This is the national hero of Cuba, who led in the 19th century struggles for liberation from Spanish colonial rule. However, a century after his birth, Fidel Castro named him as intellectual perpetrator of the uprising that led to the triumph of January 1959. The life and work of the universal, radical humanist Martí shaped the cultural and militant traditions of the Cuban people. His ideas illuminate the historical path that gave birth to today's Cuba.
• Marti was the first to speak about the need to face the threat of US imperialism –which was emerging a that time– through the unity of the peoples of the Americas.
• He insisted that national independence is meaningless for the excluded majority of Indians, blacks, peasants and workers if the continent were to continue to be ruled by the few.
• He preached the ability of the oppressed peoples of the continent to build a new society of their own, based on their economic and spiritual needs.
Through public events, studies and publications we strive, in today’s Greece hard hit by the capitalist crisis, to present the internationalism of Martí and the liberating perspective of the Cuban socialist revolution in general.