Thursday, October 4, 2007

A Letter to Florida Governor Crist Appealing for Elenita's Life

Alberto Quiroga of the blog Havana 1950-1960 has written an eloquent appeal to Florida Governor Crist on behalf of Elenita (actually Elizabeth), the 5-year Cuban girl whose very life is now at stake in a Florida courtroom. Although labelled a "custody case" (since when is a foreign government a party in a custody case?), this is in fact a capital case whose probable sentence of banishment to Cuba is tantamount to death. The fate of Cuba's children should concern us all; for they are not exempt from the predations practiced by the regime on the citizenry. But Elenita's case is unique because she is free and a legal resident of this country. Returning her to Cuban jurisdiction — for there are no "parental rights" in Cuba — would be tantamount to reviving the Dred Scott Decision (1856). Either all who live in these States are free or they are not. There is no reason that a person's age should be grounds to deny him freedom any more than his color, sex or previous condition of servitude.

Every Cuban exile, Cuban-American or even "American-Cuban" who has an ounce of dignity should either write his own letter to Governor Crist or affix his name to Alberto's eloquent appeal. I am informed that Ziva will also be writing her own letter, which does not surprise me since she has been a consistent advocate on Elenita's behalf from Day 1 (one of the few), as I have noted on occasion.

Really, the day we cease to feel compassion for a helpless child, or consider even one child of our country to be expendable, let our tragedy consume us on that day and finish us off for good; for we shall deserve no better fate:

Dear Governor Crist:

When my parents decided to leave everything behind in Cuba, the month of November 1960, it was because they had heard the rumor — which came to pass not long afterwards — that Cuban parents would lose their right of "patria potestas," that is, their basic human rights as parents over their children. They were willing to sacrifice all they had worked so hard for, in order to save their children — myself, my younger sister, and one on the way, from an abusive "father," the head of Cuba's totalitarian state, the hopefully soon-to-die fidel castro.

In Cuba parents have no rights over their children. Period.

Yet, Miami-Dade Court judge Jeri B. Cohen has assiduously chosen to ignore this un-ignorable fact, gleefully — because her prejudice against anti-Castro Cuban exiles is so blatant that it, too, cannot be ignored — just about awarding custody to a man who had little interest in this child, even if he is the biological father, because supposedly as her father, he has "rights." He would have them, if he were NOT in Cuba.

If that turns out to be the case, this child will be put in an abusive situation, abused by a statist, totalitarian system whose sole purpose is to psychologically mold children's vulnerable minds and turn them into the equivalent of castroite hitler-youth.

As one of my fellow bloggers asked, "Cui bono?" Who benefits here? Certainly not Elenita. In fact, far better arguments against Judge Cohen's unjust decision have been posed here, and I urge you or your staff to examine them:

Yes, the emotion comes through... it comes through because to my dying day I will not stop being grateful to my parents, who showed their true love for their children in whisking us away from the claws of a tyrant. They knew what was best for their children, unlike Judge Cohen, who seems to be doing everything possible except look after Elenita's best interests.

I urge — indeed, I implore the State of Florida to do the right thing here and appeal this gross miscarriage of justice.


Albert Quiroga


Here's the contact information for Governor Charlie Crist:


Charlie Bravo said...

I will publish Albert's letter on KillCastro.....

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Thank-you, Charlie. Killcastro, too, has lent its consistent and unconditional support to Elenita. If there is any other Cuban-American blog of which I am unaware (or, indeed, any other blog whether Cuban or not) which supports justice for Elenita, the time has come to speak out. I know of no other case where honor lies so clearly on one side and dishonor on the other.

Vana said...

Albert's letter ia awsome, I too will pen one, we all need to write the Governor about this, if we flood him with letters, he may do something on behalf of Elenita

Vana said...


Do you want me to publish here the letter I wrote the Governor?

Manuel A.Tellechea said...


Yes, Vana, please do.

Vana said...

Here goes

Esteemed Governor Crist

I'm writing on behalf of a little Cuban girl, who's freedom, and adoption is being disputed in a racist's judge courtoom, a judge, Jerry B Cohen to be precice, who in 2002 claimed in open court, that our country would be better off, and jails emptied, if all Cubans were sent back to Cuba.

In her courtroom lies have been sanctioned by her, lies against a defensless little girl, Elizabeth, she has ruled the little girl should be lied about her future nonetheless! this little girl who was abused and beaten by her insane mother, was protected by her brother, who was adopted by the Joe Cubas, now lives with her brother and the Cubas, who wish to adopt her also, to tear her away from her brother and her protectors who love her, is tantamount in my opinion to murder.

Her father Rafael Izquierdo signed her away to a mad woman, her mother and his mistress, to be taken out of Cuba, not once did he call or write the child in exile, even though letters that appear to be fake surfaced in court, and were ignored by the judge, what has been going on in that courtroom is a farce and a circus, I beg of you to intercede on her behalf, and to make sure justice is done on behalf of a scared and abused little girl.

Manuel I hope I did it Justice

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