U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 01/29/2021

January 29, 2021

Dear Friends,

We hope you and yours are safe and healthy. 

In partnership with the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), CDA published a policy roadmap titled “The United States and Cuba: A New Policy of Engagement” which details how the Biden-Harris administration may implement a policy of engagement toward Cuba. The report discusses why Cuba policy should be a priority and how engagement is the best way to advance the interests of the U.S. and Cuban people. We welcome you to read the report on our website

CDA’s 14th Anniversary silent auction is still open! Our auction includes books, art, and clothing from Cuban and Cuban American entrepreneurs and creatives, in addition to a Fender guitar of the same model that Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela plays. Be sure to place your bid by February 10 at 5 PM EST! 

Yesterday, Cuba reported 659 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 4,892 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, an increase from the previous day. The number of deaths has increased by 64 since the beginning of the year, bringing the total to 210 deaths since last March. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 01/22/2021

January 22, 2021

Dear Friends,

We hope you and yours are safe and healthy. 

CDA is undergoing some exciting changes! Emily Mendrala, who served as CDA’s Executive Director from 2017 until early this week, has joined the Biden-Harris administration. We are excited for her next adventure, and for CDA’s next chapter. CDA has launched a search for an Executive Director. The job posting is linked here

A note from CDA’s former Executive Director Emily Mendrala: 

“I am so proud of CDA, the CDA team, and the work CDA does. CDA is a small but mighty organization with an important mission, a big vision, and a fabulous family cheering us on. Thank you to each of you who make that work possible. It has been a great honor to work with each of you – and alongside CDA’s staff and Board of Directors – to promote U.S. policies of engagement and mutual respect with the countries of the Americas. There’s more work to be done, and I have no doubt that CDA will be at the forefront of those efforts. Abrazos fuertes to the CDA family. And thank you again.”   

CDA’s 14th Anniversary silent auction is still open! Our auction includes books, art, and clothing from Cuban and Cuban American entrepreneurs and creatives, in addition to a Fender guitar of the same model that Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela plays. Be sure to place your bid by February 10 at 5 PM EST! 

Yesterday, Cuba reported a slight decrease in active COVID-19 cases, with a total of 4,526 active cases and 530 new cases of the virus. The number of deaths has increased by 42 since December, bringing the total to 188 deaths since March. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 01/15/2021

January 15, 2021

Dear Friends,

We hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy. 

In celebration of CDA’s 14th anniversary, we are hosting an online auction! Our items include clothing, books, candles, and more created by Cuban or Cuban American creatives and entrepreneurs, as well as a Fender American Acoustasonic guitar. All proceeds will go to support CDA’s work advocating for a U.S.-Cuba policy based on engagement. 

It is with a heavy heart that we share that CDA friend Albor Ruíz, a Cuban American journalist and writer, passed away last week at age 80. Mr. Ruíz immigrated to the U.S. from Cardenas, Cuba in 1961 at age 20 and graduated from the University of Florida. He had a decades-long career as a journalist and was a 2003 inductee of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Hall of Fame. His ashes will be scattered in Varadero, Cuba, a wish he wrote about in his famous poem “Por si muero mañana” (“In case I die tomorrow”). Our deepest condolences to his loved ones. 

Yesterday, Cuba reported 547 new COVID-19 cases (with a total of 3,960 active cases), ending a six-day streak of record-breaking numbers of new cases per day. In January alone, Cuba has experienced seven days of record-breaking new cases per day, according to EFE’s Lorena Cantó as reported by CNN’s Patrick Oppmann. The number of deaths has increased by 16 since December, bringing the total to 162 deaths since March. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

This week, in Cuba news…

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 01/08/2021

January 8, 2021

Dear Friends,

We’re happy to bring the first news brief of 2021 to your inboxes. Before we do, we must comment about the events in Washington, DC this week. On Wednesday, as the violent mob, incited by the President of the United States, descended upon the Capitol, CDA watched with shock, fear, and sadness. Offices occupied by friends and colleagues were ransacked, hallways that we regularly walk were under siege, and a democracy that we hold dear faced – and continues to face – a serious attack. CDA’s mission is rooted in pressing for change in U.S. policy — urging U.S. policies that respect our neighbors in the Americas, that champion dialogue, and that craft mutually beneficial bilateral agendas. This week reinforced for us the need to start at home. There’s a lot of work to be done, starting from a place of humility. And we’re here for it. We hope you and your loved ones are safe. 

In celebration of CDA’s 14th anniversary, we are hosting an online auction. ⁠Almost all items come from Cuban and Cuban American creatives and entrepreneurs. The auction includes a Fender American Acoustasonic guitar of the same model Carlos Varela plays and official merchandise from Afro-Cuban funk sensation Cimafunk among many more items. All proceeds will go to support CDA’s work advocating for a U.S.-Cuba policy based on engagement. Anyone may bid on items and the auction will end on February 10 at 5 PM EST. 

Yesterday, Cuba reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began with a total of 2,118 activeCOVID-19 cases. The number of deaths has increased by 11 since December, bringing the total to 148 deaths since March. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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