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San Francisco Caravan: End the U.S. Blockade of Cuba - U.S. Hands Off Cuba!

Sunday, July 25, 2021
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Event Type:
ANSWER Coalition Bay Area
Location Details:
Gather at 1875 Marin Street, SF

San Francisco Caravan: End the U.S. Blockade of Cuba - U.S. Hands off Cuba!

When: Sunday July 25 @ 11:30am

Where: Gathering at 1875 Marin Street, San Francisco

Hosted by: ANSWER Coalition - Bay Area, Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee, Bay Area Saving Lives Campaign + Venceremos Brigade - Bay Area

We hope your organization can endorse and take part in this important mobilization. For endorsements and any questions you can email answer [at] or call 415-821-6545

We ask that you also help us publicize the caravan. We will have plenty of signs to share. You are welcome to bring your own as well.

For 60 plus years, Cuba has remained under the criminal blockade of the United States government. The world sees the U.S. blockade of Cuba for what it is: an unjust and criminal attack on the sovereignty and rights of the Cuban people.

On Sunday, July 25, Cuban-American anti-blockade travelers and supporters who are trekking 1,300 miles from Miami to Washington D.C. will rally in front of the White House at Lafayette Park to deliver demands and a petition signed by over 25,000 people to the Biden administration. Solidarity caravans and other actions will take place in many U.S. cities in support of this effort.

The impact of the blockade on Cuba is immense—immeasurable in many ways. The economic, financial, and commercial blockading of Cuba impacts all aspects of life for the Cuban people and poses many limitations for Cuban society from being able to reach its maximum potential. Access to building materials, technology, devices, and treatments is severely restricted. In 2020 alone, an estimated $5 billion is estimated in losses because of the blockade.

The impact of the blockade has especially been brutal during the pandemic for Cuba. In a period of global health crisis that necessitates cooperation and solidarity, the U.S. government has maintained its policy of isolation and sanctions on Cuba. Despite the blockade, Cuba has secured and guarantees free healthcare to all its residents. Cuba has independently produced five vaccines, but the blockade prevents access to equipment for vaccine and food production creating shortages and scarcity. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said during the U.N. General Assembly in June, “like the virus, the blockade asphyxiates and kills.”

A large majority of the people in the United States support the lifting of the blockade of Cuba and support the normalization of relations and friendship between the two neighboring countries.

The movement inside the United States to demand the U.S. government end the blockade continues to grow. For this movement to succeed, it will require the active support, solidarity, and participation of all progressive people.

Added to the calendar on Tue, Jul 13, 2021 12:33PM

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by Talking Points
Whether you can be at the caravan or not, you can certainly call your Congressional Representative and 2 Senators. For their office phone numbers, see

The following are talking points:
1. The 59 year blockade of Cuba is an act of war and must end now. (It started Oct 22, 1962.)
2. All of Nazi Trump's 243 sanctions, an act of war, must end now.
3. We are horrified that Pres. Biden is obviously using our tax dollars to promote a counter-revolution in Cuba instead of lifting the blockade as only lifting the blockade can put an end to the shortages in Cuba.
4. We are also horrified that the 2 leading warmongering nations of the world, the United States and Israel, are the only nations at the United Nations to again vote to promote the blockade against Cuba. This is the 29th consecutive year that the US has promoted its warmongering blockade of Cuba at the UN. (See
5. It is thanks to Cuba's socialized medicine, which commenced in the Revolution Year 1959, that Cuba has been able to raise its standard of living to that of the industrialized world from the usual terrible poverty in Latin America in nations under the thumb of the US empire, with life expectancy of 76 for men and 81 for women and infant mortality of 4 per 1,000 births.
6. Cuba's socialized medicine has been able to develop vaccines but they need the blockade to be lifted to obtain syringes.
7. Due to socialized medicine, Cuba, a country of 11 million people, has 14 COVID19 deaths per 100,000 people, for a total of 1,608 deaths. The US has 185 deaths per 100,000 people, for a total of 607,000 deaths. See
8. We demand that Pres. Biden lift the blockade of Cuba today and actively promote Medicare for All, HR 1976, a form of socialized medicine, today. See{%22search%22:[%22actionSessionCode:\%22117-1|1000\%22+AND+billIsReserved:\%22N\%22%22]}&r=9&s=4&searchResultViewType=compact
9. We demand that sanctions and blockades of all countries, including Cuba, Venezuela and Iran, end today as they are acts of war.
10. So far, Pres. Biden's foreign policy has been the same as Nazi Trump's foreign policy. That must end today.
by Leon Kunstenaar
I wish there were in person protests in SF which I would gladly join.
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