Cuba Consultation 2009 Agenda

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Cuba Consultation 2009
Washington, DC
March 5 and 6, 2009

Thursday, March 5

LOCATION:  The Main Hall at Trinity College
125 Michigan Ave, NE
Washington, DC

8:30 a.m.  Registration and Coffee

9:00 -10:30 a.m. Panel One: The Administration, Congress, and Cuba Policy:  What are the Prospects?
  •  U.S.-Cuba Relations
  •  Developments in Cuba – Impact on U.S.-Cuba Relations
  •  The Obama Administration – Executive Orders, Cuba Policy Review
  • Congressional Action on Cuba – HR 874 and S 428
  • Q & A
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Panel Two:  Moving Legislation to End the Travel Ban
  • Our Opportunity to Make Travel Possible
  • Congressional Strategy (by Hill staffers)
  • Outreach to Members of Congress
  • Local and National Media Work
  • Community Education
12:15 p.m.  Community Announcements

12:30 -2:15 p.m.  Lunch and Focused Small Group Discussions

2:15 to 3:45 p.m.  Panel Three:  Other issues in U.S. – Cuba Relations
  • Humanitarian Aid and Development Assistance Projects
  • Visas for Cubans to come to the United States
  • Cuba and the Terrorist List   
  • U.S. Diplomatic Steps to Improve Relations
  • Q & A
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Panel Four:  Cuba Initiatives and Building Support to End the Travel Ban 
  • Cuban-American Community – Cuban-American Family Travel and Support for “Travel for All”
  • Business Sectors and Support for “Travel for All”
  • Travel challenges and Support for “Travel for All”
  • Local Media and Op-ed Campaigns for “Travel for All”
  • Q & A
4:45 p.m.  Final Wrap-up; Information for Day on the Hill


Friday, March 6

Full day of congressional Hill visits set up ahead of time by individual participants with your representatives and senators

Pick up packets, and orientation session for congressional visits
(Location “on the Hill” TBD)

8:30  a.m.  Coffee, registration, pick up materials

9:00 -10:00 a.m.  What to do at a congressional meeting, and how to follow up (Reps. Bill Delahunt and Jeff Flake, invited to address the group)

11:00 a.m.  FORNORM (Foundation for the Normalization of  U.S.-Cuba Relations) public forum on South Florida Congressional Surveys – Policy Implications for U.S. – Cuba Relations – Location in the Rayburn House Office Building, room number pending

All day till 5:00 p.m.  Hospitality, coffee, report back forms drop off (Location “on the Hill” TBD)