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US Citizens Call for End of Blockade of Cuba

July 12, 2011
Global Exchange co-founder Kevin Danaher stated he is completely opposed to the blockade against Cuba and that US policy towards the island must be changed from the bottom up

By: Juventud Rebelde

 
Global Exchange co-founder Kevin Danaher stated he is completely opposed to the blockade against Cuba and that US policy towards the island must be changed from the bottom up.

Global Exchange is a US-based organization that coordinates solidarity trips from the US to Cuba. In conversations with Prensa Latina, Danaher said that education can be an effective tool in fostering closer relations between Cuban and US people and towards gradually eliminating the series of hostile measures maintained by successive US administrations for more than 50 years.

Global Exchange is an advocacy group and non-governmental organization (NGO), based in San Francisco, California. The group’s mission is to promote human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice around the world.
The formation of the organization was rooted in the increasing interdependence of national economies and the subsequent need to build political alliances across national boundaries to protect the economic, social and political rights.
Global Exchange has worked to increase public awareness of what it feels are the root causes of injustice, while also building international partnerships. It attempts to address a wide range of issues ranging from worker abuse by US companies to the US war in Iraq, to fair trade issues involving the World Trade Organization (WTO). It organizes trips to several countries to show the reality of situations that are often distorted by the major media.
Danaher said that each visit to Cuba shows the sharp contrast between the anti-Cuban campaigns orchestrated in the United States and the reality of Cuba. He also spoke about some of the especially aggressive US policies towards Cuba that includes assignation attempts against the leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro, and a wide range of schemes to ruin the economy and halt the island’s social progress.

As an example of democracy, Danaher highlighted the Cuban parliament’s heterogeneous composition, a feature that encourages a balanced representation of society.

Global Exchange and the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples recently sponsored a visit to Cuba by more than 40 US students and teachers, interested in joining efforts and exchanging experiences on renewable energy and environmental conservation.
A university professor in the United States, Karina Cespedes said that the unique program shows a different side to Cuba with a focus on establishing human connections between people that live in different places but who share common ground.
We are completely against the blockade. When we return to the US it is important to show people the real implication of the blockade in order to bring about a change in bilateral relations, said Cespedes.

 

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