Havana, Cuba.- Carlos Rafael Miranda Martinez, national coordinator of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR), the Cuban largest grassroots organization, insisted on the importance of all the members to attend the neighborhood debates, regardless if they also do it at their workplaces or study centers

Miranda Martinez explained to ACN that as part of the process that began on August 13, students over the age of 16 and workers are expected to be able to intervene in both spaces and express their views.

He stressed that this will also allow them to contribute to the collective clarification of some point of the project of what will be the new Magna Carta and thus promote their understanding.

It is important and necessary for everyone to express their opinions, as they will be collected and taken into account in the preparation of the final document, as was the case when the Guidelines were approved, he said.
The national coordinator of the CDRs, a member of the Parliamentary Commission for Constitutional Reform, stressed that the last session of the National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP) was an expression of this debate, as the deputies issued their views and were listened to with attention and respect.

The CDRs will support this stage of popular analysis as they have done at other times of vital importance to the nation, he said.

On the content of the text, he affirmed that as a CDR member he considers the preamble, which makes very clear the foundations of the Cuban Revolution, the article one, which defines the Cuba that is being built, the five, which reaffirms the Communist Party of Cuba as the leading force of society, and the 224, where the irrevocability of socialism is ratified, to be indispensable.

Based on the experience accumulated after more than half a century of Revolution and in keeping with the updating of its economic model, Cuba is carrying out a necessary total reform of its Constitution, a process that began several years ago and whose most recent stage concluded with the approval of the draft Magna Carta by the ANPP.

From August 13 to November 15, a genuinely democratic exercise of popular debate takes place, which includes more than 135,000 meetings, a practice that also extends to Cubans living abroad.