This post is based on emails received at Havana Journal. We support LAWG and Christopher Baker and encourage Havana Journal readers to take action to support this Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act.
From Latin America Working Group
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.
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.
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 about Cuba travel.
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 Thomas.gov then 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.
From Christopher Baker
World renowned travel author Christopher Baker is sending out emails to encourage his readers to take similar action to support this bill.
You can read all about this landmark legislation at his Moon travel guides blog.
He urges everyone to take individual action by asking your congressional representative to co-sponsor the Travel to Cuba bill. It’s simple to do and will take less than one minute of your time.
Let’s seize the moment together!
Christopher P. Baker
Lowell Thomas Award 2008 “Travel Journalist of the Year”
Contributor to Caribbean Travel & Life, Elle, Executive Traveler, Islands, Maxim, National Geographic Traveler, Robb Report, plus more than 200 other publications worldwide.