[act-ma] 10/30 Rally against the embargo and other things related to Cuba

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Sun Oct 24 14:26:11 PDT 2021

    See below for updates on our local efforts to get a Boston City
    Council Resolution on Cuba, a Cuban poster show in Westboro and a
    video update on the vaccine campaign.

    Boston Rally to End the Blockade (aka Embargo) on Cuba!!

Park Street Station

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2021 AT 1 PM – 2 PM

The Boston July 26th-Cuba Solidarity Coalition and the other cosponsors 
listed below areinviting you to join us in demanding an end to the 
Blockade (aka Embargo) and the array of sanctions on Cuba. We will be 
joining the weekly standout against the wars at Park Street Station.

This rally is in solidarity with the growing national Caravan Movement 
calling for an End to the Blockade. on the last weekend of the month. 
For those not within close distance, local actions on the weekend are 


Boston Area July 26^th Coalition

Mass. Peace Action (MAPA)

Latin American Solidarity Coalition of Western Massachusetts

Your organization here!

See our Website <https://july26.org/> and Facebook events page 
for updated information.

*A letter about the Resolution to the Boston City Council on the Embargo!*


The July 26th Coalition is trying to introduce a resolution to the 
Boston City Council to lift the sanctions against Cuba and end the 
embargo. So far some 40 cities, towns, school boards, labor 
organizations, and other local and state entities across the country 
have passed resolutions.  Some have been on ending the Embargo, some 
have been on lifting the sanctions that are doing great humanitarian 
harm to the Cuban people.  There are a variety of approaches. In 
Cambridge, as you likely know, we got 2 resolutions passed in the span 
of just a few months in 2020:  One calling for collaboration between the 
US and Cuba on controlling Covid 19; the other on ending the US embargo.

The July 26th Coalition has had in mind approaching Ricardo Arroyo to 
lead on introducing the resolution.  But that may not be the only way to 
go.  I think if there are people in Boston in MAPA who are interested in 
helping, then it could be Arroyo's district or any other district.  My 
experience is that you don't really know what people will respond to 
something like this until you ask them. Our approach nationally is to 
call for the following, and we are working on this at many levels.  To 
lift the sanctions that do immediate harm to the Cuban people:

the prohibition of remittances to family members; the obstacles to Cuba 
being able to purchase the medical equipment and supplies and drugs they 
need for not just covid but a wide variety of medical issues; the 
obstacle to normal international banking that Cuba experiences by being 
on the Terrorist List; the shut down of normal consular services at the 
US Embassy in Havana.  These take precedence even, for many of us 
working on this issue, over ending the embargo itself.  The latter takes 
an act of Congress.  The Administration can lift the above sanctions 
with the stroke of a pen.

Please respond to me and to the July 26^th and info at july26.org 
<mailto:info at july26.org> which will reach:  Judy Freiwirth, Peter Miller 
and Charlie Welch.  T


Best/Saludos, Merri

Merriam Ansara

Easthampton MA  01027

+1 413-459-7023

*An international labor poster exhibit focused on Cuba*
Westborough Public Library
55 West Main St. Westborough MA

October 4 through October 30, 2021

Open Mon. through Thurs. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Posters start in the main room of the library, but most of the show is 

For library information call 508/366-3050
Library is accessible

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Westborough 
Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts 
Cultural Council, a state agency, and by Ironworkers Local 7, and 
Sheetmetal Workers Local 17


  Despite the Odds: Cuba's Vaccines Effective & Set for 93% Rate by Nov 2021

Cuba's Vaccine Revolution: Manolo De Los Santos reports on his recent 
visit to Cuba. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO0eahefC_w>

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