Miami’s power couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan were among the Cuban-American leaders who participated in a virtual listening session Monday evening with White House officials, Cedric Richmond and Juan Gonzalez, about the U.S. response to the SOS Cuba protests.
Richmond is the senior advisor and director of the White House office of public engagement. Gonzalez is the senior director for the western hemisphere of the national security council. The meeting was closed to the public.
On Tuesday, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said the Biden administration is pursuing measures that support both the Cuban people and hold the Cuban regime accountable. That includes working closely with the private sector and Congress to identify viable options to make the Internet more accessible to the Cuban people, she said.
“We are also looking to leverage our international organization partners to increase humanitarian assistance flows to Cuba,” Psaki said during a press briefing.
The Biden administration is also identifying Cuban officials responsible for violence, repression, and human rights violation against peaceful protesters and will form a working group to identify the most effective way to get remittances directly into the hands of the Cuban people.
“There has been longstanding concern about if you return remittances, if you return to a place where remittances are allowed, that that money or funding does not get into the hands of the regime or allow them to pad their pockets,” Psaki said. “That’s certainly something that we’re mindful when we’re looking at — that will be a point of discussion in these working groups.”
In Miami, Emilio Estefan, 68, and the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, a Coral Gables-based non-profit organization, collaborated to release the new “Libertad,” Spanish for “Freedom,” song and music video. It was recorded in Cuba after a protest in November in Havana.
Gloria Estefan, 63, a three-time Grammy winner, has been calling on the United Nations to condemn the Cuban government’s violent crackdown on protesters.
Watch YouTube video of “Libertad”
More related stories in Spanish
Cubanos detenidos durante protestas enfrentan cargos sin presencia de abogado, activistas informaron
Protestas en Cuba polarizan la política en Latinoamérica: unos exigen que acabe el bloqueo, otros el fin de la dictadura
Activista política estadounidense organiza esfuerzo para donar millones de jeringas a cubanos
Cuba en su peor mes de COVID, casi 300.000 casos acumulados
Source:: Politics Headlines
Stock Market: Suez Canal Update! Floating!
The Suicide Squad | Official IMAX® Red Band Trailer
From the horribly beautiful mind of James Gunn and filmed in IMAX. Experience