¡Ya Basta! Let’s End the Cuban Embargo
After more than five decades of failed diplomacy, President Obama’s administration announced the U.S. government would take steps to normalize relations with Cuba. Although great strides have occurred between the nations — like a prisoner swap that led to the release of the remaining three members of the Cuban 5 from U.S. prison — several steps must occur to fully establish a diplomatic relationship with Cuba’s government. That includes:
- Opening a U.S. Embassy in Cuba and a Cuban Embassy in the U.S.
- Ending the economic embargo against Cuba
- Lifting the U.S. travel ban to Cuba
- Allowing the importation of life-saving medications from Cuba to the U.S.
- Closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay
Join CODEPINK to hold the Obama administration and Congress accountable to open relations with Cuba!
U.S. Legislation to Normalize Relations with Cuba
There are currently three bills that would restore the right to travel and trade freely with Cuba. Call on your representative at (202) 224-3121 to co-sponsor these bills!
Two Senate bills:
The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015, S 299, is a bipartisan bill that would end the travel ban for all U.S. citizens, even tourists. Bill S 299 was introduced by Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act, S 491, is a bipartisan bill to lift the trade embargo on Cuba. Bill S 491 was introduced in the Senate by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and five other senators: Mike Enzi (R-WY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Richard Durbin (D-IL).
- The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015, HR 664, is the companion bill to S 299. HR 664 would is a bipartisan bill, identical to S 299, that would also end the travel ban for all U.S. citizens, even tourists. HR 664 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC 1) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA 2).
- Travel with CODEPINK to Cuba!
- Call on Your Congressional Representative to Co-Sponsor Bills to Lift the U.S. Citizen Travel Ban!
- Tell Congress it’s time to END the Embargo!
Organizations working on U.S.-Cuba relations (partial list):
Lifting the Embargo On Cuba: Why We Need To Act Now by Scott D. Gilbert, The Hill.
A Republican's Case For Obama's Cuba Policy by Carlos Gutiérrez, Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
Cuba's Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine For Years, And Now It's Coming To The U.S. by Erin Schumaker, The Huffington Post.
Americans Can Go To Cuba -- Just Don't Lay On The Beach! by Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK Co-founder.
Cuba Is Good For Your Health by David Swanson, participant on the February 2015 CODEPINK delegation to Cuba.
The Women Leading The Way On U.S. Cuba Relations by Mfon Edet, LAWG Intern.