Announcing the 4th Days of Action Against the Blockade in Washington DC

Jul 20, 2018 by

International Committee  
for Peace, Justice and Dignity
The International Committee Announces
the 4th Days of Action Against the Blockade 
in Washington DC, September 24-28, 2018
Days of Action Against the Blockade 2017, Photo: Bill Hackwell
Our activities are to raise awareness about the impact the United States blockade is having on the Cuban people.
Many in the US believe the blockade is gone and the United States and Cuba have normalized relations. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is true that, on December 17, 2014, President Obama and President Castro started a new approach to the relations between both countries. But, unfortunately, the blockade remained intact. And President Trump has since made it clear he wants to halt, and even reverse, the modest diplomatic advances that had been made.
Once again, the United States is out of step with the world. As it has every year for the last 25 years, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution again at the end of last year underlining the need to end the US economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba.
The 2018 Days of Action will focus on Education and Literacy.
Despite the economic hardships of the blockade, Cuba’s accomplishments in literacy and education are the envy of the world.
One of the first goals of the 1959 Revolution was to eradicate illiteracy. That is why in 1961 the new government launched a literacy campaign involving more than 125,000 volunteers, more than half of whom were women. Thanks to their efforts, over 700,000 Cubans learned to read and write, and the national literacy rate increased to 96%, making the campaign one of the most successful in the history of Latin America. Since then, Cuba, through its international literacy program, “Yo Si Puedo” (Yes, I Can”), has helped more than 8 million people around the world learn to read and write.
By comparison, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy report that 32 million adults in the U.S. – 14 percent of the population – can’t read. 21 percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, 19 percent of high school graduates can’t read, and 50 percent of U.S. adults can’t read a book written at an eighth-grade level.
There is much we can learn from Cuba, and many benefits for Americans from closer relations with Cuba.
Consider this. In addition to offering all its own citizens free education at all levels, including university, Cuba’s Latin America School of Medicine (ELAM) – the world’s largest medical school – has provided free education for 28,000 doctors from around the world. Those grads have taken their healing knowledge home to their own under-served communities. You may be surprised to know 170 of those young doctors are Americans. And 73 more are currently studying at ELAM.
Our Guest Speakers
A Cuban guest who participated in the historic Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961 and who can speak about education in Cuba today, will join us in Washington, as will several United States graduates from the Latin America School of Medicine, who can talk about receiving a free medical education in Cuba.
The Activities in Washington DC 
  • Visits to Congresspersons and Senators who are members of the education and literacy caucuses
  • Presentations to university students and professors
  • Documentary screenings of films about education and Literacy in Cuban and the United States
  • Meetings with educational and literacy institutions
  • A public cultural event of solidarity with Cuba
We urgently need your help to cover the cost of this endeavor. Please make a DONATION towards Days of Action Against the Blockade 2018. 
Initial sponsors, the Institute for Policy Studies and Pastors for Peace.
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