Spanish language ad features Cuban human rights activist, Sirley Ávila León
Miami, FL – Today, Maria Elvira Salazar released her second television ad of the November General Election. “Nueva Esperanza” tells the powerful story of Sirley Ávila León, a Cuban human rights activist who was brutally attacked by the Castro regime for standing against socialism.
Ávila was severely wounded after a brutal machete attack carried out by Castro’s state security force for being a dissenting voice against socialism in Cuba. She sought asylum in the United States and became homeless before she met Maria Elvira Salazar who helped Ávila find a home and to begin living the American Dream.
“Nueva Esperanza” Script (Translated)
Sirley Ávila León:
Five years ago the state police attacked me with machetes.
Socialism almost killed me.
I made it to the United States but ended up homeless.
Until Maria Elvira Salazar took me in and gave me a new life. A new hope.
Thanks to the United States I have freedom.
And thanks to Maria Elvira Salazar I can be a voice against socialism.
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Born in Little Havana to parents who fled Cuba with just five dollars in their pocket, the pursuit of freedom and the American Dream was instilled into Maria Elvira Salazar at an early age. While being raised in Miami and Puerto Rico, Salazar listened as her parents told stories of the oppressive communist regime from which they escaped.
Salazar graduated from the University of Miami and later from Harvard University which she paid for herself. She began a career in journalism where she interviewed a wide range of social and political leaders, including Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Alvaro Uribe, Jose Maria Aznar, Vicente Fox, Juan Manuel Santos, Augusto Pinochet, Nicolas Maduro and, more recently, Juan Guaidó. Winning five Emmy Awards, she was recognized for her passion for freedom and uncovering the oppressive communist and socialist regimes in Latin America especially in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.
Salazar was recently named an NRCC Young Gun cementing her as a top Republican candidate for Congress.
Florida’s 27th Congressional District includes the city of Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, West Miami, Pinecrest, Key Biscayne, South Miami, North Bay Village, Cutler Bay, and Palmetto Bay.