The Committee to Defend Free Speech in Miami is proud to join with and salute all the participants in today’s international day of action to protest the indictments of African People’s Socialist Party Chairman Omali Yeshitela and Uhuru solidarity leaders Penny Hess and Jesse Nevel, falsely charged as “Russian Agents.”
The lying attempt to portray such longtime fighters against racism and oppression as foreign agents is not only a cynical attempt to isolate them, but even worse to imprison them.
These oppressors don’t want us to read, to speak and debate with each other freely, to respect each other as equals no matter our nationality, sexual preferences, or gender. They fear our unity in action to fight for our democratic rights as much as they hate learning our true history. They know these are the tools empowering the majority that their small minority oppresses.
We know that these considerations motivate the spreading attack on democratic rights throughout the state of Florida and indeed the U.S. This weekend, many of us will be participating in the 35th monthly caravan in Miami to protest the U.S. blockade of Cuba. Sen. Marco Rubio has also called us foreign agents who should be investigated by the FBI. Hate-filled thugs here emboldened by police inaction have attacked our caravans in broad daylight on the streets of the city. But we roll on. We know the value of free speech and salute your part in our common battle for social justice.
Committee to Defend Free Speech in Miami