In a historic demonstration against their oppressive government, the Cuban people took to the streets in thousands on Sunday to demand freedom and change, in the face of a regime that has allowed the pandemic to thrive and the economy to suffer.
Here in Florida, and Orlando really, our response was terrific. Groups near Semoran joined protests taking place in Miami, and all over the country in support of their brothers and sisters.
Politicians from both sides of the aisle took to social media to voice their support for the Cuban people.
But as we woke up this morning, many are asking “What next?”.
That’s a fair question. No change has been provoked. The people are still suffering.
Politicians from both sides of the aisle have reverted to partisan attacks, bringing their commitments and motives into question.
And there is no plan. Without no plan, how can there be change?
The truth is that there likely won’t be.
Unless the government makes some unprecedented changes regarding their policy with Cuba nothing is going to change, and we’re going to remain in this stalemate as their government reaches all time lows and people die in the streets of COVID.
If there is going to be change, it will have to be through a struggle on the island and that’s going to be even tougher on the people.
It’s all very frustrating too. We’re very good at making noise with rallies and social media but when it comes to an actual mechanism for improvement, our elected leaders always falter.
Let’s hope the Cuba finds it’s way through these hard times.