Find out latest on travel to Cuba

By Cheryl LaBash 
June 29, 2016


It seems like everyone is going to Cuba or wants to. Some want to go before U.S. “tourists” spoil Cuba. But wait a minute, isn’t “tourism” still formally prohibited by U.S law? What is ethical travel to Cuba anyway?

Help spread the word and register to discuss Cuba issues. Questions will be taken on Sunday, July 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time during a webinar, or can be asked on Facebook event page, Twitter #AskAboutCubaTravel or via email to The webinar is free, but registration is required at

During the webinar, Art Heitzer from the National Lawyers Guild and its Cuba Subcommittee and Bob Guild from Marazul Charters will provide up-to-date information about the changing landscape of Cuba travel. They are both well prepared and experienced in Cuba travel since 1959.

Working with the Center for Constitutional Rights, Heitzer on behalf of the NLG helped train and establish a network of over 50 lawyers in the U.S. to assist travelers who had visited or wanted to visit Cuba. He also assisted in the defense of all the “Trials for Travel,” approximately one dozen administrative prosecutions under the administration of George W. Bush, as well as directly representing dozens of Cuba travelers. This included the Methodist Three, in which the government settled their case with no penalty after Heitzer filed unprecedented counterclaims alleging racial profiling and interference with religious practices. In the last 25 years, he has counseled over 1,000 Cuba travelers, usually pro bono, and continues to do so.

Guild has been sending groups to Cuba since 1977. He worked with the Venceremos Brigade for many years and is currently vice president of Marazul Charters.