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BLM Statement on Cuba #1
The consequences of years of US embargoes  
7/15/2021 BLM Instagram, Statement on Cuba

Black Lives Matter and Cuba

Declaración de BLM sobre Cuba, 7/15/2021 nuestra traducción.
Text of BLM Statement on Cuba, 7/15/21
La déclaration Black Lives Matter, 7/15/2021, notre traduction.

This statement highlights the racialized nature of the US/Miami/Cuba conflict, which is mostly denied and ignored on all sides. For background see the racialized dynamics of Miami - Havana.  See also our J11 page where we follow the protests in Cuba.

Esta declaración destaca la natura racializada del conflicto entre Estados Unidos, Miami y Cuba, que en su mayoría es negado e ignorado por todos los lados. Incluimos una sección dinámica racializada de Miami - La Habana. Vea también nuestra página J11 donde seguimos las protestas en Cuba.

Traducción de la declaración de Black Lives Matter, 15/7/2021

“Black Lives Matter condena el trato inhumano de los cubanos por parte del gobierno federal de Estados Unidos y lo insta a levantar de inmediato el embargo económico. Esta política cruel e inhumana, instituida con la intención explícita de desestabilizar el país y socavar el derecho de los cubanos a elegir su propio gobierno, está en el corazón de la actual crisis de Cuba. Desde 1962, los Estados Unidos han impuesto dolor y sufrimiento al pueblo de Cuba al cortar alimentos, medicinas y suministros, lo que le ha costado a la pequeña nación insular un estimado de $ 130 mil millones.

Sin ese dinero, es más difícil para Cuba adquirir el equipo médico necesario para desarrollar sus propias vacunas COVID-19 y equipos para la producción de alimentos. Esto se produce a pesar de la sólida atención médica del país y la historia de prestar médicos y enfermeras a desastres en todo el mundo.

El pueblo de Cuba está siendo castigado por el gobierno de Estados Unidos porque el país ha mantenido su compromiso con la soberanía y la autodeterminación. Los líderes de Estados Unidos han intentado aplastar esta Revolución durante décadas. En lugar de la amistad, el respeto y la buena voluntad internacionales, el gobierno de los Estados Unidos solo ha instigado el sufrimiento de los 11 millones de habitantes del país, de los cuales 4 millones son negros y mestizos.

Cuba ha demostrado históricamente su solidaridad con los pueblos afrodescendientes oprimidos, desde proteger a revolucionarios negros como Assata Shakur a través de la concesión de su asilo, hasta apoyar las luchas de liberación de los afrodescendientes en Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau y Sudáfrica.

Ahora esperamos que el presidente Biden ponga fin al embargo, algo que Barack Obama pidió para 2016. Este embargo es una flagrante violación de los derechos humanos y debe llegar a su fin."

Statement on Cuba, 7/15/21top

“Black Lives Matter condemns the U.S. federal government’s inhumane treatment of Cubans, and urges it to immediately lift the economic embargo. This cruel and inhumane policy, instituted with the explicit intention of destabilizing the country and undermining Cubans’ right to choose their own government, is at the heart of Cuba’s current crisis. Since 1962, the United States has forced pain and suffering on the people of Cuba by cutting off food, medicine and supplies, costing the tiny island nation an estimated $130 billion.

Without that money, it is harder for Cuba to acquire medical equipment needed to develop its own COVID-19 vaccines and equipment for food production. This comes in spite of the country's strong medical care and history of lending doctors and nurses to disasters around the world.

The people of Cuba are being punished by the U.S. government because the country has maintained its commitment to sovereignty and self-determination. United States leaders have tried to crush this Revolution for decades. Instead of international amity, respect, and goodwill, the U.S. government has only instigated suffering for the country’s 11 million people — of which 4 million are Black and brown.

Cuba has historically demonstrated solidarity with oppressed peoples of African descent, from protecting Black revolutionaries like Assata Shakur through granting her asylum, to supporting Black liberation struggles in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, and South Africa.

Now we look to President Biden to end the embargo, something Barack Obama called for 2016. This embargo is a blatant human rights violation and it must come to an end."

Traduction de la déclaration Black Lives Matter, 7/15/2021top

"Black Lives Matter condamne le traitement inhumain des Cubains par le gouvernement fédéral américain et l'exhorte à lever immédiatement l'embargo économique. Cette politique cruelle et inhumaine, instituée avec l'intention explicite de déstabiliser le pays et de saper le droit des Cubains de choisir leur propre gouvernement, est au cœur de la crise actuelle à Cuba. Depuis 1962, les États-Unis ont imposé la douleur et la souffrance au peuple cubain en coupant la nourriture, les médicaments et les fournitures, ce qui a coûté à la petite nation insulaire environ 130 milliards de dollars.

Sans cet argent, il est plus difficile pour Cuba d'acquérir l'équipement médical nécessaire pour développer ses propres vaccins contre le COVID-19 et les équipements pour la production alimentaire. Cela survient malgré les solides soins de santé du pays et l'histoire de la fourniture de médecins et d'infirmières aux lieux de catastrophes dans le monde.

Le peuple cubain est puni par le gouvernement des États-Unis parce que le pays a maintenu son engagement envers la souveraineté et l'autodétermination. Les dirigeants des États-Unis ont essayé d'écraser cette révolution pendant des décennies. Au lieu de l'amitié, du respect et de la bonne volonté internationaux, le gouvernement des États-Unis n'a fait souffrir que les 11 millions d'habitants du pays, dont 4 millions sont noirs et bruns.

Cuba a historiquement démontré sa solidarité avec les peuples afro-descendants opprimés, de la protection des révolutionnaires noirs comme Assata Shakur à travers l'octroi de leur asile, au soutien des luttes de libération des afro-descendants en Angola, au Mozambique, en Guinée Bissau et en Afrique du Sud.

Maintenant, nous espérons que le président Biden mettra fin à l'embargo, ce a quoi Barack Obama a appelé en 2016. Cet embargo est une violation flagrante des droits de l'homme et doit prendre fin."

 

Statement on Cuba Change, 7/23/2021top

Black Lives Matter is committed to listening and uplifting the voices of our Afro-Cuban family as they call for change. And, we remain steadfast in our commitment to Black freedom everywhere-- a liberation tha can only be achieved when Black people around the world thrive, experience joy, and are free from all forms of oppression and violence. BLM is in deep solidarity with the people of Cuba, and continues to demand an end to the U.S. Embargo -- a demand that has been echoed for the 39th year in a row by 184 countries under the U.N. We also denounce the additional sanctions recently imposed by the Biden administration.

Declaración sobre el cambio en Cuba, 25/7/2021top

Black Lives Matter se compromete a escuchar y elevar las voces de nuestra familia afrocubana mientras piden un cambio. Y nos mantenemos firmes en nuestro compromiso con la libertad de los negros en todas partes, una liberación que solo se puede lograr cuando los negros de todo el mundo prosperan, experimentan alegría y están libres de todas las formas de opresión y violencia. BLM se muestra en profunda solidaridad con el pueblo de Cuba y continúa exigiendo el fin del embargo estadounidense, una demanda que ha sido repetida por 39o año consecutivo por 184 países bajo la ONU. También denunciamos las sanciones adicionales impuestas recientemente por la administración Biden.

Déclaration sur les changements au Cuba, 7/23/2021top

Black Lives Matter s'engage à écouter et à élever les voix de notre famille afro-cubaine alors qu'elles appellent au changement. Et nous restons inébranlables dans notre engagement envers la liberté des Noirs partout - une libération qui ne peut être réalisée que lorsque les Noirs du monde entier s'épanouissent, ressentent de la joie et sont libres de toutes formes d'oppression et de violence. BLM est profondément solidaire du peuple cubain et continue d'exiger la fin de l'embargo américain - une demande qui a été reprise pour la 39e année consécutive par 184 pays sous l'ONU.  Nous dénonçons également les sanctions supplémentaires récemment imposées par l'administration Biden.  

Conversation on Cuba, Monday July 26top, 2021

It’s Time: The People, Cuba, and Radical Solidarity, Zoom

Black Lives Matter will co-host an educational webinar with our partners from Cuba on the current political situation and deepening mutual solidarity in this moment. We are resolute in our support of the Cuban people, and affirm our call for an end to the U.S. embargo against this island state.

Register for this Zoom meeting: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0nCZjp_DQ9W3mtsfwIlxew

BLM Conversation on Cuba

Speakers include:

Moderators:

 

Articles/Artículostop

Any more questions? BLM releases statement blaming protests against Cuban regime on U.S.  7/16/2021 Law Enforcement Today: [the logic here is defective…]

Black Lives Matter gets crushed for praising Cuban regime, blaming 'cruel' US for unrest: ?'BLM is a radical Marxist organization'  7/15/2021 The Blaze: [with many quotes from the far right…]

The consequences of years of US embargoes  7/15/2021 BLM: Statement on Cuba - "Black Lives Matter condemns the U.S. federal government’s inhumane treatment of Cubans, and urges it to immediately lift the economic embargo. This cruel and inhumane policy, instituted with the explicit intention of destabilizing the country and undermining Cubans’ right to choose their own government, is at the heart of Cuba’s current crisis. Since 1962, the United States has forced pain and suffering on the people of Cuba by cutting off food, medicine and supplies, costing the tiny island nation an estimated $130 billion."

Black Lives Matter in Cuba  8/21/2017 teleSUR: "Many of these same doctors then went to Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s first free black republic, where today there are several hundred Cuban doctors and specialists providing free health care to 4 million people. After the deadly 2010 earthquake, Cuba health professionals arrived within 72 hours as some of the first responders. The United States, on the other hand, sent thousands of marine soldiers to the island."

Lessons from Fidel: Black Lives Matter and the Transition of El Comandante  11/27/2016 Black Lives Matter: "As a Black network committed to transformation, we are particularly grateful to Fidel for holding Mama Assata Shakur, who continues to inspire us. We are thankful that he provided a home for Brother Michael Finney Ralph Goodwin, and Charles Hill, asylum to Brother Huey P. Newton, and sanctuary for so many other Black revolutionaries who were being persecuted by the American government during the Black Power era. We are indebted to Fidel for sending resources to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and attempting to support Black people in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina when our government left us to die on rooftops and in floodwaters. We are thankful that he provided a space where the traditional spiritual work of African people could flourish, regardless of his belief system."

Afro-Latin American Women Leading Fight Against Racism, Sexism  7/24/2016 teleSUR: "The organization, which has grown into a network of approximately 40 members, is influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States--which is spearheaded by three African-American women from the LGBT community, and hopes that softening U.S.-Cuba relations will foster stronger, transnational ties between the two groups."

The Black Lives Matters Founders are among the World's Greatest Leaders  3/24/2016 Fortune: "Modern social movements often fizzle after their moment in the national news (Occupy Wall Street and to a lesser extent the Tea Party come to mind). But Black Lives Matter has steadily gained momentum since its founding in 2013, when activist Alicia Garza coined the phrase and fellow activist Patrisse Cullors made it a hashtag. Alongside Opal Tometi, they created the Black Lives Matter network, which has grown to 28 local chapters, each fighting a range of racial injustices like police brutality and racial profiling."

Global Summit to Address Root Causes of the Attack on Black Lives  9/3/2015 Charleston Chronicle: "An Afro-European delegation, the leader of the Caribbean reparations movement, Black Lives Matter activists, and members of the Pan African Congress and the African Union will highlight Valuing Black Lives: The First Annual Global Emotional Emancipation Summit to be presented by Community Healing Network (CHN) and the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) on September 17 and 18, 2015… Confirmed Summit panelists include: Professor Gisela Arandia, Cuban activist; Sir Professor Hilary Beckles, Chair, CARICOM Reparations Committee; Professor Ikaweba Bunting, The Pan African Congress; Dr. Ramona Edelin, author, We the Village; Momodou Jallow, Vice Chair of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR); Dr. Wade Nobles, Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family, Life and Culture; Erika Totten, founder and president, Black Lives Matter DMV and To Live Unchained; and Dr. Paul Zeleza, former president, the African Studies Association."

Inspiration Behind ‘Black Lives Matter’ is on the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ List  8/28/2015 Infowars: "The inspiration behind the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement – the individual cited by its founder and regularly quoted by its supporters – is a convicted cop killer who is on the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ list. ‘Black Lives Matter’ was founded by militant feminists Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opel Tometi, with Garza widely recognized as the most influential of the three. In an article which details the philosophical foundation of ‘Black Lives Matter’, Garza cites, “Assata’s powerful demand in my organizing work.”"

#BlackLivesMatter and Cuba  8/24/2015 Progressive Pupil: ""In July a group of Black Lives Matter activists visited Cuba with the 46th Contingent of the Venceremos Brigade. Included in this group was Progressive Pupil’s own, Shannon Shird, Outreach Director for Black and Cuba and former Community Outreach Specialist in our New Leaders for Social Change Program, Anita Moore, Chapter Coordinator and Community Organizer with Black Lives Matter, and Amity Paye, the BYP100 NYC Communications Co-chair.""

Black Lives Matter visits Cuba  8/18/2015 Black Youth Project 100: "For Cuba, racial discrimination is a curse that both fled the country with the Cuban exiles and stayed behind with the revolution. To be fair to the Cuban revolution, many of the Black Lives Matter movement’s “radical” demands to alleviate the effects of structural racism have been fulfilled in Cuba: all education (including higher education) is free, healthcare is free, housing is subsidized, healthy food is subsidized, and more. In 1962 the Cuban government declared the end of racial discrimination through the implementation of these egalitarian policies. In the U.S., racism is aggressive and deadly, systemic and carefully calculated. Although not fully eradicated, we found it true that Cuba’s socialist model diminishes the presence of structural racism and Cubans rightfully take pride in being more socially advanced than the U.S. in their “pursuit” for racial equality."

Black Lives Matter Visits Cuba  8/17/2015 BAJI: "A group of Black Lives Matter activists reflect on the lessons they learned during a recent solidarity trip to Cuba." [Full version]

Video — Black Lives Matter Founder Rants at Netroots: ‘Burn Everything Down!’  7/27/2015 Breitbart: "Last week, Breitbart News exposed that convicted cop killer Assata Shakur is one of the heroes of the Black Lives Matter founders. Black Lives Matter pays homage to Cuban exile Shakur and quotes the Communist Manifesto at every single Black Lives Matter event."

BlackLivesMatter Pays Homage to Marxist Cop Killer at Every Event It Holds  7/23/2015 Breitbart: "BlackLivesMatter—the activist group that demands a “racial justice agenda” that includes constant criticism and activism against police—invokes the words of convicted cop killer Assata Shakur at “all its events.” At a recent event for female bloggers, BlackLivesMatter leaders had a crowd of thousands repeating lines from a letter written by Shakur that include an explicit reference to the Communist Manifesto."

The Racialized Dynamics of Miami - Havana

Cuba: Identity & Antiracism

Race & Identity in Cuba

Programa de Gobierno de Cuba contra el racismo y la discriminación. Comisión Gubernamental, encabezada por el Presidente Díaz-Canel, 11/2019

White Supremacy and Miami Cubans
La Supremacia Blanca y los Cubanos de Miami

Black Florida News

African Americans & Cuba News

Marco Rubio

Miami’s Forgotten Cubans by Alan A. Aja

The US, the Exiled Plantocracy and Race - traces the history of how the US aimed to play on race in their attempts to shut down the Revolution.

The Fanjuls, Sultans of Sugar, and Domino Sugar

White Supremacy Pages

Resources on Latinx racism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy in and out of Latin America in English, 2021, Maleanta Seria
    

Links/Enlaces top

Respuesta a un activista sobre BLM - Response to an activist on BLM, 7/21/2021

 Venceremos Brigade & Black Lives Matter Presents: From Ferguson to NYC to Cuba, Event on Facebook, 1/19/2015

blacklivesmatter.com

www.facebook.com/BlackLivesMatter

twitter.com/blklivesmatter

www.instagram.com/blklivesmatter/

medium.com/@BlackLivesMatterNetwork

twitter.com/aliciagarza   Alicia Garza, cofounder

twitter.com/opalayo  Opal Tometi, cofounder

Assata Shakur

Angola, Cuito Cuanavale

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Lives_Matter

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Black_Lives_Matter/June_2020

 

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