CUBA & MASSACHUSETTS IN THE NEWS

Boston Globe: Round trip from Boston to Havana — for business, softball, and a little fun

JetBlue’s inaugural flight to Cuba was a festive event. At Logan, passengers were feted with a balloon-draped Cuban buffet, salsa dancers, and a series of speakers, many of whom had Cuban ties.

Boston Globe Opinion: Cuba-Massachusetts relations — the journey continues

This weekend, JetBlue began a new direct flight between Boston Logan Airport and Havana’s José Martí Airport. The new route brings with it new opportunities for increased collaboration and cooperation between the people of Massachusetts and Cuba. 

Boston Globe: Local Youths to go on a Baseball Mission to Cuba This Summer

Youth Futures International will partner with Boston nonprofit The Base to create “Building Bridges through Baseball,” an international program that will send a baseball team to Cuba this summer with the hope of fostering leadership and diplomacy.

Harvard Crimson: Harvard to Continue Support for Cuba Travel Despite Government Restrictions

Despite growing tensions between Cuba and the United States under the Trump administration, Harvard will continue to support students in their academic endeavors in the country. Last week, the White House announced new restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, barring most individual visits to the country and prohibiting U.S. travellers from visiting a list of restricted entities affiliated with the Cuban government, including several hotels and businesses.

UMass Amherst News: UMass Amherst Launching New Program to Study Public Health in Cuba

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will offer a new pilot program in the fall of 2017 that allows students, faculty and staff to travel to Cuba to study that nation’s public health system. The new program is a collaboration involving UMass Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) and International Programs Office (IPO) with Cuban education and healthcare organizations.

Boston Globe: Moulton, McGovern Explore Cuba for Mass. Business Opportunities

A Massachusetts-heavy delegation of politicians, businesses, and colleges returned from Cuba Wednesday, after a days-long trip highlighted the possibility of new economic and cultural ties. Members of the group, which included Representatives Jim McGovern of Worcester and Seth Moulton of Salem, met with Cuban President Raul Castro and hosted exchanges between biomedical experts from America and Cuba.

DVIDS: Massachusetts National Guard MPs deploy to Cuba

On Nov. 26, 2017, the Massachusetts National Guard held a deployment ceremony for the platoon of Soldiers from the 772nd Military Police Company, in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The company is based out of Taunton, Mass., at an armory located across the street from the high school where their families wished them goodbye.

MASSACHUSETTS' CHAMPIONS

  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)   Cosponsor of  Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Cosponsor of Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

  Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)   Cosponsor of  Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)

Cosponsor of Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

  Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA-2)   Cosponsor of    Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act  and  Cuba Trade Act

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA-2)

Cosponsor of Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act and Cuba Trade Act

  Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA-6)   Cosponsor of  Cuba Agricultural Exports Act  and  Cuba Trade Act

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA-6)

Cosponsor of Cuba Agricultural Exports Act and Cuba Trade Act