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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  • Tom Wheys
    signed 2021-08-09 22:41:04 -0400
    Stop murdering people all over the world. Start with Cuba, since you’ve been ILLEGALLY sabotaging; militarily, politically and economically attacking its people for 6 decades. Stop doing the same to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Yemen, Bolivia and all other sovereign nations for the crime of having natural resources your Wall Street bosses crave, and/or being a good example. BTW, the world sees the Washington regime for the abject coward it is, besides history’s worst criminal.
  • Megan Lepore
    signed 2021-08-09 22:39:11 -0400
  • Troy Lynne Tsoulos
    signed 2021-08-09 22:28:53 -0400
  • Mary Peiffer
    signed 2021-08-09 22:20:30 -0400
  • Janis McQuain
    signed via 2021-08-09 22:20:11 -0400
    We have to STOP the horrible way the U. S. has treated Cuba for too long. The Cubans need food and medicine. Lift the Embargo
  • Peggy Holmes
    signed 2021-08-09 22:06:47 -0400
  • Jean Goetinck
    signed 2021-08-09 21:57:16 -0400
  • Ernesto Aguilar
    signed 2021-08-09 21:50:40 -0400
  • evelyn tischer
    signed 2021-08-09 21:47:04 -0400
  • Brooke Pierce
    signed 2021-08-09 21:01:10 -0400
  • John Bromer
    signed 2021-08-09 20:39:16 -0400
  • Cathy Wootan
    signed 2021-08-09 20:38:14 -0400
  • Tania Alvarez
    signed 2021-08-09 20:35:13 -0400
    Alto al bloqueo a Cuba soberana.
  • Shirley Simms
    signed 2021-08-09 20:25:00 -0400
  • Nigel Lim
    signed 2021-08-09 20:18:33 -0400
  • John Estes
    signed 2021-08-09 20:18:09 -0400
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  • Chris OBrien
    signed 2021-08-09 19:46:15 -0400
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    signed 2021-08-09 19:44:37 -0400
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  • Fitzpatrick Fleenor
    signed 2021-08-09 19:30:33 -0400
  • Sherrill Futrell
    signed 2021-08-09 19:25:38 -0400
    I’ve been to Cuba and what I saw there made me sick with shame to be an American.
  • Alexis Langelotti
    signed 2021-08-09 19:20:50 -0400
  • Barbara Burke
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    signed 2021-08-09 19:05:32 -0400
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    signed 2021-08-09 19:03:18 -0400
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    signed via 2021-08-09 19:00:07 -0400
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    signed 2021-08-09 18:49:49 -0400