On July 10 and 11 friends and supporters of Cuba around the world expressed support for revolutionary Cuba and demanded the U.S. lift the blockade against Cuba. Anti-Cuban organizations outside of Cuba used the day to reiterate threats against Cuba’s diplomatic embassies and consulates around the world. July 11 is the first anniversary of the attempted coup these counter-revolutionaries thought they could pull off, which was defeated with the resounding support of the people for the Cuban Revolution.
A Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) campaign launched in January 2021 has raised, up to July 2021, over $120,000. A container of two million syringes has been sent to Cuba. In addition, support for other containers of medical supplies and equipment has been ongoing.
At this moment, Cuba is under tremendous pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic and the U.S. immoral, illegal economic blockade which was cruelly intensified in January 2020 when extraterritorial financial constraints resulting from Trump’s declaring Cuba to be a “state sponsor of terrorism” added weight to the U.S. knee on the neck of Cuba.
Urgent times call for urgent action. In just two days, over 400 prominent activists, intellectuals, scientists and artists came together to produce an Open Letter to President Biden which was published as a full page ad in the New York Times on July 23. This is just the beginning.
Dear President Joe Biden,
It is time to take a new path forward in U.S.-Cuban relations. We, the undersigned, are making this urgent, public appeal to you to reject the cruel policies put into place by the Trump White House that have created so much suffering among the Cuban people.
Black Lives Matter condemns the U.S. federal government’s inhumane treatment of Cubans, and urges it to immediately lift the economic embargo. This cruel and inhumane policy, instituted with the explicit intention of destabilizing the country and undermining Cubans’ right to choose their own government, is at the heart of Cuba’s current crisis. Since 1962, the United States has forced pain and suffering on the people of Cuba by cutting off food, medicine and supplies, costing the tiny island nation an estimated $130 billion.
More than 100,000 people gathered early this Saturday morning at 7 a.m. in La Piragua, on the Havana Malecón, in defence of the Revolution and socialism. Army General Raúl Castro Ruz joined the President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel and Gerardo Hernandez, President of the Committees for the Defence of the Revolution at the mass rally.
Amidst the stepped up counterrevolution being fomented against the Cuban people by the U.S., the President of Mexico Andres Manuel López Obrador has pointed out that the U.S., which claims high ideals for these activities in the name of assisting the Cuban people, should start with putting an end to the economic blockade against Cuba.
The Canadian Network On Cuba was founded on September 6, 2002 and has chapters coast-to-coast. It states “We are committed to the strengthening of friendship and solidarity between the peoples of Canada and Cuba.”
Isaac Saney, Spokesperson, Canadian Network On Cuba, July 12, 2021
The Canadian Network On Cuba condemns the manipulation of the July 11 events in Cuba by reactionary politicians and the monopoly media in order to create a climate of disinformation and confusion that will be used to justify so-called humanitarian intervention in the heroic island nation.
States its opposition to US provocation, foreign interference and attacks on Cub’s sovereignty
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), known for its consistent and principled stands on international issues, has issued a statement on the current events in Cuba and the attempts to spread social chaos and incite counter-revolution on the island republic. These events, orchestrated by the monopoly media, occur when, on June 23, for the 29th consecutive time, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly rejected the U.S. economic war against Cuba by a vote of 184 to 2. It highlights that instead of acting to end the US brutal blockade now, “The Government of Canada is appeasing these counterrevolutionary actions and must be called on to cease and desist.” As an example of its hostility to Canadian-Cuban friendship, recall that in March 2020 deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland blocked an agreement between the Southern Manitoba Chiefs and Cuba for medical assistance to combat the Covid pandemic and instead deployed the military.
For the information of readers, we are printing the full text of its statement:
For more than 75 years, Canada and Quebec have had excellent relations with Cuba. Similarly, since 1992, Canada has been adding its voice to those of the international community to reject U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba. This almost unanimous condemnation was renewed on 24 June when all UN member countries – except the US and Israel – voted once again to end the sanctions.
All friends of Cuba in Canada and around the world congratulate the Cuban people and their government for the resounding vote at the United Nations General Assembly on June 23 to end the U.S. blockade on Cuba. This is the 29th time since 1992 that the General Assembly has passed a resolution to categorically demand the lifting of the blockade imposed 62 years ago by the U.S.
24-Hour Picket Against the U.S. Blockade on Cuba June 22, 8:00 pm – June 23, 8:00 pm (Havana time) To register to participate via Zoom, click here Organized by the Canadian Network on Cuba
At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting on June 23, Cuba will bring its annual resolution on the necessity to end the United States blockade against Cuba. For 28 consecutive years, the UNGA has overwhelmingly voted in favour of ending this criminal and unjust U.S. policy towards Cuba.
People around the world will be mobilizing at this important time — we invite you to unite your voice with people around the world at a 24-hour global picket featuring speakers, cultural performances and more!
The Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) is readying the shipment of a container to Cuba with 1,920,000 syringes to support that country’s vaccination program against COVID-19. The initiative is part of the fundraising campaign launched by the CNC on January 8 aimed at sending medical supplies to Cuba. This solidarity campaign has received the support of many Canadian friends, Cubans and citizens of other countries residing in Canada. Continue reading →
Vancouver monthly pickets against U.S. blockade of Cuba, February 17, 2020
The Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) is outraged by the communique from Global Affairs Canada summarizing the February 26 virtual meeting between Foreign Minister Marc Garneau and U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. It is an open declaration that Ottawa, lock step with the United States, arrogates to itself the right to intervene in the affairs countries across the globe, particularly in the Americas. Continue reading →
A call to end the blockade and normalize relations, from broad sectors of U.S. society
A letter from more than 50 U.S. social, religious and academic organizations has urged the administration of President Joseph Biden to fulfill his campaign promise and “reverse the failed Trump policies that inflicted harm on Cubans and their families.”
The text advocates the initiation of a more constructive U.S. policy toward the island nation and the launching of legislative action to put an end to restrictions and take the path toward ending the blockade.
The signatories described as “ill-considered and damaging,” the activation of the Helms-Burton Act’s Title III, as well as the decision to return Cuba to the list of state sponsors of terrorism, adding, “The almost sixty-year-old embargo is a relic of the past that should be replaced by a more constructive policy of engagement… We call in this letter for immediate actions, but these are intended only as the first steps toward full normalization of relations.”
The Table de concertation de solidarité Québec-Cuba (TCSQC) joins its voice with the rest of the world in firmly condemning the decision of the U.S. government to include Cuba on its list of states that sponsor terrorism. On January 11, nine days before Donald Trump’s mandate ends and the new president takes office, [U.S. Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo announced that “The State Department has designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism for repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbour to terrorists.” Continue reading →
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) condemns the decision of the Trump administration in its final days to designate Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, which the U.S. State Department did on Monday, January 11. We call on all Canadians to denounce this baseless designation and demand it be retracted immediately. We also call on Canadians to urge the government of Canada to disassociate itself from this outrageous move and call on the international community to refuse to recognize it and not to appease it in any way. Continue reading →
A campaign of interference in Cuba’s internal affairs is being undertaken by U.S. diplomats, politicians and anti-Cuba terrorists in the U.S. This is being done by inciting Cuban youth to take up counterrevolutionary activities, in flagrant violation of the rules governing diplomatic relations.
On November 30, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, through his official Twitter account, denounced the direct participation of the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Havana, Timothy Zúñiga-Brown, in inciting and assisting in illegal acts against public order and health standards in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarly, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, the Director General in charge of the U.S. at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrex), pointed out “the serious violations of the functions as diplomat and head of mission” committed by Zúñiga-Brown. Continue reading →
“The Cuban people hold a special place in the hearts of the peoples of Africa. The Cuban internationalists have made a contribution to African independence, freedom and justice, unparalleled for its principled and selfless character…Cubans came to our region as doctors, teachers, soldiers, agricultural experts, but never as colonizers. They have shared the same trenches with us in the struggle against colonialism, underdevelopment, and apartheid.” –Nelson Mandela Continue reading →
Glover considered that all the successes of the Cuban health system and its international solidarity are possible thanks to the existence of great political will.
The renowned American actor Danny Glover stressed that the solidarity built by the Cuban internationalism present in medical collaboration is the type of expression necessary in communities around the world.
During a videoconference through solidarity networks with Cuba in the United States and Canada on June 16 – the #SavingLives Campaign – the famous artist stressed that the response given by the Caribbean nation to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the dispatch of medical brigades to more than twenty countries , started 60 years ago. Continue reading →
On Saturday, April 18, a special solidarity webinar to learn about the example Cuba is setting of putting human needs ahead of profits in the fight against COVID-19. Panelists discuss Cuba’s history of medical internationalism; how Cuba is fighting COVID-19 on the Island based on providing health care as a right; learn how Cuba is developing effective new medications such as Interferon Alpha 2-B; and how Cuba is sending medical teams to Italy, the Caribbean and dozens of countries. Continue reading →
– Campaign of the National Solidarity Network with Cuba in the United States and the Canadian Solidarity Network with Cuba –
COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in the United States. Day after day, hour after hour, infected and deaths continue to spiral, and the most vulnerable communities, especially African-American communities, are disproportionately affected. The entire health care system is under pressure that exceeds its ability to provide adequate healthcare and treatment. Doctors, nurses and health workers are forced to work long hours during their brave lives-saving efforts.
A pandemic is by definition global. Without a doubt, in the face of this global threat, this is the time for international medical cooperation and solidarity. A time to gather joint efforts to face COVID-19. A time to put aside political differences in order to save lives. It is for this reason that we are launching a campaign to ask for medical collaboration with Cuba, so as to have access to Cuban medical knowledge to help in the fight against COVID-19. Continue reading →
As coronavirus ravages the world, Cuba has exhibited disproportionate heroism, deploying medical personnel to at least 14 countries thus far to battle the pandemic—including to Italy, which has been particularly devastated. The response is in keeping with Cuba’s decades-long tradition of “doctors, not bombs,” which has seen the tiny island nation dispatch tens of thousands of medics across the globe to combat everything from Ebola to more mundane diseases like malaria and tuberculosis. Continue reading →