Cuba – Caribbean Wraps Supportive Arms Around the Revolutionary Island

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.  

David Abdulah of the Movement for social Justice [MSJ] speaks to media before delivering message addressed to President Joe Biden at USA Embassy, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

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

Caribbean Feninist

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

ORGANISATIONS:

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)

Please join the conversation on Caribbean Empowerment’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2583126101949661/ Or, you can comment by emailing us at: caribbeanempowerment@pm.me
[Photo Caption: Representatives of TT Communication Workers Union, Oilfield Workers Trade Union, MSJ and TT Friends of Cuba prepare to deliver message addressed to President Joe Biden at USA Embassy, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago]
[Photo Credits: John Julien – Communication Workers Union (TT)]

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