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Tell President Obama to Take Action on Alan Gross

Tell President Obama to Take Immediate Action to Secure Alan Gross' Release

Alan Gross has been a name related to any talk about Cuba on Capitol Hill since his incarceration in December 2009. He was arrested in Cuba for attempting to establish a military-style satellite internet connection for Cubans on the island without permission from the Cuban government.  At the time, Alan Gross was working for Development Alternatives Inc, a company that received a grant from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), for “democracy promotion” programs in Cuba. The Cuban government charged Alan with committing crimes against the state for carrying out the “subversive USAID program” and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. In light of the most recent “Cuban Twitter” fiasco with USAID’s Cuban democracy promotion programs, it only remains clearer that democracy promotion programs in Cuba are unsuccessful and a waste of tax-payer dollars.

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It’s Time for Action on Workers’ Rights in Colombia

It’s not as if we needed another stark reminder of the failure of the U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan (LAP), but Monday, April 7th marked its third anniversary. What was originally a plan to protect workers and human rights now seems like another reminder of how far Colombia still has to go with improvements in the labor sector. With anti-union violence on the rise, its time we remind our government to show its priorities and protect labor rights!

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Make Peace in Colombia an Agenda Item for Congress

final_military_aid_slideThe failed war on drugs, support of an abusive military, fumigations that destroy farmers’ food crops, and the failure to stop murders of human rights defenders and violence that drives thousands of people from their homes are just the beginning of the laundry list of problems with U.S.-Colombia policy. That is why this spring we are gearing up for our biggest Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia to call on our government to finally put an end to its destructive policies and contribute to the historic opportunity of peace in Colombia.

Tell Congress to prioritize peace rather than military solutions in Colombia!

The ongoing peace process in Colombia not only gives our government a chance to play a constructive role in a history-making peace accord but to also start over and move away from outdated military solutions in Latin America. Colombia has been the largest recipient of U.S. military assistance in the Americas, and yet this focus on military aid has exacerbated a displacement crisis that has left nearly 6 million people without a home. Small farmers have seen their livelihoods disappear due to forced eradication and fumigation programs funded by the United States.

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Adelante! Peace with Justice for ALL Colombians!

It’s that time of the year again; time for Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia! And this year, as the weather changes, we have a history-making chance to support peace in Colombia.  It’s time for us to spring into action!DOPA_2014_pic

Every year, communities across the United States come together and join in solidarity with our Colombian brothers and sisters to show policymakers that we want real change in U.S.-Colombia policy. This year, here’s your mission:  Get the United States on board with Colombia’s advancing peace process, the best chance in years to end this brutal 50-year-old conflict.  Urge our government to invest in peace, not war, moving away from military solutions to whole-hearted support for peace. 

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It's Time the U.S. Held Up Their End of the Labor Action Plan

Rewind the clock three years. The labor and human rights situation in Colombia was so dire that the U.S. and Colombian governments agreed to sign a Labor Action Plan (LAP) as a way of securing passage of the controversial Free Trade Agreement.

Despite our pushback, the Obama Administration keeps promising us that the situation on the ground has vastly improved as a result of the LAP. But three years later, what has really changed? Well, not nearly enough. Illegal subcontracting, anti-union behavior and violence against trade unionists continue to be an issue in Colombia. And it’s the workers who keep paying the price.

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Overwhelming Support of Cuba Policy Change Reflected in New Poll

Today the supremacy of Florida in U.S.-Cuba policy and in national politics has been debunked. With the release of a new Atlantic Council national poll the following findings were made:

(1)    56 percent of Americans and over 60 percent of Floridians and Latinos favor changing U.S. policy toward Cuba;
(2)    Not only are Floridians more willing than a supportive nation for change, but they strongly favor normalization by eight percentage points more than the country as a whole;
(3)    Support for engagement is strongest among Democrats (60 percent), but the majority of Republicans also support change (52 percent);
(4)    More than six in ten people want all economic restrictions lifted;
(5)    61 percent nationally and 67 percent of Floridians favor removing all restrictions on travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens; Latinos weigh in at 66 percent;
(6)    77 percent of Americans favor diplomatic coordination between the United States and Cuba on issues of mutual concern; 82 percent of Floridians favor this;
(7)    61 percent of U.S. citizens nationally, and 67 percent of Floridians, do not think Cuba belongs on the U.S. terrorism list.

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Today the Embargo on Cuba Turns 52 years old

On February 7th, 1962 President John F. Kennedy laid the groundwork for the infamous economic embargo on Cuba. As a result of the Cuban government nationalizing some U.S. companies and becoming buddies with the former Soviet Union, President Kennedy slapped trade sanctions on Cuba prohibiting the importation of any Cuban goods. The following year, 1963, the embargo was tightened to include penalties that prohibited foreign companies that traded with Cuba to also trade with the United States. The ban on travel for U.S. citizens was also implemented that year. While a whole lot has changed since 1962, the embargo on Cuba remains the same.

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