Yoani Sanchez is quickly becoming a personal hero of mine. When I heard this story on NPR this morning, I could not stop smiling, could not stop shaking my head at her audacity and courage and smarts and big you-know-whats.
If you don’t know about Sanchez, she’s a Cuban in Cuba who blogs about Cuba — with honesty and regularity, defying government regulation, censorship and blockage.
In Cuba most don’t even dare tell their brother what they really think about the government, but the 32-year-old Sanchez tells the world. Her posts can get more than 1,000 comments. I believe she is educating the globe and inspiring change on the island. (I hope those who defend The Retired Bearded Dictator and his brother read her blog thoroughly.)
The Spanish newspaper, El Pais, gave her a prize for journalism, which the Cuban government did not let her go get this week. (Thank you to my Spanish friend, Raul, for correcting my original post. I had said it was the government who gave the prize).
And now, Time has named her among the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
I love her. I cheer her. I wish her safety. And freedom.
An interview in Spanish: