Resolution Supporting Cuba Policy Changes

RESOLUTION 15-05.54

Resolution Supporting Cuba Policy Changes

WHEREAS, on December 17, 2015, President Obama announced historic steps to chart a new course toward normalizing relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of policies that have not improved or advanced our interests; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. and Cuba are separated by 90 miles of water, and the United States is home to some two million Cubans and Americans of Cuban descent, and the President noted in his statement that, “we can do more to support the Cuban people and promote our values through engagement;” and

WHEREAS, other regional and international partners including those in the Western Hemisphere have not shared U.S. policy towards Cuba, and for more than 35 years the United States has had strategic relations with China, and nearly two decades ago re-established relations with Vietnam, while also expressing grave concerns and consternation for human rights violations and repressing the freedom of their own citizens; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party commends the President for his leadership in advancing these historic changes toward normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports efforts by the U.S. Congress to end the travel ban and embargo and to fully normalize relations with Cuba.

Sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and 25 DSCC members.

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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