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WFP Message on Cuba, Delegation Report-Back, Full Delegation Schedule, Grassroots Updates

Thousands of people have traveled to Cuba with Witness for Peace. Their visits have been transformative. They’ve returned home with new understandings, fueled with a passion to push for more humane U.S. policies. And their work is finally beginning to pay off.

But there is much more to be done. By continuing to raise awareness and demanding that policy-makers address injustices, we hope to create a future that celebrates our common humanity and transcends our differences. Cubans are our neighbors, and they should be our partners.

Reverend Raúl Suárez, founder and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, perhaps said it best, “We speak different languages and have different cultures…But at the core, we are all human.”

People of conscience bear witness to the actions of their governments. We from the U.S. must do all we can to ensure that the emerging relationship with Cuba fosters respectful and just policies towards the island.

• We will continue to extend solidarity and friendship to the Cuban people.
• We call for the end of the unjust embargo that has caused so much suffering
in Cuba.
• We welcome the Obama administration's announcement to Congress that he intends to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. We are encouraged by this move, recognizing the island’s role as the incubator of a peaceful resolution to Colombia’s internal armed conflict.

Your support can make a difference!

Each one of us has a role to play at this historic moment. Join in waging peace and solidarity! Your gift of whatever you can comfortably afford will support our witness against unjust policy and for a better shared future. Now is the time we can have the most impact. All eyes are on Cuba. We must rise to the challenge to address injustice and promote peace for all of us.


TAKE ACTION TO CHANGE U.S. POLICY
1. Support recently introduced bills in Congress to end the travel
ban and lift the embargo.

There have been two bipartisan bills introduced in Congress. A
Senate Bill (S 299) and its counterpart House Bill (HR 664), both
titled the “Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015,” call for a full
lifting of the U.S. travel restrictions on Cuba. And another Senate
Bill (S 491) the “Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2015” was
introduced by five Senators from both parties, seeking to lift the
U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. These bills are currently in committee.

Here is a guide for contacting your members of Congress about these bills from our good friends at Latin America Working Group: http://www.lawg.org/component/content/article/77/1426

2. Help hold President Obama to his plan to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
You can sign the petition online here: http://bit.ly/PetitionCubaOffList

3. Travel to Cuba with Witness for Peace.
On our delegations, participants:
• Investigate the impact of the U.S. embargo on everyday life
in Cuba
• Explore Cuba’s system of universal health care
• Speak with the Ministry of Education, meet teachers, and learn
about how Cuba eradicated illiteracy


Visit http://witnessforpeace.org/delegations to learn more
about specific delegations.

MORE INFORMATION:

Cuba delegation report-back, by delegation coordinator Dixie Olmstead.

Full delegation schedule, as of April 2015.

Spring 2015 grassroots updates.

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