By Juan Morales Agüero firstname.lastname@example.org
February 18, 2020
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
When one attends a youth meeting and listens to its participants discuss the varied and complex palette of issues that color contemporary Cuban society, one appreciates that the word future transcends mere rhetoric to become something accessible and concrete in what they believe in. “Your future, today,” says their motto.
At the 11th provincial stocktaking assembly, the “Future of Cuba. Congress of the Union of Young Communists (UJC) of Las Tunas, he took the microphone and expressed his ideas for a good part of the social spectrum of the territory: students, teachers, peasants, workers, leaders, technicians, religious… It is that the young people of today seem to be in possession of the gift of ubiquity, that which favors being present everywhere at the same time.
This was made clear at the meeting held at the theater of the University of Medical Sciences of the territory, in the presence of José Ramón Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Party; Susely Morfa González, First Secretary of the National Committee of the UJC, and other leaders and guests from different bodies.
Rafael Alberto, a cooperative member from the Jesús Menéndez municipality, revealed the “secret” of how he managed to make his base committee grow with six militants: by making them fall in love with the day-to-day work of the organization. He spoke of the link between the agricultural work on his farm and academic programs, and of Cubasolar’s contribution to taking advantage of renewable energy.
Julio César, a doctor from Majibacoa, spoke of the potential of a grassroots committee to make itself felt within its radius of action: they collaborate in the construction of an old people’s home, work in a productive area, organize circles of interest, and train in the fight against drugs.
Yuniela Comendador González, president of the Martí Youth Movement at the University of Las Tunas, told how they use social networks to disseminate the work of Cuba’s National Hero. So, they called for a selfies contest and uploaded the winning photos to their Twitter and Facebook profiles.
The role of the UJC in these times was the topic addressed by Eduardo Antonio Rondón Martínez, president of the FEU at the University of Medical Sciences. “We militants have the duty to leave prepared in the academic, but also in the political and ideological [sense] And to be willing to go where we are needed once we graduate. And to bring optimism to the communities”.
Elizabeth de la Cruz, from the Construction and Assembly Company, told how militants from her center – and others who are not yet militants – have made voluntary work with the victims one of their calling cards. Even the micro 8 in Santiago de Cuba were some to contribute to the construction of houses. And they also traveled to Havana when the tornado hit several of their communities. In Regla, they left the indelible mark of their solidarity.
Speaking in the discussion, Susely said that “among the admirable things about this assembly is that no comments are like any other, and that there is a correspondence between what they say and what you do every day. We must fight on all fronts. And today social networks are an important front. From that space we must also fight the enemy. And be alert to any sign of manipulation.
For his part, José Ramón Machado Ventura made clear the absolute confidence the Party has in the vanguard youth organization. This is all the more so at the present time when the process is underway. In his words he endorsed what the participants had said, encouraged them to continue and said: “We know we can count on you”.
The assembly constituted the delegation of the province for the final session of the 11th. At the same time, it elected the new Committee and Provincial Bureau of the UJC, at the head of which Anier Arnedo Sánchez was confirmed as the first secretary in the territory.
By Odalis Riquenes Cutiño
Published: Thursday 20 February 2020 | 05:59:34 pm.
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
SANTIAGO DE CUBA.-Wilfredo Valdés Pérez, specialist in quality control at the Hermanos Díaz refinery; Danay Leyva Barrios, hydraulic engineer and a pillar in the investments of the Santiago Provincial Delegation of Hydraulic Resources; Beatriz García Vistel, who is training as an Early Childhood Educator at the Floro Pérez Pedagogical School and Dainier González Romero, fourth-year Telecommunications Engineering student at the Universidad de Oriente, were selected in their respective centers as direct delegates from this eastern province to the 11th Congress of the UJC.
Excited, each in their own way, among the hugs of their colleagues, the joy of their administrative leadership, and the respectful tribute to the merit of those who shared the candidacies with them, they received their credentials and recognition from the hands of the member of the National Bureau of the UJC, Yannara Concepción Domínguez, and reaffirmed their commitment to continue firm and moving forward, contributing to the present and underpinning a better future.
Wilfredo, Danay, Beatriz and Dainier are the faces of continuity and their stories of anonymous and daily devotion, the best evidence that the new Cubans are the protagonists of their time, and in their walk there are guarantees for tomorrow.
A graduate in Chemistry, Wilfredo is the youth leader of the Santiago fuel refinery, a center with a tradition of good work from the UJC and where, united by a shared vision, the Bisoño people are a true vanguard for carrying out any task of high impact or difficulty that may arise.
In addition to working long hours in all areas of the plant to secure the fuel demand in eastern Cuba, the novices set the pace if a substation affected by a fire needs to be repaired, a cooling tower needs to be dismantled, or an oil spill threatens the bay.
Danay Leyva Barrios, a specialist in water resource management and development, will raise her voice at the great gathering of the young Cuban vanguard, on behalf of those who from dawn to dusk are wasting sacrifices, whether in new investments, in dealing with drought or in daily water management, without expecting any reward other than a “thank you” from the population that has benefited from the precious liquid.
At only 17 years old and the love for history and children in her warm eyes, Beatriz García Vistel is the living example of the values of the girls who are trained at the Floro Pérez Pedagogical School, a center that has been outstanding at a national level for four consecutive years. There future early childhood educators are prepared, ready to continue the achievements of the Revolution in this sector.
Only two courses away from graduating as a telecommunications engineer from the Universidad de Oriente, Dainier González is already dreaming and striving for a tomorrow where, he says, science, which he is passionate about, and the research that can be generated from academia, will be put to work on the dilemmas of local development.
That is why he already speaks, passionately, of the use of robotics in the development of assisted rehabilitation technologies for patients affected by neurological diseases. This will be his degree thesis, because, in this way, he assures us, he will be at the level of the prepared and committed professionals who are trained in the country.
Today they are Wilfredo, Danay, Beatriz, Dainier, four among thousands in Santiago, in Cuba; party lovers, addicted to technology, but also industrious and dedicated, every day and from the most diverse fields, to forging the future of the Homeland.
These are the signs of continuity, real, concrete, beyond any slogan.
By Zorileidys Pimentel Miranda
December 22, 2019
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
Viñales, Pinar del Río – To transform, propose new ideas and enrich the work of the Young Communist League (YCL); to build spaces for self-criticism and deep discussion; to bring joy and responsibility to the tasks… The proposals are diverse, but they all seek a common goal: to make the YCL an organization with which the new generations feel committed and in which they see their interests well represented.
These times require the dynamism, creativity, and enthusiasm of the youth. Today the YCL also advocates strengthening of political and ideological preparation, knowledge of history, defense of the country and work in social networks to confront the subversive campaigns of imperialism against the Cuban Revolution.
This is what the delegates from Viñales to the 11th Evaluation Assembly. Congress, a space in which the people of Pinar del Río talked “with their shirts off”, about the main difficulties that threaten the adequate functioning of the organization in this territory.
“Enough of incorporating young people to fill the numbers. We have to focus on growing with those who really feel committed to this militancy, to the Revolution and to the tasks it assigns us,” said the secretary of the base committee of the Dos Hermanas camp, who works as a recreation technician.
He was right when he said: “Hence the importance of creating meeting spaces that allow interaction, getting to know each other and sharing our experiences. In this sense, Diosvany Acosta Abrahante, a member of the National Bureau of the UJC, urged the generation of proposals that would bring about a real change of mentality in the youth universe.
We need to guarantee greater incorporation to the ranks of the UJC. This is one of our work priorities; but it is not a question of doing it to fulfill a form, but to find creative solutions among all of us and to act as the vanguard that is the organization of the new generations, he pointed out.
“Another of the central aspects, I would say, is that we must demonstrate in each space that the youth are not lost, and that we are interested in the problems of the country. We are concerned about actively participating in voluntary work, camping, special mornings and all the activities that the UJC calls for,” said Daimarys Arteaga a pre-university student.
“Those of us who are self-employed, for example, have to be more prepared, to know about our past, the current situation of the country… because on many occasions we interact with tourists who ask us about how people live in Cuba, and that is when we have to present them with arguments to defend our truth,” said Lisandra Arencibia Llanes, who has been working in the non-state sector for four years.
In each of the views presented in the evaluation assembly, it was evident, as Acosta Abrahante said, that these are times to implement, multiply and socialize with the entire youth universe, and above all to understand that the base committee is an essential part of the effort to strengthen the internal life, structures and work of the UJC.