Statement on Cuba

This statement was approved by DSA’s National Political Committee (NPC).

Democratic Socialists of America stands in solidarity with the people of Cuba and categorically opposes the U.S. economic blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States and its allies, as mandated by our 2019 Convention Resolution 62.

U.S. political and economic policies vis-à-vis Cuba have had a devastating effect on the Cuban people and have hindered the development of ties of solidarity between citizens of our countries. We stand opposed to U.S. imperialism and to economic sanctions or other actions that would undermine the self-determination of the Cuban people. We also oppose the continued existence of the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánomo Bay.

DSA will work in coalition with other organizations that stand in solidarity with Cuba to achieve our goal of defending Cuba’s sovereignty. In the words of DSA’s 2014 Statement on U.S. Normalizing Relations with Cuba:

DSA has always condemned the long-standing efforts by our own government to undermine the stability of Cuba. Our government’s actions were never designed to aid the Cuban people, but instead to appease right-wing U.S. citizens of Cuban origin and punish a country that rejected imperialism and capitalism. We hope that the normalization of foreign relations will curtail negative U.S. actions in the future.

As part of this renewed commitment, DSA will pursue full membership in the National Network on Cuba, as required by DSA’s 2019 Convention Resolution 62. As a member of NNOC, DSA hopes to organize in coalition with other NNOC member organizations to make ending the embargo of Cuba an issue of national priority. We are proud to have received this democratic mandate from our membership to play a role within the Cuban solidarity movement as part of our broader mission to support the growth of democratic socialism in the U.S. and abroad.