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End the DC Rally blockade; UN vote and shipment of food and medicine

CODEPINK and ten other DC-based Cuba advocacy groups held a rally on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Lafayette Square as part of an international week of action against the U.S. blockade of Cuba meant to coincide with the 30th consecutive vote of United Nations condemning the blockade. .

CODEPINK will close the week of November 5 by joining Cuban-American group Puentes de Amor to send a plane loaded with 17,000 pounds of food and medicine to Havana.

The US position has been overwhelmingly outvoted every year at the United Nations. On Thursday, the UN again strongly condemned the blockade, with all nations voting to end it except Brazil and Ukraine, which were absent from the vote; and the United States and Israel who voted against ending the blockade.

“The Biden administration talks about the need for a rules-based international order. Today’s vote at the UN clearly shows that the world community is calling on the United States to lift its brutal embargo on Cuba. Biden should respect world opinion and return to President Obama’s policy of normalizing relations with Cuba,” said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin.

“We are thrilled that, thanks to the outpouring of support from thousands of supporters across the United States, we can end this week of action by chartering a plane and loading it with food and medicine for Cuba,” he said. said the Latin American coordinator of CODEPINK. Samantha Wherry, who will travel to Cuba with the donations. “Unfortunately, this represents a small gesture compared to the billions of dollars in damage caused by the US blockade.”

For years, CODEPINK has actively organized to end deadly sanctions against Cuba through its End The Cuba Blockade campaign. To coincide with the UN vote, the women-led grassroots organization launched a petition calling on US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield to abstain from voting at the UN, as was done under the Obama administration as a sign of policy change. American politics. Unfortunately, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield chose to oppose the resolution, following Trump’s path, not Obama’s.

In the days leading up to his departure, President Trump also placed Cuba on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, alleging that Cuba’s harboring of US citizens deemed to be fugitives in the United States qualified it as a state sponsor. terrorism, even if the fugitives themselves are not considered terrorists by the United States. The fact that the Biden administration still supports this designation is arbitrary and unfair.