The Bridge Generation

April 23, 2006

Miami Herald- Oscar Corral

Four years ago, a few Cuban-American students from Harvard, Georgetown, and the University of Florida, feeling disen-franchised from the Cuba discourse that dominates Miami, started a youth group to focus on the island's future.

The controversy surrounding the tug of war over Elián González, the little boy who was rescued at sea after his mother drowned escaping Cuba, was still fresh in the minds of several of the students. They felt many Americans throughout the country misunderstood Cuban Americans' strong feelings on the issue. Then, in early 2003, Cuba launched one of its biggest crackdowns on dissidents and independent journalists, arresting 75 and sentencing them to long prison terms after summary trials.

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