¡Ya Basta! Let’s End the Cuban Embargo


After more than five decades of failed diplomacy, President Obama’s administration announced the U.S. government would take steps to normalize relations with Cuba. Although great strides have occurred between the nations — like a prisoner swap that led to the release of the remaining three members of the Cuban 5 from U.S. prison — several steps must occur to fully establish a diplomatic relationship with Cuba’s government. That includes:

  • Opening a U.S. Embassy in Cuba and a Cuban Embassy in the U.S.
  • Ending the economic embargo against Cuba
  • Lifting the U.S. travel ban to Cuba
  • Allowing the importation of life-saving medications from Cuba to the U.S.
  • Closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay

Join CODEPINK to hold the Obama administration and Congress accountable to open relations with Cuba!

U.S. Legislation to Normalize Relations with Cuba

There are currently three bills that would restore the right to travel and trade freely with Cuba. Call on your representative at (202) 224-3121 to co-sponsor these bills!

Two Senate bills:

  • The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act, S 491, is a bipartisan bill to lift the trade embargo on Cuba. Bill S 491 was introduced in the Senate by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and five other senators:  Mike Enzi (R-WY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Richard Durbin (D-IL).

House bill:

  • The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015, HR 664, is the companion bill to S 299. HR 664 would is a bipartisan bill, identical to S 299, that would also end the travel ban for all U.S. citizens, even tourists. HR 664 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC 1) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA 2).


Organizations working on U.S.-Cuba relations (partial list):

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA)

Center for International Policy

Church World Service

Council of the Americas

Cuba Now

Cuban Americans for Engagement (CAFE)

Cuban Chamber of Commerce

Engage Cuba

Foundation for Normalization of U.S.-Cuba Relations (ForNorm)

Fund for Reconciliation and Development

Global Exchange

Latin American Working Group (LAWG)


NAFSA Association of International Educators

National Network on Cuba (NNOC)

IFCO/Pastors for Peace

U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration

Venceremos Brigade

Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

Witness for League for Peace

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)


Lifting the Embargo On Cuba: Why We Need To Act Now by Scott D. Gilbert, The Hill.

A Republican's Case For Obama's Cuba Policy by Carlos Gutiérrez, Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Cuba's Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine For Years, And Now It's Coming To The U.S. by Erin Schumaker, The Huffington Post.

Americans Can Go To Cuba -- Just Don't Lay On The Beach! by Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK Co-founder.

Cuba Is Good For Your Health by David Swanson, participant on the February 2015 CODEPINK delegation to Cuba.

The Women Leading The Way On U.S. Cuba Relations by Mfon Edet, LAWG Intern.


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  • Moomin
    followed this page 2016-03-29 16:00:19 -0400
  • Maureen Callahan
    commented 2015-07-22 10:52:47 -0400
    End the embargo against our peaceful neighbor Cuba.
  • Barry Greenhill
    commented 2015-05-23 07:30:10 -0400
    Stop the embargo against Cuba!