President Biden: Listen to the world & end the Cuba embargo!


 

This will be the 30th consecutive vote in which the global community will once again unite to condemn the cruel, unjust, and illegal U.S. blockade against Cuba and once again, the U.S. will stand alone.

Join us in telling President Biden and U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, to move toward normalizing relations with Cuba and end the blockade! Tell them to abstain from voting as an indication that the administration intends to start improving relations with Cuba!

Only once did the U.S. not vote against the resolution. It abstained in 2016 as part of the Obama administration’s policy of rapprochement with Cuba. Samantha Power, then U.S. ambassador to the UN, rightly recognized the ineffectiveness of the embargo. In her speech to the General Assembly she argued, “Instead of isolating Cuba, our policy isolated the United States.” 

Join us in telling President Biden to listen to the world community, lift the Trump sanctions, end the blockade and normalize relations with Cuba!

President Joseph Biden
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington D.C. 20006

Cc. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Mission to the UN
799 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Dear President Biden and Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield:

We are writing to express our concern that your administration has taken almost no steps towards normalizing relations with Cuba, even though most of the previous administration’s policy changes can be reversed with a single executive order. On November 2-3, the U.N. General Assembly will vote to condemn the United States’ embargo on Cuba and call for it to be lifted, as it has done consistently since 1992.  We urge you to take the opportunity created by the upcoming vote -- an event that typically leaves the U.S. isolated -- to follow President Obama’s example by abstaining from the vote and to use the occasion to announce the measures your administration is taking to normalize relations with Cuba.

As you are certainly aware, during President Trump’s time in office, he reversed the gains made by the Obama-Biden administration in normalizing relations with Cuba, adding over 200 restrictive measures that have severely affected the wellbeing of the Cuban people. 

So far, your administration has done little to reverse these harmful Trump policies, which continue to harm millions of Cubans, including by undercutting Cuba’s budding private sector.

The upcoming U.N. vote calling for an end to the U.S. economic, trade, and financial embargo against Cuba will once again show the global repudiation of these harmful restrictions on Cuba, especially as Cuba is still recovering from the economic consequences of the pandemic and a natural disaster. The resolution will include language opposing the embargo’s extraterritorial application, which has impaired the ability of even third-country humanitarian efforts to supply assistance to Cuba, including helping rebuild in the aftermath of hurricane Ian. It will also denounce the embargo’s extraterritorial sanctions regime that blocks trade with third countries by imposing huge fines of billions of dollars, including on European banks, for assisting customers with non-military, purely commercial trade with Cuba. 

Every year, nearly every country in the U.N. votes to support the resolution and against the U.S.-imposed embargo.  In 2016, the Obama administration broke with 25 years of United States’ opposition to the resolution by abstaining on the UN vote, showing the world that the U.S. understood the need to lift the embargo. We call on you to follow President Obama’s lead by not opposing this year’s U.N. resolution, and instead to use the occasion to announce the measures that your administration will take - consistent with your pre-election promises and the results of your review of the impact of sanctions on COVID-19 response -- to provide relief for the Cuban people and return to the path of normalization in our relationship with Cuba.

Sincerely,

 

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  • Sonja Grgar
    signed 2022-11-03 00:24:42 -0400
  • Renee Nunan-Rappard
    signed via 2022-11-02 21:44:36 -0400
  • Lizzie Adams
    signed 2022-11-02 21:20:34 -0400
  • elizabeth lee
    signed 2022-11-02 21:07:15 -0400
  • Moon Luna Vazquez
    signed 2022-11-02 20:44:25 -0400
    Cuba Si Bloqueo No! This is so unjust and in human!
  • Iris Fernandez
    signed 2022-11-02 20:41:16 -0400
    I take this issue very personal…the Blockade needs to be remove completely and Cuba’s designation on the list of State Sponsored Terrorism List needs to be eradicated immediately!,,

    Respect the differences in the world!,,
  • Camila Pineiro
    signed 2022-11-02 20:38:42 -0400
    Biden do what you know is right! Show some honesty and courage, like Obama did. Sí se puede!
  • Pancho Savery
    signed 2022-11-02 20:38:00 -0400
  • Theodora Pappas
    signed 2022-11-02 20:37:51 -0400
  • cesar omar sanchez
    signed 2022-11-02 20:37:43 -0400
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    signed 2022-11-02 20:37:33 -0400
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    signed 2022-11-02 20:37:15 -0400
  • Sara Ferreira
    signed 2022-11-02 20:37:12 -0400
  • Owen Hughes
    signed 2022-11-02 20:36:33 -0400
    Abajo el bloqueo
  • Mikael Wolfe
    signed 2022-11-02 20:03:42 -0400
  • Jodi Sarda
    signed 2022-11-02 18:59:46 -0400
  • Oscar Hernando Avellaneda Dueñas
    signed 2022-11-02 17:06:37 -0400
    Si amas a Cuba pide el fin del bloqueo que Estados Unidos le impone. Los Pueblos del Mundo URGEN a #EEUU: #NoMasBloqueoContraCuba !!!
  • Donald Koistinen
    signed via 2022-11-02 10:23:33 -0400
  • Barbara Bryan
    signed 2022-11-02 04:13:04 -0400
    This embargo is another stain on the U.S. Let us practice what we preach!!
  • Euijen Dessaix
    signed 2022-11-02 00:42:19 -0400
  • Christopher Haines
    signed 2022-11-01 20:44:28 -0400
  • Norma J F Harrison
    signed via 2022-11-01 20:08:37 -0400
    abstain!!! I love it!!! Shutup you horror, Biden/US. Now, in order to stifle the military industrial complex, work to get Ukraine to surrender, agreeing to stop allowing Western invasion into Russia, the cause of the military conflict. USSR/Russian has been being invaded by The West for 110 years!!!
  • Allan Hansen
    signed 2022-11-01 20:08:07 -0400
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    signed 2022-11-01 13:42:49 -0400
  • Yamil Martínez
    signed 2022-11-01 12:14:57 -0400
    This will be the 30th consecutive vote, but it’s been more than 60 years of that unjust, cruel and illegal policy towards Cuba. It has been condemned by the global community and once again the U.S. will stand alone. It is more that enough. Let Cuba live…
  • Melanie Huq
    signed 2022-11-01 09:32:48 -0400