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Rum and Cigars

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March 12, 2015

Dear Activist,

With the easing of US-Cuba relations, the US government now allows visitors to Cuba to bring back $400 worth of goods from the private sector, including $100 worth of rum and cigars. But the embargo prohibits them from bringing back medicines that could save lives,because those medicines are developed by a Cuban government research center.

Please sign this petition to the US Treasury and the White House: Let US patients have life-saving medicines from Cuba!

Every 7 minutes in the United States someone loses a limb to diabetes for lack of a medicine that exists in Cuba. Likewise, Cuba suffers because it does not have access to the advanced healthcare technology exported by the US, due to the long withstanding embargo.

A Congressional letter to the Obama administration asked for testing and marketing of Cuba's diabetic medicine, Herberprot-B, that could save diabetics from limb amputations. "This is a serious unmet medical need for the American people that should be viewed as a human issue, and not as a part of a Cold War-era political one," read the letter signed by 111 Congresspeople. 

Join CODEPINK as we work with our friends in Cuba to lift the embargo and the travel ban (read more in this article by CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin!). 

The US and Cuba have so much to offer one another.Learn firsthand by joining the CODEPINK delegation to Cuba from April 26-May 3! Can't make it? Consider making a contribution to our scholarship fund to help someone else join us. We appreciate any help. 

Toward peace with our neighbors,

Alli, Janet, Jodie, Katie, Katy, Kristin, Medea, Michelle, Nalini, Nancy, Nathan, Sergei, Sophia and Tighe

CODEPINK's One Billion Rise dance in Cuba!