Lyn and Shawn (linjin@tao.ca)
Wed, 25 Jun 1997 19:17:40 pst

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The 37 year old blockade of Cuba is the only embargo in U.S. history that includes denying a country access to food and life-saving medicines, in direct violation of hemispheric and international law.

This is an appeal to support a bill introduced in Congress on June 18th by Representative Torres (D - Los Angeles) to exempt food and medicine from the embargo against Cuba.

According to a March, 1997 report entitled Denial of Food and Medicine: The Impact of the US Embargo on Health and Nutrition in Cuba, prepared by the American Association for World Health (AAWH), "the U.S. embargo has caused a significant rise in suffering--and even deaths--in Cuba. . . . The embargo has closed so many windows that in some instances Cuban physicians have found it impossible to obtain life-saving medicines from any source, under any circumstances. Patients have died." You can obtain a free copy of this report by calling the AAWH at 202-466-5883, fax 202-466-5896, email AAWHstaff@aol.com.

Let our politicians know that we want them to take action to pass this bill. Contact your representatives - most senators' email address is: senator@<last name>.senate.gov House of Representatives email address: <last name>@hr.house.gov Or use the following website: http://www.visi.com/juan/congress Sample letter:

To the Honorable (Senator/Representative):

I have heard about legislation that was introduced on June 18th by Representative Torres to exempt food and medicine from the U.S. embargo against Cuba, and I want to voice my support for this bill. If you have not already done so, please co-sponsor and/or show your support for this bill. The Cuban people should not be suffering and dying because of our government's inhumane policies.

Thank you for giving this matter your serious consideration.

For those without email, call the congress member switchboard at 1-800-962-3524 or 1-800-972-3524, or send snail mail:

The Honorable (representative) The Honorable (senator) United States House of Representatives United States Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510

If you would like to find out more about this project, contact Sister to Sister/de Hermana a Hermana at Global Exchange in San Francisco - 415-255-7296. Co-sponsored by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and Global Exchange, Sister to Sister is a project reaching out to women in this hemisphere to create a new women's initiative for peaceful and just relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Please do this right now! It is important that our representatives hear from as many of us as possible. Then email and pass this on to everyone you know throughout the U.S.

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