Baltimore joins world demand to end Cuba blockade

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Baltimore City Council Member Sharon Middleton, at the request of the Baltimore Cuba Resolution Committee, introduced City Council Bill No. 21-0048R, “Request for Federal Action — End the Embargo Against Cuba,” on June 8, 2021. The motion was adopted by the City Council.

The move came after almost two years of unanswered requests from activists to introduce the resolution and to meet with Baltimore City Council members.

The resolution urges the U.S. Congress and President Joe Biden to immediately end all aspects of the U.S. blockade against Cuba; to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of “state sponsors of terrorism”; and to return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba. 

The resolution will be transmitted to Biden, the Maryland Congressional Delegation, the City Council president’s legislative staff and the mayor’s legislative liaison to the City Council.

On June 23, 2021, the United Nations voted overwhelmingly in support of ending the blockade on Cuba for the 29th consecutive year. Only the U.S. and Israel voted against the U.N. resolution. Colombia, Brazil and Ukraine abstained.

Now, Baltimore City joins the rest of the world in coming out against the blockade.

The Baltimore Cuba Resolution Committee consists of members of the Peoples Power Assembly, Friends of Latin America, CPUSA Baltimore, Baltimore Peace Action and the D.C. Metro Coalition in Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution. 

The adopted resolution can be found here.