I write you on behalf of an ad hoc group of Maine people identifying themselves “Maine Citizens Opposed to the US Embargo against Cuba.” We are asking you to add your name to the letter appearing below to the two Maine senators.
Now is a crucial time. There is a chance now – dare we say it? – to end the US economic blockade against Cuba. Sixty years is enough, right? The letter below explains.
And, just as important, please send out this communication to people you know, friends, family, anyone.
We are sending this communication also to people we know elsewhere in the US asking them to fashion a similar letter to their own representatives with a lot of names added.
In an email firstname.lastname@example.org, please say “Yes” to adding your name, and your town, to the letter to the senators. If you have questions or comments, please be in touch. Thank you.
Tom Whitney, for the Let Cuba Live Committee of Maine, phone (207) 743-2183
Dear (name of Maine senator).
The U.S. trade embargo against Cuba has been in effect for almost 60 years. We, the undersigned, believe that’s long enough. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, on February 4 introduced the U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2021. We presume that a similar bill will be introduced soon in the House of Representatives.
Senator Wyden’s proposed legislation appears to nullify regulations that enable the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba — in other words, would end that embargo. We realize that, as required by the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act of 1996, the power to end the embargo against Cuba rests exclusively with the U.S. Congress.
We understand too that public support for the U.S. embargo against Cuba has lessened. On the one hand, many citizens have long pointed to its cruelty and illegality. On the other, even supporters can appreciate that this U. S. policy has failed the test of so many years: it has not worked to bring down Cuba’s government. Meanwhile, the Cuban people have experienced catastrophic damage at U.S. hands.
Cuba’s government, reporting to the United Nations General Assembly, indicated that between April 2019 and March 2020, U. S. economic sanctions deprived Cuba of $5.6 billion, also that Cuba’s total monetary loss over many decades has amounted to $144.4 billion, which, inflation being considered, is $1.098 trillion.
Therefore, we respectfully request that you, who represent us in the U.S. Senate, do everything in your power to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba. In that regard, we urge you to work toward passage in the Senate of Senator Wyden’s bill.
Any questions or comments relating to our request may be directed to Tom Whitney of Maine Citizens Opposed to the US Embargo against Cuba. His address is 102 Twitchell Road, South Paris, Maine, 04281; telephone (207) 743-2183.