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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  • A. B.
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:54 -0400
    neocon joe never met a war or genocide he didn’t love. Self proclaimed cuomo bff, huh? Wow creepy joe use has dung for BFFs.
  • Tyra Pelleirn
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:50 -0400
  • Mike Broderick
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:50 -0400
  • Marianna Riser
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:46 -0400
  • Sharon Longyear
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:46 -0400
  • Kevin Ward
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:43 -0400
  • Jessica Ainsworth
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:36 -0400
  • Jenefer Ellingston
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:26 -0400
  • Edith Frederick
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:19 -0400
  • Ned Rollins
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:15 -0400
  • tom brown
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:15 -0400
  • Roberta Reed
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:14 -0400
  • Judith Hazelton
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:12 -0400
    This has gone on for too long, it is senseless & a waste. Instead of hanging on to 6 decades old animosity the U.S. should be it’s best self & aid those in need, regardless of where they live.
  • Jim Thomas
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:11 -0400
    I am writing this request despite my strong belief that none of you give a damn about the Cuban people, the American people or anyone other than yourselves. Surprise me and do something decent for a change. No, continuing to commit mass murder in pursuit of imperialism is not a good cause. End the blockade now and send the needles needed to inject the vaccine developed by the Cubans (made necessary since the illegal U.S. blockade prohibited the importation of vaccines by Cuba. All of you should be ashamed for the foreign policy positions you take. Yes, I know that you are not ashamed. You have no decency.
  • Fabian Medina
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:10 -0400
  • Mary McGaughey
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:10 -0400
    It is WAY past time to FREE Cuba. We must WORK with Cuba NOT WASTE it’s assets!
  • Nicholas Prychodko
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:06 -0400
  • Jeanne Bulla
    signed 2021-08-08 11:27:00 -0400
    Stop the inhumane treatment of Cubans for politics. USA needs out of these kinds of cruel actions against human beings.
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    signed 2021-08-08 11:26:57 -0400
  • Jean Morrison
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    signed 2021-08-08 11:26:41 -0400
  • David McGraw-Schuchman
    signed 2021-08-08 11:26:39 -0400
  • Richard Engnath
    signed 2021-08-08 11:26:38 -0400
    Ever Hear(d) of STD Double++Epidemic, named “the HTLVs”….??