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Casa de las Américas (Casa) is a New York-based organization of Cuban emigrants who support the revolution. Beginning in 1955, the July 26 Committee was established in NY for the purpose of supporting the armed struggle that was taking place in Cuba against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Shortly after the triumph of the revolution in 1959, the Committee was renamed Casa Cuba, which later became Casa de las Américas.

WEEK OF ACTION AGAINST THE BLOCKADE

At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting on June 23, 2021, Cuba will bring its annual resolution on the necessity to end the United States’ “Economic, Commercial, and Financial Embargo“ against the island. For 28 consecutive sessions, the UNGA has overwhelmingly voted in favor of ending this criminal and unjust US policy towards Cuba.
 
There is no doubt that this year, once again, the world will stand with Cuba in this vote. Cuba solidarity and anti-blockade activists and organizations in the United States and Canada are calling for united international action to increase the pressure on President Joseph Biden and the US Congress to end to the over 60-year-old cruel sanctions and bellicose hostility against Cuba!
 
In this light, the US-Cuba Normalization Committee is inviting people from the US, Canada, and around the world to get involved with a Week of Action Against the Blockade, beginning on June 17, 2021, through June 23, 2021, the day of the UN vote. Below is the initial list of events being organized, including the June 20th Car and Bicycle Caravans to defeat the blockade, and a 24-hour global online picket action that will culminate with a victory celebration of the historic UN vote in an international webinar.

#UnblockCuba2021 #EliminaElBloqueo 


June 17 Facebook Livestream: Solidarity vs. Blockade
9 am Eastern
6 am Pacific

On June 17th, the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) is organizing an international event to lead up to the June 23 vote at the United Nations against the blockade.
Featuring:
Karima Oliva Bello, Doctor in Psychological Sciences and political analyst.
Helen Yaffe, Professor at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Founder of the solidarity organization Rocks Around the Blockade.
Johana Tablada de la Torre. Ambassador and Deputy Director for the U.S. at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Fernando Gonzalez Llort, President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP)


June 18 UN Decolonization Hearings on Puerto Rico

Once again, the friends of Puerto Rico’s decolonization and independence and all who oppose the criminal US blockade of our sister nation of Cuba will show our united solidarity.

Join the ProLibertad Freedom Campaign, The NY-NJ CubaSi Coalition, The Venceremos Brigade, and IFCO/Pastors for Peace for a solidarity picket/protest for Puerto Rico at the United Nations! Once again, the friends of Puerto Rico’s Decolonization and Independence and those who oppose the criminal blockade of our sister nation of Cuban need to show their solidarity. For the first time in recent history, the United Nations decolonization Committee Hearings on Puerto Rico and the annual vote on the Cuban Blockade are taking place within a week of each other!

On Friday, June 18th, the U.N. Decolonization Committee Hearings on Puerto Rico will be held. It is important that the international community see that the Puerto Rico Diaspora and its allies are united in demanding Puerto Rican Independence and Self-Determination.

Friday, June 18th at 5:00 pm-6:30 pm 
Picket and Protest at Ralph Bunche Park
1st Avenue and E. 42nd st.


A film about the untold story of Cuba’s contribution to help victims of Chernobyl.

SUNDAY JUNE 20, 2021
5:00 pm PST
7:00 pm CST
8:00 pm EST

Olexandr Savchenko, “Sacha,” was one year old when the explosion of the nuclear power plant Vladimir Ilich Lenin at Chernobyl occurred on April 26, 1986. He lived in Chernigov, a village in the Ukrainian countryside near the area of the accident. He got sick shortly afterward and doctors were unable to make a clear diagnosis because the healthcare system had collapsed while the then Soviet Union was close to disintegrating. Sacha’s condition worsened to the despair of his mother, Lidia Savchenko, who took her baby from one doctor to another without his getting better. One day, other mothers in similar situations told her that there was a possibility that he could be treated on a small island far away. Sacha, it turns out, is one of the 26,000 boys and girls from Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine who were treated in Cuba over a 21 year period after the nuclear accident at Chernobyl.

This is the context for the history told by the new 39-minute documentary film; Sacha, A Child of Chernobyl, directed by Cuban film-makers Roberto Chile and Maribel Acosta Damas and produced by the Argentine news agency Resumen Latinoamericano.

Watch on HotHouse Global

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For nearly one year, a group in the United States, “Puentes de Amor” (Bridges of Love) led by the Cuban-American community, has been promoting monthly “Bike & Car Caravans” against the US blockade on Cuba in cities across the US and Canada. This inspiring movement against the inhuman US blockade has become a collaboration, initiated by Cuban-American activists and organizations and supported by the US and international Cuba solidarity movement. On June 20, the car and bicycle Caravans will be taking place in dozens of cities across the US, Canada, and around the world as part of the lead-up to the June 23 vote in the UN.

 We encourage you to get involved in this important Caravan movement – and join in your own city. We are stronger together! Register your activity — starting time, location and public contact person. Email to: June20register@nnoc.info

Listen to a message from Carlos Lazo, Cuban teacher whose bike ride from Seattle to Washington DC inspired these caravans


24-Hour Global Online Picket Against the US Blockade on Cuba!

Starting: June 22 – 8 pm Eastern Time Special celebration and wrap up: June 23 – 8-10 pm Eastern Time

As part of international mobilizations at this important time – we invite you to unite your voice with people around the world at a 24-hour global picket featuring speakers, cultural performances, live-streaming of UN debate and vote, and more! To conclude the 24-hour picket action, there will also be a victory celebration international webinar featuring speakers, distinguished diplomats, and musicians from Cuba and around the world!

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
1) Make sure to register: www.tinyurl.com/24hr4Cuba
2) Send your own 1-3 minute solidarity video messages speaking out against the blockade. These could be in any language. These can be sent over WhatsApp to +1-778-882-5223 or over email to webmaster@canadiannetworkoncuba.ca
(with Wetransfer or other file transfer services).

Organized by: the Canadian Network on Cuba 

http://canadiannetworkoncuba.ca

Endorsed by: Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos (ICAP-Cuba), El Movimiento Colombiano de Solidaridad con Cuba (MCSC-Colombia), Australia-Cuba Friendship Society WA, The U.S.-Cuba Normalization Conference Organizing Committee (U.S.), Cuba Support Group Ireland (CGSI), Associazione Nazionale di Amicizia Italia-Cuba, Table de concertation et de solidarité Québec – Cuba & The National Network on Cuba (NNOC) – U.S. 

More than 70 cities join the world campaign against the blockade: 20 countries have participated to date

Cubadebate, May 30, 2021

Friends of Cuba, emigrants and members of the solidarity movement with the island are participating today in more than 70 cities around the world in the Third World Caravan of Solidarity with this Antillean nation.

With marches, parades and other initiatives, the demonstrators are demanding an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade maintained by the United States against Cuba for more than six decades, which has been intensified to unprecedented levels in recent years despite the international repudiation of this policy.

Cuba held today a regatta and caravans in support of the international day to demand an end to the U.S. blockade against the island.

The maritime activity took place in the Bay of Cienfuegos, in the center-south of the country, and brought together state and private vessels, water bicycles, boats, sailboats, canoes and kayaks, with flags and banners denouncing the U.S. blockade.

Due to the epidemiological situation caused by Covid-19, which prevents mass mobilizations, in several territories parades were held in cycles, conventional or electric motorcycles, among other means, such as the one scheduled to take place in the city of Ciego de Avila (center).

These actions are part of the Third World Caravan of Solidarity with the Island, which will also take place on social networks, to demand the end of the blockade imposed for six decades by the United States on Cuba, which has been intensified to unprecedented levels during the administration of Donald Trump (2017-2021).

The day before, hundreds of people mobilized in 40 cities in some twenty countries as part of this global day of support for the island, to be held until June 23.

Solidarity organizations in Angola demand an end to the U.S. blockade against Cuba

Organizations in solidarity with Cuba demanded today in Angola the end of the economic, financial and commercial blockade of the United States government against the Caribbean nation.

The statement, released by the Association of the Community of Cuban Residents in Angola (Accra), summarizes the feelings of several entities, Jorge Pantoja, one of the coordinators of the group in the city of Kilamba, on the outskirts of Luanda, told Prensa Latina.

The text, he said, points out the joint vision of Accra and the associations of Angolan-Cuban families, of former students trained on the island (the so-called Caimaneros) and of Angola-Cuba Friendship.

Likewise, it synthesizes the position of numerous people, who individually sent messages and photos as a sign of condemnation to Washington’s aggression, said Féliz Arozarena, member of the national board of Accra, who appreciated the growing contacts through social networks.

For the claimants, the blockade is ‘a genocidal and criminal policy against the Cuban family’, which has been in force for more than 60 years.

At the same time, they regret the decision of the White House to maintain Cuba on a list of state sponsors of terrorism; “with this action the government of President Joe Biden acts with cynicism”, the document indicates.

According to the denunciation, the current government of the northern power is determined to asphyxiate the Cuban people by maintaining the 243 additional measures dictated during the administration of President Donald Trump.

President Biden publicly stated that, although Cuba is not a high priority issue for the U.S. executive, a review process of the policy towards the Antillean country is underway.

So, if Cuba is not a priority and the review has not yet concluded, “how does the State Department explain the unfounded and mendacious singling out of our country on the issue of terrorism?” the letter asks.

Following the same logic, the organizations called attention to the incongruence between discourse and facts, as more than 240 unilateral coercive measures adopted by the Trump administration, including increased financial persecution and other extraterritorial provisions, remain in force.

On June 23, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) will vote on a new draft resolution on the need to put an end to the blockade, that is to say, this will be the 29th time that the highest body of the multilateral organization will pronounce itself on the issue.

Undoubtedly, the resolution will be approved by the vast majority of the international community, predicts the joint message disseminated by Accra.

The four groups also announced that they are preparing different initiatives to strengthen the voices of support for the Cuban people during the week prior to the UN vote.

“Enough of hatred, it is time to build bridges of love”, summarizes the document, whose promoters circulate through digital platforms.

Germany joins the actions against the blockade with a bicycle rally in Berlin and Dusseldorf.

More than 200 people participated in a bicycle rally in Berlin against the economic, commercial, and financial blockade that the United States has applied to Cuba for more than six decades, diplomatic media reported today.

The demonstration, which was replicated in ten other German cities, is part of the worldwide UnBlock Cuba campaign as part of the actions seeking support for the vote in the United Nations General Assembly against this policy of Washington, on June 23.

The caravan here was organized by the Berlin-Cuba Friendship Association, with the cooperation of other organizations such as the Cuba Si Working Group of the Die Linke (The Left) party and the Interbrigadas youth group.

The six-kilometer route began in front of the diplomatic headquarters of Cuba in Germany, where artists from both countries performed.

The president of the Berlin-Cuba Friendship Association Jutta Kausch-Henken and Ambassador Ramón Ripoll referred to the effects of U.S. hostility against the Cuban people and the need to mobilize tirelessly until this policy is eliminated.

After making stops at central locations for public events, the caravan ended at the Brandenburg Gate, next to the U.S. Embassy in Germany.

Federal Deputy Sevim Dagdelen, vice-president of the parliamentary group of The Left party, in her central speech rejected the US blockade.

Demonstrations in support of Cuba and its Revolution were also held in several state capitals such as Bremen, Hamburg, Munich, Gera, Stuttgart, and Dusseldorf (another bicycle rally was held), and in Frankfurt 60 balloons were released in the colors of the Cuban flag.

While in cities such as Chemnitz, Dortmund, Hannover, Nuremberg, Oberhausen and Schwerte solidarity actions were carried out, characterized by the participation of German citizens, Cuban residents, and those from other countries, mobilized by various organizations, such as Cuba Solidarity Network, the RFA-Cuba, and Berlin-Cuba Friendship Associations, the Granma Solidarity Association, Humanitarian Aid, the working group of the La Izquierda Cuba Sí party, the Bremen-Cuba group, Ecomujer, the youth of Interbrigadas and the Tamara Bunke Project.

Hundreds of Cuban-Americans living in Miami, Florida, demanded today that U.S. President Joe Biden lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, imposed on the Caribbean island six decades ago.

“Biden, lift the sanctions, fulfill your electoral promises, said Carlos Lazo, coordinator of the Bridges of Love movement, whose main objective is to fight against these punitive measures that mainly affect Cuban families.

All of us who are gathered here are voting for you, in the hope that this siege that affects above all the Cuban people will be lifted, added the activist, one of the main organizers of the caravans against unilateral sanctions that are taking place this Sunday in more than 70 cities around the world.

During a live intervention through his Facebook account, Lazo reiterated his confidence that “we are going to lift the embargo (blockade), let there be no doubt about it,” and urged his compatriots to move forward “because we were never cowards, and may the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, Patroness of Cuba, cover us with her mantle”.

In information sent to Prensa Latina the day before, Lazo reiterated that the objective of these activities is to demand the end of those unilateral sanctions that affect the people of the largest of the Antilles and that were reinforced during the administration of Donald Trump.

According to Lazo, the participants in this Third Caravan also demand from President Biden the resumption of the family reunification plan suspended by his predecessor in 2017.

In particular, the participants demand the reopening of the consular services of the U.S. embassy in Havana and the remittance service to the largest of the Antilles.

According to the statement, the objective is also to demand the return of the Cuban territory illegally occupied by the Guantanamo Naval Base, in the east of the island, and the exit of the largest of the Antilles from the spurious list of nations that according to Washington sponsor terrorism or do not cooperate in the fight against that scourge.

In his note, the activist sent a partial list of the places where these events will be held, which in the city of Miami, Florida, already took place this morning, at the monument to the National Hero José Martí located in Coral Gables.

Similar actions are taking place in Tampa, also in Florida, as well as in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Albany, New York, Atlanta, Georgia; Detroit, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada, New Haven, Connecticut, New York, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Other events are also taking place in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, California; as well as in Seattle, Washington; while in Canada there will be demonstrations like these in Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal, all with the objective of demanding the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba.

MALAGA: Balloons in the colors of Cuba against the U.S. blockade

From Malaga, members of the La Avellaneda Association and Andalusians of the Hispanic-Cuban Association of Malaga, held a rally for the lifting of the US blockade against Cuba in the Plaza de la Alameda Principal.

JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN TO SPUR CUBA’S FIGHT AGAINST COVID!

The Saving Lives Campaign and Global Health Partners are building a broad-based, urgent drive to supply these vital medical tools to Cuba. The country has a shortage of 20 million syringes vital to the goal of vaccinating the entire Cuban population against Covid. We are committed to raising $100,000 this month to start rushing syringes to Cuba.  

Please show your solidarity now with a country that has done so much for the health of its own people, and for struggling communities around the world.

Over the past year alone, Cuba has sent 3,700 health workers, in 52 international medical brigades, to 39 countries overwhelmed by the pandemic. Cuba’s international medical brigades have treated patients and saved lives for the past 15 years in 53 countries confronting natural disasters and serious epidemics, such as the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Cuba has developed five internationally recognized candidate COVID-19 vaccines, with two in Phase III clinical trials as of April 2021. Cuba has 11.3 million people, but plans to produce 100 million doses of vaccine, to meet its commitment to sharing its low-cost vaccines with poor countries in the developing world.

Help put life saving vaccines into Cuban arms with your generous, tax-deductible donation to our syringe campaign. Your gift today will save lives and show your solidarity with Cuba’s commitment to helping other poor countries fight Covid.

Please send your gift to Global Health Partners, which has a U.S. Commerce Department license to send medical supplies to Cuba. You can make an immediate donation online on this page.

You can also send checks payable to Global Health Partners, with the memo Syringe Campaign, at 39 Broadway, Suite 1540, New York, NY 10006.