Press Releases

July 01, 2015

U.S. AND CUBA—Cooperation Over Isolation With Embassy Announcement


Washington, DC, July 1, 2015, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. -- I congratulate President Obama and Castro for their moral courage in their continuous tireless efforts to restore full normal relations between our two countries – U.S. and Cuba. The announcement this afternoon that the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in Havana and Washington, DC, since severing ties in 1961, is well overdue and monumental. This is very vital for both countries as we continue to leave in a hemisphere in which cooperation is preferred than isolation.

I appeal to the U.S. Congress, Republicans and Democrats, to work with President Obama and end the embargo on Cuba immediately. The United States has normal relations with other countries with worst human rights record and threatens the U.S. economically, security, etc. Targeting Cuba, a country open to normalizing relations with the U.S. and post no threat to us makes no sense and the embargo must end now.

I once again congratulate Pope Francis for using his moral authority to help in brokering the restoration of relations between the two countries. It is very fitting that he will visit both countries in September and I’m sure the citizens of both countries will show their overwhelming appreciation of his vital contribution to the process.   

End the embargo now and remember to always Keep Hope Alive!