First Lady Biden, Vice President Harris & Speaker Pelosi: Change U.S. policy and let Cuba live!

The U.S. blockade of Cuba is hitting women hardest of all. It’s time for women Democratic leaders to step up and help Cuban families by ending the Trump sanctions and lifting the embargo.


Dear First Lady Biden, Vice President Harris and Speaker Pelosi,

We are writing to urge you to change U.S. - Cuba policy and help Cuban families. As you know, the 60 year U.S. embargo hits Cuban women and vulnerable populations hardest. According to a 2021 Oxfam report, women in Cuba carry the heaviest burden of sustaining daily life and the U.S. embargo increases their stress, lowers their quality of life, limits opportunities, and causes material shortages.  

Seven years ago, the Obama administration began a process of thawing relations with the Cuban government. This policy was wildly popular in the United States, in Cuba and throughout the world. Dr. Biden, you were welcomed with open arms during your visit to Cuba and saw firsthand the excitement of this rapprochement. Please speak up for a return to the Obama-era approach.

The Trump administration undid this thaw and set relations back considerably after applying 243 sanctions against Cuba - many of them during the pandemic - as part of his “maximum pressure” policy. Speaker Pelosi, it is within your power to draft and introduce a bill to eliminate the Trump Cuba sanctions, including the ban on remittances and limits on travel, which sanction not only Cubans, but U.S. citizens. 

The Trump sanctions hit Cuba’s energy, finance and tourism industries hardest, leading to blackouts and dire economic conditions that sparked protests on July 11. This year has already seen a significant increase in the number of Cuban migrants who risk a perilous sea voyage from Cuba to Florida. Vice President Harris, one of the root causes of Cuban migration to the U.S. is the embargo, a decades-long policy failure that punishes innocent civilians.   

Dr. Biden, Vice President Harris and Speaker Pelosi, we know that you believe that the United States should not be in the business of harming women, yet current policy towards Cuba does exactly that. Please use your influence to push for a new approach towards Cuba that centers the well-being of women and families. 

Thank you,

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  • Martin Eisen
    signed 2021-09-14 20:15:47 -0400
  • Anam El-Jabali
    signed 2021-09-14 00:00:39 -0400
  • Jose S Martinez
    signed 2021-09-13 23:08:16 -0400
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    signed 2021-09-13 15:39:33 -0400
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    signed 2021-09-12 12:43:04 -0400
  • Juan Alvarado
    signed 2021-09-12 07:18:05 -0400
  • rebecca heisler
    signed 2021-09-11 20:41:20 -0400
    We have got to stop these devastating blockades, sanctions, etc.
  • Ralph Childers
    signed 2021-09-11 20:16:26 -0400
    Thanks ladies
  • Susan Lagos
    signed 2021-09-11 19:10:23 -0400
  • Mary Elizabeth Pratt
    signed 2021-09-11 07:46:05 -0400
    I was in Cuba twice in the winter of 2020, the second time in March, when COVID arrived. Tourism was thriving as was a degree of entrepreneurship. Since we left on March 21st, we hear harrowing tales from our friends, all of whom are having difficulty obtaining food and medicines. The embargo is a humanitarian crime and does NOTHING about a political situation that is no threat to the American people but enables a dictatorial regime to tighten their control. Our policy there is immoral and cruel. We can do better!
  • Tammy Fait
    signed 2021-09-10 12:00:06 -0400
  • Phil Brand
    signed 2021-09-08 01:36:24 -0400
  • John Chilvers
    signed 2021-09-07 16:34:29 -0400
  • Rachel Docherty
    signed 2021-09-07 11:49:26 -0400
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    signed 2021-09-03 19:08:09 -0400
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  • Suhail Shafi
    signed 2021-09-01 22:31:40 -0400
  • William Rice
    signed 2021-09-01 21:11:41 -0400
    Stop the warmongering and try to get along with all nations.
  • Sherrill Futrell
    signed 2021-09-01 20:49:53 -0400
    Stop hurting Cubans They’re innocent.
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