Reflections by Comrade Fidel
The Seven Members OF Congress Who are Visiting Us
The Congressional Black Caucus was founded in January 1969 by the twelve Afro-American legislators who belonged to the US Congress at that moment. During the first 50 years of the 20th century only four Afro-Americans were elected to Congress.
present, as a result of the struggles they have waged, the CBC is made up by 42
members. Several of its representatives
have maintained very active and constructive positions on topics related to
first Caucus delegation that visited us came to
Influential members of that Congressional group publicly expressed their positions and carried out other positive actions during the battle for the return of the child Elián to his homeland.
May 2000, another Caucus delegation visited us.
It was presided over by James Clyburn, from North Carolina, who was then
its main leader, and was made up by Bennie Thompson, from Mississippi, and
Gregory Meeks, from New York. These
congressmen were the first to know through me about
the Bush administration anti-Cuban pressures and actions against travels and the
a military chief of great authority and prestige, could have been the first
black President of the
Black Caucus delegation visiting
group she is presiding right now is made up by seven members of Congress. The other members of the delegation are:
Melvin Luther Watt, from
Patrice Willoughby, Executive Assistant of the Congressional Black Caucus, plus four military of the Congressional Liaison Office, under the orders of lieutenant colonel Daniel Wolf, are accompanying the delegation.
highly assess the gesture of this lawmakers group. They have been strictly complying with the
visit program they asked for. The
aureole achieved by Luther King is accompanying them. Our press has given a broad coverage to their
visit. They have been exceptional
witnesses of the respect with which we always welcome Americans visiting our homeland. Very hardly have they seen any face
expressing hatred, and maybe they admire the total absence of illiterate people
or children shining shoes on the streets.
The swarms of children, teenagers and youths attending schools and
universities; the day-care-centers, senior citizens homes, hospitals and
polyclinics run by highly skilled medical staff offering assistance to all
citizens will not escape from any critical eye.
In the midst of this international economic crisis there are no citizens
queuing up to apply for a job. Persons
who move on the streets in an active and almost always happy manner do not match
with the stereotyped images that most of the times are portrayed about
homeland is showing that a small
the visitors there are opinions which are shared by all; others are personal
points of view. In general, they believe
that 68 per cent of the American public opinion favors a change in the policy
One of them expressed that it was necessary to take advantage of this historical moment, when the presence of a black President in the White House coincides with a current of opinion that is in favor of the normalization of relations.
Alarcón explained that the removing
Another member of the delegation thanked the Cuban authorities and the presidency of the Black Caucus for promoting the trip and arranging for this type of exchange.
representative explained Obama’s great significance
A fourth member of the Caucus said that despite Obama’s electoral victory, the American society continues to be racist. He added that Obama represented the only opportunity that nation had to move on and leave behind all the wrongdoings accumulated by former governments. He said that the President can not go beyond liberalizing travel and allowing remittances by Cuban-Americans, because proclaiming the lifting of the blockade or the full normalization of bilateral relations could mean the impossibility for him to be re-elected. Besides, he reaffirmed that the anti-Cuban right wing still has enough power to corner him and prevent his re-election.
another lawmaker frankly expressed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the
their visit to the Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Center, one of them,
expressing the feelings of the rest, described as excellent the results
All of them expressed how greatly impressed they were during the visit to the center, where the minister of Science, Technology and the Environment, together with several scientific institutions directors, explained to them about the work carried out by our country in that field.
main activity of April
Sunday, at 13:20 hours, Congresswoman Barbara Lee arrived at the
that, Barbara had visited two other churches in Vedado.
She addressed the audience; she reiterated certain previous public statements
and expressed her intention to make certain coordinations
with the administration to promote a change of policy towards
I have summarized as much as possible the exchanges that have taken place. I have been careful enough not to disclose the names of those who have made certain statements, because I do not know whether they are interested in going public.
only wanted to offer some necessary elements for judgment so that our national
public opinion could have as much information as possible on the sensitive
subject of the relations between
Fidel Castro Ruz
April 6, 2009