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July 11 and the Faith Community’s Leadership in Cuba
February 8 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
On July 11, 2021, thousands of Cubans took to the streets demanding economic and political reform, respect for human rights, and immediate relief from poverty, food insecurity, inadequate health care, authoritarianism, and repression. The government, in a foreign exchange crisis and seemingly incapable of implementing significant reforms, clamped down on the protests, detaining hundreds of individuals, including Cuban faith leaders, and put in place new laws and decrees to punish dissenters.
Cuba’s churches – repressed and purposely divided by the Cuban government – are filling a crucial spiritual, civil society and community services void. Faith leaders, more trusted than government leaders, are collaborating in defense of human rights, engaging in peaceful dialogue, and advocating non-violent, constructive reforms.
In this webinar, several leaders of Cuba’s faith community will discuss the significance of the July 11 protests, the role of the church in advocating for human rights and pro-democracy reforms, the Cuban government’s response to faith leaders’ activism, and more.