We're back! We're sorry for the recent radio silence for some of you; but we've been putting all of our time, energy, and wits into wringing every possible YES vote for H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, out of the House Committee on Agriculture. Our recent alerts have been directed to those of you who live in districts with members "on the fence." But now is the time for ALL of us to activate.
Today in Washington, Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson
(D-MN), Congressman Jerry Moran (R-KS), and at least 31 of their House
colleagues introduced new legislation (HR 4645) that would put the
United States and Cuba firmly on a path towards engagement by (finally)
restoring U.S. citizens' right to travel to Cuba and facilitating
needed U.S. agricultural sales to the island that were initially
approved by Congress in 2000.
The United Nations has voted (187-3) again to condemn the U.S. trade
embargo on Cuba. For the 18th consecutive year, the General Assembly
passed this resolution with nearly universal support. Such an
unpopular policy surely deserves a second look; it deserves to be
stopped. And the time is NOW.
***But we're not finished yet. The day
was a big success -- both in Washington and in communities throughout
this nation, and we need to continue the momentum for a common-sense
First and foremost, a much-deserved THANKS to everyone who
participated! We cannot stress enough how important your support and
participation were in creating CubaGO! To the Cuba policy advocates,
Cuban Americans, world travelers, agricultural and business
representatives, policy wonks, students, church activists, salsa
lovers, cigar aficionados, and friends from all over the country, we
thank you for making the day a tremendous success in moving us toward
the freedom to travel for all. Whether you organized events, made
calls, or traveled to DC, each effort was crucial to making CubaGO! -
go. So again, thank you for stepping up and supporting the Freedom to
Travel to Cuba.
CubaGO! is three weeks away . . . and that means it's time to kick our
organizing efforts into high gear. We've created some tools that we
hope will help you create activities for September 30th, the national
call-in day to End the Travel Ban on Cuba. Below is a link to our new
tool that helps create an event, publicize it and share it with others.
Are you going to be part of this action?
We’re organizing a National Day of Action called CubaGO! Strategically-identified delegations from across the country will be coming to DC to meet with their members of Congress. But in order to really make an impact, the delegations will need back-up from you. That is why we’re encouraging you to “Call in for Cuba!
We've been keeping up the pressure on Congress for months to end the travel ban on Cuba. The "Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act" legislation introduced in the House and Senate this spring now has more co-sponsors than any Cuba bill in memory.
Mark your calendars! The end is in sight, but we need one more BIG PUSH to make the co-sponsor list jump.