The launch party was hosted at The Partisan restaurant, dubbed The (Bi)Partisan for the evening, to underscore the growing support for this issue on both sides of the aisle. The energy was palpable with more than 200 guests turning out to mark this historic new era.
In attendance : Major business across industries (e.g., Comcast NBCUniversal, JetBlue, Teletech, Universal Music); media outlets (e.g., NBC, Wall Street Journal, New York Times); U.S. and Cuban diplomats (e.g., Roberta Jacobson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs; José Cabañas, Cuban Ambassador to the U.S.); and Members of Congress (e.g., Senators Leahy, Klobuchar, Flake; Representatives Castor, Lee).
We also had broad representation from the Obama administration, including Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs who has played a key role in the talks to open embassies. In a sign of how far we’ve come, José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, Chief of Mission of the Cuban Interests Section, also joined the event in representation of his country.
We were fortunate to hear from Senators Leahy, Flake, and Klobuchar who all touched on the incredible progress that had been made in the six short months that have passed since President Obama’s action to normalize relations with Cuba on December 17th. What we heard from them and so many others is that there is a bipartisan path forward. After 54 years of a failed policy, it’s time for a change.