International Committee: Come to Washington in April

Feb 19, 2016 by

International Committee

for Peace, Justice and Dignity

Obama to visit Cuba in March!

Cuba Solidarity Activists to Convene in Washington D.C. in April! 

The announcement this morning by the governments of Cuba and the United States that President Obama will be visiting Cuba on March 21-22 is a positive development and signals another step on the road to normalization of relations between the two countries. This historic occasion will mark the first time that a sitting U.S. president has visited Cuba since Calvin Coolidge did it – some 88 years ago.

Obama’s visit is primarily symbolic and shows that despite right wing reaction the overall atmosphere of improved relations, that began on December 17, 2014, remains the prevailing sentiment in most sectors of U.S. society. Recent Gallup polls show that the majority of people support an end to the Blockade and the establishment of full normal relations and that gap continues to grow.

Recently there have been many high level meetings between the two governments and agreements have been reached on direct U.S. commercial airline flights and mail service. However the reality is that the unilateral and unjust blockade of Cuba remains completely intact. As long as that is the case and regime change programs remain funded and Guantanamo is occupied normalization will not happen. The onus for significant change rests with the U.S. We know that taking the blockade out of law will ultimately have to be carried out by Congress but there is still a lot Obama can do. And if he wanted to make his trip in March more than a political gesture he could announce, upon his arrival, that the U.S. was returning Guantanamo to its rightful owners – the Cuban people. It is fully in his power to do that. (To see what Obama can do and what Congress has to do click here to read our new brochure and click here to print our new brochure.

For those of us in the solidarity movement to end the Blockade of Cuba Obama’s visit gives us an important opportunity to push the struggle forward. This is not the time for us to sit back and watch events unfold but rather we need to seize the moment to intervene with more determination than ever before while this window of attention on U.S. – Cuba relations remains open.

THERE COULD BE NO BETTER TIME THAN NOW TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON ENDING THE  BLOCKADE, AND YOU CAN BE PART OF IT.

The International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity along IFCO/Pastors for Peace, the Venceremos Brigade, the Institute for Policy Studies and the National Network on Cuba are planning the 2nd Days of Action against the Blockade in Washington DC April 18-22. The organizing has already begun and we need as many of you as possible to help bring people to D.C.

We will be holding public events, grass roots advocacy visits to Capitol Hill, and many other activities that are still in the planning stages.

If you are planning to be part of the grassroots advocacy work in D.C. please complete the following form. We need to know how many people are coming to Washington D.C. to assess how many elected official we can possible visit.

YOUR PARTICIPATION IS VERY IMPORTANT! 

WE NEED TO BRING OUR MESSAGE TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND TO LAWMAKERS THAT THIS IS THE TIME TO END ONCE AND FOR ALL THE U.S. UNILATERAL BLOCKADE AGAINST CUBA.

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