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Dr. Alberto N Jones

Alberto JonesDr. Alberto Jones is a former veterinary pathologist and a member of the West Indian Welfare Society in the city of Guantanamo, Cuba who now resides in northern Florida. He is an activist with strong communal ties to his homeland and is the founder/president of the Caribbean American Children's Foundation, a board member of the Cuban American Alliance and Education Fund, the Saint Augustine Baracoa Friendship Association, Cuba Vive and other solidarity groups with Cuba. Through these institutions and working with Pastors for Peace, he has improved relations and understanding between the people of the United States and Cuba, while delivering precious material support to the health care and educational system and the physically challenged in Cuba.

He writes regularly on issues concerning Cuba, and we present his letters and columns here: Alberto Jones Column, Column I covering the period 1998 - 1999, Column II, 2000,  Column III, 2001 (Part I), Column IV, 2001 (Part II), Column V, 2002, Column VI, 2003, Column VII, 2004, Column VIII, 2005, Column IX 2006, Column X 2007, Column XI in 2008, Column XII in 2009, Column XIII in 2010,  Column XIV in 2011, Column XV in 2012, Column XVI in 2013, Column XVII in 2014, Column XVIII in 2015 and 2016, Column XIX from 2017 to 2019, Column XX from 2020 to 2021, and Column XXI for 2022. See also Alberto Jones on Race & Identity and Alberto Jones on the Cuban Economy.

Alberto Jones has been featured in Seeing the people, not Cold War politics, Times-Union, 2/07, by Tonyaa Weathersbee, a member of the Trotter Group of Black Columnists. He is also a part of the Guantanamo Public Memory Project, for which he was interviewed and this is on Vimeo: Memories of Crossing Borders: Alberto Jones and Guantanamo, Cuba  4/13/2013

Born on a sugar plantation in Oriente, he experienced first hand what it meant to be Black in Cuba. Then, thanks to the Revolution, he acquired a degree in veterinary medicine, only to have party leaders and veterinary officials attack him while he was successfully directing the province of Oriente Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and confronting incipient corruption by his co-workers, political leaders and others. He served 4 1/2 years in prison of an 8 year sentence. He left for the US after being released and built up a successful business from which he is now retired. Years later when he met with Fidel, the latter said, "How could this have happened?", appalled at what he and his aids then knew was a miscarriage of  justice.

Mi vida, mi verdad: Memorias de Alberto N. Jones, 5/2020

Sólo se vive una vez, pero si lo haces bien, una vez es suficiente. -- Mae WestMi vida mi verdad

Alberto N. Jones (Banes, Cuba, 1938). Fue criado en el seno de una familia humilde de emigrantes jamaicanos, que lo educó en los sólidos valores y principios que regirían su vida. Sufrió marginación social y discriminación racial hasta que el triunfo de la Revolución cubana le ofreció la oportunidad de formarse como profesional de la medicina veterinaria. Su papel como director provincial de Laboratorios de Diagnósticos Veterinarios de Oriente fue crucial para el desarrollo del sector en la provincia. Debido al actuar corrupto de algunas figuras de poder, fue inculpado y encarcelado durante cuatro años y medio. Tras diversos intentos infructíferos para que el gobierno reconociera su inocencia y asumiera la responsabilidad por el error cometido, emigró a los Estados Unidos para recomenzar su vida. Allí desarrolló su propia empresa y se destacó por su activismo social a través de diversas organizaciones solidarias con Cuba y el mundo, como Pastores por la Paz. Estas memorias de Alberto N. Jones recorren su vida desde la infancia hasta la actualidad, y son una manera de alzar su voz para dar a conocer la verdad sobre los hechos que lo privaron de libertad y sobre sus impunes acusadores, mostrando la disfuncionalidad del sistema judicial. Se trata del testimonio sincero y desgarrador de un hombre que no se rindió jamás en la búsqueda de la justicia ni en el despliegue de acciones por el bien común.

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Cuba - 500 Years of History, East/West, Cuba Tour with Alberto Jones, Nov 2-10, 2017

500 Years of Cuban History and Culture with Dr. Alberto Jones
500 years of cuban history & culture Cuba

Led by Alberto Jones
November 2-10, 2017

From Christopher Columbus's arrival in 1492, Cubas history and culture has been shaped by the story of independence and revolution. On this 9-day journey, visit the sites made famous by notable Cuban leaders and events, such as the first slave uprising in Triunvirato, the battleground where Antonio Maceo fell, and the final resting place of Che Guevara.

From Santa Clara to Havana, walk in the footsteps of Cuba's history and discover its cultural legacy: a warm and welcoming community that, despite oppression and isolation, has carved out its own indomitable cultural identity defined by resilience, tenacity, and spirit.


About Your Leader

Alberto N . Jones is a retired veterinary pathologist who migrated from Cuba to the U.S. in the year 1980 and has lived in Florida since 1989. He is the founder/president of the Caribbean American Children Foundation, a board member of the Cuban American Alliance and Education Fund, the Saint Augustine Baracoa Friendship Association, Cuba Vive and other solidarity groups with Cuba.

Through these institutions and working with Pastors for Peace, we have improved relations and understanding between the people of the United States and Cuba, while delivering precious material support to the healthcare and educational system and the physically challenged in Cuba.

For more info, see 500 Years of History East/West, PDF

Contact Sandy Schmidt at schmi.comdt@holbrooktravel or 877 907 5360

See also Articles by or about Alberto Jones, especially ‘Pink to Pink’ tour to Cuba  11/12/2015 Daytona Times for a great review of a previous trip he has led.



‘Pink to Pink’ tour to Cuba  11/12/2015 Daytona Times: "Palm Coast resident Alberto N. Jones organized a trip to his native Cuba last month and included breast cancer survivors, physicians and well-wishing comrades. His wife, Silvia, is a survivor and served as motivation for the trip. In homage, Jones titled the voyage: “Pink to Pink” tour."

Cuba: Pink to Pink | Led by Alberto Jones - October 10, 2015 - October 17, 2015  3/22/2015 Holbrook Travel: "Advances in knowledge have increased the number of cancer survivors, many of whom need our moral, psychological, and material support to improve their quality of life. Our group will be visiting healthcare facilities and meeting with survivors in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad, which will give us an opportunity to learn how the Cuban healthcare system works and is able to serve its people with limited resources. We can bond, share experiences and mitigate the suffering."

The culture, the history, the hospitality: Remembering 2000 trip to Cuba  1/8/2015 Daytona Times: by Alberto Jones - "“I felt love,” said Robert A. Brooks, chairman of Black Studies at the African American Cultural Society. “The people were nice, generous, and giving – and had a real concern for others.” What amounted to a Brooklyn-Queens block party took a stance in miles of agricultural plains with goats along the countryside of thatched-roofed houses and quaint horse-drawn buggies."

Look toward a brighter future with Cuba  12/31/2014 Daytona Beach News Journal: 'Working with Cuba can help us erase an ugly and painful past, strengthen our economy and transform Central Florida into a world-class educational, health, culture and sports mecca, where our children will be proud to be."

Afro Cuban Relations with Florida  11/16/2013 Havana Times: "Can anyone imagine Jazz, professional baseball, Latin American and Caribbean literature, without Afro American and Afro Cuban close collaboration?"

Memories of Crossing Borders: Alberto Jones and Guantanamo, Cuba  4/13/2013 Vimeo, Guantanamo Public Memory Project: "Alberto Jones was born in Cuba to a Jamaican family like many of his peers. He grew up in Guantanamo, which means that during his childhood and early adult years, he traversed (sometimes daily) the borders of Guantanamo, Cuba and the US Guantanamo naval and airforce base. This 5 minute clip is the beginning of a full documentary on his life story that illustrates the entanglements of nations, languages, and ideologies across a 20 kilometer zone that will highlight issues of race, gender, and personal fortitude through representing his life journey."

Filmmaker to visit Palm Coast  4/3/2013 Daytona Beach News-Journal: "Acclaimed Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando will make an appearance Sunday at the African American Cultural Society in Palm Coast. Alberto Jones, president and founder of the Caribbean American Children's Foundation, said he has been trying to get the Cuban filmmaker to visit Palm Coast for many years."

Blacks bear the brunt of Cuba's brutality  2/28/2010 Miami Herald: "Zapata's ordeal is being spun from the other side of the coin, too -- the predominantly white and U.S.-based, right-wing anti-Castro opposition who clearly stand to score political points from the case of a black martyr. Righteous declarations can be expected from organizations such as Democracy Movement, the Cuban American National Foundation, the Cuban Liberty Council and, especially, the Cuban Democratic Directorate. Many Cuban civil-rights activists accuse these groups of working to corral and control the new internal opposition forces on behalf of interests linked to Cuba's former Jim Crow oligarchy. That's why they see U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart's ``indignation'' over Zapata's death, as much as president Raúl Castro's ``regrets,'' as a double farce. A staunch supporter of the tiny, white elite of wealth that was overthrown in 1959, Diaz-Balart can cry crocodile tears, but during his time in Congress his right-wing, pro-embargo agenda has only hindered the ability of black Cubans to improve their lot." [Some observers credit Alberto Jones and Claude Betancourt's articles for this historic turn against the Miami Plantocracy, unprecedented, to our knowledge, in any statements by Black Cuban dissident groups.]

Despite Cuba embargo, relief finds a way  7/6/2009 Miami Herald: "This does not concern Dr. Alberto Jones, a Cuban who arrived in Miami during the Mariel boatlift and has been involved with the convoys each year since 1999. ''I'm not afraid to go to jail,'' he said Sunday night at Ham & Eggery restaurant in North Miami Beach, where the truck is parked. Jones' activities mirror those of a growing number of Cuban Americans who question the embargo, which was imposed almost 50 years ago to apply economic pressure on the Cuban dictatorship in the hope of speeding its downfall. As Jones walked around the truck, which is set to join others in Texas later this month, he said American treatment of Cuba disgusts him. ''If you don't see the suffering, you don't feel it,'' he said. ``I saw kids starving and I changed my point of view. I do this [work] in Haiti, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic -- and Cuba. What's the difference?''"

End failed trade ban with Cuba  12/14/2007 Times Union: by Tonyaa Weathersbee - ""When I approached this solid waste dump, I couldn't even smell it," said Alberto Jones, who is a native of Guantanamo and vice president of the friendship association. "It was like a botanical garden ... the air quality has improved in that area tremendously." "When I met this lady [Garcia], I said to Soledad: 'She ought to be a CNN hero,' " Weeks told me. So Weeks nominated Garcia. And she won. The living room erupted into cheers. Then came the rude interruption. Actress Rosario Dawson announced that because of travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba, Garcia couldn't come to New York to pick up her $10,000 prize. Jones had to accept it on her behalf. Such craziness ought to make more Americans want to step up - and push for an end to the failed embargo and travel ban."

Attacking Tonyaa Weathersbee  12/2/2007 AfroCubaWeb: "Tonyaa Weathersbee is a columnist for the Florida Times Union out of Jacksonville. A member of the prestigious Trotter Group of African American columnists in the US, she has maintained an interest in Cuba and issues of race & identity there. In September, 2007, Tonyaa Weathersbee wrote an article about a recent trip she took to Cuba, One Race, Two Countries. A group of 4 Cuban Americans attacked her for this article in a letter to the editor, Cuba is no paradise for blacks, 11/07, citing a few myths that are common among Cuban Americans. AfroCubaWeb columnist Alberto Jones comments on this attack in A Failed Revisionist attempt To Mask Cuba’s Tragic History, 11/07."

Seeing the people, not Cold War politics  11/5/2007 Florida Times-Union: by Tonyaa Weathersbee, a member of the Trotter Group, an association of Black US columnists. This article discusses Alberto Jones, whose columns appear on AfroCubaWeb.

Seeing the people, not Cold War politics  2/21/2007 Florida Times Union: by Tonyaa Weathersbee - "Alberto Jones is the last person one would expect to have any love for Cuba. Especially when hatred forced him out of it."

Mi Cubanidad  3/11/2006 Un Bohio: published 10/05 - "My worldview was tinted by that dogmatic brain-washing (heavy on the bleach) until 26 March, 2000 when I had the good fortune of encountering the indomitable Dr. Alberto Jones, a generous Guantanamero, in the historic chapel of my alma mater. Dr. Jones is a fascinating man whose energy belies his actual age. A defiantly and politely proud patriot, he also takes great pride in his Jamaican ancestry. I have taken great pride in passing along quite a few of Dr. Jones' columns and essays over the years. Among the things I am grateful for about our friendship, the one thing that stands out the most is the opening of what is an ever-increasing devotion to freethinking and truth seeking. A price tag cannot ever be put on that gift and I will be ever grateful for it. The times when I have heard an African-American express any opinion about Fidel Castro, most of the time, the opinion that is expressed is one based on that individual’s perception of a certain significant level of respect he or she has for the Cuban leader. This perception of Castro is often muddied by the incessant and confusing demonizing of him and his initiatives as practiced by both this country’s corporate media and successive administrations in Washington, D.C. Thus, the question that logically follows is “what are we missing about Castro when it comes to skin color?”"

Chabot Cuba conference faces a challenged Afro-Cuba  10/19/2005 SF Bay View: "The panelists reported that the income gap between Black and white Cubans widened during the "special period" (1990s) after the fall of the Soviet Union and the tightening of the U.S. economic blockade. Remittances - money sent by Cubans in the United States to their families in Cuba - go mostly to white Cubans, 30 to 40 percent. Only 5 to 10 percent goes to Black Cubans. White families received 58.3 percent of total income in 1999, while Black families received only 4.3 percent. This income gap reproduces the race and economic stratification system of the past and is a predictor of the position of Afro-Cubans in the future. Twenty percent of the audience was African North Americans, who met with other African North Americans and Alberto Jones on Sunday to explore a remittance program for Afro-Cubans and to educate and organize African North Americans to put an end to the U.S. blockade and travel embargo against Cuba."

For the Record  3/14/2003 St. Augustine Record: "The Northeast Florida Peace Rally will take place at noon on Saturday in the Plaza de la Constitucion. The event is sponsored by People for Peace and Justice. There will be speakers, live music, cookies and information available. Among the speakers are: Alberto Jones, a Cuban-American living in Palm Coast, member of U.S. Cuba Sister City Association, Vice President of the St. Augustine Friendship Association, the Cuban American llian Education Fund, and President of the Caribbean American Children Foundation."

Effort aims to deliver humanitarian aid to Cuba  7/11/2002 Daytona Beach News Journal: AfroCubaWeb columnist makes the news - "So, despite an international trade embargo imposed on Cuba, local businessman Alberto Jones has coordinated a busload of medical supplies and humanitarian aid to be shipped to the Caribbean Island this week. "We don't care what you feel about (Cuban President Fidel) Castro. We are concerned about helping people," Jones said. "If a government has a problem with another government, they should deal with each other -- not harm innocent people." Jones, 64, a native of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has coordinated humanitarian shipments as part of an annual "Pastors for Peace" convoy for the past eight years. The shipment this year includes surgical gloves, syringes, needles, three wheelchairs and a full-sized diesel school bus, which was purchased with donated cash."

Cuban surprise  2/4/2002 Boston Globe: "Perhaps I was surprised most by what I thought I knew best: Cuba's racial situation. I'd been led to believe by black Cuban expatriates that Fidel Castro, though he at first had no particular regard for blacks, had, with the exodus of white Cubans to America, entrusted the civil service, the military officer corps, and much of the middle class to blacks. It was one eason I'd been convinced the Miami Cubans were kidding themselves to dream of a triumphal return to power. Well, in truth I saw hardly any brown-skinned or black Cubans running anything - not as managers or ministers or maitre d's, not even as cashiers, clerks, or hotel maids. Black Cubans are in plentiful supply, as a stroll through the poor sections of Havana will make clear. But all the good jobs in this socialist paradise seem to go to people we used to describe as ''light, bright, or damned near white.'' Ask nonblack Cubans about this phenomenon, and they'll blink as though they've just noticed it for the first time. There's just no color problem in Cuba, they'll insist." The brothers here were not leading you astray: there is a marked difference between the eurotourism sector, completely dominated by whites, and other sectors of the economy, such as medicine, biotech, and even politics where afrocubans have reached senior positions. See the writings of Pedro Perez Sarduy on this site for a discussion of this phenomena. See also Alberto Jones' response to this column, Reactions to William Raspberry's column on Cuba

The Lost Children  2/3/2002 CBS News: This story parallels the plight of the thousands of Cuban children separated from their families in the name of anticommunism. Some 10,000 British street children were sent to Australia for servitude with the Catholic organization, Christian Brothers Academy, and never told their parents were alive and, in many cases, wanted them back! See Alberto Jones' Honoring a Mass Kidnapper: Monsignor Walsh,

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Respuesta Interna  4/6/2014 Desde la Ceiba: por Alberto Jones - "Ante una nueva escisión que lamentable se ha producido en nuestra incipiente y débil organización, les escribo temeroso e imploro, que esto no conduzca a un mayor debilitamiento de los cimientos sin fraguar que estamos tratando de construir. A pesar de no haber visto publicado las bases, conceptos, filiación ni mecanismos para llegar a formar parte de ARAAC, el solo hecho de haberse concebido este abanico unificador de los marginados, obliga a defenderlo, criticarlo, fortalecerlo y crear un mecanismo de funcionamiento democrático, que augure un crecimiento, expansión y reconocimiento, que sea capaz de llevarlo a cumplir con sus postulados teóricos. Mientas ARAAC o cualquier otra institución carezca de una estructura, una visión, una meta y formas de alcanzarlos, nos limitaremos a hacernos señalamientos, nos fraccionaremos y jamás lograremos alcanzar la autoridad interna y externa necesaria para poner en marcha nuestras aspiraciones, nuestros sueños y obligaciones con la sangre de nuestros antepasados."

Racism and its Perpetuation Mechanisms  10/23/2013 Havana Times: by Alberto Jones - "Simply, these people and thousands more are black and live or lived in a racist world, where there accomplishments are overshadowed, buried and ignored. Their contribution to the world are not exalted, or perpetuated by monuments, academic curriculum, public buildings or in the mass media. This criminal action deprives our children of their self-esteem, history and positive models in life while they are bombarded with messages that illustrate and record all the despicable acts they commit. This ancestral fear of the black, savage, the witch doctor, that some people assumed is part of the past, still exists in different forms in the XXI Century."

Cuba’s Ladies in White leader Berta Soler praises exile support  4/27/2013 Miami Herald: "The leader of Cuba’s Ladies in White thanked Miami’s exile community on Saturday for its continued support for dissidents on the island and asked for more moral, spiritual and material help for those who seek to end the Castro regime. Berta Soler also blamed the Cuban government for the lack of economic and educational opportunities for Afro-Cubans and affirmed her support for the U.S. economic embargo against the island." [See comments that include our columnist, Alberto Jones]

My Cuba: The Summer of 2010  10/12/2010 Havana Times: by Alberto Jones

A Sincere and Painful Apology to the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus  5/20/2009 Black Agenda Report 

An affront to the Cuban nation By Alberto N. Jones  10/16/2003 Radio Progresso 

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Caribbean American Children Foundation
Fundación Caribeña Americana de los Niños

Memories of Crossing Borders: Alberto Jones and Guantanamo, Cuba  4/13/2013 Vimeo, Guantanamo Public Memory Project: "Alberto Jones was born in Cuba to a Jamaican family like many of his peers. He grew up in Guantanamo, which means that during his childhood and early adult years, he traversed (sometimes daily) the borders of Guantanamo, Cuba and the US Guantanamo naval and airforce base. This 5 minute clip is the beginning of a full documentary on his life story that illustrates the entanglements of nations, languages, and ideologies across a 20 kilometer zone that will highlight issues of race, gender, and personal fortitude through representing his life journey."

Alberto Jones in the St Augustine Record

Alberto Jones in the Havana Times

Tonyaa Weathersbee

Cuba: Pink to Pink - Led by Alberto Jones - October 10 to 17, 2015 Holbrook Travel

Cuba: 500 Years of History - Led by Alberto Jones - November 6 to 17, 2015 Holbrook Travel

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