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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Whereas, President Trump has ordered new restrictions on business and travel to Cuba, ordered all diplomatic staff withdrawn from the U.S. Embassy in Havana and expelled diplomatic staff from the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC; and

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the City of Saint Paul urges President Donald Trump to renew engagement with the Cuban government to create a new cooperative relationship, to reestablish diplomatic staffing of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, to reinstate diplomatic staff at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC and to remove barriers preventing Cuban academics and others from visiting the U.S.

Be It Further Resolved that the City Council of the City of Saint Paul urges Congress and the President to immediately end all aspects of the U.S. economic, commercial, and financial embargo against Cuba, including restrictions on travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens.





Date NameDistrictOpinionCommentAction
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