Anatomy of a Revolution (Event at UM’s Casa Bacardi)
Two Generations of Dissidents of Conscience Under the Same Regime
A chat between two generations of former political prisoners of conscience, interview and dialgoue about the Castro revolution and the vision for a future democratic Cuba.
Moderator: Jose Azel, Associated researcher, ICCAS, University of Miami. Dr. Azel is one of the founders of Pediatrix Medical Group, the principal provider of specialized pedriatic specialitiies in the United States, and served as its first financial director. Dr. Azel was adjunt professor of International Commerce of the School of Business Administration for the University of Miami. He is licensed and has a Masters in Business Administration and has a Doctorate in International Studies from the University of Miami. Dr. Azel is the author of the book “Manana in Cuba”, published on March of 2010.
Gerardo Martínez-Solanas, Graduated in Political Science with a Masters in Economic Sciences. In Cuba, he was the diocesan of the Catholic Youth and a member of the Revolutionary Directorate. In exile, he is the founder of the Cultural Initiative for a Participatory Democracy and Director of the subsidary ‘DemocraciaParticipativa.net’. He is the author of the book “Government of the People: Option for a New Century”, where he presents an agenda for the XXV century, concepts that go beyond political parties and ideologies, demanding a natural space for the excercise of citizen rights.
Huber Matos Benítez was born in Yara and was one of the leaders of the Cuban Revolution when he helped Fidel Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos and the other members of the 26th of July Movement to bring down the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in January of 1959. He had opposed the coup of 1952, since he considered it unconstitutional. A few months after the triumph of the Revolution, he started becoming more critical about the Marxist direction of the new government and its growing ties to the Communist Party of Cuba. He was declared guilty of “treason and sedition” by the Castro regime, only 9 months after rising to power and for renouncing. Huber was the first prisoner of conscience of the Castro revolution. He served 20 years in prison before being released in 1979. He currently resides in Miami and is still active within the opposition to the Cuban regime.
Pablo Pacheco Ávila, born in Puerto Padre, Las Tunas. In Cuba, he was part of the secretariat of the Cuban Foundation for Human Rights (FCDH), helping political prisoners and their families. He collaborated with the Ciego de Avila Independent Journalist Cooperation as an independent journalist until March 19th of 2003, when he was arrested during the wave of repression known as the Black Spring, being sentenced to 20 years of prison for charges of harming internal order and distabilizing the country. Pacheco’s blog “Voices Behind the Bars” won the first ever “Virtual Island” contest for Cuban bloggers, and was later changed to “Voices from Exile”, which also won the Mandala Award for Communication. He lives in Miami and is also active within the opposition movement.
DATE: Friday, September 21st, 2012.
6:30 p.m. cocktails
7:00 p.m. Interview
PLACE: Casa Bacardí/Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies
Univeristy of Miami, 1531 Brescia Avenue, Coral Gables
RSVP: To reserve, call the institute at (305) 284-CUBA (2822). Limited capacity.