Mariana Gaston is a retired New York city teacher and a relentless activist for better public schools. For decades she has advocated and worked to change U.S. policy towards Cuba. She is a founding member of the Antonio Maceo Brigade and the Committee of Cuban Americans for the Normalization of Relations with Cuba. She spends part of her time these days working as a volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign. Mariana was kind enough to grant us this interview.
You recently helped the Sanders campaign in the Massachusetts primary. Why?
Yes, I worked as a volunteer for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in Massachusetts and I’m right now helping the campaign in my hometown of New York city. I believe that Bernie Sanders is providing a perspective to the people of the U.S. that explains the reality of why things are the way they are for so many of us ordinary people. He also points to what can be possible in the richest economy in the world today. I believe the government is supposed to help all the people not just the very rich. Health care is a right. Economic inequality is wrong.