for non-Spanish speakers:

Here are the fields translated into English for those of you who do not speak Spanish. You do not have to enter information in all the fields, only those that you feel comfortable with.

-Full Name
-Postal Code

Again, I urge you to show your support, and if you are a praying person, send your prayers their way, too.



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