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Cuba 2021

The U.S. Can't Blockade Hope: Universal Healthcare, Housing, and Social Services

October 1-10, 2021

About the Delegation

Cuba is a Caribbean island, home to 11 million people, with vast social, economic, cultural and environmental services. Throughout the pandemic, the Cuban people have been global leaders in an integrated and life-saving health response on all levels: the grassroots, state, regional, international, preventative, curative and biopharmaceutical. How have the Cuban people ensured a strong safety net and saved so many lives, despite almost 60 years of the US Blockade?

On this delegation, we will meet with

  • Social workers who work around initiatives around health education, community participation/organizing, community safety, intergenerational community building, and more.

  • Medical students and practitioners: who ensure the right to healthcare that is free and universal, practice medical solidarity across 40+ countries, train students from the GlobalSouth and working-class USA, and lead in bio-pharmaceutical production

  • Teachers and Literacy Campaigners: discuss the right to free education from daycare through university, about literacy campaigns in Cuba and across the world

  • Popular educators and journalists: at the MLK Centre, a hub for pedagogical resources, training and cooperation

  • Residents: who have benefited from efforts to eradicate homelessness and racial apartheid, and to ensure dignified housing and subsidized transportation, electricity and telecommunications necessary in city and rural life

Ground cost: $2,400 + $100 visa fee (sliding scale, fundraising support, and partial scholarships are available)

The delegation fee covers all in-country expenses (lodging, travel, meals, interpretation, etc.) along with pre-travel resources, reading lists, and support. The delegation fee also covers our international team’s expenses for delegation preparation and coordination. Any amount paid over the delegation fee will go to support delegation scholarship and sliding scales, helping to ensure the delegations are more accessible to everyone. A delegation payment of $2400 or more is ideal to cover all of your expenses and the broader delegation needs-- please pay this amount if you have institutional support or other financial resources.

Sliding Scale: $1,400- $2,400
To request a sliding scale option, please fill out a scholarship form here

Delegation dates: October 1-10, 2021

Deadline:
July 1, 2021

Your Ground Costs for a Solidarity Collective Delegation include almost everything in the 10 day journey

Payment Information

 

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MAIL CHECK (Save us $ on processing fee):

Witness for Peace Midwest

PO box 17262

Minneapolis, Mn 55417

*Please note the name of the delegation on the check

For More Information

For an application and more details, please contact: 

Connor at cwklausing@gmail.com, and Elise@solidaritycollective.org

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Costs and Funding

  • Pre-departure orientation

  • Ground transportation

  • Comfortable hotel and community homestay accommodations

  • Three daily meals and snacks

  • Popular education workshops

  • Spanish-English interpretation

  • Basic tips for drivers, and hotel staff

  • Honoraria for local organizations and presenters

  • Experienced U.S.-based activists to accompany the delegation as Coordinators

Ground Costs do not cover:

  • International airfare 

  • Souvenirs and gifts 

  • Extra tips - we give a group tip to our guide and driver at the end of the journey

  • Teachers and Literacy Campaigners: who will tell us about the right to free education from daycare through university, about literacy campaigns in Cuba and across the world

  • Popular educators and journalists: at the MLK Centre, a hub for pedagogical resources and training

  • Cultural workers: musicians, visual artists, dancers, print-makers, and we will visit galleries, museums, public parks and memorials

  • Medical students and practitioners: who ensure the right to healthcare that is free and universal, practice medical solidarity across 40+ countries, training students from the Global South and working-class USA and lead in biopharmaceutical production

  • Residents: who have benefited from efforts to eradicate homelessness and segregation, and to build dignified housing and the subsidised transportation, electricity and telecommunications necessary in city and rural life

  • People’s historians:who accompany the Cuban people in the fight for self-determination and sovereignty in the face of the colonial legacies, the US Blockade and military occupation of Guantanamo Bay

Delegation participants will meet with:

2021 Ground Costs: $1,400-$2,400

We provide travel scholarships and resources for your fundraising.