Local Campaign Update 2021

A follow-up to Local Campaigns 2016-19 and Update 2020

Seattle, Chicago and Cambridge Lead the Campaign into the New Year!

With 19 municipalities having passed resolutions in support of ending the blockade or calling for medical and scientific collaboration, six having done both, the new year began with a flurry of activity and new resolutions.

On January 19, the Seattle City Council passed a resolution on collaboration with Cuba to save lives in the fight against Covid 19 following up and reaffirming its August 2019 resolution calling for an immediate end to the blockade.

On February 24, 2021, the Chicago City Council passed a resolution calling on the federal government to end the decades-long U.S. embargo of Cuba. The vote was unanimous with all fifty Alderman voting to pass. (More here.)

On March 15, in Cambridge, MA, as a follow-up to its October unanimously-approved Policy Order on Medical and Scientific Collaboration with Cuba, a Policy Order was passed unanimously by the full City Council urging Congress “to promulgate and pass legislation that will finally end the unsuccessful and harmful 59-year old economic, financial and commercial embargo, as well as the travel restrictions” in both directions. Press release here.

As reported in CubaNews, a day later the Milwaukee School Board also unanimously adopted a resolution calling for “the Biden administration and all other relevant political, health and educational authorities to invite without delay to negotiations with their Cuban counterparts to explore mutually beneficial cooperation, as a step towards normalization of relations between our countries.”

New year Cuba normalization resolution efforts actually began on January 4, with the San Francisco Labor Council resolution to support medical and scientific collaboration between the U.S. and Cuba.