For Immediate Release:
February 16, 2010

Media Contact:
Ivonne Pérez Suárez


Commissioner Rebeca Sosa to propose designation of “International Cuban Exile Day”

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
On Thursday, February 18th, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa will present a resolution to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners proposing that February 24th be designated as "International Cuban Exile Day." The commissioner submitted the legislation after the Cuban Patriotic Council, comprised of more than a dozen leaders representing the local exile community, urged Miami-Dade leaders to recognize Cuban exiles that have made Miami their home. Other Cuban assistance and fraternal organizations have also expressed support for this designation.

"More than a million Cubans have made their way to our shores since 1959 looking for freedom," said Commissioner Sosa. "Since then, Miami has become a haven for Cubans who continue to support democracy in their native land. A day designated to exiles would continue to teach residents about the plight of Cuban migrants and how they have shaped Miami-Dade into what it is today."

Should the item pass, the Mayor's office in conjunction with Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, sponsor of this resolution, would be responsible for the development of appropriate activities and programs to observe International Cuban Exile Day.

The item will be heard at 10:15 a.m. in the County Commission Chambers at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st Street, 2nd Floor, in Downtown Miami.

For more information, please contact Commissioner Sosa's office at 305-267-6377. 


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