SANCTIONS
FUEL
THE FIRE


 Let Cuba Live 

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When your neighbor’s house is on fire, you rush to help. To save lives.  To extinguish the flames.

Cuba is our neighbor.
We must rush to help.








SANCTIONS
FUEL
THE FIRE


 Let Cuba Live! 

︎







When your neighbor’s house is on fire, you rush to help. To save lives.  To extinguish the flames.

Cuba is our neighbor.
We must rush to help.



People around the United States are coming together to insist that President Biden take this moment to close the book on Donald Trump’s 243 new coercive measures against Cuba that are designed to make the Cuban economy scream.

Now is the time for people of conscience to act!

On Friday, August 5th, a major oil storage facility in Matanzas, Cuba, 65 miles east of Havana, was hit by lightning. Since then, an enormous fire has been raging. This tremendous explosion and hard-to-control fire have left several people missing (including firefighters), many injured with severe burns, and hundreds evacuated from their homes.

This tragedy has also had immediate repercussions for the entire population in that province and the whole island since it affects their electricity supply and health facilities which already suffer under the weight of the U.S. Blockade due to lack of spare parts and scarcity of medicine.

It has already resulted in the Antonio Guiteras Thermo-Electric Plant in Matanzas being out of service due to shortages. This will likely lead to severe electricity outages amid record heat waves this summer.

In this dire crisis, Cuba and its government have responded immediately and on-site have led efforts to contain the fire, prevent a major environmental disaster, and keep its population safe. It has also called for international aid and solidarity. The governments of Mexico, Venezuela, and several others have promptly offered material aid and have sent experts and firefighters to confront this complex situation.

Unfortunately, U.S. sanctions fuel the fires that rage in Cuba! Despite assurances by the U.S. Embassy in Havana that the law authorizes U.S. entities and organizations to provide disaster relief and response, it’s proven not so easy. For many organizations wanting to send aid to the island urgently, there are long, complex processes to receive licenses that often require expensive lawyers. Also, Cuba’s inclusion in the State Sponsors of Terrorism List means that banks in both the United States and abroad are reluctant to process humanitarian donations.

The United States loses nothing by being a good neighbor and lifting the 243 sanctions that prevent Cuba from recovering fully from this tragic moment. The Biden Administration can do more than just offer technical advice. It can immediately remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List with the stroke of a pen and send material aid to the island.

Stand with the Cuban people and send President Biden a message NOW.