Photo: Bill Hackwell
The International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity endorses the call made by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) to organize days of action under the title “We have Memory; Solidarity Against the Blockade” from September 4 to October 6. These actions will bring back the experience accumulated during the years of struggle to free the Cuban Five. The events most likely will extend until October 27, the day when Cuba will once again present the report to the United Nation entitled, “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” (view report)
The actions against the genocidal blockade against Cuba will start on September 17, as was agreed upon at the Summit of the People in Panama in April 2015 and reiterated at the Continental Meeting in Solidarity with Cuba in the Dominican Republic this past July, by organizing activities on the 17th of each month.
We call on solidarity friends from all over the world to express their rejection of the blockade in all possible ways including statements and pronouncements directed at the United States Congress and sending emails to President Obama
urging him to exercise the powers conferred upon him by the Constitution to dismantle the blockade. He can do it
. We encourage the movement to also organize public events that explain the impact that the U.S. blockade is having against the Cuban people.
It is necessary to emphasize that almost two years after the restoration of U.S.-Cuba relations the U.S. policy of genocidal blockade continues. A policy that causes enormous suffering and unquantifiable damage to the Cuban people and is the real cause preventing the economic development of Cuba.
Having normal relations between countries means the cessation of war that one country exerts on another. And this is even more obvious when it comes to the most powerful country on Earth against a small nation in the Antilles. Every day for more than a half century the U.S. has unilaterally applied the blockade through its extraterritorial laws like the Torricelli Bill, the Helms-Burton Act, the Cuban Adjustment Act, the wet foot, dry foot policy, the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, and many others designed to undermine the sovereignty of Cuba.
Although there have been advances that we all recognize, essentially nothing has changed. The blockade remains intact as well as its laws, to prosecute and to punish those who travel or trade with Cuba. The dollar cannot be used in international banking transactions with Cuba for example. A religious organization like Pastors for Peace is being threatened with losing its non-profit status for its humanitarian projects with Cuba. The demands of Latin American and Caribbean countries to end the Cuban Adjustment Act that encourages human trafficking and illegal migration across their borders have been ignored.
Meanwhile Posada Carriles, an admitted international terrorist, continues to live quietly in Miami without fear of going to trial for his crimes. It has been 4 decades since the horrendous attack, planned by Posada, that killed 73 people on a Cuban airliner over Barbados took place. Our people have memories and even if the Empire wants to delete it they will not succeed.
There is every reason for us to return to the streets in solidarity with the Cuban Revolution. It is the only way to end the genocidal blockade, achieve the return of Guantánamo and end the subversive plans for regime change. We need to organize protests at every U.S. embassy as we did in the struggle to free the Cuban 5.
Imperialism has never conceded anything that did not come about through a massive denunciation of its policies and the mobilization of the people. Now during this time of imperial counter offensive taking place in Latin America, through the so called soft coups against popular governments, it is more important than ever to stand up with Cuba and the example it represents.
Let’s start this Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (EST) with a world-wide Tuitazo against the blockade. The work in social networks is essential so that our demand is heard around the world, using the tags: #YoVotoVsBloqueo, #SolidaridadVsBloqueo
We are asking you to get in the website Cuba vs Bloqueo
to vote and ask others to massively vote where it says Votar.
Please publicize the actions that are taking place in your country to let others know about it and give this campaign a greater visibility.
Together we can do it!
End Now the Criminal Blockade against Cuba!!!
International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity