Minneapolis City Council End the Blockade resolution

Jun 7, 2018 by

On May 25, 2018 A resolution
Urging  PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CONTINUE THE POLICY INITIATED BY PAST PRESIDENTS TO BUILD A NEW, COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND TO IMMEDIATELY END ALL ASPECTS OF THE UNITED STATES‘ ECONOMIC, COMMERCIAL, AND FINANCIAL EMBARGO AGAINST CUBA  INCLUDING ALL RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL TO CUBA BY U.S. CITIZENS was brought before the full city council after passing unopposed in the city council’s Intergovernemntal Realtions committee. The resolution sponsored by Councilmember Andrea Jenkins along with co-sponsors Councilmembers Cam Gordon and Andrew Johnson was introduced to the full city council. The whole resolution was read out loud before a packed council chambers by Councilmember Jenkins and discussion was asked for. Hearing none Council President Lisa Bender asked for a roll call. All 13 Council members voted for the resolution. It passed unanimously. It will now be sent on to Mayor Jacob Frey for his signature and become official resolution of the City of Minneapolis. The Minnesota Cuba Committee plans on taking the passed resolution to the National League of Cities Conference and the National Mayor’s Conference for passage by the national governmental assemblies later this year.
Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and lies across the Mississippi River from it’s capitol, St Paul.

THE MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL URGES  PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CONTINUE THE POLICY INITIATED BY PAST PRESIDENTS TO BUILD A NEW, COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND TO IMMEDIATELY END ALL ASPECTS OF THE UNITED STATES‘ ECONOMIC, COMMERCIAL, AND FINANCIAL EMBARGO AGAINST CUBA  INCLUDING ALL RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL TO CUBA BY U.S. CITIZENS.

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

SPONSORED by Council Member Andrea Jenkins with co-sponsors Cam Gordon and Andrew Johnson.

 

Whereas, in 1960, the United States government imposed an economic, commercial, and

financial embargo against Cuba; and

 

Whereas, on December 17, 2014, US. President Barak Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro

agreed to reestablish diplomatic relations between the two countries; and

 

Whereas, despite executive actions by President Obama easing certain regulations, the US.

embargo continues to be in place as do restrictions on travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba;

 

Whereas, trade between the United States and Cuba benefits both countries, particularly in the

areas of food production, education, healthcare, tourism, arts, music, biotechnological and medical research;

 

Whereas, an end to the embargo would enable Minneapolis area enterprises to collaborate with

Cuba’s advanced biotechnical and medical research institutions in the areas of drug

development, clinical tests, genetics, and medical devices, thus enhancing economic

development and employment opportunities in our region;

 

Whereas, on October 6, 2014, the Minnesota International Center, Westminster Presbyterian Church and St. Thomas University welcomed Cuban Ambassador Cabanas of the Cuban Special Interests Section, now the Cuban Embassy, in Washington, D.C., to our city.

 

Whereas, in Sept. 2017 President Trump ordered all diplomatic staff withdrawn from the US Embassy in Havana and expelled diplomatic staff from the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC, now therefore be it,

 

Resolved, that the Minneapolis City Council urges President Trump to renew engagement of negotiations with the Cuban government as initiated by the policy of past Presidents to build a new, cooperative relationship between the United States and Cuba; and reestablish the diplomatic staffing of US Embassy in Havana and reinstatement of diplomatic staff at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC; and be it further

 

Resolved, that the Minneapolis City Council urges Congress and the President to immediately end

all aspects of the United States’ economic, commercial, and financial embargo against Cuba

including restrictions on travel to Cuba by U .S, citizens; and be it further

 

Resolved, that copies of this resolution be sent to The President, US Congressional leaders, candidates running for the 2 Senate seats of Minnesota and Congressional District 5 seat in 2018 elections, and the Chair of the National Conference of Mayors for passage of the resolution by The Conference body.

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