Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America
President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, with the mediation of Pope Francis,have been able to make changes in U.S. – Cuba policy.
However, there is still a long way to go, since only Congress can end the embargo and other restrictions.
Currently, there are two bills in the House of Representatives (HR 3238 & HR 664) that would move us closer to ending the embargo. Please, take a moment to email or call your member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor both bills!
Please visit your congressperson’s website and locate their contact form (usually under “email me” or “contact your rep”) to send a message. Below is a draft of a message (provided by the Latin American Working Group) to get you started on contacting your member of Congress. Feel free to edit and/or personalize this message.
Dear [Congressperson’s name],
I’m your constituent. I live in [YOUR CITY/TOWN]. And I have an important message for you. U.S. policy toward Cuba needs your attention. Rep. [NAME], I encourage you to listen to me and the overwhelming majority of the American people, in our district and across the country:We want to engage with Cuba. We want to be able to travel to Cuba without restriction. We want our district’s businesses to be able to trade with Cuba without restriction. This will benefit both our district and the Cuban people. That’s what our policy is supposed to do!
There are two bills in the House of Representatives that would move our district and this country in the correct direction. Rep. [NAME], I ask you to support and co-sponsor
these bills. And do it now!
HR 3238, introduced by Congressman Tom Emmer (R-MN 6th), the Cuba Trade Act of 2015.
[FOR REPUBLICANS]Contact Jason Frye in Congressman Emmer’s office. [FOR DEMOCRATS] Contact Lara Hopkins in Congresswoman Kathy Castor’s office.
HR 664, introduced by Congressman Mark Sanford (R-SC 1st), the Freedom to Travel to
Cuba Act of 2015. [FOR REPUBLICANS] Contact Roger Morse in Congressman Sanford’s office. [FOR DEMOCRATS] Contact Cindy Buhl in Congressman Jim McGovern’s office.
Thank you, and please let me know that you have taken these actions.
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