With Cuban emergency health workers supporting relief efforts following Haiti’s devastating earthquake, Caribbean islands and countries continue to reciprocate these examples of the consistent support Cuba has offered over decades in several social, cultural, educational and medical and health care fields.
Several recent regional initiatives highlight the demand for an end to the hostile acts against Cuba and reflect a sentiment in the Caribbean region, and globally, that the long held intention of the United States governments to isolate Cuba – rejected annually for several years at the United Nations – is both misplaced and ineffective.
In July Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines issued a statement in support of Cuba in the face of the USA provoked violence on the island. In the same period Barbados Friends of Cuba organised a rally and event to denounce the blockade and destabilization plans against the region’s largest territory. Soon after Jamaica based friends and supporters and Cuban citizens resident and working there organized the delivery of medical supplies, as did their counterparts in Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. Last week TTs Movement for Social Justice [MSJ] political leader David Abdulah presented a letter to the USA’s Port of Spain Embassy, on behalf of the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter of the Assembly of Caribbean People, endorsed by workers organisations and prominent citizens [see below] demanding an end to the decades long blockade of our neighbouring island.
Mexico, Peru, Russia and China’s campaigns to support Cuban in her time of need are amongst the highest profile global solidarity projects, and an indication that Cuba is not alone.
Dated 12 August 2021 and headed ‘End the Illegal and Illegitimate Blockade Against Cuba Now’ the letter was signed by: David Abdulah – leader of the MOVEMENT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE and endorsed by the following individuals and organisations.
Rawle Aimey – Educator
Dean Arlen – Installation Artist
Atiba Bostic – Attorney at Law
Chantal Esdelle – Musician, Producer, Educator
Dr. Merle Hodge – Writer, University Lecturer, Activist in the Women’s Movement
Dr. Gabrielle Hosein – Lecturer, the University of the West Indies
Dr. Winford James – University Lecturer and Political Analyst
Dr. David Johnson – Former Professor at the City University of New York
Gregory Prevatt – Attorney at Law
Raffique Shah – Social Activist
Professor Winston Suite – Chairman, UMROBI
Dr.Jerome Teelucksingh – Lecturer, the University of the West Indies
Rubadiri Victor – President, Artists Coalition of Trinidad and Tobago
Professor Patrick Watson – Professor Emeritus, the University of the West Indies
Clyde Weatherhead – Attorney at Law
Rhonda G. Wilson – Project Manager
Hamida Baksh, Nick Cumberbatch, Robert Hernandez, John Julien – Trinidad and Tobago Cuba Education and Cultural Exchange
Banking, Insurance and General Workers’ Union
Communication Workers’ Union
Federation of Independent Trade Unions and NGOs (FITUN)
Industrial Sanitation and General Workers’ Union
Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM)
Movement for Social Justice (MSJ)
Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union
Trinidad and Tobago Farmers’ Union
Trinidad and Tobago Friends of Cuba
Trinidad and Tobago Postal Workers’ Union
Youth for Social Justice (YSJ)