Annual Conference 2021
Accepted by unanimous consent of the membership at the March 13, 2021 Communist Party of Indiana, CPUSA Annual Conference.
Resolution in Support of the Peoples of Cuba and for an End to the US Blockade of Cuba
Whereas the peoples of Cuba have been struggling to build a socialist society under the thumb of a blockade by the United States that prevents needed supplies, including medical supplies, from being . available; and
Whereas Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, reported that in recent months Washington has begun to “escalate aggression”, including by preventing international fuel shipments to the island, scaling down consular services, and attacking national programmes that support other developing countries; and
Whereas “The blockade has caused incalculable humanitarian damages. It is a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of human rights,” he charged. “It qualifies as an act of genocide under Articles II (b) and (c) of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted in 1948. There is not one single Cuban family that has not suffered the consequences of this.”
Whereas Palestine, speaking on behalf of the developing countries’ bloc the Group of 77 and China, regretted that the US has strengthened the embargo. “From April 2018 to March this year, the impact of the US embargo on Cuba’s foreign trade amounts to more than $4 billion,” Ambassador Riyad Mansour said. “Limited foreign investment and difficult access to development credits translate directly into economic hardship and humanitarian impacts for the people Cuba. The country’s socio-economic reforms have also been hampered by the embargo.”
Whereas the 15 members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) highlighted Havana’s support to the region. Cuba has deployed medical professionals to distressed areas, including those affected by natural disasters, among other initiatives.
Whereas Keisha McGuire, Grenada’s Ambassador to the UN, recalled that the country was among the first to assist The Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in September.
She characterized the embargo as “an anachronism and aberration” in an era when global cooperation is critical to address common challenges such as climate change.
“It is in this broader context that we view the embargo—not just as a punitive act against Cuba but as an impediment to Caribbean regional development as a whole,” she told the General Assembly.
Therefore be it resolved that the Communist Party of Indiana, CPUSA will
- work to build support in Indiana for an end to the United States embargo of Cuba
- research establishing sister-city relations between a city in Indiana, USA and a city in Cuba, and if possible pursue this goal
- plan a indianacpusa.org trip to Cuba as a fund raiser and an opportunity for members to visit