CAFE welcomes President Obama to Cuba

CAFE is pleased to express our gratitude and our support for President Barack Obama for having set in motion the overdue process of normalization of relations with Cuba. As the president, his family, members of his cabinet, and a large contingent of U.S. congressional members and staff are set to arrive in Havana this afternoon it is evident that the inevitable march towards normalization and reconciliation continues without pause. This official visit, unthinkable just a few years ago, marks an important milestone of the end of the first phase in that process. 

 

We hope that it will serve as an incentive for both nations to work towards realizing the worthy goal of forging a new relationship based on mutual respect and cooperation. For this to happen, Congress must now act to repeal the web of legislation that codifies the embargo and send it to a president that will sign off on normalization. The president has gradually whittled away at the restrictions under his jurisdiction so as to provide an opening between the United States and Cuba and American citizens in the public and private sectors have welcomed this rapprochement by engaging with the island in a robust manner. It is time for Congress to act and support the president’s policy and the people’s will.

 

  We encourage the president and all those accompanying him to ask all Cubans that they encounter, and not just those deemed as dissidents, what it is they can do to “help meet the needs of the Cuban people” as official policy subscribes. President Obama is extremely popular on the island in all streams of the civil society and the overwhelming majority of Cubans, wherever they may reside, are in favor of normalization. We can only hope that this trip accelerates the virtuous cycle already established between both nations and spurs both federal governments to take bold steps forward.

CAFE welcomes President Obama to Cuba

CAFE is pleased to express our gratitude and our support for President Barack Obama for having set in motion the overdue process of normalization of relations with Cuba. As the president, his family, members of his cabinet, and a large contingent of U.S. congressional members and staff are set to arrive in Havana this afternoon it is evident that the inevitable march towards normalization and reconciliation continues without pause. This official visit, unthinkable just a few years ago, marks an important milestone of the end of the first phase in that process. 

 

We hope that it will serve as an incentive for both nations to work towards realizing the worthy goal of forging a new relationship based on mutual respect and cooperation. For this to happen, Congress must now act to repeal the web of legislation that codifies the embargo and send it to a president that will sign off on normalization. The president has gradually whittled away at the restrictions under his jurisdiction so as to provide an opening between the United States and Cuba and American citizens in the public and private sectors have welcomed this rapprochement by engaging with the island in a robust manner. It is time for Congress to act and support the president’s policy and the people’s will.

 

  We encourage the president and all those accompanying him to ask all Cubans that they encounter, and not just those deemed as dissidents, what it is they can do to “help meet the needs of the Cuban people” as official policy subscribes. President Obama is extremely popular on the island in all streams of the civil society and the overwhelming majority of Cubans, wherever they may reside, are in favor of normalization. We can only hope that this trip accelerates the virtuous cycle already established between both nations and spurs both federal governments to take bold steps forward.

CAFE welcomes President Obama to Cuba

CAFE is pleased to express our gratitude and our support for President Barack Obama for having set in motion the overdue process of normalization of relations with Cuba. As the president, his family, members of his cabinet, and a large contingent of U.S. congressional members and staff are set to arrive in Havana this afternoon it is evident that the inevitable march towards normalization and reconciliation continues without pause. This official visit, unthinkable just a few years ago, marks an important milestone of the end of the first phase in that process. 

 

We hope that it will serve as an incentive for both nations to work towards realizing the worthy goal of forging a new relationship based on mutual respect and cooperation. For this to happen, Congress must now act to repeal the web of legislation that codifies the embargo and send it to a president that will sign off on normalization. The president has gradually whittled away at the restrictions under his jurisdiction so as to provide an opening between the United States and Cuba and American citizens in the public and private sectors have welcomed this rapprochement by engaging with the island in a robust manner. It is time for Congress to act and support the president’s policy and the people’s will.

 

  We encourage the president and all those accompanying him to ask all Cubans that they encounter, and not just those deemed as dissidents, what it is they can do to “help meet the needs of the Cuban people” as official policy subscribes. President Obama is extremely popular on the island in all streams of the civil society and the overwhelming majority of Cubans, wherever they may reside, are in favor of normalization. We can only hope that this trip accelerates the virtuous cycle already established between both nations and spurs both federal governments to take bold steps forward.

CAFE denounces Marti Noticias for slander

From its inception, Radio Marti has served an interventionist agenda in Cuba's internal affairs. However, the pro-embargo role it has taken has never been authorized by the U.S. congress. The issue of supporting or opposing the U.S. embargo towards Cuba is a question of internal debate within the American political community. The U.S. government should not use one more cent of American taxpayers' dollars to promote a policy rejected by a wide majority of the Cuban American community, and by the American population at large.

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Inside Contemporary Cuban Film

Inside Contemporary Cuban Film

The Americas Media Initiative (AMI) is organizing a very specialized delegation in collaboration with Anthropologie Consulting that will focus on current trends in contemporary Cuban filmmaking. The trip is geared towards film programmers and curators, professionals in the film business and people interested in contemporary Cuban filmmaking and will provide insight and access normally unavailable to U.S. visitors. An important focus of the delegation is to help clarify how the U.S. embargo still impacts Cuban filmmaking and the complex situation for Cuban independent filmmakers – who work outside of traditional Cuban cultural institutions – and their current legal status within Cuba. Alexandra Halkin, AMI Founding Director along with Jose Pineda, Director of Anthropologie Consulting will lead the delegation.

 

Duration: 14 Jan 2016 - 22 Jan 2016

Location: Havana, Pinar del Rio, Las Terrazas, Santa Clara

Price: $4,495.00

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The Americas Media Initiative (AMI) is organizing a very specialized delegation in collaboration with AC Journeys that will focus on current trends in contemporary Cuban filmmaking.

The trip is geared toward film programmers and curators, professionals in the film business and people interested in contemporary Cuban filmmaking and will provide insight and access normally unavailable to U.S. visitors.

An important focus of the delegation is to help clarify how the U.S. embargo still impacts Cuban filmmaking including the complex situation for Cuban independent filmmakers – who work outside of the traditional Cuban cultural institutions – and their legal status within Cuba. Alexandra Halkin, AMI Founding Director along with Jose Pineda, Director of Anthropologie Consulting will lead the delegation.

Since President Obama’s announcement last December, AMI has received numerous requests from U.S. citizens for assistance related to filmmaking in Cuba. Because of this tsunami of interest, AMI has decided to organize our first delegation to Cuba.

Due to the close working relationship AMI has with many filmmakers, delegates will meet one on one with documentary, and fiction filmmakers, and producers as well as animators and attend special screenings of their work. A unique aspect of the delegation will be meeting filmmakers living outside of Havana.

Delegation highlights include:
• Travel to La Conchita, Pinar del Río to meet with youth who are engaged in a unique community media project, Los ChapuSerios. The project was initiated with funding from the British Embassy in 2013. Los ChapuSerios now produce programming for the local TV channel besides their own community-based work.
• Trip to Santa Clara to meet with Harold (Muke) Diaz-Guzman, a self-taught animator, software designer and university professor along with his award winning animation collective.
• Also in Santa Clara a visit to El Mejunje, a famous Cuban cultural center known for it’s support of LGBT rights for a screening of the new short documentary, Mascaras (Masks) about the lives of Ríubel Alarcón and Pedro Manuel González, two famous Cuban transformistas (drag queens).
• Havana meeting with award winning producer, Claudia Calvino of Producciones 5ta Avenida (Melaza, Juan of the Dead) who will discuss how 5ta Avenida functions within the restrictions and limitations of the US embargo and the lack of legal status within Cuba.
• Visit to the internationally celebrated International Film and Television School (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, for a tour and full day of visits and screenings with Cuban faculty and students.
• Other Havana meetings include cultural critic Gustavo Arcos, award-winning documentary filmmaker, Ernesto Pérez Zambrano and documentary and fiction filmmakers including Rigoberto Jímenez and Marcel Beltrán.
The delegation will accommodate 15 people so we encourage people to sign up early. All events and films will be translated to English. For further information please contact Jose Pineda: jepp23@acjourneys.com or (786) 955-6660.

CAFE at University of Florida

CAFE at University of Florida

"Last Friday, I had the distinct honor of speaking at the University of Florida about Cuban Americans for Engagement and the new US-Cuba relations. Earlier that day, a group of Cuban Americans from different organizations joined me, in a small but lively rally in support of the current administration's pro engagement stance! What a blast. for organizing this with the help of CASA - Cuban American Student Association Inspire Cuba, and UF ACSE - Association of Cuban Student Engineers." Jhon Cores, CAFE.

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