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Puentes de Amor Files Ethics Complaint Against Senator Marco Rubio

Grassroots members say Rubio is targeting and harassing them because they promote diplomacy and peaceful relations between the United States and Cuba In response to Senator Marco Rubio’s baseless defamation and harassment against Puentes de Amor (“PDA”) and war veteran and teacher Carlos Lazo, which includes calling upon the FBI to investigate them for allegedly representing the Cuban government, PDA members and citizens filed a complaint with the Senate Committee on Ethics denouncing Rubio’s  persecution campaign…

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A Call for Immediate U.S. Assistance to Fire Disaster in Cuba

On Friday, August 5, in the province of Matanzas, Cuba, lightning struck an oil tank in Cuba's largest oil storage facility. This led to a tremendous explosion and a still uncontrolled fire that has resulted in dozens of people injured, some in critical condition. As of Saturday, August 6, at least 17 firefighters were reported missing.  This fire, the largest in Cuban history, comes at a time when Cuba is…

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ACERE Statement Condemning Senator Rubio’s Attempt to Intimidate and Harass Puentes de Amor

Washington, DC - As Cuban-Americans and others came out on the streets of Miami on July 31 to oppose the over 60-year United States embargo against Cuba, Senator Marco Rubio decided to revive one of the ugliest and most condemned moments of U.S. history when he chose to engage in McCarthyist tactics and launch a campaign against U.S. citizens demanding diplomacy and engagement with Cuba, instead of continuing a failed…

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On May 16, 2022, the Biden administration announced new measures towards Cuba, taking an important step towards restoring the policies of engagement and reversing some Trump-era policies.  ACERE welcomes the White House announcement, including the reinstatement of the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program that will provide for the reunification of many Cuban families, as well as the promised increase of services and visa processing at the U.S. Consulate in Havana. …

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Public letter to Mayors Cava and Suarez regarding the Caravan to End the Cuba Blockade in Miami

May 12, 2022 Dear Mayors Cava and Suarez, We, the undersigned, represent the leadership of the Alliance for Cuba Engagement and Respect (ACERE), a coalition of groups around the country that work to end the embargo on Cuba and promote engagement between the U.S. and Cuba. We are concerned about the threats being made against the leadership and participants in the Caravan to End the Cuba Blockade in Miami that…

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Acere Statement Concerning U.S. Migration Policy Towards Cuba

Recently, the United States and Cuba engaged in bilateral discussions regarding the U.S.-Cuba Migration Accords for the first time since 2018. We commend the Biden-Harris Administration for finally engaging with the Cuban government directly and in a respectful way. The Trump Administration had discontinued these bi-annual meetings, whose goals were to ensure orderly and safe migration.  The accords included a commitment by the United States to process at least 20,000…

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114 members of Congress urge President Biden to address humanitarian needs and restore engagement with Cuba

Leer en español For immediate release December 16, 2021  Contact:  Angelica Salazar, 415-259-9594 [email protected]  Medea Benjamin, 415-235-6517 [email protected]  114 members of Congress urge President Biden to address humanitarian needs and restore engagement with Cuba Led by Representatives Jim McGovern (MA), Barbara Lee (CA), Bobby Rush (IL) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks (NY), 114 members of Congress sent a letter to President Biden on December 16, 2021, calling on him…

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Cuban entrepreneurs and private business owners urge President Biden to lift sanctions and restore path to normalization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 8th, 2021 Contact: Elena Freyre (786)683-8241 [email protected] [email protected] HAVANA - On November 8th, 247 Cuban private entrepreneurs, businesses and cooperatives sent a letter to President Biden denouncing the harmful impact that U.S. sanctions have had on their livelihoods. Despite campaign promises to reverse failed policies of prior administrations, President Biden continues to maintain the 243 sanctions against Cuba that the Trump administration added to the…

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The people of Cuba have long been suffering under an economic blockade by the United States that places restrictions on food, medicine, and even economic support from relatives. President Trump not only reversed President Obama’s move to strengthen relations but further tightened the blockade. Despite high hopes, President Biden has so far failed to bring about improved relations. After 60 years of failed policy, it is time to demand a different path forward.

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