Open letter in US newspaper calls for policy change in Cuba | New

An open letter published in the American newspaper “The San Francisco Examiner” urged President Joe Biden to change his policy towards Cuba and reverse the measures that have tightened the blockade under the Donald Trump administration.


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“Let Cuba live!” expressed in the letter from constituents and interested individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, California Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

Signatories include distinguished professor emeritus and writer Angela Davis; Shamann Walton, chairman of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; Gayle McLaughlin, former Mayor of the City of Richmond and Poet Laureate Togo Eisen-Martin.

In the letter paid for by the Bay Area Cuba Saving Lives Committee, they ask Pelosi, who will run in the midterm elections next November, to consider that it is time to chart a new course in relations between the two countries. .

“We urgently and publicly call on you (Pelosi), an elected representative from San Francisco, to, as a national leader, urge Biden to reverse the 243 coercive measures that the Trump administration (2017-2021) has added to the long – permanent blockade imposed by the United States,” the letter read.

Another segment reminded the Speaker of the House that the 2020 Democratic Party platform called for the relaxation of this one-sided fence on the island and that the then-candidate’s campaign revolved around this issue. However, “the Biden administration has kept Trump’s policy in effect almost in its entirety, even during the epidemic that has gripped the planet.”

The signatories note that they are encouraged by “the fact that on May 16, 2022, the administration took three limited steps to end Trump’s policies.” With the stroke of a pen – they insist – Biden could already sign an executive order and cancel all the measures imposed by his predecessor.

The letter noted that in July 2020, following the Campaign to Save Lives’ call, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors made the city the first major city in the United States to unanimously adopt a resolution in favor of medical cooperation with Cuba. In addition, he demanded the lifting of economic sanctions and the travel ban.

Other similar resolutions were approved in Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond, Santa Cruz and Sacramento, for a total of 48 national jurisdictions.

The signatories of the letter believe that the White House’s latest decision to exclude Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua from the Summit of the Americas to be held in Los Angeles from June 6 to 10 “is a step backwards that must be reversed immediately. “. At the same time, they urged the United States to cease its attempts to bring about “regime change” in the largest of the Antilles.

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