May Democracy and Civil Rights Prevail

Monday, January 21, 2013
Today, Americans celebrate the peaceful and democratic swearing-in of U.S. President Barack Obama, our nation's first African-American President, for a second term.

We also celebrate the memory and legacy of our nation's great civil rights leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honoring these rich traditions -- as Americans of Cuban descent -- let us also take a minute to remember some of the victims of tyranny just 90-miles away.

In particular, we remember Sonia Garro, an Afro-Cuban member of The Ladies in White pro-democracy movement, who has been imprisoned by the Castro regime -- without trial or charges -- since March 18th, 2012.

In the wave of repression leading up to Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Cuba, Castro's secret police raider her home, shot her with rubber bullets and imprisoned her.

Garro's husband, Ramón Muñoz González, was also imprisoned on that day.

We pray for a Cuba in which democracy and civil rights can one day prevail.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr., (1929-1968)