Latin America

¡Ya Basta! Let’s End the Cuban Embargo

After more than five decades of failed diplomacy, President Obama’s administration announced the U.S. government would take steps to normalize relations with Cuba. Although great strides have occurred between the nations — like a prisoner swap that led to the release of the remaining three members of the Cuban 5 from U.S. prison — several steps must occur to fully establish a diplomatic relationship with Cuba’s government. That includes:

  • Opening a U.S. Embassy in Cuba and a Cuban Embassy in the U.S.

  • Taking Cuba off the state-sponsored terror list

  • Ending the economic embargo against Cuba

  • Lifting the US travel ban to Cuba

  • Allowing the importation of life-saving medications from Cuba to the U.S.

Join CODEPINK to hold the Obama administration and Congress accountable to open relations with Cuba!

U.S. Legislation to Normalize Relations with Cuba

There are currently three bills that would restore the right to travel and trade freely with Cuba. Call on your representative to co-sponsor these bills!

Two Senate bills:

  • The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act, S 491, is a bipartisan bill to lift the trade embargo on Cuba. Bill S 491 was introduced in the Senate by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and five other senators:  Mike Enzi (R-WY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Richard Durbin (D-IL).

House bill:

  • The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015, HR 664, is the companion bill to S 299. HR 664 would is a bipartisan bill, identical to S 299, that would also end the travel ban for all U.S. citizens, even tourists. HR 664 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC 1) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA 2).


Organizations working on U.S.-Cuba relations (partial list):

Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA)

Council of the Americas

Cuba Now

Cuban Americans for Engagement (CAFE)

Global Exchange

Latin American Working Group (LAWG)


Pastors for Peace

Venceremos Brigade

Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

Witness for Peace


Americans Can Go to Cuba -- Just Don't Lay on the Beach! By Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK Co-founder.

Take Cuba Off the Terrorist List, by Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK Co-founder.

Cuba Is Good for Your Health, by David Swanson, participant on the February 2015 CODEPINK delegation to Cuba.

The Women Leading the Way on U.S. Cuba Relations by Mfon Edet, LAWGIntern.