Brookline, MA Calls for The End of the Embargo Against Cuba

On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the third and final session of the Brookline, MA, Annual Town Meeting, the following resolution was adopted, on the unanimous recommendation of the Board of Selectmen and concurring large majority of the Advisory Committee, by an overwhelming vote of more than 95% in favor:

VOTED: That the Town adopt the following resolution:

WHEREAS, in 1960, the United States government imposed an economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. embargo against Cuba — what the Cubans call el bloqueo, “the blockade” — continues to inflict hardship on the men, women and children of Cuba by creating shortages of food, medicines and financial and trade opportunities; and

WHEREAS the 1996 Helms-Burton Act extended the territorial application of the initial embargo to apply to foreign companies trading with Cuba; and

WHEREAS, on December 17, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced a new era of relations and agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations; and

WHEREAS, Cuba and the United States re-opened their respective embassies in 2015; and

WHEREAS, despite the changes made by President Obama the embargo continues to be in place; and

WHEREAS, 191 countries voted at the United Nations General Assembly in October 2015 in favor of lifting the U.S. blockade against Cuba, with only two countries — the U.S. and Israel — opposed; and

WHEREAS the majority of the people of the United States believe this embargo is ineffective; and

WHEREAS the blockade denies U.S. citizens access to Cuban medical technology such as the diabetes drug Heberpot-P, vaccines for meningitis B and hepatitis B, monoclonal antibodies for kidney transplants, as well as the only therapeutic vaccine in the world against advanced lung cancer, CIMAVAX-EGF;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Brookline Town Meeting calls for an immediate end to the United States’ economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba; and strongly encourages Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III to support measures that achieves these goals.

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Note: As the primary citizen petitioner, I learned much from this campaign and am available (at peterm@igc.org) to provide support and advice for other municipal campaigns. Additional details are available here.

 

 

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