By Francisco Acevedo
HAVANA TIMES – A referendum to approve the new Family Act will take place on Sunday September 25th, and it will be the first popular vote after the uprisings that shook the country last year.
The Act has been called progressive because it includes inclusive provisions and new concepts of the family unit and relationships, but unfortunately, it comes at a time when the last thing most Cubans care about is the content of its articles.
This Family Act doesn’t mean much in a Cuba where families – considered the pillar of society – are the weakest link because their members still don’t have basic rights.
A bla bla bla law
With a Constitution where individual freedoms stand out for their absence, a Family Act like this one is pretty much just bla bla bla.
It’s strange to talk about families when this is the institution that has been hit the hardest by the mass exodus of so many family members over the past 60 years.
At a time when it’s practically impossible to find a single family in Cuba that has all of its members living on the island, it’s impossible to think that this Act has come at the right time.
Its articles don’t mention anything about those who found themselves forced to abandon the country and leave their children behind, as if they didn’t lose everything. Nor does it talk about the people who must wait eight years to be reunited with their families, just because they took the step [to stay] while they were serving a government contracted mission.
Not to mention the Cubans who have protested, regardless of their age. Families have nothing to do with this, and a minor can be sentenced to m