VB Points of Unity

The Venceremos Brigade (VB) is an anti-imperialist project of political education and voluntary labor in solidarity with Cuba. We are an intergenerational, multi-racial, multi-cultural, gender-expansive/-inclusive collective of volunteers committed to changing US policy toward Cuba and strengthening the relationships between the Cuban Revolution and movements for justice in the US.

Our Goals:

  • End the US blockade of Cuba, all US-imposed travel restrictions, and all regime change programs
  • End the illegal US military occupation of Guantánamo Bay
  • Remove Cuba from the US State Department’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism
  • Strengthen movements for justice in the US through exchange and collaboration with Cuba

Our Points of Unity:

1. We believe in Cuba’s sovereignty and right to self-determination.  We demand an immediate end to the US blockade, the illegal US military occupation of Guantánamo Bay, and all US programs aimed at regime change in Cuba. We demand the immediate removal of Cuba from the US government’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.

2. We believe in the constitutional right of US citizens to travel, move, and freely associate.  We demand an immediate end to all US-imposed restrictions on travel to and from Cuba, and we commit to civil disobedience in protest of these policies. At the same time, we recognize the privilege conferred by US citizenship/residence. We believe in the human right of all people worldwide to move freely, and we reject all attacks by the US government on migrants inside and outside our borders.

3. We believe in internationalist struggle and solidarity.  We understand that the imperialist policies of the US government which constrain Cuban development and seek to overthrow socialism in Cuba are the foreign arms of a system which at home dehumanizes, criminalizes, exploits, and punishes with impunity masses of oppressed people. We believe that to win, our struggles must be linked. We work to develop these critical connections by laboring together with Cuban workers, delivering material resources to the Cuban people, exchanging with diverse members of Cuban society, and educating our communities in the US about the reality we see and experience in Cuba.

4. We believe in building equity and justice in the struggle against capitalism, racism, patriarchy, and colonialism.  We commit to disrupting patterns of systemic oppression in ourselves and our movement communities using an intersectional analysis of oppression. We aspire to create the world we want to live in and work to build a community of brigadistas from diverse backgrounds and issue areas who can practice revolutionary values of collectivity, equity, and transformation. We are interconnected with movements for justice that center the leadership of black and indigenous people, people of color, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming peoples, and poor/working class communities.

5. We believe that people are not disposable. We commit to practices of community accountability, transformative justice, and equitable labor.