From the lineage of Titans | Granma.cu
Dear Fidel, This past year has been one of great optimism and joy, following your virtuous daily struggle for life and complete recuperation. We feel deeply proud to have as Comandante a giant among Titans, one of those who never abandon a battle, never give up their dreams. You are our best example and guide. On this, your 81st birthday, we wish you health and vitality; many, many more birthdays and that we will celebrate your future birthdays together in our beautiful homeland. Accept the eternal embrace of the Five, our love and affection.
Ramón Labañino Salazar
U.S.P. Beaumont, Texas, USA
Dear Commander in Chief:
I send you my warmest wishes and an embrace for your birthday this August 13. On this occasion, the happiness that I wish for you is greater, and I feel it too, knowing that you have recovered. A year ago today, moreover, after the unusual and adverse ruling by the judges in our case, despite your delicate state of health, a note came out in your handwriting for the five of us, assuring us that we would overcome that monstrous injustice.
Thirty-nine minutes into your birthday, as you were recovering in your convalescent bed, with the traced letters of a person who is lying down, you transmitted to us in your own handwriting that perennial conviction of victory which characterizes you. Your gesture will always remain in my consciousness, as a Cuban revolutionary, as one of so many examples — this one closer, personally speaking — of the reasons why you are and always will be our Commander in Chief.
Fernando González Llort
Federal Correction Center
United States of America
Happy Birthday from a prison within the Empire where everyday I hold you in my heart.
Fate, or who knows what, has conspired to make August a month of important events in the legal battle against the monstrous injustice that keeps us imprisoned. We can almost say, in a poetic way, that the case is moving at an August pace, slow, when you consider that our appeal has yet to be resolved after five years of argument, analysis and decisions.
This coming August 20 there is another hearing before a panel of judges of the Court of Appeals in Atlanta. There, we are sure, one more time, our reason “will lift justice beyond the reach of the greed of men.” We do not know when a decision will be forthcoming from this panel but I reaffirm to you that the Five remain steadfast and serene, as are our people, ready to face whatever may come with total confidence, as Che taught us, that victory will always be ours.
Your reflections reach us here. We read them carefully with pleasure. They educate, guide and strengthen us. They show us how well you are recuperating and how you remain on the front lines in our colossal, transcendental Battle of Ideas.
Also arriving here, day after day, are numerous letters of encouragement and support from our beloved country and all corners of the earth. Reading what they write, children, university students, workers, Committee for the Defense of the Revolution members, people in general, as well as friends of Cuba around the world, we feel with all our hearts, the absolute certainty of your affirmation to the empire, “I assure you, you will never have Cuba.”
The just ideas that you, Comandante, instill in us everyday will never die. They are the essence of our heroic and invincible people.
¡Viva la Revolución!
A strong revolutionary embrace,
Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez
U.S. Penitentiary, Florence, Colorado
Translated by Granma International