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Orbitz campaigns to open doors to Cuba


The LA Times reports today Orbitz launches petition drive to end Cuba travel ban:

Blending commerce with politics, Orbitz Worldwide has launched a campaign to reverse a law that prohibits travel to Cuba for most U.S. citizens and green-card holders.

The article included a link to Open Cuba, where you can sign a petition which reads:

Our Mission

Today, Americans are free to travel anywhere in the world except Cuba.

In April, President Obama took a bold step by making it easier for Cuban Americans to visit their families in Cuba. Opinion polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans believes that all U.S. citizens should have the freedom to travel to Cuba. We agree.

The opportunity to end the 50-year travel ban now hangs in the balance. We must seize this moment and speak with a powerful, united voice. Join us in urging U.S. leaders to give all Americans the freedom to travel to Cuba.

Wonder how the Repubs, who supposedly support “big business” will respond?

Surely they will support getting government out of restricting the travel of Amerucans (wink).

Granted Orbitz has its eye on making money, but this is a step in the right direction, and hopefully other businesses will hop aboard.

I have talked about my own desire to be free to go to Cuba in a previous diary, I demand my right to travel to Cuba.

This is not an issue that should just be controlled by Cuban-Americans.

In related news, the Alliance of Baptists urges end to Cuba travel ban

For those not familiar with the ins and outs of Protestant denominations:

Formed in 1987, the Alliance of Baptists was the first group to split from the Southern Baptist Convention in response to a fundamentalist takeover of the nation’s largest Protestant faith group.

With 127 churches, the alliance has its highest concentration of churches in the mid-Atlantic region. It is smaller and more liberal than the 1,900-church Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, which formed in 1991.

They have also supported:

equality in marriage for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples throughout the U.S.

Opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment which would restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples.

Nice coalition.  Big Business and Baptists.

Cuba here I come.


  1. DeniseVelez

    Commie pinko travel advocates.  Real Amurcans never cross borders; in fact they stay in Texas Kansas

  2. HappyinVT

    However, until the Cuban government makes some moves it isn’t going to happen.  I’ve read that Raoul Castro has sent some conflicting signals regarding exactly what “everything” includes in his discussions with the US.

    But I hope you get to Cuba soon.

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