End the Travel Ban on Cuba

Contact Info for House Appropriations Committee

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In your call to your Representative you can say: "I'd like to leave a message for [Name of your Representative] regarding the House Financial Services Appropriations bill for 2014. I do not support the language in the bill that would further restrict travel to Cuba and eliminate people-to-people travel. I would like the Representative to oppose this language when it comes to the full committee."

House Appropriations Committee Members

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Cuba: You Can't Take Someone Else's Word for It

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Whenever I tell people I studied abroad in Cuba, I feel like the reactions can be categorized by two familiar emotions: curiosity and confusion. There are usually a lot of questions…How did I travel to a country that has been “off-limits” to U.S. citizens since 1961? What is it REALLY like? Did you see old American cars, smoke a cigar, and/or drink rum? From first glance, I also do not have any obvious connections to the island: I am a blonde haired, blue eyed girl from Wisconsin who did not meet anyone from Cuba until college and whose initial exposure to Latin America was through cheesy videos in middle school Spanish class...

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United States Efforts to Undermine Cuban Medical Aid Programs

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When John Kirk and I were researching a book on Cuba's medical aid programs (Cuban Medical Internationalism:  Origins, Evolution. And Goals (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), a U.S. government operation called the Cuban Medical Professional Parole (CMPP) program was mentioned in several sources. We did not delve into this topic in any detail since it fell outside the scope of our main interest. Later, however, I decided to do so, gathering tidbits of information from widely scattered sources since no one in the academic world or in the mainstream media seemed to have paid much attention to it. I also interviewed congressional and State Department people. The result was a journal article, "Brain Drain Politics: The Cuban Medical Professional Parole Programme."

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Cuban-American Call to Action: Take Cuba off Terrorist List

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Cuban_American_On June 12, sixty Cuban Americans delivered a letter to Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama denouncing the views of three Cuban-American members of Congress who encouraged Secretary Kerry, in a letter dated April 29th, to keep Cuba on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. The dissenting Cuban Americans maintain that the members of Congress wanting to continue punishing Cuba for something it is not, do not represent the majority view of Cuban Americans.

LAWGEF assisted in delivering the letter, and we have received requests from many Cuban Americans who did not have the opportunity to sign the original letter of protest, asking to add their name to the letter. We have now opened the letter to the public for additional signatures.

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Cubanness

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MIAMI - He returns late from his job in Hialeah, with his hands stained with soot and his soul weary under the weight of so many burdens in a foreign land. His domestic problems, which apparently grow at the same rate as his debts, leave no time for him to learn his new language.

In Cuba, his family waits for his timely remittances. Here, his small daughter goes to a nearby school and learns (in English) everything she needs to be independent. He is not happy, despite the enormous TV set he bought and his weekend sailings in the beautiful boat owned by his friend, the jeweler. 

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Cuban Americans Want Cuba Off the Terrorist List Too

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LAWG was happy to work with a group of Cuban Americans in crafting a letter about their position on Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism.” Yesterday, we delivered this open letter to the Obama Administration Take_Cuba_off_Terrorist_Listsigned by sixty Cuban Americans from across the United States strongly disagreeing with the position of Cuban-American legislators from Florida on retaining Cuba on the State Department’s list of “state sponsors of terrorism.” The signers state that the Cuban-American legislators from south Florida do not represent them or their views on Cuba, or the views of the majority of Cuban Americans. “The removal of Cuba from this serious tool of U.S. foreign policy is long overdue,” maintain the signers. See below to read the full letter and view the list of signers. 

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Cuban Americans Denounce Florida Legislators’ Position of Cuba on the Terrorist List

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Today sixty Cuban Americans from across the United States released an open letter to the Obama Administration strongly disagreeing with the position of Cuban-American legislators from Florida on retaining Cuba on the State Department’s list of “state sponsors of terrorism.” The signers state that the Cuban-American legislators from south Florida do not represent them or their views on Cuba, or the views of the majority of Cuban Americans. “The removal of Cuba from this serious tool of U.S. foreign policy is long overdue,” maintain the signers. 
Their full statement follows.

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Cuba Still Designated on 2012 Terrorist List

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On May 30, the State Department released its 2012 Country Report on Terrorism. As we had expected, Cuba was still listed as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. But as we have seen in the past, the State Department does not use the release of the country reports to de-list a country from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. While it is frustrating to continue to see an unfair and untrue designation of Cuba as a state that sponsors terrorism, the results of this report do not end our campaign to remove Cuba from the list. In fact, our campaign will escalate.

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Upcoming Trips to Cuba

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When do you want to go to Cuba in 2013?cuab_flag_crop 
 

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January

Center for Cuban Studies
- January 14, 2014 - Jaunary 21, 2014: "The People and Land of Cuba:  Through the Photographer’s Lens"  (8 days, 7 nights: Havana, Matanzas, Pinar del Rio) Trip details here:

February

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March
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April

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May

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June

National Geographic Expeditions
-Cuba: Discovering its People and Culture, Trip details here trip will occur on the following dates:

· June 02, 2013 - June 10, 2013

· June 09, 2013 - June 17, 2013

· Jun 13, 2013 - June 21, 2013

· June 16, 2013 - June 24, 2013

· June 23, 2013 - July 01, 2013

· June 30, 2013 - July 08, 2013

National Environmental Ecological Management
· June 14, 2013-June 21, 2013 “Chefs Move Chefs: Seed to Plate” (8 days, Havana only) Trip details here

· June 23, 2013-June 30, 2013 “Cuba Agroecology” (8 days, Havana and surrounds) Trip details here

Virginia Tech: The Center for the Study of Cuban Culture + Economy

June 8, 2013-June 15, 2013 "Bicycling Through Cuba" ( 8 Days Havana, Las Terrazas, Pinar del Rio, San Diego de Los Banos and Bahia Honda) Trip Details here

Global Exchange
June 30, 2013 – July 7, 2013 ‘Cuba: Busboys and Poets “Cuban Culture, Business and Sustainability”’(8 Days Havana) Trip details here

Witness for Peace
June 21, 2013-July 01, 2013 “Cuba: Beauty and Brains-An Exploration of Cuba’s Culture” (11 days) Trip details here

July

Global Exchange
· July 5, 2013 –July 14, 2013 “Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development/CITMA conference” (10 Days Havana, Pinar del Rio) Trip details here

Fund For Reconcilliation and Development 
- July 5, 2013- Jully 12, 2013 “Visit Havana, Regla and Pinar del Rio” Trip details below:

Meetings with community leaders, Discussion with cutting edge intellectuals on current and meaningful changes in Cuba, Meetings with artists in their studios, Visit to Regla and encounter with Nsila Cheche, leading exponent of Afro-Cuban dance, culture and music, Meeting and performance by young women rap artists, Attend Opera de la Calle, exciting local street theater company, Visit to community gardens and organizing projects, Visit with staff of the Cuban National Center for Sex & Gender Education and to local health clinics and doctors, Meeting with leaders of the Cuban Women's Federation and exploration of their work in the current period, Bus and walking tours of Old and Modern Havana, Visits to Museum of the Revolution & Museum of Fine Arts, Visit to the province of Pinar del Rio visiting environmental projects, farms, art projects for children with developmental delays, and exploring the province's natural beauty.

Cost of the trip

  • $469.00 RT air Miami/Havana
  • $488.00 services in Cuba including 7 nights at the 4* Hotel Presidente with breakfast, welcome lunch and farewell dinner, lunch at Casa Amistad and in Pinar del Rio, transportation by air conditioned bus, English speaking guide, program of meetings, visits, excursions in Havana, Regla, Alamar and Pinar del Rio.  In double occupancy; single occupancy available at additional cost of $200
  • $85 entry visa for Cuba
  • $300 program fees
  • $25 mailing fee

Total cost $2367 (estimate based on 10 participants)To apply for the trip simply complete the application form and send it to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Road Scholars
- July 17, 2013-July 25, 2013  "The Cuban Art Revolution: Meeting the Artist and People of Cuba," (8 Nights, Havana, Varadero) Trip details here

August

Global Exchange
· August 13, 2013 – August 20, 2013 “Viva Cuba! Researching Cuba’s African History, Social Services, Culture and Art” (8 Days) Trip details here

Road Scholars
- August 14, 2013-August 22, 2013 "The Cuban Art Revolution: Meeting the Artist and People of Cuba," (8 Nights, Havana, Varadero) Trip details here

September

Road Scholars
- September 4, 2013- September 12, 2013"The Cuban Art Revolution: Meeting the Artist and People of Cuba," (8 Nights, Havana, Varadero) Trip details here
*This same trip will also take place from September 18, 2013- September 26, 2013 

Center for Cuban Studies
-September 21, 2013-September 29, 2013 (8 Nights, Havana, Cienfuegoes, Trinidad) Trip details here

October

Global Exchange
· October 12, 2013 –October 20, 2013 “Social Welfare: A Holistic View of Human and Environmental Sustainability” (9 Days Havana, Pinar del Rio) Trip details here

Road Scholars
- October 2, 2013- October10, 2013"The Cuban Art Revolution: Meeting the Artist and People of Cuba," (8 Nights, Havana, Varadero) Trip details here
*This same trip will also take place from October 10, 2013-October 18, 2013 and October 30, 2013-November 6, 2013

November 

Global Exchange
· November 2, 2013 – November 10, 2013 “International Wetlands Research Program and Symposium” (9 Days Havana, Matanzas) Trip details here 
· November 24, 2013- December 7, 2013 “11 "International Permaculture Convergence and Research Tour” (14 Days Havana) Trip details here

Insight Cuba
- November 8, 2013- November 13, 2013 "Vintage Cuba Tour"  (6 days, 5 nights, Santa Clara, Calbarien, Remedios, Cayo Santa Maria, Havana) Trips details here

 

 

 

Road Scholars
- November 13, 2013- November 21, 2013"The Cuban Art Revolution: Meeting the Artist and People of Cuba," (8 Nights, Havana, Varadero) Trip details here

U.S Women and Cuba Collaboration
-November 22, 2013- December 1, 2013 "Women Advancing Gender Equality, Racial Justice and Sustainable Development in Cuba"

Do you want to learn more about--and exchange ideas in--a nation that has committed to implementing full Constitutional equality, including prohibition of discrimination on the basis of gender, race and sexual orientation? Are you impressed that Cuba was the among the first nations to ratify the Women's Treaty/CEDAW and that the Federation of Cuban Women has used CEDAW to create a national Plan of Action for women's human rights and gender equality? Wondering how Cuba has achieved 95% literacy since 1961 (source: UNESCO) and offers free education thru university level? Want to know more about Cuba's 1+ year paid family leave for both women and men to support both their careers and family lives? Curious about how Cuba's National Center for Sex Education is leading a national Campaign to End Homophobia and provide to full reproductive choice and justice based on health care for all? Interested in how the greening of Cuba creates a model of sustainable development and supports its sovereignty as a nation?

Please join us for our Fall 2013 Women's Research Delegation which will include attending the 2013 University of Havana "Women in the 21st Century IX" International Women's Conference. Specific information about the University of Havana conference and their Call for Proposals can be found HERE

Estimated Cost: $2200 if paid in full by September 16, 2013 / $2400 after September 16, plus round trip travel from your home city to Miami

Proposed Itinerary Highlights:

Havana: University of Havana International Women's Conference, National Headquarters of the Federation of Cuban Women, Literacy Museum, Latin American Medical School, National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), Union of Cuban Artists and Writers (UNEAC); City Tour including visits with artists and filmmakers, Museum of the Revolution and Old Havana

Soroa and Las Terrazas (west of Havana): UNESCO Bio-preserve sustainable village, Artist's salons

Matanzas: Slave Route Museum, Arts and Culture Provincial Teachers School, Alternative Health Center

Varadero Beach: Women's Agricultural Coop, Meetings to explore tourism and the global economy

What is Included:

RT Airfare from Miami to Havana

Double room accommodations (single supplement available for $300) with breakfast daily, other meals as indicated in the program, International Women's Conference Registration, Cuban Visa, health insurance in Cuba, ground transportation, bi-lingual guide, experienced Trip Leaders, Cuba Study Guide, and a full research program of site visits, meetings and exchanges.

For more Information and application visit www.womenandcuba.org or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

December

Road Scholars
- December 4, 2013- December 12, 2013"The Cuban Art Revolution: Meeting the Artist and People of Cuba," (8 Nights, Havana, Varadero) Trip details here
*This same trip will also take place from December 25, 2013-January 2, 2014

Insight Cuba
- December 13, 2013- December 18, 2013 "Vintage Cuba Tour"  (6 days, 5 nights, Santa Clara, Calbarien, Remedios, Cayo Santa Maria, Havana) Trips details here

 

 

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Tom Hayden Calls for Cuba's Removal from Terrorist List

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5/29/2013

Tom Hayden reads public service announcement on KPFK Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles, CA promoting LAWG's petition to remove Cuba from the terrorist list.

Tom Hayden is a former State Senator and leader of Sixties peace, justice and environmental movements. As founder and Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, CA, Hayden remains a leading voice for ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, and reforming politics through a more participatory democracy. He has authored 20 books, including The Lost Gospel of the Earth (1996), Ending the War in Iraq (2007), The Long Sixties (2009) and Inspiring Participatory Democracy: Student Movements from Port Huron to Today (2012). Biography From Huffington Post. 

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