March 2, 2023
We are encouraging readers to donate to help workers from the United States, involved in union organizing efforts at Amazon warehouses, participate in an upcoming trip to Cuba. The Los Angeles US Hands Off Cuba Committee is organizing the delegation, which will coincide with May Day celebrations on the island.
There are many reasons to travel to Cuba. First and foremost, participants in a delegation such as this one will have the chance to see the Cuban Revolution for themselves; to meet and talk with Cuban workers, farmers, and political leaders. It is also a chance to show solidarity with the Cuban people who face Washington’s six-decades-long economic blockade, escalated in recent years by 243 new sanctions levied by the Trump administration, then continued and augmented by the Biden administration.
This 2023 May Day tour will be composed primarily of young people, unionists, and those seeking to build unions.
Nine Amazon workers involved in the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) at the JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island, New York — where last year workers won the first union representation election at an Amazon facility — plan to join the delegation. They include ALU president Chris Smalls and Cassio Mendoza, editor of the ALU newspaper. A worker at Amazon’s Moreno Valley ONT8 facility in the Los Angeles area also plans to participate.
Last week, three members of Carolina Amazonians United for Solidarity and Empowerment (C.A.U.S.E.), a group working to organize a union at an Amazon fulfillment center in Garner, North Carolina, said they too will join the delegation.
Other delegation members will include International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) workers, Steelworkers, L.A. teachers, and fifteen young activists from the Los Angeles Hands Off Cuba Committee.
The tour members will be in Cuba for the huge outpouring on May Day, the international workers holiday. A full schedule of political and cultural activities, including a meeting with the Confederation of Cuban Workers (CTC) is planned. The delegation will also meet with the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), as well as visit the new Fidel Castro Museum and the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM).
This fund-raising effort is specifically to help defray the expenses for the Amazon workers who need some help, as their pay does not allow for much disposable income. Your contribution will help the Amazon workers participate. The goal is to raise $4,500. As of today, $1,800 has been contributed so far. World-Outlook will donate $100.
The cost per person to participate in this 10-day trip is $1,300. That figure includes airfare, housing, food, and transportation in Cuba, museum admissions, and visas. Each Amazon worker is contributing a minimum of $500 for their expenses. Many of these Amazon workers have their airline tickets and passports ready but additional funds are needed to ensure their participation.
We encourage you to help.
There are two ways to donate:
1) Go-Fund Me Account: https://gofund.me/071f0bc4
2) Send a check to the LA Hands Off Cuba Committee made out to the group’s treasurer:
12206 Trinity St., Los Angeles, CA 90061
Please share this appeal with friends, family, and fellow workers who may want to help.
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Categories: Cuba/Cuba Solidarity, Labor Movement / Trade Unions
Thank you so much WO for sharing our fund appeal and emphasizing it’s importance. WO has consistently covered Cuba and the Amazon workers organizing efforts like no other media!
This is a unique delegation at the request and sponsorship by the Cuban Trade Union Federation (CTC). IT IS ACTIVISTS- in unions, union organizing drives and anti-blockade activities.
The first four days are a union internship that will also include visits to ports, Matanzas, warehouses…
The next four days are meetings with Cuban mass organizations…
THERE IS NO DONATION TOO SMALL. And as WO suggests, please share with other like minded folks.
LA Hands Off Cuba Committee coordinators:
Diana Cervantes, Linh Co Trinh, Mark Friedman
If you want to be on our mailing list…LA.US.HandsoffCuba@gmail.com