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ILWU International 2021 Convention June 14-18 Resolution to Send Syringes to Cuba and End the Embargo

Posted by on Jun 27, 2021 in Latest News | Comments Off on ILWU International 2021 Convention June 14-18 Resolution to Send Syringes to Cuba and End the Embargo

ILWU International 2021 Convention June 14-18 Resolution to Send Syringes to Cuba and End the Embargo

Resolution introduced by Local 10 ILWU and passed at the 2021 convention.

GHPartners.org/Syringes4Cuba Global Health Partners is a 501c3 charity with a commerce license to send medical supplies to Cuba

Whereas: Four years ago on June 16, 2017, less than six months into his first term in office, the former president declared in a Miami speech that the “Obama Cuba deal” was dead, and

Whereas: Subsequently 243 punitive executive orders were issued intensifying hardship for the working people during the pandemic, and

Whereas: In 2016 the last year of the Obama – Biden administration the resolution against the blockade [at the UN General Assembly] passed 191 to 0 as the U.S. for the first time abstained instead of voting against the resolution, and

Whereas: Except for campaign talk the Biden administration has not done anything to undo the hardships of the embargo on the Cuban people. This has resulted in Cuba with a shortage of 20 million syringes needed to vaccinate its 11 million residents with its Cuban developed vaccine against COVID-19, and

Whereas: Over the past year alone, Cuba has sent 3,700 health workers, in 52 international medical brigades, to 39 countries overwhelmed by the pandemic. Cuba’s international medical brigades have treated patients and saved lives for the past 15 years in 53 countries confronting natural disasters and serious epidemics, such as the Ebola crisis in West Africa, and

Whereas: Cuba has developed five internationally recognized candidate COVID-19 vaccines, with two in Phase III clinical trials as of April 2021. Cuba has 11.3 million people but plans to produce 100 million doses of vaccine, to meet its commitment to sharing its low-cost vaccines with poor countries in the developing world. and

Whereas: Since May 5, 2020, twenty-four municipal, county, and labor bodies have passed resolutions calling for medical and scientific collaboration with Cuba and ending the sanctions, including multiple entities in California and Washington State, and

Whereas: Even Cuban Americans in Miami have demonstrated with a bike and car caravans on the last Sunday of every month for the past year calling for an end to the blockade and instead build bridges of love, now joined in other cities, and

Whereas: the ILWU has enjoyed an international relationship with the Cuban Workers Federation (CTC), and in 1947, participated in organizing the International Sugar Workers Committee,

Therefore be it Resolved that this Convention calls on the Biden administration to vote FOR this Resolution to end the U.S. unilateral extraterritorial embargo of Cuba and act swiftly to remove Cuba from the spurious US list of state sponsors of terrorism, reset Cuba regulations to January 1, 2017, and continue the respectful discussion to fully normalize US-Cuba relations, and

Further be it Resolved, that the ILWU donate $10,000 to GlobalHealth Partners to purchase Syringes4Cuba, and

Further be it Resolved, that this Resolution be distributed to Congressional delegations, the news media, and all labor organizations urging them to do the same.

 

The blockade asphyxiates and kills, just like the virus, and must end!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2021 in Latest News | Comments Off on The blockade asphyxiates and kills, just like the virus, and must end!

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Address by the minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez to present draft resolution “Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.” New York, June 23. 2021


Your Excellency Mr. Chairman;

Your Excellencies Permanent Representatives;

Delegates;

In 2020, Cuba, like the rest of the world, was faced with the singular challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. administration took on the virus as an ally in its merciless non-conventional war; it deliberately and opportunistically stepped up the economic, commercial and financial blockade, bringing about losses for the country in the amount of around 5 billion dollars.

President Donald Trump implemented 243 unilateral coercive measures to restrict the visit of U.S. travelers and harm third tourist markets; adopted wartime measures to deprive us from fuel supplies; hounded the health services we provide in many countries; increased harassment against commercial and financial transactions in other markets, and set its mind to intimidate foreign investors and commercial entities with the application of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.

It also prevented regular and institutional flow of remittances to Cuban families; deal a harsh blow to the self-employed or private sector, and hindered relations with Cubans living in the United States and family reunification.

All these measures remain very much in place and implemented today and, paradoxically, are shaping the conduct of the current U.S. administration precisely during the months in which Cuba has experienced the highest infection rates, the highest death toll, and a higher economic cost associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign platform of the Democratic Party promised voters a speedy reversal of the actions taken by Donald Trump’s Administration, particularly the removal of restrictions regarding travel and remittances to Cuba and compliance with the bilateral migratory agreements, including the granting of visas.

Evidence shows that a large majority of U.S. citizens support the lifting of the blockade and their freedom to travel to the island, and that Cubans living in this country want normal relations and wellbeing for their families.

Some blame this baneful inertia on the electoral ambitions associated with Florida or on far-from-transparent balances of political and legislative elites in Washington.

What do those who voted for President Joseph Biden think about what is going on?

Mr. President;

The human damage caused by the blockade cannot be measured. No Cuban family is spared from the effects of this inhuman policy. Nobody could honestly state that it has no actual impact on the population.

In the health field, impossibility to access equipment, technology, devices, treatments and ideal drugs that cannot be procured from U.S. companies and must be obtained at skyrocketing prices through intermediaries or replaced by less effective generic drugs, even for sick newly born and children, persists.

But now, the sly blow to our finances and COVID-19- related expenses, which amount to 2 billion pesos and 300 million dollars, also cause shortages or lack of medicaments for use in hospitals that make the difference between life and death, as well as difficulties for persons to buy in time the insulin, antibiotics, pain killers, and drugs for blood pressure, allergy and other chronic disease treatments.

Cuba sought to protect everyone against the virus; it activated its sound and universal health system; relied on the dedication, willingness to sacrifice and high qualification of its personnel; mobilized its scientists and its world class biopharmaceutical industry, and harnessed the unambiguous support and consensus of the people, particularly of the youth and students, who volunteered to work in the red zones and on epidemiological screening.

That was why we succeeded in developing highly effective domestic protocols to treat both COVID-19 confirmed and under investigation cases; creating conditions to hospitalize all confirmed cases; ensuring the sustainability of intensive care services, institutional isolation of contacts of confirmed cases and free access to PCR or antigen tests; as well as commissioning molecular biology labs in all provinces of the country.

When the blockade cruelly prevented the supply of ventilators, Cuba developed its domestic production with its own prototypes.

All this effort by the nation has enabled us to maintain a comparatively low case fatality rate throughout the pandemic, particularly among our health personnel, infants, children, and pregnant women.

It is remarkable that a small island subjected to a blockade has been able to produce 5 vaccine candidates and apply 3 of them −in intervention studies or sanitary interventions− to 2,244,350 Cubans with at least one shot and plans to immunize 70% of the population during this summer and the whole population before the end of the year, despite the fact that the blockade is seriously hampering the industrial scale-up of vaccine production.

This illustrates the results of putting science to the service of the people as well as the effectiveness of civil service.

When the slanderous campaign of the U.S. administration against our medical cooperation was intensified amidst the pandemic, Cuba sent 57 specialized brigades of the “Henry Reeve International Contingent” to 40 countries or territories, in addition to the over 28,000 health professionals already providing services in 59 nations.

The blockade also deprives the national industry of the funds to procure required inputs for the production of food −causing a drop in pork production− and other goods.

Food imports from the United States are under strict licenses and discriminatory conditions. Their small levels, on the other hand, do not compare to the enormous toll exacted on our finances by the blockade and the effects of its extraterritorial application in third markets.

I bear witness to the suffering and distress that shortage of and instability in the supply of essential and basic goods causes in Cuban households, visible in the long lines that weigh down Cubans every day amidst the pandemic.

The measures to step up the blockade amidst the pandemic and under the global economic crisis also have a decisive impact on the shortage of supplies in stores, inflation or soaring prices, despite the strenuous efforts of the government.

As Army General Raul Castro stated last April 16, and I quote: “the damage caused by these measures to the living standards of the population is not accidental or the result of collateral effects; it is the result of a deliberate purpose to punish the Cuban people as a whole”, end of quote.

The blockade is a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people as a whole that, pursuant to Article II c) of the Geneva Convention of 1948, constitutes an act of genocide.

Mr. President;

U.S. authorities have cynically tried to plant the idea of the failure of our system and the ineffectiveness of the Cuban government; that the coercive measures do not affect the people nor are actually a significant factor for the difficulties faced by the domestic economy.

But let us review the data. From April 2019 to December 2020, the damages caused by the blockade amounted to over 9.1 billion dollars at current prices, an average of 436 million dollars per month. During the last five years, losses due to the blockade exceeded the amount of 17 billion dollars. At current prices, the accumulated damages in six decades amount to over 147.8 billion dollars, and against the price of gold, it amounts to over 1.3 trillion dollars.

Last June 10, our banking and financial system was compelled to temporarily suspend the acceptance of cash deposits in US dollars. This is an inevitable measure in the wake of the obstacles created by the blockade to dispose of or give use value to that currency, a step we would have wanted to avoid but could not be put off any longer.

This is an extraterritorial economic war against a small country, already affected by the recession and global economic crisis caused by the pandemic that has deprived us of much needed revenues, as the ones derived from tourism.

As President Miguel Diaz-Canel stated on April 19, and I quote: “nobody with an ounce of honesty and publicly available economic data can disregard the fact that this siege is the main obstacle to the country’s development and in our quest for prosperity and wellbeing”, end of quote.

I wonder what would happen in other economies, including those of rich countries, if subjected to similar conditions. What would be the social and political repercussions?

Mr. President;

The blockade is a politically motivated act, clearly described in the infamous memorandum of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Lester Mallory, dated April 6, 1960, and I quote:

“Every possible means should be immediately used to weaken the economic life… denying Cuba funds and supplies to reduce nominal and real salaries with the objective of provoking hunger, desperation and the overthrow of the government,” end of quote.

It is maliciously complemented by a fierce campaign of political interference in the internal affairs with subversive programs to which the US Administration allocates every year tens of millions of dollars from the federal budget and additional amounts from covert funds. The purpose is to create political and social instability amidst the economic difficulties created by the same US Administration.

They reckon that if they subject the Cuban population to hardships and promote artificial leaders who incite to chaos and instability, they could create a virtual political movement in digital networks to be later transposed into the real world.

They invest considerable resources, social labs and high-tech tools in a frenzied campaign aimed at discrediting Cuba with shameless lies and the manipulation of information. They unleash a renewed McCarthyism, ideological intolerance and brutal attack against those who uphold the truth.

Some even dream about provoking social chaos, disorder, violence and death in Cuba. It is no surprise, since this is a political weapon already used against other countries with fatal consequences.

A few rave about provoking an irregular and uncontrolled migratory flow from Cuba to the United States. This is a dangerous bet about which we have warned the US government, who has the legal and moral obligation to honor the migratory agreements, particularly regarding the granting of visas. This is a sensitive issue that costs lives.

Mr. President;

The states here represented are a victim of the extraterritorial effect of the blockade that infringes upon their sovereignty, violates their domestic legislations, subjects them to U.S. Court rulings and are detrimental to the interests of their companies wishing to maintain relations with both countries, all of which is contrary to international law.

It is neither legal nor ethical for the government of a power to wage an endless economic war against a small nation, for decades, in order to impose an alien political system and a government design by it. Depriving the population of an entire nation of its right to peace, development, wellbeing and human progress is unacceptable.

The fact that the U.S. government has ignored for 28 years the successive resolutions of this democratic and representative United Nations General Assembly is unacceptable and inadmissible.

In September 2000, Comandante en jefe Fidel Castro pointed out at this very rostrum, and I quote: “It is high time to strongly state that the principle of sovereignty cannot be sacrificed for the sake of an unjust and exploiting order in which an hegemonic superpower can decide everything on the basis of its power and strength,” end of quote.

Cuba’s demand is to be allowed to live in peace, with no blockade, and no persecution of our commercial and financial relations with the rest of the world.

We demand an end to the manipulations, discrimination, and obstacles that disrupt relations between Cubans living in the United States and their relatives in Cuba and with the country where they were born. We acknowledge the efforts of those who, in this time of trial, have maintained their communication with and support to their families in the island in the wake of hate and political persecution.

Many pragmatically argue –even within the U.S. Administration− that the blockade should be ended because it is an ineffective and anachronistic policy that has not and will not achieve its purpose and has ended discrediting and isolating the United States.

Manipulating the fight against terrorism for political and electoral purposes is also unacceptable.

In January this year, 9 days before the current administration took office, President Trump’s administration included Cuba in an arbitrary and unilateral list of States that allegedly sponsor international terrorism and which has serious consequences in the global financial system.

No one can honestly argue that Cuba is a country which sponsors terrorism! No one! Recent disclosures expose the latest pretext to ridicule.

Nonetheless, last May 14, the State Department once again classified Cuba as a country that does not cooperate enough with U.S. counter-terrorism efforts, just as was done in 2020 during the previous administration.

Cuba has been the victim of terrorist acts organized, financed and executed by the U.S. government or from this country’s territor, which have taken the lives of 3,478 Cubans and caused disabilities to another 2,099. There is overwhelming evidence of our attempts to cooperate and of effective cooperation between the two countries’ agencies in recent years.

Our stand on terrorism is well known. We fully condemn such practices in whatever form or manifestation whatsoever.

Mr. President;

As our sovereign decision and for the good of the nation, Cuba has for several years been involved in an ongoing process to update our model and our socialist state of law and social justice, supported by the vast majority of the citizens in a free, direct and universal referendum.

This is a highly complex and challenging endeavor under any circumstances, but even more difficult under the persistent hostility of U.S. imperialism, which will in no way stop us or crush the will of present and future Cuban generations.

We deeply appreciate the solidarity aid of our fellow countrymen and of the friends of Cuba in many parts of the world, who we greatly cherish, including those that with great effort, given the opposition of the government, have arrived from the United States.

We are encouraged by the support received from thousands of persons around the world who have gathered to demand the U.S. government to put an end to the blockade. Many Cubans who uphold the solitary star flag even here in this country have been among the protagonists of these actions.

On behalf of my country and its honorable and generous people that resists and heroically advances, I submit draft resolution A/75/L.97 “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” to your consideration.

The blockade asphyxiates and kills, just like the virus and must end!

Homeland or Death! We shall prevail!

Thank you.

May 30 Car/bike caravans NEW info to end the U.S. blockade for Cuban families

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And in Canada:

http://www.canadiannetworkoncuba.ca/index.php/events/906-car-caravans-against-the-us-blockade-of-cuba

Hands Off Cuba Map!

Posted by on May 22, 2021 in Latest News | Comments Off on Hands Off Cuba Map!

Hands Off Cuba! We are in ALL 50 States!

  • We demand an end to the imperialist blockade against Cuba.

  • We demand travel relations between the U.S. and Cuba are normalized.

  • We demand the United State’s illegal occupation of Guantanamo Bay ends immediately!

Explore the map to view our nationwide support!

#Syringes4Cuba find out more

Posted by on May 8, 2021 in Latest News | Comments Off on #Syringes4Cuba find out more

On May 7, 2021 the #syringes4Cuba campaign began. These are #solidaritysyringes to help rid the world of COVID-19

Medical and other international commerce with Cuba is blocked by the United States government.

The new prez has done nothing yet to help Cuban families. An Exec. Order could wipe away the 240 new cruelties imposed since June 16, 2017.

Find out more in these few slides.

Join the voices across the U.S. and around the world. The time is now to #unblockCuba, normalize US-Cuba relations and build bridges of love between the people in both countries.

 

 

May Day from Cuba International Solidarity Conference Schedule

Posted by on May 1, 2021 in Latest News | Comments Off on May Day from Cuba International Solidarity Conference Schedule

ICAP and CTC produced two days of International Solidarity Conference
April 30 and May 1 — virtual, all times Eastern
Links to the already aired portions are included below today’s programming.
Viva el primero de mayo! Viva Cuba! #unblockCuba2021
Program for May 1 includes review of May Day marches at 8 am;
Regional Forum – Africa and Middle East at 10 am and
Regional Forum – Americas at 1 pm
The Solidarity Conference closing is 4 pm
Please spread the word, tune in for as much as possible and participate by sharing the video and commenting. These are live via Facebook and Youtube. The links for various languages are listed below.

Virtual International Meeting in Solidarity with Cuba
Regional Forum: África y Medio Oriente Solidarity against the blockade on #Cuba

1ero mayo 10hrs
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Virtual International Meeting in Solidarity with Cuba
Regional Forum:
América Solidarity against the blockade on #Cuba

1ero mayo 13hrs

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Virtual International Meeting in Solidarity with Cuba
Closing: Solidarity against the blockade on #Cuba 

1ero mayo 16hrs
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Opening International Online Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba

Enlaces del evento internacional de solidaridad en Facebook

Encuentro virtual internacional de solidaridad con Cuba
Apertura Solidaridad contra el bloqueo a#Cuba
30 abril 10am
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Encuentro virtual internacional de solidaridad con Cuba
Foro regional: Europa Solidaridad contra el bloqueo a #Cuba
30 abril 13hrs
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Alemán Russo
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Virtual International Meeting in Solidarity with Cuba

Sunday, April 25: Solidarity with Cuban families #unblockCuba NOW

Posted by on Apr 20, 2021 in Latest News | Comments Off on Sunday, April 25: Solidarity with Cuban families #unblockCuba NOW

Hartford, Conn. 2:00 PM (local time) Stop and Shop Plaza, 150 New Park Avenue, Hartford.  I-84 Exit 44
New York City, NY 1:30 PM (local time) Gather NY State Building on 125th St.@Adam Clayton Power Jr. St. Leave at 1pm
Albany, NY 12:00 PM (local time) Assemble at noon Caravan vehicles will assemble on Lincoln Park Rd. in Lincoln Park. Please try to arrive by noon to decorate cars with signs and receive instructions on the route. At the end of the caravan, we will rally in Townsend Park.
Detroit, MI 1:00 PM (local time) Assemble at SW corner Michigan and Trumbull to decorate cars; leave at 1:30
Washington DC 3:00 PM (local time) Columbia Road NW, west of 18th St NW, on South Side of Columbia Rd. behind the Metro bus stop
Atlanta, GA 2:45 PM (local time) assemble in the IBEW/Central Labor Council Auditorium parking lot at 510 Pulliam St. SW in Atlanta
Milwaukee, Wis 1:00 PM (local time) Mitchell Domes Parking Lot 524 S. Layton Blvd (S 27th St) Milwaukee 53215
Chicago, Illinois 2:00 PM (local time) meet up parking lot next to the boathouse, Humboldt Park
Sacramento Avenue between North Ave and Division … 1301 N. Humboldt Blvd
Los Angeles, Calif. Noon (local time) NEW: Assemble @Stocker & Victoria (3649 Stocker, 90008 behind Wells Fargo)
San Francisco, Calif. 11:30 AM (local time) 1875 Marin St.
Seattle, Washington 11:00 AM (local time) LAKE CITY, North Seattle — Deck out your cars with signs! Park on NE 127th St. near the corner of Lake City Way.Picket: East side of Intersection of Lake City Way & NE 125th St. CAR CARAVAN at NOON: Cars line up at Parking
Oakland, Calif 12:00 PM (local time) East Bay gathering Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA at the amphitheater near the court house
Las Vegas, Nevada
Miami, FL
Tampa, FL
Auburn, Alabama 11:00 AM (local time) 151 N. Gay St, 36830
San Diego, CA 12:00 Noon (local time) Escondido Grape Day Park
Evansville, Indiana 12:00 Noon (local time) Four Freedoms Monument 201 SE Riverside Dr.
Goshen, Indiana 12:00 Noon (local time) Shanklin Park, 411 W. Plymouth Ave
Fort Wayne, Indiana 12:00 Noon (local time) Allen County Courthouse, 715 S. Calhoun St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 1:00 PM (local time) Lugar Plaza Washington & Delaware
Springfield, Missouri Thursday, April 23 Online Forum
Nashville, Tennessee 12:30 PM (local time) Metro Nashville Public Health 2500 Charlotte Ave.

Detroit Councilman McCalister applauds Wayne County resolution

Posted by on Apr 14, 2021 in Latest News | Comments Off on Detroit Councilman McCalister applauds Wayne County resolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            April 13, 2021

Councilman Roy McCalister applauds the Wayne County Commission’s resolution in support of reestablishing American-Cuban diplomatic relations

I am heartened today to hear the news that the Wayne County Commission has voted to encourage President Biden to reestablish diplomatic relations with the nation of Cuba. In February 2019, Detroit City Council authored a similar declaration and I was a proud co-sponsor of that resolution.

Additionally, I myself have enjoyed working to establish stronger bonds between our countries having visited both the Cuban embassy in Washington, DC and Cuba in 2019. Once the current pandemic restrictions on travel are further lifted, I look forward to returning to Cuba to continue working with my friends there on issues surrounding mental and physical health and to continue to forge strong bonds between the American people and the people of Cuba.

With a man of decency and compassion back in the White House, I am optimistic that the work started by President Obama in 2016 when he visited Cuba, may resume again.

Sincerely,

Roy McCalister, Jr.

Detroit City Council

 

In Michigan: Wayne County Commission calls for renewed U.S. relationship with Cuba

Posted by on Apr 13, 2021 in Latest News | Comments Off on In Michigan: Wayne County Commission calls for renewed U.S. relationship with Cuba

Wayne County Commissioners today called on the Biden Administration to reestablish relations with Cuba, a priority of the Obama Administration that was abandoned over the past four years.

“After an embargo of more than 50 years, the U.S. and Cuba reached a breakthrough agreement in 2014 that would have benefited people in both nations,” said commission Chair Alisha Bell, who proposed the resolution.

Three years later, the resolution notes, those efforts were halted when the incoming Trump Administration reinstated a travel and commercial ban on Cuba and significantly downsized U.S. Embassy staff.

Since then, the resolution also notes, Cuba has adopted a new constitution, demonstrating a commitment to progressive reform.

Reestablishing relations would not only provide new trade opportunities benefiting Michigan and the U.S. but also reopen dialogue on improving human rights.

The resolution is being sent to the Biden Administration as well as members of Michigan’s Congressional delegation.

RESOLUTION No. 2021

By Commissioner Bell

WHEREAS, for decades the United States imposed strict sanctions and trade embargos on Cuba after the Cuban Revolution beginning in 1962, and notwithstanding a volatile history, the U.S. vowed to ease longstanding restrictions imposed on the nation in 2009; and

WHEREAS, on December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro declared plans to restore full diplomatic relations between the nations following intervention from Pope Francis; and

WHEREAS, despite some progress toward stabilizing relations with Cuba, these efforts were frustrated when the Trump Administration reinstated travel and business restrictions against Cuba on June 16, 2017, effectively impacting educational, commercial, and recreational travel between the United States and Cuba. The U.S. Embassy staff in Havana, Cuba, was significantly downsized the same year; while later the United States redesignated Cuba as a Sponsor of Terrorism, further impairing United States and Cuban relations; and

WHEREAS, in 2019, a new Cuban Constitution took effect evidencing the island nation’s intention to bring about progressive political reform; and the eradication of its antiquated dual-currency system in January 2021 demonstrating its commitment to impactful change; and

WHEREAS, ending the U.S. embargo would enable not only renewed diplomatic relations allowing for a dialogue on human rights, direct travel for the citizens of both countries, and direct mail services, but also a significant expansion of international trade; and

WHEREAS, United States Congressmen and women have urged President Joe Biden to implement friendlier trade policies that would reinforce the U.S. commitment to assist Cuba as it becomes a more economically independent, human rights-oriented and politically liberated society; and

WHEREAS, Cuba, the United States and Michigan can benefit tremendously from the normalization of relations between the countries, especially in the areas of food production, education, healthcare, tourism, the arts, and biotechnological and medical research. Increased trade opportunities would benefit Michigan’s automobile and agricultural industries, imports and exports. Improved travel and cultural opportunities and further social collaboration would facilitate goodwill and help restore diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

Now therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Wayne County Commission on this 13th day of April, 2021 does hereby encourage President Joe Biden to reengage Cuba to facilitate a renewed, cooperative relationship between the United States and Cuba and to reestablish diplomatic staffing in the U.S. Embassy in Havana as well as the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C.; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Wayne County Commission strongly urges President Biden and the U.S. Congress to relax travel restrictions and to rescind all economic, commercial and financial sanctions, restrictions and regulations against Cuba; and be it further

RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the President of the United States, members of the Michigan U.S. House delegation, members of the Michigan U.S. Senate delegation, and the Wayne County delegation in the Michigan Legislature.