Largest U.S. Socialist Organization in Solidarity with Cuba
The organization condemned Washington’s policies towards the Caribbean country which have had a devastating effect and have hindered the development of solidarity ties between the citizens of both countries.
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September 2, 2019 09:09:14
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Edited by Walter Lippmann.
Washington, The Democratic Socialist Organization of America (DSA) expressed its solidarity with the people of Cuba and expressed its categorical opposition to the economic, commercial and financial blockade that the United States maintains today against the island.
DSA, which identifies itself as the largest socialist organization in the United States, condemned that Washington’s policies toward the Caribbean country have had a devastating effect on the Cuban people and have hindered the development of solidarity ties between the citizens of both countries.
In a statement approved by its National Political Committee and released this week, the group said it opposes U.S. imperialism and 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 Guantánamo Bay,” added the communiqué regarding the military enclave maintained by Washington in eastern Cuba against the will of the government and people of the island.
According to the document, the group will work with other organizations in solidarity with Cuba to achieve its objective of defending the sovereignty of the largest of the Antilles, subjected to the siege imposed by the United States almost 60 years ago.
The text also cited a communiqué issued by DSA in 2014, when the administration of former President Barack Obama and the government of the Caribbean country announced the decision to begin a process of normalization of relations, now held back by the Donald Trump administration.
Our government’s actions were never designed to help the Cuban people, but rather to appease U.S. right-wing citizens of Cuban origin and punish a country that rejected imperialism and capitalism, the group said.
We hope that the normalization of relations will reduce the negative actions of the United States in the future, the organization added at that time.
The new declaration on Cuba was the result of the provisions of Resolution 62 of the biannual convention held by the DSA last August 2-4 in Atlanta, Georgia.
According to an article published in The New York Times earlier that month, Democratic Socialists of America went from 5,000 members three years ago to 56,000 today.
Members include Democratic Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, as well as more than 20 local elected officials from across the country.
TEXT OF DSA STATEMENT ON CUBA: