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Tightening Blockades and Undoing Cooperation in the time of COVID-19
April 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The whole world is grappling with how best to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. One country, Cuba, is sending its doctors and other health professionals around the world to help beleaguered health care systems. It is also making available a Cuban produced antiviral drug, Interferon Alpha 2B, that has been widely used in China, as well as Cuba, and has shown some success in strengthening the body’s immune system to fight off the virus.
The US government, instead of seeking to collaborate with Cuba, is demanding that other countries refuse to accept the Cuban doctors and drugs, while simultaneously strengthening its 60 year long economic blockade of Cuba, trying to deny the Cuban people the food, medical supplies and gasoline they and their society needs.
This meeting will discuss:
- how we can combat the blockade,
- how we can make the Cuban anti-viral drug available in the US, and
- how US doctors who were trained in Cuba at the Latin American Medical School in Havana are already using their knowledge and skills to combat the virus.
The meeting will also hear about how US economic sanctions are killing people in Venezuela, Iran, and Zimbabwe.
- The principal speaker will be Gail Walker, executive director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace: IFCO sends the US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba every year without requesting a license from the US government – challenging the blockade. The planned meetings in 50 communities to support the Caravan had to be postponed due to the pandemic.
- Also speaking will be Netfa Freeman of Black Alliance for Peace and the Institute for Policy Studies, sharing about the Sanctions Kill campaign.
- After the presentations, there will be a Q&A session to discuss how to build solidarity efforts in North Carolina.
Local sponsors of the meeting are Black Workers for Justice (blackworkersforjustice.com and the United Church of Christ Cuba Study Seminar
Register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting via your computer or cell phone. The call is scheduled to last for 90 minutes.
U.S.-Cuba-Canada Collaboration in Fighting COVID-19
National Network On Cuba & Canadian Network On Cuba Campaign