Solidarity Network boosts support for Cuba with annual meeting in U.S

Washington, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) The National Network of Solidarity with Cuba (NNOC) in the United States will plan this Friday and Saturday new actions in support of Cuba during the celebration of its annual conference in this capital.

Participants from states such as New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Virginia and Pennsylvania will gather at the Institute for Policy Studies to analyze the work of the past year and propose new initiatives for the next 12 months.

Cheryl LaBash, co-director of the coalition, told Prensa Latina that a fundamental objective of the meeting is to increase support for Cuba and look for ways to work together in a more productive way, at a time when the attacks by Donald Trump’s administration against Cuba have intensified.

According to the activist, NNOC members, which brings together more than 40 organizations, will review preparations for a national conference on the normalization of bilateral ties to be held in March next year in New York City.

In addition, they will address issues such as the most recent restrictions imposed by the U.S. executive on U.S. travel to the neighboring nation, which include the prohibition of group educational visits from town to town and the suspension of cruise ship tours to that destination.

Cuba’s friends will also address the May activation of Title III of the controversial Helms-Burton Act, which allows U.S. citizens to sue individuals and entities that invest in Cuba in nationalized property after the triumph of the Revolution on January 1, 1959.

As part of the conference, a public event of solidarity with Cuba and Venezuela will take place tonight at the Museum of the African American Civil War.

The day before, in welcoming the participants to the event, Cuban Ambassador to the United States, Jose Ramon Cabañas, thanked the members of the solidarity movement for their continued friendship.

The diplomat referred to the importance of the work of the NNOC in the current bilateral context, and stressed that the work of friends of the Caribbean country made possible the approval in 12 North American cities of resolutions that support bilateral relations and condemn the blockade imposed by Washington on Cuba.

In turn, Gail Walker, co-director of the network, said that this is a critical moment in the links between the two countries, given the attacks by the Trump administration, and stated that for that reason, ‘Cubans need their friends to be with them more than ever.

The activist pointed out the pertinence of having a strong and united solidarity network, and celebrated that in this conference there will be new organizations that will join or return to the movement.

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