If you're reading this it's because the slogan above intrigued you. I wish I could take credit for it, but I can't. My friend and fellow blogger, George Moneo, had an idea. I'll let him explain it in his own words...

This all began after the beatings of the demonstrators who were commemorating the 13 de marzo tugboat ramming. We heard (and saw) these demonstrators bravely confront the goons, we have read about people fighting back when their television sets are to be confiscated. (Mora wrote, in a previous post, that the Cuban people are saying, "¡ya basta!" Yesterday, Val relayed news of an attack on an EU Commissioner and how the towns-people came to their aid.

I spoke to Val after those 13 de marzo demonstrations and told him that I thought the time seemed right for the people in Cuba to begin to think differently about their situation. After hearing my idea, he pointed me to Jerome DuBois and Catherine King's online novel, La Pionera and The New Mango, which describes the fictional events leading up to the failure of the castro government by the unleashing of a simple idea -- a meme* -- that takes root in the minds and hearts of the Cuban people. After devouring the parts of the novel that had been published, I knew that the synchronicity of my idea, coupled with Val's recommendation of this novel with the same theme, was not a coincidence.

I feel very strongly that this idea, this meme -- can begin to infect the Cuban people with the strength and will to overcome what they are going through. Overcome the fear of the military, the fear of the CDRs, the fear of the filthy chivatos in the neighborhoods, all of it. Since armed insurrection is not possible at this point, my modest proposal to the people of Cuba is simple. Whenever it gets to the point that the situation seems hopeless, all of you have to say are three words written in Spanish: ¡Ya no mas! - "I've had enough!"

To the folks on the island, I want you to say these three simple words: repeat them, believe them. Don't just say them. All of you on the island have to understand that despite the CDRs, despite the lack of electricity, despite the lack of fresh milk for your babies, despite the all of these things, you are still human beings, you have dignity and worth, you are God's children like the rest of us. And when the frustration is too much, you have to rise up and yell, ¡Ya no mas! -- "I've had enough!"

Everything around us, that is created by man, was once just a thought. The power of the mind to create reality is beyond dispute. These words can empower the people of Cuba with the spirit of liberty. Despite all that the government can do to them, they can still say them and they can still think them. I hope they pass the meme along, paint the words on buildings, write them on the sidewalk, write them in their ration books. All they have to do is to believe them.

"I've had enough."

*Meme: noun: an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.

Un Mensaje para el pueblo de Cuba

En las últimas semanas hemos visto al pueblo de Cuba despertarse del sueño malévolo de fidel castro y conmemorar el 13 de marzo y protestar contra los policías cuando querían confiscar los televisores (en la calle San Eugenio en Güira de Melena). Estas protestas en Cuba nos afectan mucho en el exilio. Cuando los chivatos y los lacayos de fidel maltratan a los que están ejercitando sus derechos, como seres humanos dignos, de protestar contra un gobierno injusto y malévolo, nos dan una gran esperanza para el futuro del pueblo cubano.

Sigo creyendo que tiene que haber una idea, simple y poderosa, que pueda infectar al pueblo cubano con el deseo y la voluntad para sobrepasar lo peor que les puedan traer las fuerzas policíacas de fidel. Una simple idea que ni los militares, ni los comités de defensa de la revolución, ni los chivatos, ni nadie, pueda quitarles de las cabezas. Al pueblo de Cuba le hago esta modesta propuesta: cuando lleguen al punto donde ya no puedan más con la situación en Cuba, tienen que decir, tienen que gritar:

¡Ya no más!

Tres palabritas. ¡Desahóguense, repítanlas, créenlas! No es solamente decirlas, no. Tienen que creer en lo que están diciendo. ¡Ya no más! con los apagones, ¡Ya no más! con tonterías como las arroceras, ¡Ya no más! con la falta de comida, ¡Ya no más! con la falta de leche, ¡Ya no más! con la falta de todo que les permita vivir como seres humanos dignos.

Tres palabritas. Escríbanlas en sus libretas de abastecimientos, en las paredes, en el piso, en las calles, en todos los lugares que puedan. Crean en estas palabritas, y cuando en sus mentes ya tengan la seguridad de que ¡Ya no más! Entonces tomen acción.

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