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    A Dreamed of, Possible and Future Cuba, Laboratorio Casa Cuba Proposal

    A Dreamed of, Possible and Future Cuba, Laboratorio Casa Cuba Proposal /

    Catholic Archdiocese of Havana

    Posted on April 8, 2013

    Site manager's note: This document/proposal, published by the Catholic

    Archdiocese of Havana, is generating discussion among the bloggers and

    is posted here for the convenience of our readers.

    The following translation is taken from the Havana Times. The document,

    in English, can be downloaded here.

    A Dreamed of, Possible and Future Cuba

    The sovereignty of the country is only the unrestricted exercise of all

    the rights of human dignity throughout the territory of our country for

    all Cubans.

    Cuba is experiencing a new era. This imposes on us the urgency of

    ensuring the sovereignty of our country. Concerned about the present and

    the future, we wish to make proposals to be studied and debated

    publicly, about how a process of economic renovation might develop

    alongside a renewal of the Cuban social order.

    We in the Laboratorio Casa Cuba*, of dissimilar ideological provenance,

    start from a consensus on five pillars that we deem crucial and

    indispensable for the present and future of Cuba: Advocate the

    realization of human dignity, which is specified by non-violent exercise

    of freedom, equality and brotherhood, for the socialization of spiritual

    and material wealth to be able to create, for the achievement of full

    democracy, for the pursuit of greater stability in this process of

    change and solved by the rejection of foreign powers meddling in the

    affairs of Cuba.

    In proposing (never imposing) a minimal definition of Republic and some

    possible tools to achieve it, we don't want to promote private agendas,

    but Cubans', with different opinions and beliefs, among all of us to

    realize, broaden and deepen these criteria, we aspire to be the basis of

    our coexistence in the near future.


    A public order with a universe of attitudes, commitments and rules

    guaranteed to every human being to enjoy all the capabilities needed to

    perform their share of sovereignty. The exercise of citizen sovereignty,

    which requires a democratic order must be based on human virtues, as the

    principal means mutual support, and the goal of building justice.

    Instruments to strengthen the Republic of Cuba today and tomorrow:

    I. Ensure the enjoyment of civil, family, political, cultural, social,

    labor and economic rights.

    II. Implement effective mechanisms through which every citizen can

    equally enjoy these rights, and to empower the disadvantaged.

    III. To ensure the right to universal information that is free and

    diverse, broad and deep, interactive and critical, without censorship or

    monopolization. This is especially essential to ensure transparency in

    governance and participatory mass access to the Internet.

    IV. Ensure the social and political multiplicity of the nation the right

    to choose different ways to self-organize in order to promote their

    goals, influence opinion and act in society and participate in governance.

    V. Allow believers and practitioners of different religions,

    spiritualities and worldviews that exist in Cuba to publicly promote

    their identities, feel respected, and self-organize into communities

    with legal status.

    VI. Establish diverse ways to enable citizens to actively monitor

    compliance with the Constitution, and the performance of all official


    VII. To seek the greatest possible autonomy for local institutions,

    understood as community spaces, resources and decision-making

    capabilities on these, to exercise the role of solidarity and citizen


    VIII. When a problem can be solved at the grassroots level, locally,

    community wise or in the workplace, the higher courts should not

    intervene in the solution; communities, associations, companies and

    groups of workers must be able to freely cooperate with each other to

    solve their problems together.

    IX. Repeal all rules that establish discrimination between citizens

    according to their places of origin or residence, including those that

    favor foreigners' over Cubans. Likewise, repeal laws providing the

    possibility of criminal sanctions for those who didn't commit criminal

    acts (charged with pre-criminal dangerousness: the "dangerousness" and

    "pre-criminal security measures").

    X. Establish mechanisms of mutual control between the various public

    functions. Separate legislative, executive, judicial and electoral

    functions and outline the cooperation that should exist between them.

    XI. Each taxpayer should be involved in the development and approval of

    the use of funds coming into the treasury, and accountability for use in

    well-defined social purposes.

    XII. Choose any public office representative, through direct elections,

    free, secret and periodic and competitive among candidates nominated

    directly by citizens.

    XIII. Likewise, the above rules should apply to the election of the

    highest executive positions of the Republic and of each locality.

    XIV. Limit to two periods remaining in the popularly elected executive

    positions, and set age limits for such functions as well as determine

    the incompatibility of positions to be held by the same person.

    XV. Enforce the periodic interactive public accountability of all public


    XVI. Ensure the right of the people to revoke all mandates.

    XVII. Make full use of the referendum and the plebiscite, in all areas

    and dimensions.

    XVIII. Effectively ensure the right to work and employment guarantees,

    as well as the needed economic freedoms, and make the management of the

    economy subject to enforceable social and environmental commitments.

    XIX. Keep as law, universal and free access to health care, through

    various forms of social organization as well as fair remuneration

    according to professional performance.

    XX. Ensuring universal and personalized access to a democratic,

    humanistic and diverse education, with fair pay for educators and the

    active involvement of teachers, students, families and communities in

    the management of the school facilities and the definition of curricula

    as well as a free and responsible cultural development.

    XXI. Academic and university autonomy, with academic freedom and of

    research, and an active participation of all stakeholders.

    XXII. Ensure effective ways to ensure a balanced participation of the

    Cuban diaspora in the country's life.

    XXIII. All social activity must comply with the principles of legality,

    justice and constitutional supremacy. Constitutional provisions should

    be developed and adopted with the participation of the general population.

    With this we add our modest effort to the unforgettable efforts of those

    who have fought and worked for the triumph of love in our land, a choir

    of plural and diverse voices, which we join in a common redemptive password.

    Comments, analysis and proposals can be sent to the following email

    address: labcasacuba@gmail.com


    (*) The Laboratory Casa Cuba is a newly created team for social and

    legal research, recently created by Espacio Laical, a publication of the

    Roman Catholic archbishopric of Havana. It includes professors and

    researchers of diverse ideologies (Catholics, critical Marxists,

    republican-socialists and anarchists), whose critical contribution will

    attempt to provide tools that can help to continue the dialogue and

    consensus building for a Cuba with dignity, solidarity and citizen



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