A chance for human rights activists, and those concerned with freedom in general, to make a difference and get involved peacefully could be just
around the corner. A new piece of legislation being introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives could allow Americans to "Adopt-A-Political
Prisoner" in communist Cuba. A country with a record of imprisoning it's citizens for the simplest infractions. The bill aims at bringing attention
to the hundreds of prisoners in Cuban jails, arrested for trying to exercise their individual rights. Put together by a group of bipartisan lawmakers,
the legislation may prove to be a chance for activists to get involved without having to lean towards one political party or another.
Backed by Cuban-born Republican lawmaker Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Tom Lantos, a California Democrat, the plan asks supporters to publicize
"the case of your adopted prisoner of conscience, keeping informed about their situation and urging their immediate and unconditional release," a
"There are thousands of pro-democracy activists currently imprisoned in Castro's gulags for exercizing their most basic human rights, including the
freedom to speak freely, worship freely, organize unions and assemble peaceably," the US lawmakers said in a statement.
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In the U.S. we the signs everywhere "Adopt-A-Highway" "Adopt-A-Beach" and so-on. What better way to take up the cause of individual freedom than
to get informed about a person jailed for the doing things we take for granted every day, staying informed, follow their case, write letters to Human
Rights organizations, and get the word out in chat rooms, bbs's, and community news outlets. It worked in the case of Nelson Mandella and others
imprisoned in South Africa, there is no reason to believe it can't work in Cuba. As recently as monday Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque,
when asked about the release of prisoners during a news conference in Madrid, Spain, stated "These people have been jailed in accordance with
existing laws for collaborating with a foreign power...to topple the Cuban revolution and to submit our people to a colonial yoke," refering to the
rounding up of 75 dissidents in March, 2003. It has to be clear to most, that as long as the current dictatorship is in power no advance will be made
in the fight for individual freedoms.
Who are these political prisoners? They are teachers, artists, shopkeepers, mothers, fathers, people of all walks of life. Using your freedom to help
gain the freedom of another has to be one of the most noble pursuits a person can take on. Perhaps we, as individuals, can bring about real change
without the threat of force by the government, and without listening to endless hours of debate on the floor of the U.N., perhaps.
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