6 petitions

Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Cuban Athletics Federation, Cuban Olympic Committee, National Institute of Sport, Physical Education, and Recreation in Cuba

Legitimize Surfing in Cuba

Today, surfing is not a legal sport in Cuba. A group of dedicated athletes on the island has dreamt of changing this for their entire lives. With sweeping political changes on the island, and the introduction of surfing to the 2020 Olympics, these surfers hope their chance to prove surfing is a true sport has arrived.  This petition is the first step towards their dream of surfing without restriction, both at home and on the world stage    BACKSTORY:  In Cuba, unless activities are explicitly stated as legal, they fall under an enforceable category of “not legal”. Ever since it originated on the island, surfing has lived inside that zone of illegality. For the past several years, a case to legitimize the sport has been building under the leadership of Yaya Gurrero, who is known on the island for spreading the sport to empower women on the island. The group aims to demonstrate that not only is surfing respected worldwide, but there is a rich history of the sport in their own country, and there is cultural and economic value in being granted permission to pursue the sport freely.   GOAL: Many people in Cuba don’t know what surfing is, and many more don’t believe there are even waves in the country to support it. The main battle for the Cuban's is against this lack of knowledge - to prove to the people and the government that surfing is a viable sport. This petition's purpose is to showcase solidarity within the sporting community, and arm the surfers with undeniable proof of the global support for their mission.  As a legitimate sport on the island, Cubans will be able to compete internationally, import surf supplies and most importantly form an official organization capable of advocating for the needs of surfers and ocean health around the island.   MORE INFORMATION AND THE COMPLETE STORY: Online, this campaign is being organized by Makewild, a group of filmmakers from Maine who befriended many of the Cuban surfers when US/Cuban relations began to open. Over the course of 2 years a film and friendship grew and as friends, Yaya and her group have asked for global support in the endeavor. This petition became the first stage. Outside support of this petition doesn’t guarantee the acceptance of the sport in Cuba, but hopes to provide momentum and scale for a presentation that could shape surfing's future for generations to come. > For press inquiries (or any inquiries) please e-mail:  > Visit to learn about the film. > Visit Instagram to further assist and follow this project. Join the growing crowd of supporters: sign the petition and share it with all the surfers and athletes in your life. Use #surflibre so we can track the campaign's spread. Thanks!

3,482 supporters
Started 12 months ago

Petition to US State Department, President of the United States

Open US Embassy in Havana. Reinstate the Parole,Immigrant process immediately.

US Embassy in Havana was closed due to the sonic attacks. Meanwhile hundreds of people were left out without  knowing what to do. No information was given not even new interview dates to continue with what appears to be the final steps of this immigrant process. There are many people impacted by this unfortunate event specially those that applied for the CFRP (Parole) for children that are under age.Those that were in the final steps of their immigrant process and many other unique cases. No immediate resolution has been given. Meanwhile paid medical exams and other crucial documents are getting expired. Even the visas of the parents who solicited the parole are expiring. We are requesting to reinstate important services such as the Parole, the immigrant visa process before the end of the year 2017 or  alternatively provide a solution in the interim that is seamless, and realistic. Bring new diplomatic personal to Havana to conclude those process that were in the final steps.  Time is of the essence hence we are demanding this process to be reviewed, taking those cases that  should be expedited based on certain criteria and make it a priority. Nevertheless clear information and expectations are crucial to all of us impacted by this decision.  We , the parents, the sisters, the brothers, are suffering very much. our hearts are broken. We need a solution asap.

Yaris Reytor
624 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Scott Hamilton

Allow Americans to travel to Cuba for Medical Treatment

Cuba has made at least three major medical innovations that the U.S. could benefit from:  More cancer treatments (like CIMAvax-EGF® vaccine)  A treatment for diabetic foot ulcers Treatment for advanced head and neck tumors Roswell Park in Buffalo, NY has launched the first clinical trial in the United States to study the CIMAvax-EGF® vaccine, a lung cancer treatment that was developed in Cuba. Roswell Park is the only facility in the United States that offers this groundbreaking treatment, but it's still in early trials and only taking few patients.   More Americans die from lung cancer than from any other type of cancer, which is why many people are eager for CimaVax to hit the U.S. market, but Cuban drugs face additional regulatory hurdles for testing and marketing compared to other drugs developed overseas. Restricting travel will keep Americans from having access to these innovative treatment opportunities and for many, the Cuban drugs are their last hope. In the meantime, many Americans would benefit from traveling to Cuba to be seen by a Cuban oncologist and bring back Cimavax from Cuba for personal use.  Therefore, for the immediate future, Americans should be allowed to travel to Cuba for the above innovative and specific medical treatments and also be allowed to bring back specific Cuban drugs for the American patient's personal use.      

Billy Spyros
202 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump

President Trump, support the plebiscite of the Cuban people for democracy on the Island.

For over 5 decades, the only legal and massively popular demand from the Cuban people has been a constitutional call for a referendum on our right to self-government: the Varela Project led by Oswaldo Payá, an opposition leader who was murdered in Cuba by the Castro regime on Sunday July 22, 2012. We Cubans still need and deserve democratic changes in the Cuban system to fully guarantee freedom of expression, movement and association, the release of all political prisoners, the right to own private enterprises, and free and plural elections without the monopoly of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC). This is why Cubans, both on the Island and in Exile, need moral solidarity and material support for the implementation of such a plebiscite, in order to hold free and pluralistic elections in Cuba today (not after the death of the despots), with all the due citizen participation and international verification throughout this democratizing process, which is the only one capable of putting an end to totalitarianism in Cuba, so that the transition to democracy can really begin in Cuba, beyond any intellectual debate about the U.S. embargo and/or the U.S. engagement with the Cuban dictatorship. Please, support the citizen initiative Cuba Decide for a plebiscite for democracy in Cuba. If we all decide, Cuba decides. The time for changes is now.   PRESIDENTE DONALD TRUMP: POR FAVOR, APOYE LA REALIZACIÓN DEL PLEBISCITO PEDIDO POR EL PUEBLO CUBANO PARA LOGRAR LA DEMOCRACTIZACIÓN DE CUBA. Durante más de 5 décadas, la única iniciativa legal y masivamente participativa del pueblo cubano ha sido una petición constitucional para un referendo sobre nuestro derecho a auto-determinar cómo y quién nos gobiena: se trató del Proyecto Varela, guiado por Oswaldo Payá, un líder opositor que fue asesinado en Cuba por el régimen de Castro el domingo 22 de julio de 2012. Los cubanos todavía hoy necesitamos y merecemos más que nunca los debidos cambios que democraticen a nuestro sistema social, para así garantizar plenamente la libertad de expresión, movimiento y asociación, así como lograr la liberación de todos los presos políticos, asegurar nuestro derecho a poseer empresas e instituciones privadas, así como garantizar la realización de elecciones libres y plurales, sin el monopolio del Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC). Por todo lo anterior, los cubanos, tanto en la Isla como en el Exilio, necesitamos hoy de toda la solidaridad moral y el apoyo material posible, para la realización de ese plebiscito, de manera que puedan tener lugar elecciones libres y plurales en Cuba ahora (y no después de la muerte de éste o aquel déspota), con todas las garantías para la debida participación ciudadana y la verificación internacional a lo largo de este proceso democratizante, que es el único capaz de ponerle fin al totalitarismo en Cuba, de suerte que realmente comience una transición hacia la democracia en nuestro país, más allá de los debates intelectuales sobre el embargo o las llamadas nuevas políticas de Estados Unidos hacia la Isla. Por favor, apoyemos a la iniciativa ciudadana CUBA DECIDE que propone un plebiscito para la democracia en Cuba. Si tú decides, Cuba decide. La hora de los cambios definitivos es ahora.

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
561 supporters