Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez Statement Regarding The 14 de Junio (Spanish)

June 14, 2018


Today marks one more anniversary of the 14th of June Movement, a milestone in the history of the country where I was born and raised. This event resonated with countries around the world because its ideals of unity and transformation of our society. The young leaders of the movement, inspired by democratic values and the love of freedom, fought for the progress of their country. They lost their lives in the pursuit of a more just and equitable society.

We shall remember them with expressions of solidarity for countries, peoples and communities living under oppression. Equally important, we must honor those heroes by participating in the democratic process wherever we are and fighting for the working class to live with dignity and become part of the middle class.

Long live Manolo Tavarez, Minerva Mirabal and the men and women who accompanied them in the June 14 movement and faced one of the most cruel dictatorships in Latin America and the world.

In Spanish

Hoy se conmemora un aniversario más del Movimiento 14 de Junio, un hito en la historia del país que me vió nacer y crecer. Este evento trascendió a los pueblos de todo el mundo por tratarse de los ideales de unidad y transformación de nuestra sociedad. Los jóvenes líderes del movimiento, inspirados por los valores democráticos y el amor a la libertad, lucharon por el progreso y desarrollo de su país. Ellos perdieron sus vidas buscando conseguir una sociedad más justa y equitativa.

Tenemos que recordarlos con expresiones de solidaridad para países, pueblos y comunidades viviendo en opresión. De igual importancia, debemos de honrar esos héroes al participar en el proceso democrático donde quiera que estemos y luchar para que la clase trabajadora viva con dignidad y se integre a la clase mediaQue viva Manolo Tavárez, Minerva Mirabal y los hombres y mujeres que los acompañaron en el movimiento 14 de Junio y enfrentaron a una de las más crueles dictaduras en Latinoamérica y el mundo.

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