US Communists salute the Cuban Revolution

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Greetings on the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks

Long live July 26!

Today is the 59th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago, Cuba, and thus is a fitting occasion to remind ourselves of what we all owe to the Cuban Revolution.

On July 26, 1953, 140 Cuban patriots stormed the heavens by launching an armed attack on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago, Cuba, in an effort to spark a national uprising to overthrow the odious U.S. supported military dictator, Fulgencio Batista. The attack failed, and many of the patriots became martyrs to their cause, either dying in the fighting or being murdered by Batista's agents in the aftermath. Only because of a national and international pressure campaign were comrades Fidel Castro and Raul Castro amnestied.

The Cuban revolutionaries did not give up, but continued to prepare, within Cuba and from exile, the campaign that eventually ousted Batista on January 1, 1959.

Quickly, Cuban reactionaries and their imperialist allies rallied to try to reverse the verdict expressed by the Cuban people on that date. They tried everything, and continue to do so: Invasions, sabotage, terrorism and assassination, economic strangulation and a vast propaganda campaign designed to dislodge the Cuban Revolution and subject the people of Cuba once again to class oppression and imperialist subjugation.

However Cuba has prevailed, even when the collapse of socialism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe struck it such a dangerous blow.

In Cuba, the Revolution has created a better life for working people and the masses. Internationally, the gift of the Cuban Revolution has included.

  • The end of the odious apartheid regime in South Africa.
  • The renovation of the revolutionary movements in Latin America and beyond.
  • The renovation of the communist and workers' parties worldwide, who have learned, by
    Cuba's example, that a commitment to socialism does not entail adherence to ossified
    dogmas and bureaucratic, top down methods.
  • The development of the critique of late imperialism and of neo-liberal economic
    policies, as well as the strategy for combating them through popular mobilization.
  • The increasing unity of Latin America and ultimately of all the poor countries of Asia,
    Africa and Latin America behind a broad program of progressive change.
  • The disinterested provision of high quality health care, education and other services to
    poor countries around the world.

Fifty nine years on, however, imperialism has not given up its idea of reversing the Cuban Revolution. Although there have been some changes in the last couple of years, the United States still maintains the economic blockade of Cuba, and continues to imprison, in the face of worldwide indignation and pressure, four of the "Cuban Five" heroes. U.S. government funds still support propaganda and destabilization efforts.

So the struggle goes on, for Cuba and for Cuba's friends around the world, including here in the United States.

The Communist Party of the USA hereby:

  • Salutes the Cuban Communist Party and the Cuban people on the occasion of the 59th
    Anniversary of the Attack on the Moncada Barracks.
  • Sends our special greeting to comrades Fidel Castro Ruz and comrade president Raul
    Castro Ruz, thanking them for their long service to the international working class and
    humanity, and wishing them many more years of good health and happiness.
  • Recalls to memory the glorious members of the first generation of the Cuban Revolution
    who are no longer with us physically but whose names will live for ever, including
    especially comrade Ernesto "Che" Guevara and so many others.
  • Pledges ourselves to keep struggling to end the blocade and travel restrictions, to put a
    stop to all harassment and destabilization activities directed against Cuba, and to free the
    Cuban Five.

In Cuban style, we close by saying:

¡Viva el 26 de Julio!

¡Viva el Partido Comunista de Cuba!

¡Viva la Revolución Cubana!

¡Viva el pueblo cubano, heroico y valiente!

¡Patria o muerte! ¡Cuba vencerá!


PHOTO: Moncada Barracks museum, 2007. CC-BY-SA-3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

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  • I am not a Communist; I favor Anarchy. However, given the failed system of Imperial "Democracy" in the US, especially in regards to the nightmare that is our healthcare system, I must salute the efforts of CPUSA in promoting the struggles of the working class and offer a salute to the brave revolutionaries in Cuba. Their example will never be forgotten and their struggles continue to inspire a sense of justice today and forevermore. Hasta la victoria siempre; libertad por todos!

    Posted by Alucard Payne, 08/23/2012 6:03am (2 years ago)

  • Justice, as in the Internationale, thunders condemnation of the policy positions of the U. S. toward Cuba: draconian, mean, vicious, backwards, ignorant, as they ignore the liberating ideas of the Atlantic revolutions, the ideas of the age of reason.
    Prime in the reasons, best traditions, and physical needs of peoples of the hemisphere and world, are the unheralded works of Jose' Marti'.
    Through him, U. S. Communists and hemispherical communists can get a handle on how he has looked out for our future, our relationships to other workers-and to life in nature as a whole.
    Because of Marti', Cuba has a very, very special place in hemispheric and human history.
    U. S. Communists must lead this truth with the Cuban Communists for friendship with the whole lot of workers in the U. S. , and workers of the world, and to make and keep peace with nature.

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 08/06/2012 10:01am (2 years ago)

  • It is very clear to me that besides placating Cuban reactionaries, the real agenda of the Cuban Embargo is and will always be to shield Cuba from US Citizens in order to deny us the possibility of witnessing real universal healthcare and literacy. If the "useful idiots" of the 2 Capitalist parties see a society where everyone has the right to a quality education and healthcare, then they will say "Why can't my child see a doctor, or get a quality education.

    That's why the US always backed "free" trade" and contacts with other socialist and communist states that felll short of the Cuban people who would not compromise on the right of the people to have a life.

    Posted by Edmond J. O'Neill, 08/04/2012 4:16pm (2 years ago)

  • In memory of those who died to save the working class of Cuba and Latin America, I salute you!

    Posted by Nick, 08/01/2012 4:44pm (2 years ago)

  • Long live the spirit of communism.

    Posted by Johann Arthur William Hollar, 07/26/2012 1:07pm (2 years ago)

  • More power to Fidel, Raul and the future leader of Cuba, Fidelito, los ihos de Dios!!

    Posted by Rainerio Tayco (AlmaAta, revolutionarychemist), 07/26/2012 1:02pm (2 years ago)

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