PRESS RELEASETuesday, November 16, 2021For Immediate ReleasePress Contact: Daisy Confoy, [email protected]
PHILADELPHIANS CALL ON PRESIDENT BIDEN TO END THE BLOCKADE ON COVID-19 AID TO CUBA
November 16, 2021Philadelphia
At the Liberty Bell at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 15, Philadelphia Democratic Socialists of America (Philly DSA), Party for Socialism and Liberation-Philly, Party for Socialism and Liberation-Philadelphia, Workers World Party, and other local organizations and residents held a demonstration calling on President Biden to end the blockade on COVID-19 aid to Cuba.
While most Cubans have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the domestically produced COVID-19 vaccines, they still suffer from a lack of ventilators, PPE, and other COVID-related medical supplies. Even worse, the country has a shortage of medicine for numerous ailments, including asthma inhalers, glaucoma and scabies medicines, and antibiotics. The US embargo, which has been in place for six decades, has also prevented Cuba from acquiring the needed raw materials to produce more vaccines to send to countries in dire need, putting millions of people at risk.
“We are starving this island for no reason. We believe in the Cuban people, and not this inhumane, illegal, and cruel embargo,” said Luke Mills, a Philly DSA member who organized the demonstration.
President Biden has the power to overturn Trump’s Cuba policy and end the suffering of millions now through executive order. The local demonstration made the following demands of the White House:
Additionally, the demonstration also encouraged making donations to Global Health Partners, which is sending lifesaving medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to Cuba.
Philadelphians demand the end of the medical blockade and say let Cuba live!
About Philadelphia Democratic Socialists of America (Philly DSA):
Philly DSA is a local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest and fastest growing socialist organization in the United States. We are a member-funded, member-run, and democratic organization that fights for a political agenda that puts working people at the center.
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