New group celebrates thawing US/Cuba relations

Posted: 22-Jun-15 14:21

The American travel and trade bans that were in place against Cuba are starting to be lifted, which is creating a lot of change for both countries. Engage Cuba is a newly formed group that is pushing for an end to the bans. The group recently celebrated the changes made so far with a party in Washington.

New group celebrates thawing US/Cuba relations

Engage Cuba is a recently formed group that is pushing for an end to the bans on travel and trade between the USA and Cuba. The group recently hosted a packed party at Washington bar Partisan to celebrate the thawing of relations between the USA and Cuba, with attendees enjoying a lively party atmosphere with Cuba Libre and Havana Nueve cocktails flowing.

The party included a number of lawmakers who were working to end the Cold War era embargo against Cuba, even before the Obama administration opened negotiations late last year. Also many Cuban and American diplomats were in attendance.

Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, is one of the biggest supporters of the removal of the bans. He is very optimistic and at the event he announced to the group that it is heartening to see where they were at today. He explained:

"It's full steam ahead. Americans should be able to travel wherever they want, unless there is a compelling national security reason."

About Engage Cuba

This group is a grassroots organisation that is dedicated to mobilizing American businesses, concerned citizens and non-profit groups. The group works to coordinate legislative advocacy, grassroots activities and public affairs in a way that creates coherent messaging, advances policy outcomes and distributes pressure where it is needed.

The staff of Engage Cuba is a bipartisan team that brings over 50 years of experience. It engages Congress, the media, the Executive Branch, the business community and the public – encouraging them to advocate for U.S. Cuba policy that is in the best interests of the Cuban and American people.

The group works with US Cuba Policy and has a membership that includes businesses and organisations across sectors, including major trade groups such as the American Society of Travel Agents, the Consumer Electronics Association, the Council of the Americas, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Foreign Trade Council. The group also includes civil society organizations such as Cuba Study Group, Latin America Working Group, Third Way and Washington Office on Latin America.

Engage Cuba is also working to create state councils of civic leaders and local businesses in order to deliver a consistent message to congressional districts and key states. The group is supported by American businesses and private funds and it has no organisational connection to the USA or Cuban governments.


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