The Discourse on Racism in Anti-Castro Publications, 2014-2015
Here we track issues of race and identity among the anti-Castro groups based primarily out of Miami and Spain as well as dissidents in Cuba. The term dissident is used to denote those who seek to overthrow the Cuban government and are generally paid from abroad, as opposed to the many critical voices in Cuba today who work within the system. Dissidents naturally tend to see only the negative in Cuba and have until recently little focus on the similarities with countries across the continent, an essential aspect of anti-racism work. Miami, Havana and Latin America in general all participate in the republicanismo ideology, which has its own obstacles to dealing with racism.
NED (National Endowment for Democracy) is a controversial US program which grew out of CIA efforts to fund dissidents around the world, at least in places whose government they wanted to modify or overthrow. After many revelations concerning covert funding, Ronald Reagan and Congress implemented NED where funding is transparent and known to all, at least for the initial recipients. What happens to federal funding in Miami is well known and a source of concern to the US government which has in the past few years tried to go around the more obvious embezzlers. NED's annual funding for 2014 is publicly available at www.ned.org/region/latin-america-and-caribbean/cuba-2014/ as part of their US Gorvernment's attemtps to achieve some transparency in the wake of the covert funding scandals of the 60's. Their 2015 funding is at www.ned.org/region/latin-america-and-caribbean/cuba-2015. We note:
* Afro-Cuban Alliance, Miami, NED funded from 2005 through 2013, no funding in 2014 or 2015. The Alliance published Islas, which has ceased operations.
* Cuban Soul Foundation, Inc., Democratic Ideas and Values, $75,000 in 2014 and $85,000 in 2015. "Independent Cuban Artist's Freedom of Expression. To empower independent artists to produce and perform their work in uncensored community venues and events. CSF will also help organize a series of events to showcase the work of artists participating in this program." Dedicated to hip hop. Their web site, cubansoulfoundation.org, has intermittent access issues.
* Plataforma de Integración Cubana, Freedom of Information, $100,892 in 2014 and $113,299 in 2015. "Promoting Racial Integration. To promote greater discussion of racial issues in Cuba. Working with academics and activists inside and outside the island, Plataforma will publish a journal on issues affecting the Afro-descendant population. In addition, Plataforma will conduct various public events to raise international awareness of the subject."
* International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights, $25,599 in 2015, the first time this appears. "To enhance the knowledge and advocacy skills of Cuban human rights defenders in the LGBT community."
* Asociacion Diario de Cuba, Freedom of Information, $280,002 in 2014, $283,869 in 2015. "Diario de Cuba. To strengthen the ability of Cuban civil society to articulate its concerns and to promote freedom of expression. Diario de Cuba will engage independent journalists, artists, intellectuals and academics in Cuba to promote greater analysis on social, political, economic and cultural developments in Cuba." [The Diario, based in Spain, is prolific on the topic of race in Cuba. As for race in Miami, es invisible!]
* CubaNet News Inc., Miami, Freedom of Information. $208,000 in 2014, $224,562 in 2015. "Supporting Independent Journalists in Cuba. To support independent Cuban journalists as they produce objective media content about the situation in Cuba. CubaNet will also provide independent Cuban journalists with training on the use of new communication technologies." [Regularly prints articles on racism in Cuba, by CIR members and others.]
* Cuban Democratic Directorate, Freedom of Information, $650,000 in 2014, $650,000 in 2015. "Increasing Access to Uncensored Information. To promote greater freedom of information and civic activism in Cuba. Through its Radio Republic broadcasts, Directorio will provide programming that incorporates the views of Cuban pro-democratic activists and informs communities about local social, political, economic, and cultural developments. Directorio will also supply training and technical assistance to local grassroots activists to carry out civic and community-building initiatives throughout Cuba." The Directorio Democrático Cubano supports the Basulto derived civil rights activists such as Jorge Luis García Pérez "Antúnez" as well as the Damas de Blanco.
According to Along the Malecon, Breakdown of the $20 million 5/22/2013 : "The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development plan to spend $20 million to promote democracy in Cuba [in fiscal 2014]. Below is a breakdown of the budget: …TBD: Afro-Cuban Equality and Advocacy:$500,000. Funds will be used to "raise awareness of issues affecting Afro-Cubans and assist in the development of a network of independent Afro-Cuban groups in Cuba." Along the Malecon has an update for 2015: NED's Cuba projects, 9/27/2016It would appear that the above groups received the bulk of this 2014 funding.
Leonardo Calvo Cárdenas, Deputy Chairperson, PARP
Dimas Castellanos: Licenciado in Biblical Studies, former professor of Marxist Philosophy, member of the editorial board of Yoani Sanchez' DesdeCuba site, member of the board of the Instituto de Estudios Cubanos in Florida
Manuel Cuesta Morúa, a descendant of Martín Morúa Delgado, an Afrocuban leader after whom was named the Ley Morúa, which outlawed the Independents of Color. Chairman, PARP, Member, CIR
Laritza Diversent: attorney specializing in civil rights cases, profiling
Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna, National Coordinator, Citizens Committee for Racial Integration
Jorge Luis García Pérez "Antúnez", who receives support from the Directorio Democrático Cubano
José Vélez Hernández, Coordinator, Movimiento de Integración Racial Juan Gualberto Gómez (MIR)
Dissidents in Miami
* Victoria Ruiz-Labrit, a federal contractor who has worked for Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen and also has the support of the Diaz-Balarts, a former slave owning family and now leaders of the exiled Plantocracy. Ruiz-Labrit is spokeswoman for the Citizens Committee for Racial Integration (CIR)
* Racismo en Cuba, a web site
* Carlos Moore, Brazil
The US, the Exiled Plantocracy and Race
AfroCubans: Race & Identity in Cuba
The Discourse on Racism in Anti-Castro Publications, 2011-2013
The Discourse on Racism in Anti-Castro Publications, 2008-2010
The Discourse on Racism in Anti-Castro Publications, 2007
Cuba's Plantocracy: Cuban American business and terrorism, 2005
Funding Dissidents: 2002
Funding Dissidents: 2001
Dissidents and Race, 2001
Funding Dissidents: 2000 and before
Diario de Cuba, a dissident site
Breakdown of the $20 million 5/22/2013 Along the Malecon: "The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development plan to spend $20 million to promote democracy in Cuba [in fiscal 2014]. Below is a breakdown of the budget: …TBD: Afro-Cuban Equality and Advocacy:$500,000. Funds will be used to "raise awareness of issues affecting Afro-Cubans and assist in the development of a network of independent Afro-Cuban groups in Cuba."
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