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Alexander Main


Alexander Main is director of international policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Vicente Amor

ASC International

Vicente Amor is a Tampa-based Cuban-American businessman who serves as Vice President of ASC International, a licensed provider of trade and travel services to Cuba.

Angelica Salazar


Angelica Salazar is the founder of Knowmadica Consulting and is currently communications lead at the New School's Tishman Environment and Design Center.

Lee Schlenker


Lee Schlenker is the Policy Director at ACERE and a MA candidate in Latin American Studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

Cindy Domingo

US-Cuba Women Collaboration

Cindy Domingo is a Seattle-based civil rights leader who is a past board president of the Center for Social Justice and chief of staff to a King County councilmember.

Merriam Ansara

Mass Peace Action

Merriam Ansara is the founder of Common Ground Education and Travel Services and chairs MAPA's Cuba Working Group out of Western Massachusetts.

Arturo Lopez Levy

Assistant Professor

Arturo Lopez-Levy is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at Holy Names University, Oakland, CA. He is a political scientist and economist who specializes on International politics, comparative politics and economic development with a focus on Cuba and Latin America.

Bob Schwartz

Global Health Partners

Bob Schwartz is the Vice President of Global Health Partners. He has more than 35 years of experience building support for Central American economic and social development programs, primarily in the area of public health.

Elena Freyre


Elena Freyre was born in Havana, Cuba. She is president of the Foundation for Normalization of US-Cuba Relations and the founder and president of PazAmor.

Erik Sperling

Just Foreign Policy

Erik Sperling is the Executive Director of the DC-based advocacy group Just Foreign Policy. He has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Manuel Gomez

Retired Federal Employee

Manuel Gomez, PhD, is a Cuban American occupational and environmental health expert who served as the president of the Cuban American Committee for the Normalization of Relations.

James Counts Early

Cultural Educator

James Counts Early is a cultural educator and former Assistant Secretary for Education and Public Service at the Smithsonian Institution. He has a long history of working with Cuban cultural workers, especially within the Afro-Cuban community.

José Pertierra


José Pertierra is a Cuban-American attorney based in Washington, DC. He specializes in immigration and international law, as well as on US-Cuba relations.

Leonardo Flores


Leonardo Flores is a policy coordinator with ACERE. He writes on politics in Latin America and U.S.-Latin America relations, and he has served as an election observer in various countries in Latin America.

Medea Benjamin


Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK. She serves on the CODEPINK Board of Directors and has been an advocate for social justice for more than 40 years.

Samantha Wherry

Beloved Communities Incubator

Samantha Wherry is a Colombian human rights activist based in Washington, DC. She is Director of Operations at a local business incubator and holds an MA from the London School of Economics.

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan

Human Rights Lawyer

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan is a human rights lawyer who centers an anti-racist lens in her litigation and advocacy. She has written extensively about the principle of self-determination, democratic norms and gender justice.

Manuel Ramirez


Manuel Ramirez a Cuban-American PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Connecticut. Born in Tampa, Manny researches migration and racialization in the Cuban diaspora.

Felix Sharpe Caballero

Project El Pan

Felix Sharpe Caballero is a Cuban- American public policy executive and former public administrator for the State of Michigan, most recently as Director of Behavioral Health Integration.

Michelle Ellner

Americas Policy Forum

Michelle Ellner is a Venezuelan-American artist and human rights activist based in Washington, DC. She earned her BA in international affairs from Paris-Sorbonne University.

Jorge Quintana

DC Board of Elections

Jorge Quintana is a Cuban-American attorney-advisor who formerly served as the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee's Hispanic Caucus and the executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas.

Sara Kozameh

UC San Diego

Sara Kozameh is Assistant Professor of History at UC San Diego. She holds a PhD in Latin American and Caribbean History from NYU and was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University.

Dr. Tamara Lee

National Lawyers Guild

Dr. Tamara Lee is an Assistant Professor of Labor Studies at Rutgers University. She is a long-time member of the National Lawyers Guild, and a member of the Cuba Subcommittee


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The people of Cuba have long been suffering under an economic, commercial and financial embargo by the United States that places restrictions on food, medicine, and economic support from relatives. President Trump not only reversed President Obama’s move to strengthen relations but further tightened sanctions against Cuba. Despite high hopes, President Biden has so far failed to bring about a substantive improvement in relations. After six decades of failed policy, it is time to demand a different path forward.

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