August 8, 2016
Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz
On the occasion of your 90th birthday the members of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists, and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity want to extend our most sincere congratulations and above all our deepest gratitude for everything you have done for the peoples of Our America and the rest of the world.
Your presence has been a permanent source of inspiration, not only when the ascending tide of the popular struggles were making firm steps towards socialism, but also in the recurrent moments when our advances have been stopped due to the ferocity of the reaction of imperialism and their local allies.
In the phases of uprising your example forced us to never be satisfied and like good revolutionaries we pursued with renewed vigor our march especially when we needed to confront adversities or the counter-offensive of the enemy. The memory of your attitude after the Moncada or the attack of imperialism in Playa Giron strengthened our spirits and convinced us that the unyielding will to fight for our ideals was the sure path to victory. You showed us that path on countless occasions, and we can assure you that all that teaching reiterated to us in your meeting with intellectuals on February 10, 2012, when you said that “Even if we heard that in a few weeks the world will come to an end, our duty would be to fight, to continue fighting until the end”, will never be forgotten. This thinking of yours has ingrained a very deep and indelible brand in millions of people in Latin America and the Caribbean who, like many others in other parts of the world, know that this will be our destiny; fighting to the end knowing that the dominant class and imperialism will never just give up.
These convictions that our ideas and the values we hold are infinitely superior to those of the enemy and are an essential ingredient of our revolutionary militancy. From you we learned that defending our values demands from us the most absolute intransigency. We learned this again when with virtuous obstinacy you opposed the herding of the flags of socialism while the Soviet Union and the Socialist camp disappeared. Thanks to your unwavering conviction the Cuban revolution could continue on its march, and by your heroic example, you opened a path that a few years later would start growing in numerous countries of our America after the electoral victory of the presidency of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela in December of 1998. If you had been convinced by those who advised you to leave forever the Socialist project and throw Cuba into the arms of capitalism that bright period that opened from the end of the last century until now, with the defeat of the FTAA, the creation of ALBA, of UNASUR, of CELAC, of Petrocaribe, of the Bank of the South, of Telesur and of this Network in Defense of Humanity would never have taken place. The powerful light that radiated in the lighthouse of the Cuban Revolution was decisive in pushing our people to leave behind that long neoliberal night of the 1990s and return to the path of our Second and Definitive Independence.
That is why our debt, the debt of our people to you, Comandante, is immeasurable and hence our deep gratitude for your revolutionary integrity, for being faithful to that wonderful definition of “revolution”. You expressed it so well in your speech on May 1, 2000, when you pointed out that revolution “is to defend the values in which we believe at the cost of any sacrifice; it is modesty, selflessness, altruism, solidarity and heroism; it is fighting with audacity, intelligence and realism.” Throughout your prolific life you have been faithful to these ideas, that will live eternally in the soul of all the revolutionaries around the world, in all of those who know that another world is possible and necessary, and that if we continue to struggle with constancy and consistency as you have shown for so many years, the victory is inevitable.
Happy 90 years, Fidel! Thanks for your example. You can be sure that we will be faithful to your teachings until the final victory.
On behalf of the Executive Secretariat of the Network in Defense of Humanity, (REDH)
Carmen Bohórquez (REDH General coordinador)
Alicia Jrapko (REDH United States)
Ángel Guerra (REDH Cuba/México)
Ariana López (REDH Cuba)
Atilio Boron (REDH Argentina)
David Comissiong (REDH Caribbean)
Fredy Ñáñez (REDH Venezuela)
Hugo Moldiz (REDH Bolivia)
Juan Manuel Karg (REDH Argentina)
Katu Arkonada (REDH Basque Country/Bolivia)
Luciano Vasapollo (REDH Italy)
Marilia Guimaraes (REDH Brazil)
Nayar López Castellanos (REDH México)
Omar González (REDH Cuba)
Roger Landa (REDH Venezuela)
Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, President of the Socialism Movement, President of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba
Nicolás Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
The Cuban 5 Heroes: Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Ramón Labañino Salazar, Fernando González Llort, René González Sehwerert
An important group of intellectuals, artists, scientists and social activists including:
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Argentina; Pablo González Casanova, México; Silvio Rodríguez, Cuba; Delcy Rodríguez, Venezuela; Álvaro García Linera, Bolivia; David Choquehuanca, Bolivia; Alfonso Sastre, País Vasco; Padre Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, Nicaragua; Rafael Cancel Miranda, Puerto Rico; Mumia Abu Jamal, EEUU; Roberto Fernández Retamar, Cuba; Víctor Flores Olea ,México; Daniel Viglietti, Uruguay; Frei Betto, Brasil; Martin Almada, Paraguay; Socorro Gomes, Brasil; Stella Calloni, Argentina; Leonardo Boff, Brasil; Jorge Sanjinés, Bolivia; Piero Gleijeses, EEUU; Fernando Rendón Meriño, Colombia; Héctor Díaz-Polanco, México; Fernando Moraes, Brasil; Fernando Martínez Heredia, Cuba; Gilberto López y Rivas, México; Cindy Sheehan, EEUU; Lindberg Farias, Brasil; Patricio Echegaray, Argentina; Ismael Clark Arxer, Cuba; Marta Harnecker, Chile; Michael Lebowitz, Canadá; Joao Pedro Stedile, Brasil; Miguel Mazzeo, Argentina; Aldo Díaz Lacayo, Nicaragua; Walter Sales, Brasil; Hernando Calvo Ospina, Colombia/Francia; Miguel Barnet, Cuba; Montserrat Ponsa Tarrés, España; Néstor Kohan, Argentina; Camille Chalmers, Haití; Javier Couso Permuy, España; Theotonio dos Santos, Brasil; Hildebrando Pérez Grande, Perú; Katiuska Blanco Castiñeira, Cuba; Luis Hernández Navarro, México; Bill Hackwell, EEUU; Laura Albizu-Campos Meneses, Puerto Rico; Jorge Veraza, México; Emir Sader, Brasil; Fander Falconí, Ecuador; Paulo Pimenta, Brasil; Saúl Ibargoyen, Uruguay; Fernando Buen Abad Domínguez, México; James Cockcroft , EEUU/Canadá; Beto Almeida, Brasil; Michel Collon, Bélgica; Ghassan Ben Jeddou, Libano; Eva Golinger, EEUU; Waldo Leyva, Cuba; Tim Anderson, Australia; Rubiel Garcia, Cuba; Carlos Fernández Liria, España; Thierno Diop, Senegal; Luis Suárez Salazar, Cuba; Salim Lamrani, Francia; Antonio Gaztambide, Puerto Rico; Carlos Fazio, México; Jane Franklin, EEUU; Fidel Barbarito, Venezuela; Gilberto Ríos Munguía, Honduras; Carlo Frabetti, España; James Early, EEUU; Vicente Battista, Argentina; Winston Orrillo, Perú; Gabo Sequeira, Argentina; Manuel Santos Iñurrieta, Argentina; Nora Cortiñas, Argentina; Pablo Guayasamín, Ecuador; Elma Beatriz Rosado, Puerto Rico; Arturo Corcuera, Perú; Raúl Pérez Torres, Ecuador; Francisco Villa, Chile; Gisela Alonso Domínguez, Cuba; Isaías Rodríguez, Venezuela/Italia; Guillermo Castro, Panamá; Peter Phillips, EEUU; Arnold August, Canadá; Luis Morlote, Cuba; Dolores Miconi, Argentina; Irene Leon, Ecuador; Beth Carvalho, Brasil; Yeidckol Polenvsky, México; Ilka Oliva Corado, Guatemala/EEUU; Elisa Smaneoto, Brasil; Cristina Vazquez, EEUU; Lindeberg Farias, Brasil; Father Luis Barrios, EEUU; Gail Walker; EEUU; Alexander Torres Iriarte, Venezuela; Roberto Mamani Mamani, Bolivia; Alfredo Vera Arrata, Ecuador; Bill Martínez, EEUU; Carlos Cabal Mirabal, Cuba; John Kirk , Canadá; Jorge Kreyness, Argentina; José Regato, Ecuador; Luis Alvarenga, EL Salvador; Maria Nela Prada Tejada, Bolivia; Matti Laitinen, Finlandia; Verónica Córdova, Bolivia; Pepe Viñoles, Uruguay; Ramón Pedregal Casanova, España; Sergio Jorge Pastrana, Cuba; Stephen Kimber, Canadá; Verenice Guayasamín, Ecuador; Jandira Fhegalli, Brasil; Mónica Bruckman, Perú/Brasil; Diego Mondaca, Bolivia;
Ministers of the Plurinational State of Bolivia:
Juan Ramón Quintana, Reymi Ferreira, Luis Arce, Verónica Ramos, César Navarro, Hugo Siles, Carlos Romero, Gonzalo Trigoso, Luis Alberto Sánchez, Ariana Campero, René Orellana, Marko Machicao, Roberto Aguilar, Alexandra Moreira, Miltón Claros.
Also from Bolivia: Gabriela Montaño, Gringo González, Héctor Arce, Alfredo Rada, Leónida Zurita, Juanita Ancieta, Leonardo Loza, Feliciano Vegamonte, Eduardo Pardo, José Pimentel.
Source: Network in Defense of Humanity