Thursday, July 23, 2009

Raíces is bringing back its signature Summer Blast event — with a few twists.

On Saturday, July 25, Raíces de Esperanza will be hosting a domino tournament and party at The Glass Studio (7520 NE 4 Ct. — In the Mimo Historic District). Aside from dominoes, great music, food, and drinks, we'll be able to enjoy the work of renowned artist and friend Kiki Valdés.

The event will also be a collection point for our Cells For Cuba Initiative. Make sure to bring your and your friends' old, used, or even broken cell phones. We'll be able to use any cell phones you bring to help connect our Cuban counterparts to one another.

Click here to register for the event.

Make sure to invite your friends to this event and have them register at the link above!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dr. Darsi Ferrer arrested in Havana

From The Miami Herald & CubaNet:

Independent medical doctor

HAVANA, Cuba, July 13 (Roberto de Jesús Guerra / - Police arrested prominent dissident Dr. Darsi Ferrer and his wife, Yusnaymi Jorge, last week, according to Ferrer’s sister-in-law.

“A man dressed in green and accompanied by two police officers came to the couple’s house in a patrol car and one of them told Darsi they were there to check the house, which he opposed,” she said in a telephone call. “Minutes later they left with him and my sister.”

Ferrer is president of the Independent Health Center and the Juan Bruno Zayas Human Rights organization.

The reason for the arrest, which occurred last Thursday, was unknown, but Ferrer planned a walk at the Hotel Nacional which dissidents have called Dream Walk.

Click here for the story.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Hershey facilitates trips to Cuba under humanitarian license


Hershey Foundation offers connection with Cuba

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cuba is a mysterious destination. It's so close, yet it's diffi cult to reach given the federal restrictions on travel there. But, one way to see the island is by visiting under a special license issued by the U.S. Treasury Department. One such license allows travel for humanitarian projects. And that's how the M.S. Hershey Foundation is able to offer trips to Cuba.

The foundation partners with the Bringing Hope Foundation, which is licensed to travel to Cuba "to deliver humanitarian supplies to an independent charity to benefit the Cuban people."

But why does the M.S. Hershey Foundation have an interest in Cuba? In the early 1900s, Milton S. Hershey built a sugar refinery and a town in Cuba he named Central Hershey to provide his chocolate factory with sugar, which was in limited supply due to World War I. That connection is what has motivated the foundation's 10 trips to Cuba in as many years.

Click here for the rest of the story.

Note from the blogger:

If you click the link above to read the whole story, you'll find a summary of the trip's agenda/itinerary.

Does it seem to you that this is an appropriate trip agenda given travelers will be on a humanitarian license? Is medical aid the best use of such a license? Should more time be spent on this sort of activity to justify the issuing of a license? Is it appropriate for travelers on a humanitarian license from the U.S. government to participate in a policy seminar in Cuba as part of their trip's planned agenda?

Also, if you've been to (or even lived in) Hershey, Cuba, we'd love to read about your experience and what the chocolate connection the U.S. means to you (if anything). Tell us about it in the comments section of this post.