Take ten minutes to call your Rep. and convince them to tell Biden to aid & engage Cuba!
We just returned from Cuba, where people are hoping that conditions will improve now that their population is almost fully vaccinated and tourists are returning. But instead of helping Cubans recover from COVID and the scarcities they have been confronting, the Biden administration is following Trump’s maximum pressure campaign.
It’s up to us to push Biden to return to Obama’s policy of normalizing relations and here’s how you can help: call your Representative and ask them to sign on to the Cuba letter calling on President Biden to implement a policy towards Cuba that addresses humanitarian concerns, the economic crisis and engagement rather than isolation. So far, 61 Representatives have signed on to the letter and we’re hoping to get 100 signers.
Right now, calling is the most important thing you can do. Plus, building a relationship with your Representative’s office is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard in the future. We’ve included a sample script and a list of Representatives who have already signed. If your Congressperson has signed already, try calling a Representative from another district you have ties to. You can use this website to find the office’s number, then ask to speak to the foreign policy legislative assistant.
The letter, drafted by Representatives Jim McGovern, Barbara Lee, Gregory Meeks and Bobby Rush, asks the Biden administration to suspend sanctions that prevent food, medicine, medical supplies and other medical assistance from reaching the Cuban people. It also calls for lifting the restrictions on remittances and travel, for removing Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list, and for normalizing relations between our two countries.
You can read the letter in full at the website of ACERE, one of the coalitions we’re working with on Cuba. In addition to political pressure, we’re doing our part to help Cubans meet their needs. When Medea was in Cuba last week with members of The People’s Forum and Puentes de Amor, we delivered 18,000 pounds of food, bought with funds donated from CODEPINKers and other donors throughout the U.S. This important gesture showed Cubans that there are people in the U.S. who want our government’s cruel policies to end.
In radical solidarity,
Medea, Tighe, Leonardo, Michelle and Teri