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Read a Havana traveler's journey:
Havana’s Symphony of Sound
published in the March 18 New York Times
“No one can predict what will happen to Cuba in the coming years,
which is why you must rush there now. As in, right now.”
Read Executive Director Sandra Levinson's letter to the editor of the New York Times in response to this article:
To the Editor:
Re: "A Symphony of Sound," by Reif Larsen [March 18, 2018]
The Trump administration is doing everything it can to insure that NO U.S. citizen can experience Havana's "symphony of sound" as Mr. Larsen and his wife did.
The Center for Cuban Studies has been organizing trips to Cuba since 1973 and we have never experienced an administration so bent on destroying the Cuban system by withdrawing a main source of income for its people.
Following President Obama's opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2014-5, and the relaxation of the travel ban (while still in place), Cuban families went all-out to spruce up their homes and join Air B&B, or open home restaurants or expand already-existing small businesses, all with an eye to business from U.S. travelers.
For a little more than a year, U.S. travel skyrocketed and thousands of Cuban families benefited, as did our travelers. Then Trump stepped in to satisfy the demands of his pro-travel ban Cuban-Americans in Florida. With a rousing speech last June, Trump attacked the Obama policy, while making few substantial changes in the actual travel regulations. However, what the administration chose not to do by law or regulation, it has accomplished through intimidation, i.e., bringing U.S. Cuba travel to a near-standstill. The State Department has warned U.S. citizens, in no uncertain terms, that it is not safe to travel to Cuba and if something happens, one cannot expect help from the U.S. Embassy. (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/cuba-travel-advisory.html) The sad part of this is that the intimidation is working.
This is a terrible situation both for U.S. travelers and for the Cuban people. The campaign against Cuba being carried out by Washington deserves to be discussed at greater length than in a letter. But for now, NYT readers should know that TRAVEL TO CUBA IS LEGAL AND SAFE. There is almost no one who cannot qualify for legal travel and there are many of us – nonprofits and travel organizations both – willing and able to help the intrepid traveler to Cuba. We cannot allow this administration – now emboldened by the appointment of tough-on-Cuba John Bolton – to keep us from experiencing a welcoming Cuba.
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