6 petitions

Started 3 months 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
82 supporters
This petition won 4 months ago

Petition to 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
Update posted 4 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!

2,855 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to U.S. White House, U.S. Department of State, Barack Obama, White House Press Secretary

The U.S. White House Should Send Someone to Attend Fidel Castro's Funeral on December 4th

The United States should send an official delegation from the White House to attend Fidel Castro's funeral on December 4, 2016.  Democratically elected leaders around the world who command respect--some hailed as beacons of social progress--have acknowledged Fidel Castro's tremendous influence on history. For once, the U.S. should shed its image of the Ugly American and join the International Community. It's reprehensible enough that the U.S. tried to starve into submission for 50 years a small island of 11 million people that posed no military threat; the United Nations has voted 25 times to condemn the U.S. embargo on Cuba as a violation of the U.N. Charter. It would be unconscionable if the White House did not do this minimum symbolic gesture of attending Fidel Castro's funeral. Obama and Biden decline to attend:   Unofficial reports say President Obama originally planned to attend, but then gave in to virulent Republican pressure to snub Castro's funeral. Obama made a groundbreaking move by normalizing relations between U.S. and Cuba after 60 years. Now is not the time to cave in to pressure from Donald Trump/GOP to ditch Castro's funeral:  Reactions from leaders around the world to Castro's death:  “It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest-serving president … We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.” -Justin Trudeau, President of Canada “Fidel Castro will be remembered as a giant among global leaders whose view was not only one of freedom for his people but for all of the oppressed and excluded peoples on the planet.” -Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland “Fidel Castro’s death marks the passing of huge figure of modern history, national independence and 20th century socialism. From building a world class health and education system, to Cuba’s record of international solidarity abroad, Castro’s achievements were many. For all his flaws, Castro’s support for Angola played a crucial role in bringing an end to Apartheid in South Africa and he will be remembered both as an internationalist and a champion of social justice.”                                                      -Jeremy Corbyn (Labour Party Leader,  UK)  “Fidel Castro was one of the historic figures of the past century and the embodiment of the Cuban Revolution. With the death of Fidel Castro, the world has lost a man who was a hero for many. He changed the course of his country and his influence reached far beyond. Fidel Castro remains one of the revolutionary figures of the 20th century. His legacy will be judged by history."                                                  -Jean-Claude Juncker, Chief of the European Union “Fidel stood up and strengthened his country during the harshest American blockade, when there was colossal pressure on him and he still took his country out of this blockade to a path of independent development.”   -Mikhail Gorbachev “A figure of great historic importance has gone, a man who brought about a turning point in the country’s evolution and whose great influence was felt across the region. As the son of Spanish parents, former President Castro always maintained strong links with Spain and was bound by ties of blood and culture.” -Spanish Foreign Ministry  “Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country.”   -Jimmy Carter, U.S. President 1976-1980 “We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of the vicious imperialist and orchestrated campaign to destroy the awesome force of the Cuban revolution.” -Nelson Mandela, 1991 “Fidel was a global leader, part of the revolution that liberated Cuba. He lived long enough to see the vindication of his people when President Obama commenced the process of normalising relations between the USA Cuba.”     -Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams "In many ways, after 1959, the oppressed the world over joined Castro's cause of fighting for freedom and liberation--he changed the world."                            -Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.  “With the death of  Fidel Castro, at 90, one of modern world's most epic lives has ended,  and with it, an era of revolution that shaped our world.”                -Jon Lee Anderson,  The New Yorker (biographer of Che Guevera) DID YOU KNOW???? (facts you may not have known about Cuba or Fidel Castro):  (1) DID YOU KNOW that despite the U.S. trying to starve Cuba into submission for 50 years, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Castro offered to send 1586 doctors and 26 tons of medical supplies to the U.S. to help victims of the horrible disaster? (2) DID YOU KNOW that while the U.S. government supported the brutal regime of racial apartheid in South Africa for 40 years, Fidel Castro was instrumental in ending apartheid in South Africa? (In the 80's, U.S. President Reagan had close ties with the Afrikaner government and vetoed a congressional motion calling for the release of Nelson Mandela): (3) DID YOU KNOW that on October 24, 1963, about a month before his death, President John F. Kennedy voiced his unwavering support of Castro and the Cuban Revolution:   "I believe that there is no country in the world including any and all the countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba, in part owing to my country's policies during the Batista regime. I approved the proclamation which Fidel Castro made in the Sierra Maestra, when he justifiably called for justice and especially yearned to rid Cuba of corruption. I will even go further: to some extent it is as though Batista was the incarnation of a number of sins on the part of the United States. Now we shall have to pay for those sins. In the matter of the Batista regime, I am in agreement with the first Cuban revolutionaries. That is perfectly clear."                              -President John F. Kennedy, 1963                                         (Kennedy quote under section entitled "Batista, Castro, and the Cuban Revolution") (4) The U.S. was founded on 13 Colonies revolting against their economic exploitation by Britain. Is it not ironic then that a nation founded upon "the revolutionary spirit" of overthrowing the British Empire then turns around and tries to crush the Cuban revolution in their own backyard? What the 13 American Colonies did to the British Empire in 1776 is what Cuba did to the U.S. in 1959.  Why do Americans think they have the right to sovereignty, agency and the autonomy to direct their own historical trajectory, whereas when a Latin American country does it, they are punished for 50 years with a vicious economic embargo? One hypothesis is that this double standard, widely held by mainstream Americans /American media, can only be explained by racism towards Latin America:

Solidarity with Cuba/ A. Liu
13 supporters