Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Initiating Signers of Letter to the President and Leaders of Congress

Dear President Bush, Majority Leader Reid, and Speaker Pelosi

cc: Senator McCain and Senator Obama

Because of the devastation suffered by Cuba from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, and the history of conflict and suspicion between our countries, creative means must be found to enable the traditional compassion of Americans to express itself in assistance to the Cuban people in a timely fashion.

We urge an immediate 90 day suspension by Presidential order, or by legislation, of Treasury and Commerce Department restrictions and licensing requirements for humanitarian travel and remittances by all Americans and assistance from not-for-profit organizations granted tax-exempt status by the IRS.

Add your name here

or go to http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Cubafloodaid/

Initiating Signers to date (9/9/08)

Mavis Anderson, Senior Associate, Latin America Working Group

Merri Ansara, Director, Common Ground Education & Travel

Isidro (Chilo) Borja, President, Foundation for the Normalization of US/Cuba Relation

Peter G. Bourne, Chair, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba

Majorie Cohn, President, National Lawyers Guild

Albert A. Fox, Jr., President, Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation

H. Bruce Franklin, Professor of English and American Studies, Rutgers University-Newark

Jane Franklin, Historian

Dr. Douglas Friedman, Director of the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program, College of

Art Heitzer, Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba

Daniel Hellinger, Professor of Political Science, Webster University

Andrea Holbrook, Travel Industry Committee on Cuba, Holbrook Travel

Kathleen G. Hower, Executive Director, Global Links

Kirby Jones, Alamar Associates

Carlos Lazo, Cuban American political activist

Jeanne Lemkau, PhD, Professor Emerita Wright State University

Sandra Levinson, Center for Cuban Studies

Delvis Fernandez Levy, Cuban American Alliance Education Fund

Pamela Ann Martin; Molimar Export Consultants, Inc.

Antonio C. Martinez II, Martinez & Associates

John McAuliff, Executive Director, Fund for Reconciliation and Development

Kirsten Moller, Executive Director, Global Exchange

Robert Muse, Attorney

Julio V Ruiz, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry/Geriatric, State University of New York

Ruben G. Rumbaut, ENCASA/US-CUBA

Bob Schwartz, Executive Director, Disarm Education Fund

Wayne Smith, Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy

Melinda St. Louis, Executive Director, Witness for Peace

Sarah Stephens, Executive Director, Center for Democracy in the Americas

Geoff Thale, Program Director, Washington Office on Latin America

Nelson P Valdes, Emeritus professor, University of New Mexico

Richard Walden, President, Operation USA

Silvia Wilhelm, Cuban American Commission for Family Rights

Colonel Lawrence B. Wilkerson, USA (Ret), Visiting Harriman Professor of Government and
Public Policy at the College of William and Mary

Antonio Zamora, US/Cuba Legal Forum, Inc.

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