The Council on Latin American Relations / C-LAR

The Council on Latin American Relations / C-LAR The Council on Latin American Relations / C-LAR is an membership organization engaged in developing harmonious relations within the Americas
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The Council on Latin American Relations was first organized in 2004, by a group of graduate students from DePaul University in Chicago and a group of colleagues engaged in Latin American Relations. In 2006 C-LAR was officially registered and in 2008 became of project of a Chicago based non for profit corporation Good City Chicago. Presently C-LAR is a project of Resilience Partnership Network, NFP

The Council on Latin American Relations was first organized in 2004, by a group of graduate students from DePaul University in Chicago and a group of colleagues engaged in Latin American Relations. In 2006 C-LAR was officially registered and in 2008 became of project of a Chicago based non for profit corporation Good City Chicago. Presently C-LAR is a project of Resilience Partnership Network, NFP

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Chicago and Cuba - Illinois and Cuba: In 1996 - it was during a Christmas party in Washington DC at Johana Tablada and E...
10/07/2016
Chicago’s unique relationship with Cuba

Chicago and Cuba - Illinois and Cuba: In 1996 - it was during a Christmas party in Washington DC at Johana Tablada and Eugenio Martinez house where then State Representative Edgar Lopez and I said to Johana we could make history if we moved the dialogue of Cuba and the USA from Washington DC and included the interest of each individual state in the union. I tried to convince 3 governors to go to Cuba and it was not until January 1999 when I worked on the successful campaign of Governor George Ryan that Edgar and I sat with Governor George Ryan and ask him to help us make history and go to Cuba.

My firm wrote white paper detailing the benefits and the Historic significance of a sitting Governor going to Cuba. We changed the rules, ended the Washington DC monopoly on the dialogue and many states followed.

In 2001 we were the first state to sell products to Cuba. We passed the first resolution to end the Embargo and Governor George Ryan made history.

Today the Embargo is closer to an end because of the commitment of Gov. George Ryan. Today at Antilles Strategy we are taking universities, businesses and leaders who will make a contribution to end this unjust blockade and end the Embargo policies. We are taking everyone that wants to go to Cuba so they can see the "Cuban Reality".

ASG's goal is to commence fair trade, two way trade and real trade with Cuba and bring the highest quality of products from Cuba to the USA market, and facilitate collaborative projects, manufacturing and joint research between the great State of Illinois, Chicago and other states.

Our goal of Hemispheric Peace, Humanitarian Exchange and Collaboration is close to fruition. Since 1994 and 1999 when Gov. Ryan went to Cuba a lot has been done but we need everyone to encourage the Congress to end this Embargo and permit the American people to travel to Cuba freely and develop relations with the Cuba People.

Let's do it ASAP, let's do it for Peace and Collaboration. Go to Cuba for the first time and create a life time of memories.

CubaTravel.Com. Julian Crews was on that Historic mission in 1999 - thank you for this news piece.

http://wgntv.com/2016/10/06/chicagos-unique-relationship-with-cuba/

We're celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a closer look at the special bond between Cuba and Chicago. There's a rich history between our city and the nation that's now welcoming more visitors. But as Julian Crews explains, there's more work to be done.

Ambassador Cabañas, Lic Rodney Gonzalez, Mayor Rich Daley and Co Chair of C-LAR  Mr. Alex Orozco - welcoming our guest t...
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas, Lic Rodney Gonzalez, Mayor Rich Daley and Co Chair of C-LAR Mr. Alex Orozco - welcoming our guest to Chicago.

Ambassador Cabañas with Dr. Carol L. Adams, President & CEO, DuSable Museum of African American History
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas with Dr. Carol L. Adams, President & CEO, DuSable Museum of African American History

Ambassador Cabañas with Governor George Ryan at a C-LAR Breakfast Meeting.
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas with Governor George Ryan at a C-LAR Breakfast Meeting.

Ambassador Cabañas with University of Chicago Students
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas with University of Chicago Students

C-LAR Executive Director Silvana Botero and Pedro Cevallos, Chairperson Illinois Hispanic Chamber.
11/17/2014

C-LAR Executive Director Silvana Botero and Pedro Cevallos, Chairperson Illinois Hispanic Chamber.

Ambassador Cabañas, Lic Rodney Gonzalez, Com. Reyes, C-LAR Chairperson Charles A. Serrano, C-LAR Members Daniel McGee, D...
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas, Lic Rodney Gonzalez, Com. Reyes, C-LAR Chairperson Charles A. Serrano, C-LAR Members Daniel McGee, David S. Rodriguez.

Ambassador Cabañas at a gathering of Chicago Business Leaders at Chicago Cut Steakhouse.
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas at a gathering of Chicago Business Leaders at Chicago Cut Steakhouse.

Ambassador Cabañas with Executive Director of C-LAR - Silvana Botero.
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas with Executive Director of C-LAR - Silvana Botero.

Ambassador Cabañas with Prof. Linda R. Crane, at the John Marshall Law School, presenting; Dean John Corkery
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas with Prof. Linda R. Crane, at the John Marshall Law School, presenting; Dean John Corkery

Ambassador Cabañas with Prof. Linda R. Crane, at the John Marshall Law School
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas with Prof. Linda R. Crane, at the John Marshall Law School

Ambassador Cabañas at the John Marshall Law School Presentation
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas at the John Marshall Law School Presentation

Ambassador Cabañas with Mr. Pedro Cevallos, Chairperson Illinois Hispanic Chamber.
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas with Mr. Pedro Cevallos, Chairperson Illinois Hispanic Chamber.

C-LAR Meeting presenting Illinois International Trade with various Business leaders from Agricultural groups.
11/17/2014

C-LAR Meeting presenting Illinois International Trade with various Business leaders from Agricultural groups.

Ambassador Cabañas with Alderman Suarez City of Chicago.
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas with Alderman Suarez City of Chicago.

Ambassador Cabañas with David S. Rodriguez and Sen. Iris Martinez of Illinois
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas with David S. Rodriguez and Sen. Iris Martinez of Illinois

Ambassador Cabañas and Lic. Rodney Gonzalez speaking at HeartLand Cafe with Mike Klonski, Michael James and Charles A. S...
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas and Lic. Rodney Gonzalez speaking at HeartLand Cafe with Mike Klonski, Michael James and Charles A. Serrano.

Ambassador Cabañas with Chief Judge Ruben Castillo, Northern District of Illinois, and other Illinois Circuit Court Judg...
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas with Chief Judge Ruben Castillo, Northern District of Illinois, and other Illinois Circuit Court Judges.

Ambassador Cabañas with Rep. Fred Crespo at The Puerto Rican Bar Association event.
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas with Rep. Fred Crespo at The Puerto Rican Bar Association event.

Ambassador Cabañas, C-LAR with Dr. Ella Lacey from Carbondale Rotary,  President Ron D. Burton, VP Larry Lundsford at Ro...
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas, C-LAR with Dr. Ella Lacey from Carbondale Rotary, President Ron D. Burton, VP Larry Lundsford at Rotary International

Ambassador Cabañas, C-LAR Co- Chairperson Charles A. Serrano, visiting the Rotary International World HQ, meeting with P...
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas, C-LAR Co- Chairperson Charles A. Serrano, visiting the Rotary International World HQ, meeting with President Ron D. Burton, VP Larry Lundsford at RI.

Ambassador Cabañas speaking to Cuban Americans at a reception and dialogue.
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas speaking to Cuban Americans at a reception and dialogue.

Mr. Charles A. Serrano, C-LAR Board of Trustees Chairperson, Speaking at the Opening Event at The Union League Club Chic...
11/17/2014

Mr. Charles A. Serrano, C-LAR Board of Trustees Chairperson, Speaking at the Opening Event at The Union League Club Chicago

Ambassador Cabañas with C-LAR members Attorney  Steven Fatum and Maria de Lourdes Fatum. At the Cuban American Reception...
11/17/2014

Ambassador Cabañas with C-LAR members Attorney Steven Fatum and Maria de Lourdes Fatum. At the Cuban American Reception.

Ambassador Dr. Cabañas speaking to C-LAR members at C-LAR Union League Club Chicago
11/17/2014

Ambassador Dr. Cabañas speaking to C-LAR members at C-LAR Union League Club Chicago

C-LAR EVENT: Special Guest Cuban Interest Section Washington DC, Ambassador Dr. Cabañas and Lic. Rodney Gonzalez. Octobe...
11/17/2014

C-LAR EVENT: Special Guest Cuban Interest Section Washington DC, Ambassador Dr. Cabañas and Lic. Rodney Gonzalez. October 2013

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RESPECT ASSOCIATION Responsible Ethical Cuba Travel For Immediate Release Contact: Bob Guild, 1-201-755-0217 [email protected] US Travel Association Opposes Trump Administration’s Cuba Travel Warning and Pullout of Embassy Staff September 30, 2017, Havana, Cuba – Meeting here, RESPECT, the largest association of US organizers of travel to Cuba unanimously rejected the Trump Administration’s Cuba travel warning and its decision to withdraw diplomatic staff from its Havana embassy. The reaction came in response to Washington’s announcement that it is withdrawing 60 percent of non-emergency staff from the US Embassy in Havana and is warning US citizens to avoid travel to Cuba. The justification for both is unexplained health problems that 21 Havana-based US diplomats have reported. In addition, unidentified US officials said the US Consulate in Havana would suspend issuing US visas to Cubans, indefinitely. The US Embassy will continue to provide emergency services to US citizens in Cuba. “Based on the evidence thus far and the fact that the State Department says no other US citizens have been affected, we believe that its decision is unwarranted, and are continuing to organize travel to Cuba and encourage others to do so,” said Bob Guild, RESPECT Co-Coordinator and Vice President of Marazul Charters. He also stressed that US citizens and residents can legally travel to Cuba under US law, and that the State Department advisory in no way prohibits US persons from traveling to the island. RESPECT is joined by US commercial airlines and others in the travel industry who have publically expressed their intention to continue Cuba travel. Gail Reed, RESPECT Co-Coordinator and MEDICC Founder, noted “Cuba remains a very safe destination for US travelers.” The US Foreign Service Association, the powerful union that represents US diplomats around the world, also opposes any decision to withdraw US diplomats from Cuba. Association President Barbara Stephenson says “We have to remain on the field and in the game.” The US complaint about the health issues originated almost a year ago during the Obama Administration when the two governments were working toward rapprochement. As acknowledged by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Cuban government responded immediately and initiated an investigation, inviting the US government to cooperate. At the invitation of Cuban authorities, the FBI went to Havana seeking evidence of what the US described as “sonic attacks” resulting in hearing loss and other symptoms. However, its agents found no devices or other evidence to explain the mystery. None of the 500,000 US visitors to Cuba this year have reported similar health issues. Tillerson said this week, “We have no reports that private US citizens have been affected...”. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, speaking at the UN this month, reiterated that Cuba takes very seriously the protection of all diplomats in its country and would never cause them harm or allow others to do so, in accordance with the 1961 Vienna Convention. He also urged the US authorities to work more closely and effectively with the ongoing Cuban investigation, a point he raised again during his meeting with Tillerson this week. Replying to the US move to reduce its diplomatic personnel in Havana, Josefina Vidal, Director General for US Affairs at Cuba’s Foreign Ministry, called the decision precipitous and said it will affect bilateral relations and cooperation in areas of mutual interest. She noted that Cuba had urged the US not to politicize the matter and insisted that Cuba needed the active cooperation of US authorities to arrive at a definitive conclusion. “We fear that such hasty action by the Trump Administration, independent of scientific evidence, may be motivated by politics rather than concerns for health and wellbeing,” said Walter Turner, RESPECT Co-Coordinator and President of Global Exchange. “Thus, once again we encourage all US visitors to continue to travel to Cuba.” ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RESPECT (Responsible Ethical Cuba Travel) is a 150-member US professional association of non-profit entities, travel agencies, tour operators and other travel service providers dedicated to practicing and promoting ethical and socially responsible travel to Cuba. Founded in December 2016 on the anniversary of the opening announced by the US and Cuban presidents, RESPECT held a two-day meeting at the Meliá Cohíba Hotel in Havana this week, where its members hammered out a 2017 Action Plan to implement its 17 principles. These include ways US travel organizations and travelers can contribute to protecting Cuba’s environment as it adapts to climate change, commit to non-exploitative relations with all Cubans and respect the country’s cultural heritage and expressions. The Association also defends the right of all US citizens and residents to travel to Cuba, and advocates lifting all US government travel restrictions to the island. CubaTravel.Com, The Council on Latin American Relations, Charlie Cuba Tours, CC Travel Services, Dos Alas Ci**rs, Chicago 2 Cuba Travel, and Antilles Strategy Group are supportive members of Respect. We support the right of American Citizens to Freely Travel to Cuba.