DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES
NEMO’s coming of age is not only marked by having attracted more than 100,000 members in just 100 days, but also by its ability to define its grounding principles and stand with total clarity. This Declaration includes three Sections:
- What is NEMO.
- NEMO’s position on the various elements in play.
- Where is NEMO headed?
NEMO (No Embargo Cuba Movement) is a Global Mass Movement, whose sole and exclusive mission is the Lifting of the Embargo against Cuba without any form of condition or demand placed on the Government of the Island, grounded in unrestricted respect for the sovereign will of the Cuban people to decide for themselves, without any foreign interference, the destiny and social structure that they wish to build and/or maintain in a country that belongs to all Cubans of goodwill who put Cuba above individual vested interests and age-old grudges.
NEMO acknowledges and respects the struggle over the course of more than six decades by the Cuban Government, by the vast majority of UN member countries, by many organizations and individuals inside and outside of Cuba, with regard to the sanctions, which is why we are joining in this united campaign to “end” the embargo. Together and once and for all. The key to the success we are looking to achieve is in our ability to unite the efforts and experience of all participants in a new mass movement from within the United States – where this criminal entelechy will be brought down -, which can only now be attempted because technology and other conditions make it possible.
NEMO’s POSITION ON:
* THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES: NEMO unequivocally and resolutely calls on the Biden/Harris administration to fulfill their campaign promises and denounces the irresponsibility of the US Department of State (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), which far from fulfilling the mandate of its voters to improve relations with neighboring countries, has indicated that the humanitarian crisis in Cuba is not a priority even though the embargo intensifies the suffering of the Cuban people. At the same time, we condemn the fact that not a single one of the 242 additional measures that Donald Trump added to the embargo has been revoked by President Biden, who seems to be flirting with the Trumpist Cuban ultra-right that did not vote for him and will never vote for any Democratic project, instead of listening to the voice of the majority of Cuban-Americans who supported him confident that he could do something good, not only for the United States but also for relations with Cuba.
* THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT: NEMO is not subordinate to, nor is it financed or sponsored by any governmental, political or social organization of Cuba or any other country. However, NEMO acknowledges and supports the legitimate and necessary actions of the Government of the Republic of Cuba in dealing with the cruel policy that the United States carries out against the people of Cuba, the illegality of its conduct, and the extraterritoriality of its actions. It is up to those people and their Government to lead the struggle to lift the embargo, to which we add the modest support of our Movement.
* UNITY IN THE STRUGGLE FOR THE END OF THE EMBARGO: our movement is inclusive and open to all who embrace the cause of the unconditional lifting of the embargo: members of NEMO may or may not support the existing government in Cuba, may or may not wish to see deep structural changes in the current Cuban social structure. However, they do recognize that such changes are the responsibility of the Cuban people alone, and they unequivocally oppose sanctions designed to depress the wages of ordinary Cubans and to deprive them of basic consumer goods including access to food, medicine, and medical equipment.
The “extreme right” tries to prevent more and more Cuban-Americans from joining us, with gross lies, encouraging division and creating confusion among those who want the best for Cuban families, accusing us of “selling out” and “communists.” The “extreme left” on the island, in a convincing demonstration that extremes do meet, also tries to divide us, accusing us of “selling out” and not being “communists” or “revolutionaries“. Both are wasting their time, because, espousing the best values of our people, NEMO “neither surrenders nor sells out“. Each of our members will continue to defend what they believe to be the fairest in whatever forum they have at their disposal, but within the NEMO framework, the only “anti” that is welcome is ANTI-EMBARGO sentiments and actions. We will move forward without slogans, images of leaders, or political statements, except those that relate to the purpose that unites us. We will preserve “unity in diversity” above any enemies, false “friends” and fakers of any denomination.
THE CARAVANS: NEMO supports and participates en masse in the caravans, but neither leads nor organizes them. The Caravans arose before NEMO and have been planned and carried out by its many participants, both organizations and individuals. The Caravans have a high visual impact in the struggle to lift the embargo and constitute an indissoluble and indispensable part of the movement that joins us all. NEMO will work closely and in full collaboration with their organizers to make them grow, strengthen and reinforce their inclusive and humanitarian character, beyond any kind of political pretensions that are not related to the unconditional lifting of the U.S. sanctions on Cuba.
* FAMILY REUNIFICATION: for NEMO, attempts to reunify families, in isolation from the commitment to lifting the embargo, are selfish and irresponsible, since they express concern for one’s own loved ones and total disregard for the loved ones of everyone else. We embrace the fight for family reunification, for the reopening of the US Embassy in Havana, for the reestablishment of remittances to the island, and flights to the provinces as an integral part of the fight to lift each and every one of the unilateral sanctions against Cuba. NEMO strongly condemns those who seek to confuse so many good Cubans and break links within the same chain, with the well-known objective of causing more discontent, frustration and division, at the same time that we recognize and greet the possibility of achieving partial and consecutive victories in the long process of total removal of all sanctions.
* THE SO-CALLED INTERNAL DISSIDENT FACTION: NEMO recognizes the right of every human being to freely express their ideas and to agree or disagree with the ideas of others. What NEMO does not recognize and condemns is the irresponsible actions of people, -mostly manipulated from the Cuban-American extreme right-, who have chosen to use the most subversive and anti-Cuban media in Miami and the rest of the world as a platform, in the midst of a dreadful pandemic, with the clear purpose of keeping the embargo in place and preventing the improvement of relations between Cuba and the United States, while sowing division and discontent in the vain hope that the people, who they care so little about, will rebel against their government. NEMO also condemns those who sponsor and direct them, in an attempt to take back a power they lost 62 years ago and that they will never recover. NEMO rejects vandalism, the irreverent and small-minded abuse of national symbols, the smearing of statues or busts of Jose Marti, and other behaviors of the most heinous type, which can never be disguised as “dissidence” of any kind.
* THE USE OF DIGITAL PLATFORMS: NEMO is present on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and has its own Digital Platform NoEmbargoCuba.com (NoBloqueoCuba.com in Spanish) and joins others that use similar technology to fight for the same ends. However, supporting a cause through digital platforms that are now available to all, entails both new possibilities for communication, as well as an extraordinary responsibility regarding the cause itself and those who support it. Rudeness, bad language, insults, and swearing do damage to the cause. NEMO only tolerates those who use digital platforms responsibly, maturely, with appropriate language, and above all, focusing on the cause that is being defended and not to generate clicks and income.
* THE STRUGGLE OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES: for NEMO, the support, help, and contributions to this grand intention that are received from Cuba are vital and come both from the Island and from the rest of the world. However, we reiterate that this great Cuban fight against the current demons is to be won within the United States, using United States laws and rules and incorporating a large number of American voters, whose support for this cause can and must influence powerfully and effectively in bringing about the final decision to lift the sanctions on Cuba.
WHERE IS NEMO HEADED?
NEMO’s upcoming actions, many and varied, can be summed up in 7 basic points:
- Registration of a legal entity, also requesting “non-profit organization” status from the IRS, which will allow us to operate and act in the United States political and social structures, in our educational work, and in obtaining essential support in the fight to end the embargo.
2. Strengthen the NEMO Board of Directors with additional members who are representative of various ethnic groups in the United States.
3. Urgently create a Group in parallel to the original NEMO, but in the English language (NEMO USA), making the concept more attractive for those who only speak that language, based on our fundamental priority which consists of involving the largest number of US citizens as possible in NEMO.
4. Prioritize. in addition, the involvement of Cuban-Americans residing in the state of Florida and the rest of the United States, who recognize that the fight for Family Reunification, the reopening of the Embassy in Havana, the reestablishment of remittances and flights to the provinces are an indissoluble part of the struggle to lift the embargo.
5. Actively participate in supporting Cuba around the vote of the United Nations’ “Resolution against the Embargo“.
6. Open and begin operating a virtual office in Washington DC, from where to plan and conduct several rounds of interviews with Federal Representatives, US Senators, Secretaries (ministers) from the executive branch of government, and many other personalities from the country’s political and public spheres, who may influence or play a role in the decision process to end the embargo. We also intend to work with several cities and states to get them to petition the federal government for an end to the U.S. sanctions on Cuba.
7. Continue supporting and promoting the development of the Bridges of Love Caravans, helping to develop mass participation, as well as supporting any other petition, project, or initiative that in a serious, responsible, and effective way aims to lead to the end of this crime against humanity that we know as a “blockade” and others know as an “embargo”.
Miami, May 19, 2021
Dr. Manuel Tejeda / Ing. Jose Oro
On behalf of NEMO Board of Directors
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