The Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership was founded to create an opportunity for our residents, public officials, and leaders of organizations to engage in mutually beneficial ‘people to people’ exchanges with the residents of Matanzas, Cuba. On February 20, 1998 a signing agreement took place in Matanzas officially designating our sister city relationship. Despite decades of travel restrictions placed on U.S. residents by our own government that remain in place even to this day, as do crippling economic sanctions against Cuba, otherwise known as an embargo, or blockade, which have been condemned worldwide as immoral and illegal under international law, we have continued our work to engage in peaceful and constructive activities with the people and institutions of Cuba.
Activities and Projects
The Pittsburgh Matanzas Sister Cites Organization is always organizing different events and conducting projects to further our mission of introducing the nation of Cuba to the residents of Pittsburgh. To see the latest activities, just clink on the Learn More button above to check them out.
Tomorrow! The Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership has been in the leadership of local and national efforts to repeal the US travel ban and blockage waged against the people and nation of Cuba. In the spirit of promoting people to people engagement, we have...
Mission & Principles
The Mission of the Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership is to expand our sister city relationship between the City of Pittsburgh and the City of Matanzas, Cuba, to foster understanding and bilateral cooperation through mutually beneficial exchanges between individuals, government officials, community groups, organizations, educational, environmental, cultural, sports, business, and other institutions. It is important that ordinary people be able to experience Cuba for themselves and form their own opinions. Over the years, our work has expanded to encompass bilateral relationships within the entire nation of Cuba.
Our work focuses on these 4 objectives:
- Lift the illegal and immoral blockade (Extra-territorial economic and trade sanctions that impact world trade)
- Lift the Travel Ban (Allow Americans the same freedom of travel enjoyed by every other democratic nation.)
- Building International Relations that respect the independence and Sovereignty of Cuba
- Ending the illegal and immoral occupation of Guantanamo Bay (US is in outright violation of Treaty)
Cross-cultural synergy is the fiber of enrichment, the motive force for development of all human civilizations. The Cuban people are part of our shared hemisphere and world. In today’s global realities it is counter-productive to exclude U.S. and Cuban citizens from the mutual benefits inherent in traditional people-to-people sister city programs solely to support ideological and political bias.
Cuba is the only country in the world where the U.S. government forbids its own citizens the fundamental human right of individual travel except under criteria established by the U.S. It is time for U.S. residents to have restord their freedom of travel, and to put 60 years of cold war ‘regime change’ policies to bed. Our work, having people meet people around common interests helps dispel stereotypes and misconceptions. It allows people to form opinions that are experience based. An informed citizenry is beneficial to all democratic aspirations.
Become a Member
We believe in supporting the autonomy of the Cuban people while engaging in mutually beneficial programs that promote community involvement and understanding. We need your support in the form of membership, donations or by attending our monthly meetings. Membership is open to individuals and organizations who are interested in contributing to the success of our mission and purpose.
There are several ways to become a member