Note From The President
In 1960, the State Department described in an internal memo how to remove the new communist Cuban government vexing the US:
“The only foreseeable means of alienating internal support is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship. Every possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life of Cuba to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of the government.”
Sixty-two years later that policy is still in effect.
Last Thursday the UN General Assembly voted for the 30th straight time to condemn the US embargo and sanctions, calling for their end. The vote was ovewhelming: 185 to 2, with only Israel joining the US NO vote. The last 2 previous votes were 184-2 in 2020 and 187-3 in 2019. The 30 year UN campaign to free the Cuban people from US cruelty puts to shame America’s claim supporting freedom of countries to pursue their road to freedom and prosperity.
Just 6 years ago, the US abstained from the vote as part of President Obama’s gallent effort to get Congress to end the legislatively mandated embargo. Tho Obama failed, he left office head high, having worked to end the cruelest US ecoomic war ever on a poor, small country. Successor Trump gloried in reversing all of Obama’s Cuban outreach, likely motivated by Florida electoral politics; worse, an unquenchable streak of cruelty.
While Trump’s conduct is understandable, successor Biden’s continuation of American’s embargo is bewildering and disheartening. Biden was joined at the hip as VP with Obama in promoting detente with Cuba in 2013, which re-established diplomatic relations with Cuba. Fear of losing Florida’s 29 electoral votes in 2024 appears to be the sole reason to continue throwing the Cuban people under the bus of crushing US embargo and sanctions, even tho Obama won Florida twice without pandering to the ‘Overthrow Cuban Socialism’ crowd there.
But hope never dies that the US will end seven decades of sanctions and treat Cuban as a partner in both trade and political good will.
Join West Suburban Peace Coalition’s Educational Forum via Zoom, Tuesday, November 15 to hear about and discuss this important topic. To participate, see details below
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US-Cuban Sanctions/Embargo focus of November 15th Educational Forum
Title: 62 years of US Cuban sanctions: Time for a New Beginning?
Speaker: Arturo Lopez Levy, Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA
Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 – 8:00 PM (Chicago Time)
Contact Walt Zlotow, firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
WSPC Legislative Workshop
WSPC Board Member Carol Urban holds our monthly Legislative Workshop to discuss current events and issues, and includes prayer and meditation as participants seek spiritual nourishment in their efforts to promote peace. Here is Carol’s note on Wednesday’s workshop.
Dear friends, The legislation workgroup will be meeting in person this coming Wednesday, November 9, at noon. We will meet at the pavilion area at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve at the corner of Butterfield Road and Hwy. 53. The entrance is across from Walmart on Hwy. 53 south of Butterfield Road. Turn left after entering the forest preserve. Feel free to bring a sack lunch and join in our lively discussion. Peace, Carol Urban
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