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Laura Pollán and her example
Laura Pollán (1948-2011) was one of thefounding leaders of the Ladies in White. Ateacher by profession and a civic activist byconviction, she learned to overcome all toobstacles and the powerful campaigns thatthe o
cial media launched against her. Herhouse became a refuge and site for thiswomen’s movement, which found in her ashelter and a support.After eight years of demanding the releaseof the political prisoners, this tenaciousCuban woman achieved her dream of seeing her husband return home. Once sheaccomplished that she did not stop ﬁghtingso that other women could once againenjoy the company of the imprisonedrelatives. But, sadly, the happiness of thereunion did not last long, because LauraPollán died just eight months after therelease of her husband. Wrapped incircumstances not yet clariﬁed, her death inhospital caused deep consternation inCuban civil society. However, her physicalabsence did not mean the end of ourstruggle.Today Laura Pollán is the prime examplefollowed by the Ladies in White, as everyday we try to match her perseverance,courage, and especially her maternal butenergetic character. She is present ineverything we do and every goal we achieveis in her memory.