Dear Colleague Letter on Freedom to Travel to Cuba-signed by 59 Reps!

Did you hear about Jay Z and Beyonce’s recent visit to Cuba to celebrate their 5 year wedding anniversary? Cuban American Republican congresspersons Ileana Ros-Lehtinin and Mario Diaz-Balart wrote to the US Treasury Department criticizing Beyonce’s and Jay Z’s visit and calling for an investigation of the super star couple’s trip to Cuba.

Are you tired of a small minority of Cuban-American congressperons holding us all hostage when it come to US policy towards Cuba? President Obama has made some forward strides to loosen travel to Cuba but we have much further to go. Rep Sam Farr (CA) has authored a Dear Colleague letter addressed to President Obama asking the President to use his excecutive authority to grant general licenses for ALL purposeful travel to Cuba.

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Venezuela: International Day of Action April 11, 2013

Thursday April 11th marks the 11 year anniversary of the attempted coup against elected President Hugo Chavez. Two Days later on April 13th, 2002 in a historic moment for Latin America he returned to his office reversing the coup.

Since first coming into office in 1999 President Chavez had gone through numerous highly observed elections in which he was re-elected by an overwhelming majority of the popular vote. He recently was re-elected for President in October 2012. A controversial figure for some and a beloved President and leader for millions of Venezuelans, President Hugo Chavez succumbed to cancer last month.

New elections are taking place this Sunday April 14th in Venezuela where President Chavez’s sucessor Nicolas Maduro is expected to win. We know of the over decade long hostilities of the United States in trying to intervene in the democractic process in Venezuela and to undermine the alternative economic and political models that challenge US hegemony in the region.

This Thursday April 11th is an International Day of Action in solidarity with the Venezuelan People. As US Citizens we call for NO Intervention in Venezuela, Respect for Election Results, and an End to funding of Opposition groups.

Call the State Department’s Venezuela Desk at 202-647-4216 or email

Call the White House comment Line: 202-456-1111

For congress contact the ranking members of the Foriegn Operations Sub-Committee and ask them to cut all US funding of opposition groups in Venezuela from the 2014 federal budget.

Republican Chair Kay Granger (TX) (202) 225-5071
Democract ranking member Nita Lowey (NY) 202-225-6506

There will be events happening nationwide this week. For California events see below. 

California Events:

April 14th Chiapas Support Committee (5-C) teach-in @*2-4 pm
Dolores Huerta Room, Pitzer, Claremont Colleges. VENEZUELA
Youth collectives… elections Jeanette Charles, & Youth skyped from

April 14th Bus from LA to SF: Venezuelan consulate

Global Womens Strike Sunday 14 April, 3:30- 6pm
At the Eastside Café, 5469 Huntington Drive N (corner of Maycrest LA 90032)  Light refreshment.  Let us know by Thursday April 11 if you will need childcare.
Contact:, 323-276-9833