Engage Cuba Takes Its Advocacy Fight To The States
WASHINGTON – After mobilizing the leading coalition working to reform U.S.-Cuba policy in Washington, Engage Cuba today announced that it is taking its advocacy fight to the states. Engage Cuba will develop state-level coalitions to bring the voices of business, civil society, and everyday Americans to the doorsteps of Members of Congress to deliver a clear and resounding message: Congress needs to end the travel ban and trade embargo on Cuba.
“For too long, a small minority of status quo defenders sidelined the voices of the vast majority of the American people who support a change in U.S.-Cuba policy,” said James Williams, President of Engage Cuba. “Engage Cuba will work on the ground in the states to ensure elected officials in Washington know where their constituents stand.”
Steven Law, Senior Advisor to Engage Cuba (and President of American Crossroads), added, “Cuba isn’t a partisan issue. 71 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats want to end the travel ban, and a bipartisan coalition in Congress is working to make that happen.”
Engage Cuba will be carrying out its state campaigns through in-state events, local media outreach, polling and targeted advertising campaigns. Efforts will initially begin in Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas and Ohio and will continue to expand strategically.
Engage Cuba is proud to work closely with allies such as the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC), which is elevating the voices of farmers from around the country.
“The US Agriculture Coalition for Cuba has been working at the state level with great success and welcomes other industry outreach across the US,” said Paul Johnson, Co-Chair of the USACC. “We need to support and improve existing Cuban agriculture by exchanging know-how, technology, and equipment. We support collaboration with all commercial, political, and academic sectors in order to help establish a more sensible relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.”