Tuesday, June 27, 2023

USA: Militant demonstration in solidarity with socialist Cuba held in Washington DC

On June 25, hundreds of activists marched to the White House in Washington DC to demand US president Joe Biden take Cuba off the list of “State Sponsors of Terrorism” and lift the 63 year blockade against the island. 
Speakers at the rally highlighted that not only does the inclusion of Cuba on this list have no legal grounds, but it has caused immense difficulties in Cuba with the island seeing the most serious food, fuel, and electricity shortages in recent history.
Organizers also called for Biden to put an end to the 60-plus-year US blockade against Cuba, and an end to US sanctions against sovereign nations worldwide.

The majority of the protestors came from the cities on the East Coast including New York, Boston Philadelphia, Baltimore, Virginia, South Carolina and a delegation from Puentes de Amor from Florida.

The activities were called by the National Network on Cuba (NNOC), an organization that has been in existence since 1991 and is made up of 57 groups advocating for an end to Washington’s hostility towards Cuba.

The Amazon Labor Union made a strong showing at the rally, coming off the heels of participating in a brigade to Cuba in May. Chris Smalls, who visited the White House when ALU successfully organized the first Amazon union in the country, openly denounced Biden’s policy against Cuba. 

“I was invited to the White House this past Tuesday, for Juneteenth. I was supposed to be right here on the other side of the wall, celebrating the ending of slavery,” Smalls said. “But I declined that. Matter of fact, I’m here today to let them know… Do not invite me to the White House anymore until you end the blockade!”

Info from peoplesdispatch.org & resumen-english.org