Voter Registration

Plan voter registration efforts.

Programming

Identify local Issues, Action Items and Club Agendas.

Fundraising

Organize recruitment and fundraising events.

Outreach

Partner with the Party and other Clubs and Caucuses.

Campaign

Train precinct captains.

Membership

Recruit new members.

Empowering Cuban-Americans to be proud to be a Democrat.

 

The Breakfast Club

We meet regularly for breakfast at a Latin American Cafeteria where candidates let us know what they think and we let them know what we think. Guest speakers on pertinent issues of the day will often join us for a presentation.

Going Door to Door

Meeting voters by knocking on doors for great Democratic candidates.

A Little History

Written by Hector Caraballo - Club Founder, former Cuban political prisoner and club President for 10 years.

Published Thursday September 4th 2008 in the Miami Herald
I found myself in jail in Santa Clara, Cuba, autumn of 1964. The preferred topic of conversation of our interminable chats on the prison patio was the United States electoral campaign. We passionately debated the pros and cons of each candidate. The contenders then were Lyndon B. Johnson and Barry Goldwater. More than once I expressed to my fellow prisoners the differences I noted between our two societies. In the United States the debates occurred in the press, people congregated at conventions and in the end they voted. In Cuba, by contrast, to agree with the opposition was a crime – A crime that you paid for with prison, exile or the execution wall. Many times at night, when insomnia made my thoughts run rampant, I imagined what it would be like to live in a democracy and to be able to participate in political parties, elections and conventions. Forty four years later, in Denver, Colorado, for the first time in my life, I participated in a political convention. I witnessed the arrival of the posters and songs of thousands of men and women, young and old, of all races. I saw the faces of hope and shared their slogans and joy. I participated in sessions and conferences on innumerable and varied topics. And finally I voted with pride as a delegate of the Democratic Party of Florida. After so many years I realized my dream as a young student and political prisoner.

 

Debatir, proclamar, elegir…
Me encontraba en la cárcel de Santa Clara, Cuba, en el otoño de 1964. El tema preferido en nuestras interminables charlas en el patio de la prisión era la campaña electoral norteamericana. Discutíamos con pasión a favor o en contra de cada candidato. Los contendientes eran entonces Lyndon B. Johnson y Barry Goldwater.
Más de una vez les expresé a mis compañeros la diferencia entre ambas sociedades. En Estados Unidos se debatía en la prensa, se reunían en convenciones y, al final, se elegía.
En Cuba por el contrario conformar la oposición era un crimen. Un crimen que se pagaba con la prisión, el exilio o el paredón de fusilamiento.
Muchas veces en la noche, cuando la falta de sueño hacía correr mis pensamientos, me imaginaba cómo sería el vivir en una democracia y poder participar en partidos políticos, elecciones y convenciones.
Cuarenta y cuatro años después, en Denver, Colorado, participé en la primera convencion de mi vida. He visto llegar con sus pancartas y canciones a miles de hombres y mujeres, viejos y jóvenes, de todas las razas. He visto la ilusión y la esperanza en sus rostros, he compartido sus slogans y alegría. He participado en talleres y conferencias de imnumerables y variados temas. Y al final he votado con orgullo como delegado del Partido Demócrata de La Florida. Después de tantos años he hecho realidad mi sueño de joven estudiante encarcelado.
Pero allá, bien lejos, donde comenzó mi jornada, en Cuba, otros hombres en sus celdas sueñan todavía.

Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade

Westchester, Florida 65.69%
Hialeah, Florida 62.12%
Sweetwater, Florida 49.92%
Coral Gables, Florida 28.72%
Kendall, Florida 21.31%
Miami Beach, Florida 20.51%