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      International US-Cuba Normalization Conference
      A Great Success For Cuba Solidarity! March 19 - 20, 2022

      By Tamara Hansen

      The International Hybrid U.S.-Cuba Normalization Conference was hosted at the People’s Forum in New York City March 19-20, 2022. The conference called for an end to the unjust and illegal U.S. blockade on Cuba. It featured many dynamic guests, including a delegation from the Cuban Federation of Women (FMC); diplomats from Cuba’s permanent mission to the United Nations; Cuban-American Carlos Lazo, leader of Bridges of Love; and Chris Smalls, the central organizer of the Amazon Labour Union.

      The program included panels on many burning issues including: “Cuban Women on the Frontline: Advancing Women's Human Rights and Cuba’s Families Code;” “Gender Equality – Key to Tackling Climate Change for Cuba;” “Tarea Vida: Cuba’s Fight Against Climate Change and for Environmental Sustainability;” and “Cuba & the Battle of Ideas - Our Tasks & Perspectives Towards Ending the Unjust U.S. Blockade.” The program also included powerful documentary films, amazing live music, and heart-felt poetry.

      This conference was over two years in the making, as it had to be postponed and restructured due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. U.S.-Cuba Normalization Conference Committee brought together organizers from the National Network on Cuba (U.S.), Canadian Network on Cuba, Table de Concertation de Solidarite Quebec-Cuba, Code Pink, Puentes de Amor, the People’s Forum, New York / New Jersey Cuba Si Coalition, Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice and dozens of other organizations for a truly international event.

      If you are feeling like you missed out, it is not too late! The full conference program is still available online - Click here to view

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