Happy New Year to You & 2022 in Review!

Jan 1, 2023 by

 

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We are proud of all that our movement has accomplished in 2022, and we are excited for the work ahead in 2023.

2022 marked the 60th anniversary of the illegal, inhumane US blockade and was another year of unprecedented violence against Cuba. The ever-resilient, revolutionary Cuban people persisted, despite increased economic crises from the war in Ukraine; the tragic Hotel Saratoga explosion, the Matanzas oil fire, and Hurricane Ian. Again, the people prevailed, despite ongoing hostility from the Biden administration.

But 2022 was also a year of great accomplishment. We saw revolutionary developments in our solidarity work. In Cuba, amendments to the constitution ushered in a new Family Code. A more intergenerational movement to end the blockade was evidenced through several brigades to the island, and campaigns launched in alignment with the will of the people. Together, we will continue to defend the Cuban Revolution, and tomorrow, January 1st, will mark the 64th anniversary of its triumph.

2022 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Every single month this year, monthly caravans and rallies led by Cuban-Americans were held in Miami to demand an end to the inhumane and illegal US economic blockade against Cuba! Other participating groups joined in actions throughout the year from New York, Seattle, Montreal, Minneapolis, LA, Chicago, Wisconsin, Milwaukee and more!
  • In March and April, Helen Yaffe joined US-Cuba solidarity groups for a virtual event series highlighting Cuba’s Life Task: Combatting Climate Change.
  • For the first time since the pandemic, the International May Day Brigade traveled to Cuba and marched with millions of Cubans for May Day! Want to come? Join us in 2023!
  • In June, The People’s Summit prevailed! This wildly successful counter to Biden’s failed 9th Summit of the Americas invited unionists, activists, grassroots organizations, and progressive people of the Americas to share three days of art, music, speakers, workshops, panel discussions and more!
  • In September, 67% of Cubans voted overwhelmingly to pass amendments to Cuba’s constitution, establishing a new Families Code, including the most progressive policies in the world on LGBTQ+, women’s, and families’ rights!

In revolutionary remembrance of movement leaders who transitioned this year:

Alicia Jrapko ¡Presente!

Frank Velgara Valentin ¡Presente!

Chuck Kaufman ¡Presente!

Tony Ryan ¡Presente!

ON THE RADAR:

Our second brainstorming session to build strategy to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List on January 12 at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Please email [email protected] if you want to work on this.

Save the date! US-Cuba Normalization Conference from March 10-12, virtual and in-person in New York City. Registration coming soon. Email [email protected] to endorse the call to the conference.

Monthly caravans are finishing their third year! Want to join next year, or host your own event? Reach out to us at [email protected]!

New co-chairs office hours & tech support: Jan 10 at 5pm ET/2pm PT
2023 International May Day Brigade interest form

As always, send us your events, actions, and content to the NNOC Members group or directly to our social media accounts so we can share and uplift your work! Follow us on Twitter (@NNOCuba), Instagram (@nationalnetwork4cuba), and Facebook:

See you in 2023! Venceremos!

 

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