WASHINGTON, DC — Laura Pollán, the late founder of Cuba’s Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco), will be honored by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at a Capitol Hill event with a posthumous presentation of NED’sDemocracy Service Medal. Pollán died on October 14 of this year.
The presentation will take place 5:30 pm in the House Foreign Affairs Committee Room (Rayburn HOB 2172) and both the committee chairman, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and ranking member Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) will make remarks, as well as several other members of Congress, including Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), and Rep. David Rivera (R-FL).
The Medal will be accepted on behalf of the Ladies in White by Yolanda Huerga, a representative of the group who is based in Miami. Another event highlight will be a performance by Latin Grammy award winner Amaury Gutierrez, who will sing his beautiful tribute ballad to Laura Pollán. Read more