Welcome to the Cuba Fund Campaign 2012 Headquarters!
This is not your typical Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) fundraising campaign. This is a seven month long campaign-- May 2012-December 2012. We know, we're trying to pace ourselves. There will be many opportunities to join our stellar honorary co-chairs and campaign committee and contribute to LAWGEF over the course of these seven months. So if you can give today, a big thanks. If you can give tomorrow, muchisimas gracias!! If you can give in our final push in December too, even better!!
The work that LAWGEF has done thus far in regards to changing our Cuba policy has proven to be even more important within our current political climate. Check out some of our achievements here. Since President Obama made changes to the travel regulations in January 2011, we've seen a huge wave of U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba. As a result we've also been witness to the amazing stories and experiences that many have had on their travels. However, there are attempts coming from many angles in Congress that aim to roll back the progress we've made. We cannot let that happen. In addition, many of our traditional funders have limited or stopped funding Cuba advocacy because they think the job has been completed, yet this is not the case.
For the first time in decades, the political environment in both Washington and Havana is such that a sea-change in U.S.-Cuba relations is not only possible, but inevitable. Your contribution to the Cuba program of the Latin America Working Group Education Fund will assist us in taking advantage of these exciting developments and to ensure we don't return to the counter-productive policies of previous years.
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"I strongly endorse LAWG and its effort to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba. America is one of only two nations that has not recognized that the misguided policy has failed to produce any positive solutions. I encourage everyone to support LAWG in changing this failed concept."
(Excerpted from http://www.unicef.org/people/people_harry_belafonte.html)
"With a history of success in working to change policy, LAWG is poised to play an important role in initiating a new era in U.S.-Cuba relations.”
“LAWG has been on the front lines of efforts to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba and to extend to all U.S. citizens our right to travel to our island neighbor.”
“LAWG is a leader in the movement to end the travel ban and embargo on Cuba. I happily endorse their work and urge you to support LAWG generously. We need a just policy toward Cuba now!”
"In over my 15 years of advocacy work on behalf of a more realistic U.S. policy towards Cuba and on behalf of the freedom to travel to Cuba for all Americans, I have not had a more reliable, constant and caring partner than the folks at the Latin America Working Group. As a Cuban American residing in south Florida, my work has concentrated on speaking out on behalf of hundreds if not thousands who are deeply affected by harsh policies that continue to separate families and deny U.S. citizens’ basic rights. The LAWG has been a crucial partner in this outreach."