Friday, December 10, 2010

Activists: White House decision on travel ban coming soon

A new petition calls for a softening of Cuba travel restrictions. Supporters are pushing for President Obama's support.
Details below are from Mavis Anderson of the Latin America Working Group:
On December 2, we initiated a petition with to influence the President’s decision on whether or not to issue an executive order easing travel regulations on Cuba. He has the authority to return to the Clinton-era regulations, or even improve upon that. We know that this decision will be made in the next couple of weeks, or at least that is what we have been told. Now is the time to make sure the President hears from us loudly and clearly that this is the very least that we expect from him. Please sign the petition yourself, and please forward it broadly to your networks. The petition is linked through the grassroots alert that follows my signature. Many of you have already forwarded the petition to your networks; we are grateful. Those who have not, please send it along with your endorsement as soon as possible. If you have already sent to your lists but could also send a reminder, that would be helpful, too. Timing is critical.

The petition drew 11,000 signatures (and 11,000 emails to the White House) within 24 hours. We are at this moment at 13,243 signatures, and it continues to grow slowly. But we need another bump; your networks can make that happen. Thanks for anything you can do. We would like to reach 20,000; please help!
The petition is here.


Unknown said...

While I do not dismiss the utility of petitions, they are the least effectual of expressing grassroots sentiments. Congress and the White House pay attention to two things, votes and money. The most effective thing signatories can do besides signing a petition is make a donation to a pro-travel, anti-embargo political action committee, ie. the U.S. Cuba Political Action Committee (not to be confused with the pro-restrictions/embargo U.S. Cuba "Democracy" PAC. Until our communities organizes itself to express itself politically, we will continually lose these battles. The time has come to organize and change.

alongthemalecon said...

Thanks for your comment, Tony. What you say makes a lot of sense.