Who We Are

La Luchita means “the struggle” or the “the hustle.” When asking a Cuban about their day it’s common to hear “aqui, en la luchita” (here, in the hustle). This is our way to honor organizers’ and educators’ hustle to build a better world for all.

La Luchita Project began in 2016. We saw the need for organized trips to Cuba that would explain Cuba’s nuances from a community organizing perspective and with an emphasis on collective liberation, and after long debates we decided to start this journey in September 2016.

We facilitate sliding scale, socially conscious trips. What this means is that participants pay what they can. We expect folks with more access to privilege and who benefit from systems of oppression to pay more. On the other hand, we’re very invested in getting capital into the hands of Cuban women and people of color who don’t often benefit from the tourism industry.

Poets, artists, professors, and community organizers make up our facilitation team in Havana. We jam through the night to trumpets, trombones, guitars, and original lyrics – and have laugh-out-loud conversations over a cigar, rum, or just the crisp ocean air. You’ll be part of conversations with some of the most brilliant minds and powerful organizers in the Américas.

This is what past participants have to say about their experience:

“Sincerely, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Marley and Rose’s personal connections to Cuba and the Cuban people made this trip incredibly special. As a Cuban-American who always wanted to visit and a left activist who had so many questions about Cuba, I feel so grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in La Luchita.”
– Belinda

“La Luchita is a strong network of activists and educators who share common goals and values rooted in social justice. This was the best way to learn and experience Cuba with respect and social consciousness.”
– Marisol

“La Luchita Project is more than an impersonal, one size fits all study tour. This is praxis. This is the energy and push we need to continue the work we’re doing in activism and education.”
– Adrian

“This trip was such an incredible experience. It is something I didn’t even know was possible, and outside Marley and Rose, I don’t think it is. I honestly couldn’t imagine having a better introduction to Cuba.”
– Ben


Rose Espinola is multiracial and grew up in the Florida swamplands. Rose has built more than a dozen winning campaigns, and has been part of autonomous womyn and people of color collectives. Some of Rose’s hobbies include hiking, unionizing the non-profit industrial complex, and watching trashy reality TV.  

Marley Pulido is an Afro-Habanero based in the D.C. area. He has organized program and logistics for over 20 trips to Cuba including a Congressional Delegation. He’s in a struggle to decolonize himself through Afro-Cuban traditional knowledge. Family and friends aside, there’s nothing that Marley loves more than going to a Cuban café to talk politics while eating pastelitos and croquetas. Twitter: @marley_pulido