Skip navigation

Tuesday, May 17 Capitol Calling Party: Cuba: Breaking the Blockade

Tuesday, May 17 Capitol Calling Party: Cuba: Breaking the Blockade


On Tuesday, May 17, join CODEPINK Congress for a Capitol Calling Party focused on breaking the blockade on Cuba.

At a time when the Cuban economy is reeling from a combination of U.S. sanctions and tourism losses due to COVID, Cuban migration to the U.S. has reached record levels. Cubans at home are suffering from tremendous shortages from food to medicine. While there was hope that the Biden administration would resume Obama-era steps towards normalization, instead President Biden has continued Trump’s policies of brutal sanctions. U.S. normalization groups are pushing to lift restrictions on travel, trade and money home (remittances), as well as removal of Cuba from U.S. list of state sponsors of terror.

This Calling Party will feature introductory remarks by Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK; Cole Harrison, executive director of Massachusetts Peace Action (MAPA); Makayla Heiser, Youth May Day Delegate; and Calla Walsh, board member of MAPA. Some recently returned from a May Day Peace Delegation to Cuba & will report on the highlights of their trip & the impact of sanctions.

Featured Guest:

Carlos Lazo is a high school teacher from Seattle who founded the Cuban-American group Puentes de Amor (Bridges of Love) to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba. In 2020, he organized a 3,000-mile bike trek from Seattle to Washington DC and in 2021 he led a walking pilgrimage from Miami to Washington DC to advocate for lifting the sanctions on Cuba. He also started a global movement, during COVID, of anti-blockade caravans, the largest being in Miami, the home of rightwing Cubans who constantly send him death threats. Carlos has also been raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to send medicine and food to Cuba. His latest campaign with CODEPINK is sending powdered milk to all the pediatric hospitals on the island.

Can we count you in?






Marcy Winograd ·

362 RSVPS d maier José Sousa Bruce A Weber Jim Cutrone Paul Namphy Nahid Azad Cynthia Papermaster linda wan marilyn ray Rita L Barouch Linda Milazzo Philinda Shepley Sarah Grey Susan Blain Mary L Sanders Azza Rojbi Kenia Ramos elissa Behar Hauptman Carlos Lazo George Friday Jeffery Hull Dinah Starr Ike Nahem Nina Rodrigues Darryl Neil X Kathryn Worthington Zita Arocha Hk Hall richard blake Rita Addessa Family Gerald Hassett Judith Norsigian Jorge Garcia Lorraine Fontana Brenda Lopez Ruth Reischman renee kasinsky Maree Dellora Dawne M Cornelius Diane Stradling terence lover Karin Hoehland Sharon Paylor Joan Hoff Nic Yeager Nasrul Islam Marytheresa Mazzuca Jon Logan

Who's RSVPing

  • d signed 136 days ago

  • José signed 142 days ago

  • Bruce A signed 142 days ago

  • Jim signed 142 days ago

  • Paul signed 142 days ago

  • Nahid signed 142 days ago

  • Cynthia signed 142 days ago

  • linda signed 142 days ago

  • marilyn signed 142 days ago

  • Rita signed 142 days ago

  • Linda signed 142 days ago

  • Philinda signed 142 days ago

  • Sarah signed 142 days ago

  • Susan signed 142 days ago

  • Mary L signed 142 days ago

  • Azza signed 142 days ago

  • Kenia signed 142 days ago

  • elissa signed 142 days ago

  • Carlos signed 142 days ago

  • George signed 143 days ago

  • Jeffery signed 143 days ago

  • Dinah signed 143 days ago

  • Ike signed 143 days ago

  • Nina signed 143 days ago

  • Darryl signed 143 days ago

  • Kathryn signed 143 days ago

  • Zita signed 143 days ago

  • Hk signed 143 days ago

  • richard signed 143 days ago

  • Rita signed 143 days ago