Urge President Biden to Reverse Trump Administration's Cruel Policy towards Cuba

We need a big turnout to show the Biden administration and Congress that the Cuba advocacy and solidarity community is a powerful force that isn't going to stop until this embargo is ended for once and for all! 

 We need your representative to sign this letter! Congressional Sign-On Letter-- co-led by Reps. Bobby Rush & Steve Cohen & Gwen Moore.

Learn more here: 

Dear Colleague:

We ask that you sign on to this letter to President Biden, urging him to move quickly to reverse the Trump Administration’s cruel policy against the Cuban people and renew dialogue with Cuba.  As you may know, the Trump Administration tightened sanctions to levels not seen in decades, and President Biden can restore much of the Obama–Biden policy towards Cuba through executive action.  Reversing these harmful policies is especially urgent as Cubans are facing acute shortages of food and medicine tied to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter asks President Biden to allow Cuban-Americans to once again send remittances to their family members in Cuba without limitations and to restore travel exemptions that allowed Americans to visit Cuba for people-to-people exchanges, among other targeted policies previously implemented by the Obama–Biden administration.  The letter also urges President Biden to rescind the politicized move by the Trump Administration to place Cuba back on the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, despite an exhaustive review by the Obama–Biden Administration finding no basis for such a designation.

The letter also encourages a return to more comprehensive policies pursued under the Obama–Biden Administration, including direct diplomatic engagement, reopening and staffing our respective embassies, and reestablishing dialogue and cooperation on key areas of mutual interest such as migration, disaster response, environmental protection, counter-narcotics, and, most urgently, pandemic response and public health.  The letter indicates that these early steps should be part of a process that leads towards an end to the embargo, a step consistently supported by the majority of Americans.

Information: contact Nishith Pandya in Rep. Rush’s office at Nishith.Pandya@mail.house.gov

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In the Senate a bill in support of normalizing all diplomatic and trade relations between the United States and Cuba has been introduced by Senator Wyden of Oregon.

Please read this article about the bill, and then contact our senators to urge their support.

Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, Democrat from Oregon, introduced on Thursday the U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2021 to repeal the sanctions that make up the economic, financial, and trade blockade that Washington has imposed on the island for almost six decades and establish normal trade relations with the Caribbean nation.

This is the first attempt during the current US legislative cycle requesting the lifting of the blockade.

A press release issued by Senator Wyden’s office states that “Our nation’s embargo on Cuba is an artifact from the 1960s. To continue this outdated, harmful policy of isolation would be a failure of American leadership. While Trump increased tensions with Cuba during his disastrous time in office, I am optimistic about President Biden’s new diplomatic course,” 

The release added that “regardless, Congress has a moral and economic obligation to the American people to improve U.S.-Cuban relations as swiftly and safely as possible.”  
The U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2021 would repeal the major statutes that codify sanctions against Cuba, including the Helms-Burton Act and the Cuban Democracy Act, as well as other provisions that affect trade, investment, and travel with Cuba. It would also establish normal trade relations with the country and lift the travel ban on the island.
  
Joining Wyden on the bill were U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.

Now is the time!

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