Mother's Day Recognition

Sunday, May 10, 2009
On this Mother's Day, let's take a moment to remember the approximately 300 Cuban political prisoners recognized by Amnesty International and the thousands of others being held in Castro's prisons for being considered a threat to the regime or for attempting to escape the island.
 
They all have one thing in common:  They have mothers that share in their pain and sacrifice.
 
The greatest symbol of these mothers are the Ladies in White, an opposition movement in Cuba consisting of spouses and other relatives of jailed dissidents.  The women protest the imprisonments by attending Mass each Sunday and then silently walking through the streets dressed in white clothing.  The color white is chosen to symbolize peace.
 
The movement received the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the European Parliament in 2005.  Please watch the clip next to this post.
 
Happy Mother's Day.