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File #: RES 19-141    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 1/23/2019
Title: Urging the federal government to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba.
Sponsors: Jane L. Prince, Rebecca Noecker, Dai Thao
Attachments: 1. St. Paul Cuba resolution background information
Urging the federal government to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba.

Whereas, there are many historic connections between the people of Saint Paul and the people of Cuba, beginning in 1898, when Saint Paul's African-American community staged several “Cuba” pageants celebrating Cuba's struggle for independence from Spain in the Spanish-American War; and
Whereas, although much limited by the U.S. embargo, academic, agricultural, governmental and business connections have continued to grow between the State of Minnesota, the City of Saint Paul and Cuba; and
Whereas, a bust of Cuban national hero José Martí has stood in the northern stairwell of City Hall for many decades;
Whereas, in 2008, the Minnesota legislature passed a resolution calling for an end to the embargo against Cuba; and
Whereas in 2014 and 2018, Cuban diplomats visited Saint Paul with the goal of fostering relationships between the city, state and Cuba; and
Whereas, in 2015, Mayor Chris Coleman visited Cuba as part of a delegation that had been planned in his capacity as president of the National League of Cities; and
Whereas, the U.S. embargo against Cuba continues to inflict hardship on the people of Cuba by creating shortages in many areas and costing the Cuban people at least $130 billion according to the United Nations regional economic body for Latin America; and
Whereas, trade between the U.S. and Cuba benefits both countries, particularly in the areas of food production, education, healthcare, tourism, arts, music, biotechnological and medical research; and
Whereas, the overwhelming majority of countries in the United Nations General Assembly have for many years voted in favor of lifting the U.S. embargo against Cuba; and
Whereas, on December 17, 2014, the U.S. and Cuba agreed to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries; and
Whereas, President Trump has ordered new restrictions on business and travel to Cuba, ordered all diplomatic staff withdrawn from the U.S. Embassy...

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1/23/2019 7:52 PMSt.Paul Against Will Watch your Cuba Agenda FOR DISCUSSION on your I Pads 15 RES 19-164 Appointing K***im Busuri as the interim Ward 6 City Council member filling the term of Councilmember Dan Bostrom through December 31, 2019. Sponsors: Brendmoen 16 RES 19-141 Urging the federal government to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Sponsors: Prince, Noecker and Thao Attachments: St. Paul Cuba resolution background information An ordinance is a city law enacted by the City Council. It is read at four separate council meetings and becomes effective after p***age by the Council and 30 days after publication +1 -2 1