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Desire for Change Continues to Grow in the Cuban-American Community

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By, Noah Montague, LAWG Intern 11/5/2013

The population of people of Cuban heritage living in the United States continues to grow. Although Cubans have lived in the United States en masse since the 1950s, the most recent generation of Cuban Americans living in the United States looks quite different – and so do their ideas about U.S.-Cuba relations.

While the original Cuban exiles of the 1950's left Cuba due to their political opposition to the new government, recent immigrants have left Cuba for different reasons. Although Cubans who have immigrated to the United States in the 21st century may not agree with the politics of the Cuban government, the majority of them have come to the United States for better economic opportunities rather than to escape the island as "refugees," which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services classifies as "generally people outside of their country who are unable or unwilling to return home because they face serious harm."

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The UN Voted to Condemn the U.S. Embargo for the 22nd Time

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For the twenty-second time, the United Nations General Assembly voted to bring an end to the United States' economic embargo on Cuba. The truth is that we're not too shocked that this happened again. The world has consistently been against us for our out-dated policies towards the island nation.

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Oct 29th the UN will Condemn the Embargo on Cuba, What Will YOU Do?

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Tell the President today that the U.S. needs to join the 188 countries of the world that want to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba!

The U.S. economic embargo on Cuba has been a topic at the United Nations General Assembly meeting for the past twenty-one years. Every year an overwhelming majority of nations vote to condemn the U.S. embargo policy. Last year, 188 countries voted against us with three countries in favor of maintaining the embargo. Those countries? The United States of course, Israel and Palau (a tiny island in the Pacific). The numbers say it all; the rest of the world is against us, the United States, for our out-dated policy towards Cuba. This year won't be any different, except that we want to make a big deal about it so that the media can't ignore it again. This October 29th, for the twenty-second year in a row, the Cuban government will ask the United Nations to condemn the basis of our current policy towards Cuba, the U.S. economic embargo.

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Leave a Message for The President: Join the 188 Nations and End the U.S. Embargo on Cuba

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Cuba_UN_Vote_2013_imageUse the following call script below to leave your message for President Obama. You can leave a message on either the comment line phone number or by contacting the switchboard. Make the Call: Comment Line: 202-456-1111/Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Hello,

I would like to leave a message for the President regarding the upcoming Oct 29th United Nations vote on the resolution condemning the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba. This is the twenty-second year in a row that the UN has voted with a majority denouncing our out-dated Cuba policy. 188 nations voted against us last year. The majority of Americans, including Cuban Americans, want to see an end to the embargo. Please recognize the opinion of the international community and the majority of Americans and bring an end to the embargo.

If you would prefer to contact the President via e-mail copy and paste the message below into the e-mail form on the White House Website

Dear Mr. President,

I would like remind you about the upcoming Oct 29th United Nations vote on the resolution condemning the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba. This is the twenty-second year in a row that the UN has voted with a majority denouncing our out-dated Cuba policy. 188 nations voted against us last year. The majority of Americans, including Cuban Americans, want to see an end to the embargo. Please recognize the opinion of the international community and the majority of Americans and bring an end to the embargo.

Want to know how the UN vote has progressed over the years? Check out the timeline here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You are KEY to Changing Cuba Policy

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This fall we're gearing up for a confrontation with our longtime opponents in Congress who are trying everything in their power to maintain a grip on Cuba policy. Again, they are hoping to undo President Obama's eased travel regulations and eliminate people-to-people travel. We cannot let that happen.Cuba_Key

Throughout the years, you have taken action and spoken out on behalf of changing our current policies towards Cuba. You have shown members of Congress and administration officials that not only do the majority of Cuban Americans want to see a changed policy, but a large majority of U.S. citizens is demanding change as well! Poco a poco, little by little, we are seeing those who have in the past dominated the conversation over policy towards Cuba slip in their ability to rationalize the failed policy that they have been promoting for over 50 years.

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A Real Understanding of Cuba: Second Time’s the Charm

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While very few U.S. students have had the opportunity to study abroad in Cuba, even fewer have had the ability to study there twice. The first time I traveled to Havana was in the fall of 2011 for a period of four months, with Tulane University’s Junior Semester Abroad Program at the University of Havana. The four months I spent studying in Havana, were inspiring, unforgettable, and ultimately life-changing. At the end of that time I wasn’t just nervous about returning home and trying to figure out how to explain what seemed like a completely surreal experience to my friends and family, I was nervous about leaving my newfound customs, daily routines, and most importantly my friends, behind.

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15 years Without Justice for the Cuban 5

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Thursday September 12th marks the 15th Anniversary of the arrest of the Cuban 5. For those of you near the Washington, DC area there are a few events that the National and International Committees for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 are organizing to commemorate the unjust imprisonment of the Cuban 5.

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Diana Nyad Makes the Swim from Cuba to U.S: An Inspiration to All

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Diana Nyad has finally made it. Last Monday she swam onto the shores of Key West, FL, from the Hemingway Marina in Cuba. The 110 mile trek took 64-year old Nyad 52 hours, 54 minutes and 18.6 seconds. You can watch her arrival to Key West here. This is quite the monumental moment for Nyad who has been dreaming about completing her swim since she was 8 years old. This was her fifth attempt at voyaging the Florida Straits, and she claimed that it would be her final attempt even if she didn’t make it this time.  

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What Cuban-American Lawmakers Don't Understand About Cuba

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75_support_travelFirst off, thanks to all of you who contacted your members of Congress and the White House in defense of people-to-people travel to Cuba. Despite all of our hard efforts, on July 17th, 2013 the House Appropriations Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Services bill that included language proposed by Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) that would negatively impact two key points in President Obama’s plan to promote engagement and people-to-people contact with the Cuban people.

As Cuban Americans for Engagement (CAFE) explained in their press release, “Section 124 would effectively dismantle the "people-to-people" licensing program, allowing American citizens to travel to Cuba for educational purposes, by defunding the program. These licenses have allowed U.S. citizens to legally visit Cuba and experience the island first-hand, ending their reliance on the skewed portrayals of Cuban reality by either the U.S. government or the corporate-controlled media.” 

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What Cuban-American Lawmakers Don't Understand About Cuba

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75_support_travelOn July 17th
, 2013 the House Appropriations Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Services bill that included language proposed by Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) that would negatively impact two key points in President Obama’s plan to promote engagement and people-to-people contact with the Cuban people.

As Cuban Americans for Engagement (CAFE) explained in their press release, “Section 124 would effectively dismantle the "people-to-people" licensing program, allowing American citizens to travel to Cuba for educational purposes, by defunding the program. These licenses have allowed U.S. citizens to legally visit Cuba and experience the island first-hand, ending their reliance on the skewed portrayals of Cuban reality by either the U.S. government or the corporate-controlled media.”

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