About the Cuba Subcommittee
The Cuba Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild has a history of both providing direct legal services related to U.S. travel to Cuba, and also doing education and organizational work in support of normalizing U.S. relations with Cuba. We invite all interested lawyers, legal workers, law students, and jail house lawyers to join in our work to the extent that they are able to do so.
In recent years, a major focus has been to support the immediate release for the Cuban 5, five Cuban nationals who have been imprisoned by the U.S. since September 1998, based on their efforts to try to monitor and deter terrorism organized in southern Florida against the people of Cuba and others who either visited Cuba or favored some kind of dialogue with the Cuban government.
The NLG Cuba SC operates a free email list serve, reporting and sharing news on US Cuba developments with a legal aspect. To subscribe, simply send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We oppose the continued US economic blockade of Cuba, and work to both educate the people of the U.S. about its design and its far reaching effects, and to organize against these continuing extraterritorial restrictions on peaceful trade, which is widely viewed as a violation of both international law and of the domestic law of many nations.
Since the year 2000, the Cuba SC organized a national network of lawyers to provide legal advice and representation for U.S. travelers to Cuba, and we continue to advise U.S. nationals re their constitutional rights in that regard, and how to protect them -- although administrative enforcement against individual travelers virtually ceased in late 2006.
See archived posts about the Cuba Subcommittee: http://nlginternational.org/oldsite/com/main.php?cid=2
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To Contact Us:
Email: Art Heitzer
633 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1410, Milwaukee, WI 53203, U.S.A.
Phone: 1- (414) 273-1040
Cuba Subcommittee Updates
From the NLG Cuba Subcommittee: The National Lawyers Guild and many others around the hemisphere and world have called upon President Obama to pardon Ana Belén Montes, a decorated Puerto Rican career public servant who shared U.S. plans with Cuba based on her deep seated views over the injustice of the U.S. attempts to impose […]Continue reading
US Dismisses First Cuba Travel Enforcement Case in 10 years; NLG Re-Institutes Legal Network to Defend US Travelers to Cuba
In December 2016, the U.S. government’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) agreed to dismiss its case against Albert A. Fox, Jr. and the Alliance for a Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation, in which OFAC sought a $100,000 penalty for travel to Cuba and encouraging others to do so, in 2010 and 2011. This was the only […]Continue reading
On behalf of the members and leaders of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), we send our condolences and heartfelt thanks to the people of Cuba during this time of national mourning at the loss of Fidel Castro Ruz. Cuba under his leadership inspired generations worldwide to act in solidarity across national lines and against poverty, racism, disease […]Continue reading
The National Lawyers Guild’s Cuba Subcommittee sent the letter below in response to Hilary Clinton’s assertions on Cuba, in an attack on Bernie Sanders in their March 9th Miami debate. The letter was sent to the Clinton campaign on March 13, 2016, and has been picked up by a number of groups concerned with Cuba […]Continue reading
The following cover letter was drafted by the NLG’s Cuba Subcommittee, in order to support the Emergency Resolution on the normalization of US/Cuba relations, adopted at the NLG Convention in October 2015. SAMPLE cover letter to officials [On Your Chapter or Organizations Letterhead] Re: Our Concern over Lack of Implementation of President Obama’s Announced Policy […]Continue reading
We are asking your support for the Emergency Resolution on Cuba which the NLG Convention in Oakland unanimously passed on October 24, 2015. It urges President Obama to use his expansive legal authority to substantially lift the continuing U.S. economic blockade of Cuba, instead of waiting and blaming Congress for not fully repealing the 55 […]Continue reading
The following document contains authorities and resources for the NLG Emergency Resolution on Cuba. Note: The following Resolution statements are followed by supporting authority. 1. “While full repeal of the statutory authority for these economic sanctions can only be done by Congress, …” Such as repeal of the Torricelli and Helms Burton acts of 1992 […]Continue reading
NLG resolution urgently calls on US government to normalize Cuba relations, end persecution of anti-blockade activists
The following resolution was passed by the National Lawyers Guild unanimously at its 78th convention, in Oakland, California, on October 24, 2015, reiterating its call to fully end the blockade on Cuba and also demanding an end to the IRS proceedings against the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) and other threats against organizations and […]Continue reading
Since the first days of the U.S. blockade, the Guild has prominently promoted friendship with the people of Cuba, and defended the U.S. solidarity movement from government repression and attempts to curb its association and expression. This work has shown the Guild at its best. Victor Rabinowitz, an NLG founder, was the president of the […]Continue reading