Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Lift the U.S.-Cuba embargo and strike the Cuban Democracy Act from the books
The U.S.-Cuba embargo was signed into effect in October 1960 and ceased any commercial or economic interactions between the two countries. This was done in reaction to the nationalization of the country under Fidel Castro, including some properties of U.S. citizens. However, the political importance and idealistic significance of the embargo increased as a result of the rising tensions in the Cold War.
In 1992 , soon after the Berlin Wall fell, the U.S. government passed the Cuban Democracy Act, promising to continue the embargo until the Cuban government made progress towards a true democracy. Unfortunately, this outdated piece of legislation has stunted Cuba’s economy for over 50 years and left millions of Cubans living in poverty. With the Cold War long in the past, it’s time to open America’s doors to Cuba and help them grow their economy whether they believe in communism or not.
Lifting the embargo will immediately jump start the Cuban economy through tourism and American investment, raising the living standards of impoverished Cubans and, at the same time, sections of the American economy.
Moreover, there are millions of Cubans currently living in the U.S. They are our friends, neighbors, work associates, and relatives. This outdated piece of legislation, put in place 53 years ago, has had severe consequences for the Cuban people both here in America as well as in Cuba.
If America is truly the altruistic modern super power the U.S. government continues to insist it is, this embargo must be lifted in order to help Cuba in the same way Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, and even Haiti has been helped. The U.S. is China’s biggest importer, and China is still a proponent of communism. Why has Cuba remained the shut out of American markets for so long, when they are so close?
Please sign this petition and urge the U.S. government to lift this outdated and truly absurd embargo on Cuba immediately.
Dear President Obama,
The Cuban people have lived in poverty for years thanks to the U.S.-Cuban embargo and more recently the Cuban Democracy Act. This outdated piece of legislation that bars any commercial or financial interaction between the two countries has greatly limited Cuba’s access to world markets and stunted their economy for over 50 years.
With the Cold War far in the past and a new outlook on foreign policy, the U.S. government should lift its embargo on Cuba and open the country’s financial doors. Not only would this allow new investment opportunities for U.S. companies but it would also allow many American citizens, especially those of Cuban decent, to visit a beautiful island with incredibly rich culture and history.
Please remove this outdated legislation and open America’s doors to Cuba.
[Your Name Here]
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