Our Mission and Values

Our Mission

ACERE’s mission is to channel grassroots advocacy to  progressive policy changes that promote positive and respectful relations between Cuba and the United States.

Our Values: Points of Unity for ACERE

  • We support the normalization of relations with Cuba.
  • We oppose any policies of the U.S. government designed to increase the economic suffering of the Cuban people or that undermine their political, economic, social and cultural rights in any way.
  • We call for a total lifting of the U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade (also known as an embargo), including its extra-territorial reach which interferes with trade by third countries with Cuba.  Cuba should be free to trade with businesses in the United States and worldwide, and neither U.S. nor foreign businesses or states should face or fear any sanctions or repercussions for engaging in trade with Cuban entities. 
  • We oppose the restrictions on travel to Cuba and consider them a violation of our First as well as Fifth Amendment rights and a violation of international human rights law.
  • We support and encourage increased person-to-person contact between those residing in the U.S. and the Cuban people. 
  • We actively encourage and promote Black-led bilateral dialogue and work to dismantle artificial barriers to transnational solidarity movements that center and support Black leadership, culture and movements in the U.S. and Cuba.
  • We seek to support and empower Cuban-Americans who want to normalize relations with the island.
  • We do not presume to tell the Cuban people what form of government or economic system best serves their needs and interests. As a sovereign nation with the right of self-determination, they have a right to determine their own direction and future.
  • We oppose unlawful policies, practices and rhetoric that support intervention, whether overt or covert, that undermine the Cuban people’s right to self-determination.
  • We are non-partisan and non-sectarian. ACERE is not affiliated with and does not support any political party or candidate.