The third annual Days of Action Against the Blockade kicked off Monday night with presentations by Cuban pediatric oncologist Dr. Jesus Reno and two recent U.S. graduates of Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), Dr. Lucia Perez Agudelo and Dr. Gregory Wilkinson, in front of a full house at Bus Boys and Poets in Tacoma Park, Washington, D.C.
Activists from the U.S., Canada and Sweden, along with our Cuban guests and five ELAM doctors spent much of the day preparing for our week of activities and advocacy. Mavis Anderson, Senior Associate of the Latin American Working Group, generously briefed participants on the best ways to make our case on Capitol Hill.
Advocacy teams will fan out Tuesday to begin three days of visiting Congressional Offices to highlight the many ways in which the failed U.S. blockade of Cuba continues to endanger the health of both Cubans and Americans, and to encourage lawmakers to legislate its end.
Meanwhile Dr. Reno and a number of the ELAM doctors will begin a series of peer-to-peer meetings with their American counterparts to discuss issues of mutual concern.
The Days of Action Against the Blockade continues in Washington until September 16.