Students for a Democratic Society stands in solidarity with the people of Cuba as they demand an end to the criminal blockade and embargo that the United States has continued to perpetrate against them since 1960. We affirm our support for their demands for the end of US aggression and intervention in the country, and our support for the sovereignty of the Cuban people.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, while Cuba sent doctors around the world to assist in fighting the virus, the United States continued its chokehold on trade, preventing needed supplies, such as medical syringes, from arriving in Cuba. While Cuba has developed multiple vaccines, the US’s embargo has made administering them difficult due to these shortages. Despite these shortages Cuba has remained among the best examples of countries that have dealt with the coronavirus.

The United Nations recently voted for the 29th consecutive year, with a super-majority of 184, to demand an end to this embargo, citing it as a violation of the human rights of the Cuban people, especially given the toll it cost during the COVID-19 pandemic. The US, however, continues to refuse to do so.

Since the 1960s, the US has not ceased to attack Cuba, and to point its military aggression towards it. The Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 was a perfect example of this. Today the US, just as it did in Venezuela and Bolivia recently, is now attempting another assault on the Cuban people, declaring that unless their demands are met, they will push for military intervention on the island. Well-known right-wing politicians such as Marco Rubio and Ron DeSantis, as well as President Biden, have extended these violent threats on Cuba.

These threats and the US embargo are explicit violations of Cuba’s sovereignty. SDS opposes US intervention, militarism and aggression against Cuba, and we loudly echo the demands to end all deadly US embargoes and sanctions against Cuba, Venezuela and Iran along with all other US interference abroad.

End the Blockade!
Stop the US war machine!
Hands off Cuba!