CUBA CENTRAL NEWS BRIEF: Start the embargo debate now

The proclamation signed by President Kennedy in 1962 instituting the U.S. embargo against Cuba had a muscular beginning.

Vesting enormous powers in the hands of the President, it declared that the United States was prepared “to take all necessary actions to promote national hemispheric security by isolating the present Government of Cuba and thereby reducing the threat posed by its alignment with the communist powers.” more “CUBA CENTRAL NEWS BRIEF: Start the embargo debate now”

CDA IN THE NEWS: Can Cuba Supply America’s Growing Appetite for Organic Food?

This article was originally published on EcoWatch by Lorraine Chow.

American organic food producers and advocates, including the CEO of the Organic Trade Association and executives from Honest Tea, Stonyfield Farm and Global Organics, will be traveling to Cuba in May to take a closer look at the country’s unique, pesticide-free agricultural system and developing Cuba’s organic industry for export, POLITICO reported.

The trip will be organized by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D) of Maine. Star chef Tom Colicchio, Pingree’s friend and outspoken proponent of sustainable agriculture, will also attend.

The five-day trip is sponsored by the Center for Democracy in the Americas, which promotes a U.S. policy toward Cuba based on engagement and recognition of Cuba’s sovereignty.

For more, click here.

Photo credit: Adam Jones, Ph.D. / Global Photo Archive

CDA IN THE NEWS: U.S. companies make case for keeping Cuba organic

By Jenny Hopkinson

Cuban farms could one day help to feed Americans’ burgeoning appetite for organic food.

Amid the fanfare over President Barack Obama’s visit to Havana, U.S. officials and executives from major food companies, including Honest Tea, Stonyfield Farm and Global Organics, are eyeing the island as a potential supply of organic products, looking to take advantage of its close proximity and decades of farming without chemicals.

Representatives from those companies are among those heading to the island in May as part of a trip led by Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Maine Democrat who has her own organic farm. Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio is also part of the group

To read more about Representative Pingree’s upcoming trip organized by the Center for Democracy in the Americas, click here.

Statement of Sarah Stephens on the death of former President Fidel Castro

Washington, DC – Sarah Stephens, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), issued the following statement about the death of Cuba’s former leader.

“As Cubans reflect on the legacy of Fidel Castro, Americans may be surprised that Cubans, even opponents, will be expressing pride in the accomplishments of the Cuban revolution, while also demonstrating they are ready to move along with their lives and continue the economic and political reforms that have been underway for more than a decade.

“President Obama showed courage and foresight by restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba knowing that this day would come. At a moment when Cubans need it the most, they now have greater space to shape their lives without the fear of interference by the U.S. This is a policy that should continue.”


Ms. Stephens has taken more than 70 delegations to Cuba and met on eight occasions with President Fidel Castro. To learn more about the Center for Democracy in the Americas, visit the CDA website:  Contact Ms. Stephens here.


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EVENT: Celebrating 10 Years of Bringing Cuba and the U.S. Together

On November 13, 2016, CDA celebrated our 10th anniversary in style with an exclusive concert event at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C., featuring renowned Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela and Grammy-winning U.S. musician Dave Matthews. Each artist performed a set on his own and then took the stage together to give the audience a truly once-in-a-lifetime musical experience. CDA is so grateful to our host committee and generous sponsors for making this an unforgettable night, and for supporting our work to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations.

Check out the write-ups in the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.


Platinum Sponsors
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Gold Sponsors
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.  *   Aesys Inc.   *   American Honda Motor Co., Inc.   *    Carol Browner and Thomas Downey   *  Gregory Craig   *   Cuba Educational Travel   *   Scott D. Gilbert, Gilbert LLP   *   Gilead Sciences   *   Secretary Carlos Gutierrez   *   Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH, President Lyndon Haviland & Co LLC   *   Paula Schaeffer 1919-2016

Silver Sponsors
A Better Place Foundation   *   Altavoz Entertainment, Inc.   *   Sanjay Bhutiani, The Glover Park Group   *   David Dreyer, TSD Communications   *   The Honorable Jane Harman   *   The Hugo Cancio Foundation   *   Jonathan Nouri, The Last Stop   *    Sophie and Colline   *   Youthful Savings

Bronze Sponsors
Nancy Bernstein   *   Lorelei and Jason Blair   *    Linda and Michael Caudell-Feagan   *    Simon Cruz   *   Linda Delgado   *    Linda and Cal Dooley   *   Mary Ebrahimi   *   Bea Edwards   *   Environmental Defense Fund   *   David Holiday   *   Theresa Maksel   *   Conrad Martin   *   Grant McCargo, Bio-Logical Capital   *    Michael Miller and Ryan Miller   *   OceanElders   *   Elaine Reuben   *   Pernod Ricard   *   Sally Shelton-Colby   *   George Vickers   *   Shana Weiss and John Silva

Host Committee
Lara Bergthold   *   Jake Colvin, NFTC   *   Gregory Craig   *   Simon Cruz   *   Linda Amerigo Delgado   *   Bea Edwards, Government Accountability Project   *   Scott D. Gilbert, Gilbert LLP   *   Manual R. Gomez, DrPH   *   Donna P. Hall, President & CEO, Women Donors Network   *   Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH, CEO, Lyndon Haviland & Co LLC   *   Gary Hirshberg, Chairman and Co-Founder, Stonyfield Farm   *   John Hoyt and Aana Lauckhart   *   Karen Kavanaugh and Jeff Malachowsky   *   Collin Laverty   *   Conrad Martin   *   Lisa Ndecky Llanos   *   Curtis Schaeffer   *   Wynn Seagall , Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP   *   Sally Shelton-Colby   *   Ariane van Buren