In a three-day period, March 18-20, 2003, referred to as The Black Spring, the Cuban government arrested and imprisoned 75 journalists, human rights activists, and pro-democracy advocates. In response, the wives, mothers, and daughters of these political prisoners formed the non-violent protest organization, Las Damas de Blanco (The Ladies in White), calling for an improvement in prison conditions and the release of their relatives. In March 2011, after eight years of Las Damas’ activism, the final prisoners were released. The women’s organization, now named the Laura Pollán Damas de Blanco Movimiento, continues its human rights activism despite continued repression. Combining elements of structural, cultural, and nonviolent action theoretical approaches, I analyzed 12 oral histories of organization members to examine the factors associated with the organization’s emergence and development. I argue that a pervasive ethos of care within Las Damas provides a foundation for the organization’s endurance and success. This study is important because a better understanding of the Laura Pollán Damas de Blanco Movimiento may further the advancement of other activist organizations.
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"The Emergence, Persistence, and Success of the Cuban Social Movement Las Damas de Blanco,"
Journal of Global Initiatives: Policy, Pedagogy, Perspective: Vol. 15
, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/jgi/vol15/iss1/7