In July of 2021, thousands of people took to the streets in different cities of the United States in demand of military intervention by the U.S. government and freedom for the people of Cuba. This study aims to explore the motivation behind the Florida-based Cuban American popula-tion to engage in acts of civic protest. The study explains the unique characteristics of the Cuban American Immigrant group in the United States influencing social movement participation. The study provides an analysis of the background of the S.O.S. Cuba movement. To accomplish this, in-depth focus groups were conducted to explore the opinions, reactions, and perspectives among the Cuban American population regarding S.O.S. Cuba. In these focus groups, participants shared their experiences, their Cuban identity, and how that identity has played a major role in informing their actions in the U.S. A qualitative content analysis revealed interviews four major: dictatorship trauma, detachment, gratitude to the U.S. government, and a history of sacrifice, struggles, and sadness. These prominent themes, along with their sub-themes, are used to understand why Cuban Americans, as a group, have been found to refrain from participating in major social movements and the influence of the S.O.S Cuba movement on the changing attitudes of political participation.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
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Alonso Domech, Carolina, "History of the Cuban Diaspora and Responses to July 2021 Protests in Cuba: An In-depth Examination of Emerging Social Movement" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1356.