U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Bill Nelson have a beef with our organization, the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA).
We sponsor trips for Members of Congress and their staffs to visit Cuba.
Over the last decade, our program has taken more than 30 research trips and we’ve brought nearly 70 of your elected representatives and their professional staffs to the island.
Last week, Menendez and Nelson wrote their Senate colleagues urging them to stop allowing their staffs to travel to Cuba with groups like ours.
As the Washington Post reported today, it’s apparently okay with the two Senators that their Cuban-American constituents visit Cuba freely, without limits, and thousands of them do exactly that.
What they cannot abide is allowing Americans with policy making responsibility going to Cuba and learning directly just how failed the U.S. embargo has been and how out of step with the Cuban people our country has become.
While they cannot stop The Center for Democracy in the Americas from engaging in the legal travel we do, they can try to intimidate Congressional staff so that they won’t visit the island with us.
Our program must be working. We certainly caught their attention. Now we ask for yours.
Travel to Cuba is important and with your help, we’re going to keep at it. Now more than ever, we need to talk with Cubans at every level, directly, openly, and honestly, and we need to end the fiction that stopping any American from visiting Cuba, but especially our policy makers, is ever going to change anything for the better.
Allowing free travel and trade, encouraging government-to-government engagement, visiting Cuba and learning from Cubans – these are the building blocks of a normal relationship that have been missing for five decades. It’s what we believe in and it’s what we’re fighting for.
The pro-embargo team may have these Senators, but we have you! Please support our work by making a donation today. $20, $50, $100 – it all really makes a difference.
With your support we will keep pushing to open the door to travel to Cuba once and for all, and for everyone. Please help us do so today.
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