This is an official statement by the Chicago Socialist Party on the Life and Death of Cuban Revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.
Fidel Castro-Ruz, A name reviled by many here in the US from not only the ill-informed and anti-red masses of people, but also some on the left. The revolutionary leader of the Cuban revolution of 1959 and state that followed certainly had his fair share of just criticisms. These criticisms ranged from his treatment of LGBTQ people early during his tenure as “Commander in Chief”, to continuous suppression of any and all suspected political dissidents, to the destruction of self-governing worker collectives and many more criticisms as evidenced by poor “Balseros”, or migrants on rafts coming to the US. Yes, with Fidel at the helm not everything was so bright for everyone. That is not to say, however, that his leadership during and after the revolution didn’t improve the lives of millions of not only Cubans, but oppressed people around the world. Many know the great success of the Cuban medical system, the education system with many incredible feats to its name, what many don’t know is the push by Fidel himself towards the liberation of people on the continent of Africa. As He said himself “Africa is the weakest link in the imperialist chain”. Angola, Mozambique, and Ethiopia, all have received direct help and advice from Fidel Castro. Perhaps, in the eyes of the world, the greatest legacy of Fidel was his staunch anti-imperialism. For as long as he was in power he was a painful thorn in the side of the great imperialist powers of the US and Europe, never ceasing to call them out on their hypocrisy and demonstrating with great leadership that even with a lack of trade from some of the world’s most lucrative markets, his island and his people survived. With the fall the Soviet Union, he handled the ensuing crisis with incredible prowess and perseverance, never letting down the people and emerging even stronger, a feat the DPRK, another “socialist” state heavily dependent on the Soviet Union, could not achieve. Flawed, heroic, and steadfast are three words that could best sum up not only Comandante Fidel, but the revolution and the 56 years since then in Cuba. The harm to some people is as undeniable as the progress and aid for millions with Castro in power, and neither must be forgotten in the coming years with building and furthering revolutionary socialist thought all around the world. History has already absolved Fidel of many of his questionable actions as he foretold, so for now we at the Chicago Socialist Party say
Hasta Siempre, Comandante. Viva La Revolucion.