The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (LCA) in the United States on Monday called for the lifting of the economic, financial and commercial hostile blockade imposed by the U.S. on Cuba for over 60 years.
In a letter sent to Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, LCA attributed all hardships faced by the Cuban people to the unilateral blockade and all measures imposed.
The reintroduction of a bipartisan bill by five US lawmakers legislators to have the blockade against Cuba lifted has become an example of the efforts to establish normal relations between the two countries.
In a new defiance of the US blockade against Cuba, members of 32nd Pastors for Peace Friendship Caravan will arrive in Havana on Monday.
They traversed more than 20 cities in three routes that merged on Monday in Jacksonville, Florida, and later went to the last stop, Saint Petersburg, before gathering in Miami, point of departure to Havana. Dr. Samira Addrey told Prensa Latina that most of the 91 caravan members are young people of between 18 and 30 years of age who have never been to Cuba.
On February 25, a top official in Joe Biden’s administration said US sanctions imposed on Russia following the invasion of Ukraine were also intended to hit Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. That month marked the sixtieth anniversary of the US blockade of Cuba, introduced in February 1962 by President John F. Kennedy’s Embargo on All Trade with Cuba. The embargo of Cuba constitutes the longest and most comprehensive set of sanctions in modern history. It is not merely a legal or a bilateral issue, as proponents claim. It is a key instrument in the US toolkit to pursue regime change on the island. It is an act of war, a violation of human rights designed to obstruct Cuban development, to undermine its example as a revolutionary alternative, and to intentionally cause suffering among the Cuban people.
There is no embargo on Cuba.” This bold claim – made by Florida senator Marco Rubio on the floor of the US Senate last July – has quickly hardened into conventional wisdom across aisles of US Congress and among Rubio’s base of support in the Cuban diaspora. The US blockade is a myth, a bogeyman for the Communist party of Cuba. “Cuba is not isolated,” Rubio said. Those who say otherwise either “don’t know what they’re talking about … or they’re liars. Those are the only two options.”
CUBA is experiencing difficult times. As a result of the tightened US economic blockade and the loss of tourism because of Covid-19, the country is going through a deep economic slump. Many basic products such as food and medicine have become scarce.
It has been half a year since the monthly caravan protests against the US blockade of Cuba began. This month, activists from Rock Around the Blockade and the Revolutionary Communist Group stood up to imperialist warfare and propaganda against socialist Cuba. Get in touch if you’d like to participate in the activities next month! Here are some photos and videos from around the country:
One of our supporters from London summarised the day’s activities: «In south London we held a speakout against poverty, inequality, austerity and evictions today and held up the example of Cuba as what is possible when you break free from capitalist, comparing Cuba’s inspiring revolutionary response to the pandemic with Britain’s murderous one.»