2021 Calendar of Events and Projects of the Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee:
Jan. 16, 2021: Webinar on policing in Cuba
This workshop will look at how policing in Cuba looked like before and after the Cuban revolution. We will frame the presentation and discussion on what is the connection between the Cuban revolution and policing and the current movement in the US to defund/dismantle policing and what is possible now and in the future given the example of Cuba.
(* Sponsored by Seattle MLK Coalition as part of the week-long 2021 Martin Luther King Day celebration.)
This webinar has been posted on YouTube and is available for free watching:
Jan. 19, 2021: Seattle City Council discussion and vote on resolution to support the Saving Lives Campaign
Council member Teresa Mosquera will put a resolution supporting the Campaign before the City Council on Tuesday January 19th. We are encouraged to testify before the Council vote.
(* Resolution was passed by City Council. Next steps include approaching other groups for endorsement, including King County Health Board and the University of Washington Student Physicians for a National Health Program group.)
Jan 31, 2021: Last-Sunday-of-the-month Rally and Car Caravan
For several months now in Miami, on the last Sunday of the month, there have been Car Caravans of Cuban Americans and their allies calling for an end to the 60 year old US economic blockade of Cuba, and to build bridges of love between the US and the Cuban people. On Sunday Jan 31, the Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee, in alliance with local Cuban Americans, is organizing a picket and car caravan in support of the Miami protest, to be held in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. First will be a street picket/rally near the Ballard Farmer’s market, followed by a car caravan.
We hope to make this a monthly event through the year.
January 31 Picket & Car Caravan webpage
February, 2021: ACERE initiative
The Alliance for Cuba Engagement and Respect (ACERE) is a national grassroots coalition seeking normalization of US-Cuba ties and opposing intervention in Cuban affairs. This year, ACERE has launched an initiative to lobby President Biden to reverse the Trump Administration’s cruel policies against the Cuban people, and renew mutually productive dialogue with the Cuban government. To facilitate this, ACERE is encouraging supporters to contact their members of Congress (both Senators and Representatives) and request them to sign on to a letter urging the President to use his executive power to make positive changes in Cuba policy. The Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee is actively participating in this project. Please join us!
See our: ACERE page
Feb 28, 2021: Last-Sunday-of-the-month Rally and Car Caravan
For several months now in Miami, on the last Sunday of the month, there have been Car Caravans of Cuban Americans and their allies calling for an end to the 60 year old US economic blockade of Cuba, and to build bridges of love between the US and the Cuban people. On Sunday Feb 28, the Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee, in alliance with local Cuban Americans, is organizing a picket and car caravan in support of the Miami protest, to be held in Rainier Valley, South Seattle.
February 28 Picket & Car Caravan webpage
March 14, 2021: Feminist Solidarity, Advancement of Cuban Women
FEMINIST SOLIDARITY! Celebrating International Women’s Day, and the Advancement of Cuban Women
Sunday, March 14, 2021
2:00 pm PST / 5:00 pm EST
Register here in advance:
March 19 to 28, 2021: Free Facebook showing of 2019 film “Havana, from on High”
“The chronic shortage of housing in Central Havana has pushed the city upwards, where life spills out onto the rooftops. Resilient and remarkable, these rooftop dwellers have a privileged point of view on a society in the process of major transformation.“
Havana, from on High (film)
March 28, 2021: Last-Sunday-of-the-month Rally and Car Caravan
To be held in West Seattle.
March 28 picket & car caravan webpage
April 22, 2021: Confronting Covid-19 Cuba's Approach to Healthcare to All
Join Drs. Helen Yaffe and Valia Rodriguez, producers of the film "Cuba and COVID-19," for a transnational conversation on how Cuba is defeating this deadly coronavirus.
Confronting Covid-19 webpage
April 25, 2021: Last-Sunday-of-the-month Rally and Car Caravan
In Lake City neighborhood, North Seattle.
April 25 picket & car caravan webpage
April/May 2021 NNOC (National Network on Cuba) Mayday Cuba Brigade
was CANCELLED due to the pandemic.
May 30, 2021: Last-Sunday-of-the-month Rally and Car Caravan
In Seattle’s White Center neighborhood
May 30 picket & car caravan webpage
June 13, 2021: National Network on Cuba Spring-Summer Meeting
Will be virtual (Zoom).
June 17 to June 23, 2021: Week of Action Against the Blockade
Solidarity with the June 23 UN General Assembly vote. The week of events lead up to June 23, when the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will vote on Cuba’s annual resolution on the necessity to end the United States' “Economic, Commercial, and Financial Embargo“ against the island.
June 20, 2021: Last-Sunday-of-the-month Rally and Car Caravan
To be held in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.
June 23, 2021: United Nations General Assembly vote on the Cuba-sponsored resolution against the United States embargo & blockade against Cuba.
July 26, 2021: National and Seattle event celebrating the Cuban Revolution and publicizing the solidarity work of IFCO (Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization) with Cuba. Seattle event location and time to be announced.
August 2021 Venceremos Brigade (tentative)
October or November, 2021 Pastors for Peace Caravan (tentative)(we plan to offer a partial scholarship)
Saving Lives Campaign (ongoing)
The Saving Lives Campaign is a joint initiative of the U.S. National Network on Cuba and the Canadian Network on Cuba, intended to to facilitate collaboration between the U.S., Cuba and Canada in fighting the COVID-19 virus. The campaign was organized in 2020 and the Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee held several online events to promote the project. Our efforts continue; the project is integrated into the ACERE initiative and our Congressional advocacy work.
See our Saving Lives Campaign page
In January 2021, the outgoing Trump administration put Cuba back on the list of state sponsors of terror. The outset of the Biden-Harris administration offers an opportunity to reverse this cynical move and return to the Obama-era rapprochement between Washington and Havana. The Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee has been requesting meetings with local Congressional representatives who might be supportive of the Saving Lives Campaign and, more broadly, a re-set of national Cuba policy.
We usually meet (virtually, via Zoom) at least once per month. Please contact the Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee for an invitation:
For more information contact Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee: