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Top Cuban Clergy testifying in DC tomorrow; please call members of Congress

Wed, Feb 26, 2014

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All,
Among this Cuban delegation are friends who have hosted us in Havana and Matanzas (Rev Raul Suarez and Rev Dr Arce). Church leaders are among the most active and unrelenting in seeking justice and respect and dialogue between US and Cuba. On many occasions they have been denied visas to visit the US (or visas have been delayed to prevent their arrival); apparently they will be here tomorrow for this important meeting. Please take a moment to contact the Maine delegation and request that they attend or send staff. Thank you —  JR 
The link to Capwiz gives phone #s and talking points; it’s easy.
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Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 5:00 AM
Subject: Tell Your Member of Congress to Learn About Religious Life in Cuba This Thursday!

Latin America Working Group 
*End the Travel Ban on Cuba* 

Please support our partner organization, PCUSA Office of Public Witness, and contact your member of Congress to encourage him/her to learn about the reality of religious life in Cuba this Thursday on Capitol Hill! 

Best, 

Mavis, Emily and Zuleika
The LAWG Cuba Team 
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Take Action for Cuba! Call Your Members of Congress Today! 

This Thursday, February 27th at noon, an ecumenical delegation from Cuba will be presenting a Congressional briefing on the status of religious freedom in Cuba in cooperation with Senator Jeff Flake and Rep. Jim McGovern. To demonstrate your support, please call members of congress and urge them or their staff to attend this briefing. 

Click here [ http://capwiz.com/pcusa/callalert/index.tt?alertid=63108856 ] to call your members of congress today! 

Featured panelists include Rev. Jose Ortega Dopico, Presbyterian, President, Cuban Council of Churches, Bishop Griselda Delgado, Anglican Bishop of Cuba, Rev. Dr. Reneirio Arce, President, Matanzas Seminary, Havana, Pastor Maria Yi, Quaker, Vice President, Cuban Council of Churches, Rev. Rhode Gonzalez, Christian Pentecostal Church, and Rev. Raul Suarez, Director of the Martin Luther King Center in Havana. 

These faith leaders are well positioned to speak about U.S.-Cuban relations as faith communities are central to expanding and supporting the economic and political shifts happening in Cuba. This briefing will serve as a crucial resource to members of Congress and their staff on the issue of U.S. policy toward Cuba. 

This briefing focusing on religious freedom in Cuba is part of a larger goal of this ecumenical trip in which faith leaders will address specific issues with the United States administration from a Protestant, Cuban perspective. Included in these goals are calling for meaningful dialogue between the two nations, calling the U.S. to remove Cuba from its list of state-sponsors of terrorism, and calling the U.S. to lift all restrictions on people-to-people travel from U.S.-Cuba. 

Click here [ http://capwiz.com/pcusa/callalert/index.tt?alertid=63108856 ] to call your members of congress today! 

Please call your representative and senators and urge their staff to attend this briefing in SVC 212-10, Capitol Visitors Center on Thursday, February 27th at 12 PM. By spreading the word of these faith leaders, we can move toward a more cooperative relationship between the United States and Cuba. 

Sponsored by Church World Service, Presbyterian Church USA, American Friends Service Committee, Global Ministries of the Christian Churches and Church of Christ, and the Episcopal Church. 

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