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Title: #40- Speaking For Most Of Humanity (editorial)
Speaking For Most Of Humanity
Editorial in The Militant, Vol. 59, no. 40
30 October 1995
"I speak on behalf of the children of the world who
don't even have a piece of bread. I speak on behalf of the
sick who lack medicine. I speak on behalf of those who have
been denied the right to life and to human dignity."
- Fidel Castro at the United Nations, Oct. 12, 1979
The last time Cuban president Fidel Castro visited the
United Nations he spoke there for the "immense majority of
humanity." Today revolutionary Cuba continues to maintain
its place in the world fighting for the rights of the
oppressed and exploited, and presenting an example worth
emulating. That is why Washington hates Cuba and why
thousands around the world have mobilized in actions this
October in solidarity with Cuba and to demand an end to the
U.S. economic war against that Caribbean island.
As this issue of the Militant goes to press, activists
in the Northeast of the United States are making the last
efforts to mobilize support for the October 21 demonstration
in New York City to counter Washington's aggression.
The successful actions so far in South Africa, India,
Sweden, the United Kingdom, and in Chicago and San Francisco
in the United States, are testament to the fact that Cuba is
not alone in the world.
From the earliest days of the Cuban revolution,
Washington has attempted to weaken, divide, and plot to
overthrow the government and the communist leadership of
Cuba. But at every turn its plans have been thwarted by the
fact that the working class of Cuba has confidence in itself
and its revolutionary leadership. And in spite of the
obstacles put in their way, the working people of Cuba
remain capable and determined to defend the revolution's
socialist course and their government.
Washington must also contend with the vocal opposition
to its policies around the world. The U.S. rulers have been
unable to isolate the Cuban revolution from the workers,
farmers, and youth of the globe. In fact, more and more
young people today are becoming interested in why
Washington's cold war against Cuba doesn't end.
All who oppose Washington's economic embargo and travel
ban directed against Cuba, support normal relations between
the United States and the Caribbean island, and respect
Cuba's right to self-determination have an opportunity to do
Besides making last-minute efforts to maximize the
turnout at the October 21 march, defenders of Cuba have a
chance and an obligation to mobilize to welcome the Cuban
delegation to the United Nations at the Cuban Mission in New
York and to counter right-wing mobilizations called for the
same time period against the revolutionary government in
In coming months, activists in many countries will be
involved in bringing Cuban youth and others to their
countries to learn about the revolution. These tours can be
built in a big way with an eye toward involving new forces.
Visits and brigades to Cuba are also in the works and can
help to spread the knowledge and solidarity with socialist
For the same reasons that Clinton, Helms, and company
loathe and attack the Cuban revolution, working people and
youth should come to its defense. The best way to do this is
to continue the day-to-day work of building activities and
coalitions in defense of Cuba in every city.
In the next few days, the task is clear:
All out for October 21 and the mobilizations at the
Cuban Mission in New York City!
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