A full house in one of the theaters of the Landmark multiplex cinema in downtown Washington DC came eager to watch the two films Maestra, story of the Cuba’s 1961 literacy campaign, and the U.S. premiere of Lucha Si about the struggle for public education in Puerto Rico.
After the movies ended, a lively discussion took place with the directors of both documentaries, two doctors from the Latin America School of Medicine in Cuba and a special Cuban guest Norma Guillard. The two films meshed perfectly as they show two side of education: one an example of failure and the other one of success. “Puerto Rico and Cuba are two wings of the same bird,” said Norma Guillard, “but one wing is flying high and the other one is broken.”
Meetings with congressional members to discuss the path towards normalization with Cuba and the end of the blockade took place in all three congressional offices buildings today. All the meetings took place with members of congress or with their foreign policy aides.
A particular highlight was the meeting that was held with Congresswoman Karen Bass who had just returned from a meeting with Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel in New York City.