The Center for International Policy and The Latin America Working Group Education Fund invite you to a briefing on Wednesday, March 20 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The New Miami-Cuba Dynamic: Is It a Game Changer?
The Speaker’s Room (H-122), U.S. Capitol Building, located on the House side through the South Door
In November, Florida’s Cuban-American community gave President Obama 48 percent of their vote, a significant increase from 2008. They also elected Joe Garcia, a Cuban-American Democrat, and the first ever from the Miami area. Cuban Americans favoring dialogue with the island now stand close to 60 percent; every new poll shows an upward trend. And Cuba, with its recently liberalized travel policy, is moving ahead with its commitment to reform. Today, Miami Cubans and their relatives in Cuba interact more freely, forming durable ties and enterprises.
This briefing by Cuban Americans from south Florida will update you on the new Miami-Havana reality—and why the U.S. and Cuban governments must seize the moment to start talking about solving their myriad bilateral disagreements.
Topics for Cuba discussion
Miami’s fast-changing dynamic
The case for engagement now
How travel alters the picture
The power of culture
Participants at Cuba briefing
Tessie Aral, President, ABC Charters
Annie Betancourt, former member, Florida House of Representatives
Elizabeth Cerejido, Miami arts curator
Arturo Lopez-Levy, co-founder, CAFÉ (Cuban Americans for Engagement)
Silvia Wilhelm, President, CubaPuentes, Inc.
Welcome by Wayne Smith, Director, Cuba Project, Center for International Policy