Cuban artists and writers, address you following the incredible change of policy towards our country made public in Miami, June 16, by the President of the United States.

In an outdated, obsolete speech, loaded with falsehoods and stereotypes that respond to the logic of the Cold War, he declared himself in favor of abolishing the positive steps that were taken by the previous administration. His words were particularly addressed to an audience that does not represent the majority of Cuban emigration and has been associated with terrorism against Cuba and other countries in the region.

 We aspire to continue working together to build a productive relationship in the cultural field, and on the basis of equality, which will favor the mutual spiritual enrichment of both nations.

 In the ethical and Martí inspired tradition of our people, there has been and will be no room for hatred.
It is now more necessary than ever to denounce this new policy and the brutal blockade that we have suffered for almost sixty years.
Receive our sincere and everlasting gratitude.

Miguel Barnet, poet and writer; Digna Guerra, choir director; Luis Morlote, filmmaker; Pedro de la Hoz, critic and journalist; Arístides Hernández (Ares), visual artist; Alex Pausides, poet; Lesbia Vent Dumois, visual artist; Rolando Núñez, actor; Guido López Gavilán, composer and orchestral conductor; Rosalía Arnaez, cultural commentator and promoter; Nieves Laferté, scenographic designer; Margarita Ruiz, curator.

Secretariat of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba