The text of this article comes from our friends at the Latin American Working Group:
February 9, 2009
Dear Cuba Policy Advocates,
Big news! We now have legislation in the House of Representatives calling for an end to the travel ban on Cuba for all Americans. "Travel for All" instead of "Travel for None" or even "Travel for Some." Take action now: ask your representative to co-sponsor H.R. 874.
The purpose of H.R. 874 is "To allow travel between the United States and Cuba" - but the most important thing to remember about it is that it will allow travel for all Americans, no exclusions. It was introduced by Representatives Bill Delahunt (D-MA) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), along with a short list of original co-sponsors.
Call your representative today.
Capitol Switchboard number: (202) 224-3121 or find your representative's number here.
The message: Please co-sponsor H.R. 874, the Delahunt-Flake bill "To allow travel between the United States and Cuba."
This bill introduced by Rep. Delahunt (D-MA) and Rep. Flake (R-AZ) calls for lifting travel restrictions to Cuba for ALL Americans, restoring our right as citizens of the United States to travel freely, and takes a giant step toward restoring our country's reputation in Latin America and the world.
[If they ask . . . ] The original co-sponsors are:
Rep. Delahunt, Bill [MA-10]
Rep. Flake, Jeff [AZ-6]
Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] - 2/4/2009
Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] - 2/4/2009
Rep Emerson, Jo Ann [MO-8] - 2/4/2009
Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] - 2/4/2009
Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] - 2/4/2009
Rep Moran, Jerry [KS-1] - 2/4/2009
Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] - 2/4/2009
Thank you for your support in ending this inhumane and out-dated travel ban. To co-sponsor H.R. 874 please contact either Cliff Stammerman in Rep. Delahunt's office or Chandler Morse in Rep. Flake's office.
Or, send your representative an e-mail with this same message here.
Give us your feedback. Send LAWG a message at [email protected] or give us a call at (202) 546-7010 and tell us about your contact with your congressional office.
Here are some questions we would ask of you:
How did you contact your member's office; did you call or e-mail them?
Did your member's office agree or disagree with your position on Cuba policy?
Did the office agree or seem interested in co-sponsoring H.R. 874?
Does the office need more information or a follow-up conversation?
To read H.R. 874 and to see current co-sponsors, visit www.thomas.gov, search for bills and enter H.R. 874 in the search box.
Thank you for your commitment to changing Cuba policy and for answering our calls for action. Together we can use this unique opportunity to change U.S.-Cuba policy.
P.S. We are excited to share with you some opportunities to travel to Cuba!
Our friends at Witness for Peace have started delegations to Cuba again, one as early as March 14 and two others in June and July. Check out the specifics on these upcoming delagtions here.
Consider a trip led by the President of the Cuban American Alliance Education Fund, Delvis Fernández, and Chabot College historian Rick Moniz -- A Citizen Research Delegation to Cuba -- March 31-April 9. To see the registration form click here . For more details call Rick at (510) 723-6958 or Delvis at (805) 627-1959.