Logo

Action Center

Support the people of Cuba

March 15, 2023   

Background: National media outlets and MCC partners alike report that Cuba is facing shortages of critical supplies such as food, clean water and medicine. In the past year, hundreds of thousands of Cubans have decided to migrate to the U.S. as a result, putting their lives at risk. 

Faith-based organizations like MCC have sometimes had difficulty getting much needed humanitarian aid into Cuba. Medical supplies seem to be subject to especially harsh scrutiny and delay. Financial transfers and remittances have also been affected by U.S. policies toward Cuba, even when transfers are clearly marked for humanitarian assistance to church organizations.   

One U.S. government policy that contributes to this situation is the designation of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST). Cuba was added to the SST list in 1982, removed by the Obama administration in 2015, and then re-added by the Trump administration in 2021. The reason given for this was Cuba’s hosting of Colombian peace talks between the government and armed groups, a potentially important step in the peacebuilding process, not support for terrorists. While the governments of the United States and Cuba have had significant disagreements, these are best addressed through respectful dialogue and engagement, not isolation. 

In order to expedite humanitarian aid, improve access to basic necessities, and reduce the root causes of migration, the U.S. should remove Cuba from the SST list and normalize diplomatic relations.

Faith reflection: “Who is my neighbor?” an expert in the Law asked Jesus in Luke 10:29. Jesus responded with the Parable of the Good Samaritan, who showed mercy to an injured man. “Go and do likewise,” Jesus says, directing us to love our neighbors as ourselves, even our neighbors of different backgrounds or nationalities (Luke 10:37).

Action: Ask the Biden administration to remove Cuba from the State Sponsor of Terrorism list.

Photo above: Luis Hernandez, President of the Brethren in Christ Church of Cuba, visits a home for the elderly in Palmira, Cienfuegos Province, Cuba, where hygiene items were distributed. MCC Photo/Yanaisy Marrero

    Subject
    Message Body
    Post
    Suggested Message
    Post
    Remaining: 0
  • Hide
    • Please call this number:

      Please do not close this window. You will need to come back to this window to enter your code.
      We just sent an email to ... containing a verification code.

      If you do not see the email within the next five minutes, please ensure you entered the correct email address and check your spam/junk mail folder.
      Enter Your Info
      Your Information
      By providing your mobile number, you agree to receive text messages from Mennonite Central Committee U.S. National Peace & Justice Ministries. Message and data rates may apply. Message frequency varies.
      Home Information
      Other Information
      Repeat as needed to check multiple areas of interest.
      *

      Enter Your Info