This morning at 10:30, I’ve been invited to participate in a White House Conference Call on Cuba with Dan Fisk, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Caleb McCarry, Cuba Transition Coordinator, U.S. Department of State. We’ll be discussing, obviously, this US administration’s actions vis-a-vis Cuba.
If there’s anything you all want to let the White House know or if there’s any questions you would like answers to, please let me know in the comments ASAP.
Update: For starters, Ill be mentioning the possibility of charges being filed against raul castro for his involvement in the Brothers to the Rescue murders. Ill be voicing displeasure about the wet foot/dry foot policy and Ill be asking about “advocacy agreements” added to Cuba trade contracts.
This is your chance to have your voices heard, folks. Please take advantage of this opportunity.
Update: Conference call just ended. There were quite a few Cuban-Americans and others participating including Carlos Eire, Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Jose Basulto, Ninoska, Carlos Mayans, Cuban-American Mayor of Wichita, Kansas…too many to note all. I was quite humbled to be among such estemmed company and to tell the truth quite nervous.
All asked important questions. The raul castro indictment topic was addressed and the response was that the government is in the process of authenticating the recently released recording and will make a determination once that is complete. Also addresed was the US government’s stepping up of diplomatic outreach to allies and other countries to garner support for the democratic process in Cuba. Carlos Eire, specifically, addressed the PR efforts needed to help garner understanding of the realities of Cuba.
The new immigration policy for Cuban doctors was mentioned and we were told there have been quite a few doctors already taking advantage of said policy with a list of many more waiting in the wings.
Mine was the second to last question and I fumbled through a follow-up of Carlos’ questions, asking what efforts the administration is undertaking to garner support for the Cuban cause not just from the rest of the world and from within Cuba, but to help educate the US public on the realities of Cuba.
Obviously, these conference calls are just one of the measures being taken, both to listen to what our community thinks but to help us get the word out to the American public. In essense, the US governmnet will continue and in some instances expand their efforts for support from the American people, but the onus is on us to help deliver that message.
It is we who have to keep speaking the truth about Cuba, shouting even if it appears no one is listening, until more eyes are opened and more hearts are touched.
Our work is only beginning, folks.