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CUBA / EFFORT TO END EMBARGO / NEWS CONFERENCE (1995)
WASHINGTON, DC
TVD
6/19/1995
13:58
4:29
1) REVEREND LUCIUS WALKER Jr., FOUNDER OF PASTORS FOR PEACE 2. ELLEN BERNSTEIN, STAFF MEMBER FOR PASTORS FOR PEACE
PEOPLE HOLDING BANNER, OUTDOOR NEWS CONFERENCE
NATIONAL EFFORT TO END THE U.S. EMBARGO OF CUBA.
(SUGGESTED TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO) solar equipment and other items to help the Cuban people to continue to show the end the rally and march on Saturday. We then will be traveling to Buffalo where we will carry our aid across the border into Canada to Montreal, from which the aid will be shipped to Cuba and the drivers will fly. We think it is despicable and unfortunate that citizens of a country which purports to be free and democratic, a country whose citizens are taught to be humanitarian, to share their values and their benefits which they have accrued and life with others, to be friendly neighbors that it is necessary for us to either cross the Mexican border or across the Canadian border in order to take aid to our sisters and brothers in Cuba. We have broken the block, but we are most concerned and want to emphasize today. Our other outrage with the proposed legislation, which has been introduced by Senator Helms and Congressman Burton. The helms Burton Bill is an effort to further tighten the blockade. It is a bill which represents the worst of the settlements possible in this country. It is a bill which would sour relations between the United States and Cuba into the future. We believe that its evil intent is to prevent the possibility of normalization of relations, which seems to be a possibility. The recent rewrite of the helms Burton between the two countries helms is one who does not represent the true values of our country. Juneteenth the day to have to come to Washington to speak against a bill that is so despicable as the helms Burton Bill makes us know that there are still some racists among us, Jesse Helms being one of them. Just as he fought against the human rights and the civil rights of African Americans, he now becomes a symbol of the most despicable racist character of our foreign policy. We're hopeful that our efforts and our presence here in these days will convince some in the Washington community in the Congress to join our efforts to vote against the Jesse Helms bill. Unknown Speaker 03:07 America. And to raise the question of why is this Congress so opposed to to meeting people's basic needs? Why is it that health care and education need to be sacrificed both in Cuba? And here in the United States? What is it that's the problem? And why are not we as the people uniting to look at both these sets of issues, and to really work for change? And then we've spent turns asking for an end to the blockade of Cuba because it's inhumane because it's immoral. Today, the caravan Easter's are scattered out around Capitol Hill, and we have appointments with more than 100 offices on the hill. We know from the most recent research about the helms Burton bill, that half the Senate is still undecided, that even some of the senators who in many ways are very conservative, and many of them who in other ways are no particular friends of Cuba. Even they think that the provisions of the helms bill are outrageous that they violate international law that they violate trade agreements with United States allies that they violate.
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