Friday, 12 March 2004
USA government commission seeks public comment on travel to Cuba
I received the following alert from my friend Christopher Baker, fellow member of the Bay Area Travel Writers and author of the definitive Moon Handbooks Cuba and Moon Handbooks Havana as well as other guidebooks, photography, and travel stories of Cuba and the Caribbean -- and perhaps the leading expert in the USA on the reality of travel to Cuba:
Most of you receiving this email have some connection to Cuba, or otherwise, I believe, hold the values of freedom to travel close to your hearts.
Last year, President Bush formed a Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, a private group of government officials who have been meeting in secret to take our failed Cuba policy and send it even further in the wrong direction.
With only weeks to go before the Commission files its report with
President Bush, it has finally invited public comment. The Commission must hear from concerned and conscientious Americans who are sick and tired of the restrictions US policy places on the freedom of Americans to travel to Cuba.
Secretary of State Colin Powell is now running this Commission, and he needs to hear from Americans who want this failed policy changed.
Please take a moment visit the Cuba Central website and sign a letter to Secretary Powell to voice your opposition to the travel ban.
Thanks for your support... and stay well.
If you'd like to send your own personal comments, in addition to or instead of signing the petition, "The Commission welcomes information, views, and opinions from ... interested individuals, international experts, and non-governmental organizations. All submissions that are not in English must be accompanied by an English translation. Send your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org."Link | Posted by Edward on Friday, 12 March 2004, 13:13 ( 1:13 PM)