Author: Emma Buckhout
Together let’s END the Embargo on Cuba once and for all!
You have fought long and hard to change U.S.-Cuba relations. When we started this work two decades ago, ending the U.S. travel ban, let alone the embargo, on Cuba was an ambitious goal. As President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba this week shows, your dedication has paid off and we have accomplished the impossible. We are on our way to overturning half a century of backward policy towards our neighbor.
Together we have achieved huge steps towards normalization: the reopening of embassies, removing Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list, less restricted travel, openings in trade and business, and respectful negotiations between governments. Right before his trip, President Obama announced even more regulation revisions, including individual people-to-people educational travel.
President Obama’s historic trip to Havana also highlights another critical advance for the future of our hemisphere: the peace negotiations that would end Colombia’s fifty-year war which has taken more than 220,000 lives and displaced more than 6 million people. As the peace process in Havana nears the finish line, your activism with LAWG has won critical U.S. support for peace.
But there is still more that our government (read: the U.S. Congress) must do and we’re counting on you to keep fighting with us here at LAWG to assure that the forward progress doesn’t get reversed—the full embargo must end to transform U.S.-Cuba relations for good.
That’s why today, we are officially launching our new campaign name, expanding from End the Travel Ban to END THE EMBARGO on Cuba.
We know you are as excited as we are about this new phase of U.S.-Cuba relations, and we need your support to make sure we can keep up the momentum.
We’re looking forward to achieving this change together—we can’t do it without you!