My Neighborhood Candidate Selection Meeting

Miguel Arias Sanchez

Illustration by Carlos

HAVANA TIMES — There was recently a meeting to choose the candidate/s for my district’s representative (el delegado), in my neighborhood of Guanabacoa, one of Havana’s outlying municipalities.

Very few people came out for the 8 p.m. gathering, maybe 20 more or less. The TV prime time soap opera is much more appealing than a meeting. Nobody wanted to be elected, people put candidates forward and  one by one these rejected the nominations. All of them claimed to have serious personal issues for not taking on the position. Given this situation, the same person who has been our representative for many years now was chosen, a retired militaryman.

At the moment the woman sent by the Communist Party to oversee the meeting announced the outcome something fell from the sky and landed on her.  The stench filled the place and quieted people’s applause for the new/old representative.

I was in the bathroom, the cries made me jump; I wrapped myself in a towell and went running to the window and could witness all of the hysteria: Traitor! Traitor! The person who did this is a traitor, they won’t destroy the Revolution or manage to do anything, just rejection… She was taken to someone’s home until she walked out calmer and cleaner. The meeting had finished, in the end, the objective had already been met, the representative would continue on in his role.

Various suspects were arrested but they were let go the next day because in the inquiries and until today, the authorities were unable to prove who threw that rotten egg.


Miguel Arias

Miguel Arias Sánchez: I was born in Regla in 1949. That’s where I went to elementary and high school. Afterwards I took courses to be a teacher and did that for several years. I did my military service and as soon as I got out I studied formally to be a teacher graduating at the University of Havana. I taught in classrooms for nearly 20 years. I had the opportunity to travel and see another reality. I returned and am currently doing different self-employed activities.

22 thoughts on “My Neighborhood Candidate Selection Meeting

  • I think a condemnation of the crimes of Stalin is not an example of confusion, but is rather an indication of clear-sightedness.
    Even when Stalin was being lauded in Hollywood, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_to_Moscow, there was a clear-sighted minority who raised their voices in condemnation.

  • Yes, it is the same Raphael Stephen-Pons.
    There is no surprise in different members of the CPUSA having different views upon Stalin. The political extreme left wing regularly displays confusion about ‘real’ or ‘true’ socialism. They endeavor to excuse its excesses, repression and incompetence by saying that those practicing it were not really pursuing socialism and indeed fail to be able to illustrate where ‘true’ socialism has actually been practiced.
    Stephen-Pons dismisses ‘Stalin Breaker of Nations’ by Robert Conquest as “propaganda”. But it is difficult to find a book that has – as is the case with ‘Stalin Breaker of Nations’ a twelve page index and six pages of bibliography.
    The New York Times which can hardly be described as right wing (ask Donald Trump(f)), said of the book:
    “A superb portrait of the man who terrorized his country for thirty years and inflicted the Cold War on the rest of the world.”

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