Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership
Post Office Box 9003
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15224 USA
The Officers and Members of the Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership have had a proud history of solidarity with the people and government of Cuba. We send our condolences and heartfelt thanks to the people of Cuba during this time of national mourning. Our sister city relationship dates back more than 20 years with preceding activism dating back to the late 60’s and early ‘70’s. We are all saddened yet reflective when we heard the news late last evening in an announcement from President Raul Castro that his brother and former President of the Republic of Cuba COMMANDANTE FIDEL CASTRO (1926-2016) had passed away. He was 90 years young in his philosophy and outlook on the progress and humanitarian aspirations of the Cuban people.
Fidel’s unique historical perspective, his revolutionary fervor and contribution, his solidarity with people around the globe, inspired millions of people to organize and fight for a more just and peaceful society. For a nation a little over twice as long as Pennsylvania but having a population base of 12 million equal to our own Commonwealth, no other nation of similar stature has had such a profound positive effect on the world stage.
Despite the protests of several hundred Cuban-Americans outside a downtown restaurant in Miami millions of people are in solidarity and respect the sovereignty and contributions of Cuba. A majority of U.S. citizens support efforts to normalize relations with Cuba and have voted with their feet by visiting Cuba in the hundreds of thousands! A few weeks ago 191 nations of the world passed a U. N. Resolution calling for an end to the illegal, immoral and counter-productive blockade against the people of Cuba. We will not allow a new Trump Administration to turn back the clock on social progress in international relations without a fight.
South Africa liberator and first black President Nelson Mandela once commented, “There’s one place where Fidel Castro’s Cuba stands out head and shoulders above the rest – that is in its love for human rights and liberty”.
The Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership will continue our efforts and ask all peace loving citizens to join us and demand: (1) and end to the blockade, (2) restoration of unfettered free travel to Cuba, (3) respect for Cuba’s sovereignty as a nation, and (4) restoration of the land in Guantanamo that is rightfully and legally Cuban soil!
For More Information:
Jim Ferlo, President, 412-952-3364
Lisa Valanti-V-Pres, 412-303-1247
Dr. Jose Moreno, Pgh-Matanzas Board Member