‘Protest US rulers’ economic war on the Cuban people’

By Rachele Fruit
October 23, 2023

MIAMI — Thirty-five people joined a Miami Caravan action here Oct. 1, setting up a lively and highly visible vigil in the pouring rain at the Miami International Airport to demand an end to Washington’s embargo against Cuba and removal of Cuba from the U.S. government’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Participants included members of the Alianza Martiana, José Martí Cultural Association, Miami Coalition to End the U.S. Blockade of Cuba, Puentes de Amor, Socialist Workers Party and Venceremos Brigade.

Many drivers going by were pleased and gave thumbs up. Some opposed the action. One heckler yelled and took photos of the protesters the entire time we were there.

Similar protests are scheduled in New York Oct. 28 and in other cities.

Twenty-six people attended a successful program opposing U.S. attacks on Cuba at Barry University Sept. 25. Sponsored by the newly formed Miami Coalition to End the U.S. Blockade of Cuba and the Campus Democrats, the program featured Medea Benjamin from Code Pink by Zoom, recorded remarks by Carlos Lazo from Puentes de Amor, and faculty member Lance Hotchkiss, a member of the Miami Coalition.

Laura Anderson, a railroad conductor and member of SMART-TD union, spoke about the opportunities today to win working people to this fight. “In Cuba, they were able to build a society based on human solidarity because the workers and farmers made a revolution,” she said. Anderson, also the Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Congress, invited members of the audience to join her in a solidarity visit to a striking United Auto Workers picket line in Orlando.