At the end of October, 2015 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will once again vote on the resolution against the U.S. blockade on Cuba. In fact, in October 2014, for the 23rd time, the UNGA voted to condemn the US blockade on Cuba with 188 countries voting against the blockade and only two in favour (the US and Israel).
On October 17, 2015, Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade (FCAB-Vancouver) held the second consecutive monthly picket action against the U.S. blockade on Cuba in Vancouver, Canada, adding the voice of peace-loving people in Vancouver to this international call! During the one-hour picket, loud chants and waving Cuban flags once again filled the cloudy skies next to the U.S. Consulate. Anti-blockade activists proudly held up colourful signs declaring “Now, More Than Ever, Let’s Break the US Blockade on Cuba!” and “Ahora, Mas Que Nunca Rompamos El Bloqueo”
The picket brought out supporters of Cuba from many different walks of life, students, workers, and retired people. This included rally speakers, David Whittlesey, a long-time civil rights and social justice activist, Tamara Hansen, the coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC), and Shakeel Lochan, a social justice organizer and poet. David spoke especially about the insanity of the blockade, which for over 54 years has been a key part of the U.S. strategy to overthrow the Cuban government. This failed strategy has cost the Cuban government more than 1 trillion dollars, denying Cubans access to basic medicines and educational supplies.
On December 17, 2014, the government of the US and Cuba announced renewed diplomatic relations. Despite this, the U.S. blockade remains in full force. Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade – Vancouver is committed to organizing monthly picket actions in opposition to the criminal U.S. blockade against Cuba, on the 17th of each month until the U.S. blockade is lifted once and for all!