Call of the International Forum of Solidarity with Cuba – 30th April and 1st May 2021
Under the slogan Together We Shall Win, in Year 63 of the Revolution, the event will [pay] homage to Commander-In-Chief Fidel Castro’s legacy, inspired by the holding of the 8th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party, the 60th anniversary of the victory at the Bay of Pigs, the 82nd anniversary of the Cuban Workers Federation and the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples.
Working women and working men the world over:
The Cuban Workers’ Federation – known as the “CTC” (its initials in Spanish) – and its trade union branches, invite you to participate with our people in the events celebrating the Day of the International Proletariat. Given the situation now facing the world, marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, the program of events will be held on a virtual basis, jointly with the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (“ICAP”) and the political, mass membership and social organizations.
We announce this new International Forum of Solidarity with Cuba, under the slogan Together We Shall Win, in Year 63 of the Revolution, as due homage to Commander-In-Chief Fidel Castro’s legacy, inspired by the holding of the 8th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party, the 60th anniversary of the victory at the Bay of Pigs, the 82nd anniversary of the Cuban Workers Federation and the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples. The Forum will be held on 30th April and 1st May 2021, with the aim of continuing to demand an end to the genocidal, criminal and groundless economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed on Cuba by the US government for nearly six decades, the direct cost of which to the Cuban economy in a single year has reached the record total of over $5.57 bn, as well as undermining the wellbeing of Cuba’s workers and their families; it is compounded by over 240 unilateral, coercive measures imposed by the Trump administration, which in its closing days included Cuba on its inane list of countries sponsoring terrorism.
Cuba’s friends will have the opportunity of denouncing the extraterritorial nature and illegality under international law constituted by the imposition of the embargo, which is the main obstacle to Cuba’s economic and social development, and amounts to the most flagrant and massive violation of the human rights of the Cuban people.
It will also be an opportune moment for organized labor, the solidarity-promoting organizations and social and popular movements to exchange views on the situation of the world in multidimensional crisis – deepened by the Covid-19 pandemic and by neoliberal policies which place the interests of the market above the lives of human beings, instead of promoting cooperation and solidarity.
We shall celebrate International Workers Day under the banner of Unity as our strategic weapon against neoliberalism, in order to preserve peace, hand in hand with development, while defending the conquests of the world trade union movement and the just causes of our peoples – a strategy that has enabled Cuba, despite the tightening of the embargo, to forge ahead with the development of five candidate vaccines against Covid-19.
We, the Cuban workers, are grateful for the clear demonstrations of solidarity by our friends in the world; we reassure them that, despite the economic and financial restrictions, we shall maintain our active participation in the consolidation of a socialist society, prosperous and sustainable.
Long live the 1st of May!
Long live the solidarity of the world working class!
CTC National Secretariat