Cuba Solidarity Organizations Hold Annual Meeting in U.S.

Washington, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. city of Seattle is welcoming today friends of Cuba who will participate during the weekend in the annual conference of the National Network on Cuba.

Members of that organization who support the Caribbean island in the United States will meet on Saturday and Sunday to establish strategies and work projects for next year.

In addition, several groups will recall events and actions that have taken place since the previous meeting was held in November 2016 in Chicago, Illinois, one of the network coordinators, Alicia Jrapko, told Prensa Latina.

The Labor Council of the state of Washington will host most events during the conference, which includes a panel on the changes on travels to Cuba.

According to Jrapko, a significant moment will be a public rally with participants from the community, which will be held on Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Seattle.

The activist noted the presence at the annual meeting of two officials from the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).

She added that these meetings are usually held in Washington DC or New York, but over the past few years, other cities where there are Cuba solidarity organizations have requested to host the event.

The current meeting is organized by the Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee and the U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration.

The webpage of the National Network on Cuba says that the goals are to bring about an end to the criminal U.S. blockade of Cuba, including working against the U.S. prohibition of the sale of food and medicines to the people of Cuba, ending the travel restrictions, and promoting cultural and educational exchanges.

Among the groups that make up the organization are the Interreligious Foundation of Community Organization/Pastors for Peace, the DC Metro Coalition in Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution, Cuba Solidarity New York, Boston’s 26 of July Coalition and the Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Association.

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