Ninoska Pérez Castellón
Ninoska Pérez Castellón (born 1950) is a prominent member of the Cuban exile community in Miami, and outspoken opponent of Fidel and Raul Castro. In relation to this mission of hers, she was one of the founding members of the Cuban Liberty Council with her husband Roberto Martin Perez.
She was born Lucrecia Ninoska Perez Castellon in Havana, Cuba on March 15, 1950. Her family fled the island to the United States on June 5, 1959, following the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. A few months later her family was granted political asylum, while her brothers and uncles eventually took part in the April 1961 failed Bay of Pigs invasion. Ever since, she has resided in Miami where she has played an active role in opposing the Cuban regime.
Pérez is both a radio host at Radio Mambi and TV host of Ultima Palabra, a political show on WGEN-TV in Key West, Florida. On June 23, 2011, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart introduced a record in the US Congress House of Representatives under "Proceedings and Debates of the 112th Congress, First Session". Diaz-Balart recognized the "work and accomplishments of a distinguished radio journalist, artist and community activist of South Florida, Ninoska Perez Casttellon, deserving our upmost respect for promoting democracy and freedom.
Ninoska recently launched her career as an artist with a series of whimsical watercolors reminiscent of her native Cuba. Her "Habaneras" were unveiled in Cuba Nostalgia in 2010 Miami Herald - Myriam Marquez - May 23, 2010 and also in Cuba Nostalgia 2011, El Nuevo Herald - Sarah Moreno - May 20, 2011. Ninoska has also exhibited in Solo Art Miami Inaugural Show 2010, the South Miami Art Festival, Carnaval on the Mile Coral Gables and others. In her own words, "Painting is returning to my lost City" referring to the City of Havana where she was born. She frequently donates her paintings to humanitarian causes for fund raising efforts, such as La Liga Contra el Cancer, Women Against Repression, Cuban American Bar Association, Cuban Cultural Heritage and Amigos for Kids.
Roberto Martin Perez
On September 26, 1987 she married the recently released former Cuban political prisoner, Roberto Martin Perez. Perez, the son of a high-ranking officer for the ousted Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, was imprisoned for 27 years and 8 months (1959–1987) because of his "involvement in a conspiracy" against Fidel Castro organized by the Dominican dictator, Rafael Trujillo. Perez was released from jail reportedly through the intervention of the Panamanian leader, General Manuel Noriega.
Cuban Liberty Council
In July 2001, both Perez and her husband resigned from the Cuban American National Foundation in protest over the CANF's "softening" of its once-hardline stance against the Castro brothers. Along with several other prominent CANF defectors, the couple helped form the Cuban Liberty Council, headquartered in Miami's Little Havana district.
Perez has remarked that one of the proudest career moments was in January 2009, when President George W. Bush called into Radio Mambi eight days before turning over the reins of power to President Barack Obama, recounting that Bush told her he "would have liked to implement the plan for a post-Castro Cuba that we had prepared."
- Radio Mambi's Ninoska Perez-Castellon Makes Waves
- The Refugee Experience: Harshly Uprooted, Daring to Dream by Ninoska Pérez Castellón, The Miami Herald, December 18, 2010
- Three Exiles: Standoff Negotiators by The New York Times, November 27, 1987