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Vilma Espin: A revolutionary life

Jun 21, 2007

Vilma Espín

June 20, 2007

Dear people of Cuba:

It was with profound sorrow that we learned of the death of beloved comrade Vilma Espín, who was an exemplary revolutionary not only for Cuba but for the world.

Her actions, from an early age, in the clandestine struggle against the Batista tyranny, her outstanding leadership in the continuous campaign for the advancement of women in society, and her total dedication to the Revolution were and always will be examples for us to follow.

At a time when the worldwide women’s movement was yet to be, Vilma, together with her sister comrades, opened the road in Cuba to assure women’s equality in all aspects. She showed that the advancement of women is closely linked to the development of socialism.

Among the luminous lights of the beacon that is the Cuban revolution, is the life of Vilma. We will always remember her firmness in the struggle; her grace and her love of justice for her people.

We extend our profound condolences and solidarity to comrade Raúl and family, to the Cuban people, and to her comrades in the Communist Party of Cuba and the Cuban Women’s Federation.

Vilma Espín, presente!

Gloria La Riva and Brian Becker
For the Political Committee of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, United States


 

En Español

20 junio 2007

Querido pueblo de Cuba

Con profundo dolor y tristeza conocimos del fallecimiento de la entrañable compañera Vilma Espín, revolucionaria ejemplar no sólo de Cuba, sino del mundo.

Sus acciones, desde muy joven, en la lucha clandestina contra la tiranía batistiana, su liderazgo destacado en la continua campaña para hacer avanzar a la mujer en la sociedad, y su dedicación total a la Revolución, fueron y siempre serán ejemplos a seguir para nosotros.

Cuando el movimiento mundial de la mujer todavía estaba por nacer, Vilma, junto con sus compañeras, abrió el camino en Cuba para asegurar la igualdad de la mujer en todos los aspectos. Así enseño que el avance de la mujer está estrechamente ligado al desarrollo del socialismo.

Entre las luces que resplandecen desde el faro que es la revolución Cubana, está la vida de Vilma. Siempre recordaremos su firmeza en la lucha, su gracia y su amor por la justicia para su pueblo.

Extendemos nuestras profundas condolencias y solidaridad al compañero Raúl y la familia, al pueblo cubano y a sus compañeras y compañeros en el Partido Comunista de Cuba y la Federación de Mujeres Cubanas.

¡Vilma Espín, presente!

Gloria La Riva y Brian Becker
Por el Comité Político del Partido por el Socialismo y la Liberación, EEUU

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