President Joseph R. Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Biden:
The unprecedented social outburst in Cuba last month has called attention to the difficult situation on the island. We are deeply concerned about the worsening humanitarian crisis that is causing needless suffering and death for the Cuban people. Our partners in the Cuban churches—congregants, ministers, and their communities—have expressed their distress concerning the severe shortages of basic medicines, food, and other vital materials amidst the COVID-19 battle.
As faith-based denominations, organizations and partners, many of whom have a long history of work on the ground in Cuba, we are writing to ask you to prioritize the well-being of the Cuban people, irrespective of political considerations, by taking immediate humanitarian steps, and suspending U.S. regulations that prevent assistance from reaching Cuba and the Cuban people.
In Cuba, we hope that the Cuban government will respond to these protests with dialogue and action; as in other countries, we condemn heavy-handed responses to protests by security forces, and we urge the government to release all those detained for peacefully protesting or reporting on the protests.
We know that Cuba’s economic crisis has been caused by numerous factors. However, it is clear that the U.S. economic embargo—intensified by the Trump Administration—is contributing to the worsening humanitarian situation the island is facing. We believe your administration should take the necessary steps to remove all obstacles preventing families and communities in the U.S. from helping families in Cuba.
Specifically, we urge you to:
We hold you in our prayers and hope your administration can act immediately on this urgent request. Our faith partners in Cuba are reaching out to us for assistance. We hope that you will hear their plea.
Alliance of Baptists
American Friends Service Committee
The Armenian Orthodox Church
Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice
Church of the Brethren, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy
Church World Service
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces
Cuba Partners Network – Presbyterian Church (USA)
The Episcopal Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Florida Council of Churches
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Friends United Meeting
Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ
Latin America Working Group
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers)
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
Washington Office on Latin America