NNOC Response to State Department Warning not to travel to Cuba

Sep 30, 2017 by

NNOC Response to State Department Warning not to travel to Cuba

The Trump Administration has just announced that U.S. Embassy personnel would be pulled from service in Cuba.  This is allegedly due to “sonic attacks” on U.S. Embassy employees.  As a result, normal diplomatic transactions including visa reviews will not take place. This is another attempt by the United States to punish the people of Cuba who are subjected to a cruel blockade that impedes recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Irma. This destabilization of US-Cuba relations also hurts Cuban American families, university educational programs, and cultural exchanges.

Concurrently, the U.S. State Department has warned U.S. citizens not to travel to Cuba.

The National Network On Cuba urges everyone TO travel to Cuba.  Go and see a country that offers solidarity, assistance, warm relations, education, health care, etc.  Go and help with hurricane relief.  Go and learn what Cuba provides to all its residents.  Go and see positive racial relations.  Go to Cuba ethically with mutual respect and understanding.

And most importantly call your Congressional Representatives and Senators and demand that they take immediate action to end the blockade and to stop blocking hurricane relief supplies from entering Cuba.  Talk to your co-workers, neighbors, civic and religious organizations, union members, and share your Cuba experience.  Ask them to go on record as a group calling on Congress to end the blockade. Write letters to newspapers; post to social media, participate in actions concerning the November 1, 2017 U.N. vote on the blockade.

Let’s raise our voices, organize, and work in solidarity with our friends and neighbors as good people throughout the world are doing. The majority of people in the U.S. support normalizing relations with Cuba. We won’t go back!

NNOC co-chairs

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