Cross-cultural synergy is the fiber of enrichment, the motive force for development of all human civilizations. The Cuban people are part of our shared hemisphere and world. In today’s global realities it is counter-productive to exclude U.S. and Cuban citizens from the mutual benefits inherent in traditional people-to-people sister city programs solely to support ideological and political bias.
Cuba is the only country in the world where the U.S. government forbids its own citizens the fundamental human right of individual travel except under criteria established by the U.S. It is time for U.S. residents to have restord their freedom of travel, and to put 60 years of cold war ‘regime change’ policies to bed. Our work, having people meet people around common interests helps dispel stereotypes and misconceptions. It allows people to form opinions that are experience based. An informed citizenry is beneficial to all democratic aspirations.
What exactly is a ‘sister city’?
It is simply a strategy of broad-based bilateral engagement. A sister city, county or state relationship is internationally accepted as the universal model for bilateral expression of fraternity among nation states.
A sister relationship is a diverse, inclusive, officially sanctioned, long-term partnership between counterparts in both countries.
Sister city partnerships have the potential to carry out the widest possible diversity of activities of any international program. They are composed of every type of municipal, professional, business, educational, humanitarian, scientific, cultural, environmental, etc. exchange or project.
Sister cities are unique in that they inherently involve a communities three main sectors: local government, commerce and economic and community development, and engaged diversity of citizen participants representing every sector within the community working under its umbrella.