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Melissa Garriga
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Calls for Biden to return to Obama policy and delist Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism grow louder

WASHINGTON -

As part of CODEPINK's campaign to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba, over 10,000 people and 30 organizations signed an open letter calling on Biden to abandon Trump’s failed policies towards Cuba and return to Obama’s diplomatic approach. While the letter commends Biden’s easing of travel restrictions to Cuba, it points out that it is not enough. US policies towards Cuba continue to worsen the humanitarian situation for people living in Cuba.

Biden made a campaign promise to review Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but has yet to fulfill that promise. Removal from the list requires an inquiry into any terrorism-sponsored activity before providing a rescission request to Congress. The signers of the petition request Biden’s administration immediately complete that review and initiate proceedings to remove Cuba from the list. 

Trump’s listing of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism subjects the island nation to a series of sanctions and international financial restrictions that limits Cuba’s ability to carry out critical financial transactions, including those needed to advance its efforts to combat the pandemic. The economic deprivations to which U.S. sanctions contribute have resulted in the mass migration of Cubans, which is currently a major challenge to U.S. interests in border security, as well as causing a humanitarian crisis for the Cuban people that Biden’s administration claims to support. 

Removing Cuba from the list would facilitate Cuba’s ability to access critical foreign assistance and humanitarian aid. It would also advance legitimate U.S. security and humanitarian interests and help the future of the Cuban people. 

CODEPINK plans on delivering this letter to various progressive congress members throughout the week including Jim McGovern, Bernie Sanders and Ilhan Omar. The group will also deliver the letter to opposition figures that continue to advocate for hostility towards Cuba  including Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Menendez and Maria Elvira Salazar.

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CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.

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