National Network on Cuba

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National Network on Cuba is affiliated with the United for Peace and Justice.[1]

Current co-chairs

As of February 26, 2020, the National Network on Cuba website listed current co-chairs as Alicia Jrapko, Banbose Shango, Cheryl LaBash, Gail Walker, Nalda Vigezzi and Current treasurer: John Waller

Democratic Socialists of America's Cuba 'Solidarity' Resolution

The Democratic Socialists of America resolved to "pursue full membership" to the National Network on Cuba[2] at their August, 2019 biennial meeting in Atlanta Georgia "as part of our broader mission to support the growth of democratic socialism in the U.S. and abroad." The Democratic Socialists of America appears as a "member organization" on the National Network on Cuba as of February 26 2020.[3]

From a statement dated August 27th, 2019 and "approved by DSA’s National Political Committee (NPC):"

"Democratic Socialists of America stands in solidarity with the people of Cuba and categorically opposes the U.S. economic blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States and its allies, as mandated by our 2019 Convention Resolution 62.
U.S. political and economic policies vis-à-vis Cuba have had a devastating effect on the Cuban people and have hindered the development of ties of solidarity between citizens of our countries. We stand opposed to U.S. imperialism and to economic sanctions or other actions that would undermine the self-determination of the Cuban people. We also oppose the continued existence of the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánomo Bay.
DSA will work in coalition with other organizations that stand in solidarity with Cuba to achieve our goal of defending Cuba’s sovereignty. In the words of DSA’s 2014 Statement on U.S. Normalizing Relations with Cuba:
DSA has always condemned the long-standing efforts by our own government to undermine the stability of Cuba. Our government’s actions were never designed to aid the Cuban people, but instead to appease right-wing U.S. citizens of Cuban origin and punish a country that rejected imperialism and capitalism. We hope that the normalization of foreign relations will curtail negative U.S. actions in the future.
As part of this renewed commitment, DSA will pursue full membership in the National Network on Cuba, as required by DSA’s 2019 Convention Resolution 62. As a member of NNOC, DSA hopes to organize in coalition with other NNOC member organizations to make ending the embargo of Cuba an issue of national priority. We are proud to have received this democratic mandate from our membership to play a role within the Cuban solidarity movement as part of our broader mission to support the growth of democratic socialism in the U.S. and abroad."

Member Organizations

National Network on Cuba Member Organizations as of February 26 2020.

Miguel Fraga at National Network on Cuba


Miguel Fraga at National Network on Cuba.

Solidarity with Sept. 24 FBI Raid Activists

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression lists National Network on Cuba as one of the organizations that has issued a statement of solidarity in support of the activists raided in the September 24, 2010 FBI Raids.[4]

U.S. Cuba Network extends solidarity to Charleston massacre victims

In a statement issued on June 20, 2015.

The National Network on Cuba extends our solidarity to the survivors and our condolences to the families of the victims of the racist terror attack on Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The Mother Emanuel AME Church is a symbol and example of African-American communities who have fought racism and oppression from before the first slave ships left the coast of Africa to the Black Lives Matter movement today. A founder of this church, Denmark Vesey, was hanged for planning a rebellion to end slavery.
This racist massacre could never happen in Cuba because the very foundation of that country is based on respect for humanity and collective care for each other. In Cuba, these words are not just phrases but something they practice daily. These basic principles of solidarity between people also extend to the world, where time and time again Cuba has been the shining example of sending brigades to help fight against diseases, and they are first responders when a disaster happens. Cuba never asks for anything in return, like when they sent military assistance to Angola in the 1980s to help defeat the racist South African Army.
The National Network on Cuba stands with the people of Charleston and says no to racism and white supremacy.

Signers were Nalda Vigezzi, Banbose Shango, Franklin Curbello, Cheryl LaBash, Alicia Jrapko.[5]

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