U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's letter of support to la
Asamblea para Promover la Sociedad Civil en Cuba.
January 19, 2005
Dear Friends of the Asamblea Para Promover la Sociedad Civil:
With great joy and profound honor, I congratulate you and lend my
support to the upcoming May 20th reunion to promote civil society and
democracy on the island of Cuba. Your efforts symbolize the resilience
and fervor of Cubans across the world.
On May 20th, we will commemorate Cuba’s hard-fought independence from
Spanish colonial rule. This moment of triumph and relief ushered in a
new era of freedom, a republican age. The captivated by the promise of
enduring liberty. Nevertheless, the promise of a lasting and viable
democracy would never be fully realized in Cuba. Fidel Castro’s
Communist Revolution would catapult “La Perla de las Antillas” into one
of the darkest episodes in its history at the hands of the brutal Castro
It is both fitting and rewarding that you hold a conference on May 20th
to promote civil society and liberty in Cuba. I know that soon May 20th
will once again stand as an affirmation of Cuba democracy, as a new
birth of freedom, as a celebration of victory over dictatorship.
Positive change will no doubt come, and we work toward that goal every
day. I unite my thoughts and prayers with the Cuban people, and ask them
to believe: a true 20th of May celebration is on the horizon –Cuba will
once again be free.
As President Bush eloquently stated during his inaugural address, “The
best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the
world…So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the
growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and
culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.”
I look forward to continuing to work together with my colleagues in
Congress and the Administration to secure freedom and democracy for our
Cuban brothers and sisters.
Once again, I strongly affirm my support for the upcoming May 20th
reunion by our wonderful organization, the Asamblea Para Promover la
Sociedad Civil and congratulate you for your fervor and commitment to a
Member of U.S. Congress.