OTA Blog back up for Winter Solstice 2014

radio, Valley Free Radio, donations, support, non-profit, occupy, media, low-power fm, community radioThe Occupy the Airwaves show this Solstice morning, Sunday December 21 at 10am will cover the new relationship between the U.S. and Cuba. Our guest will be long time Cuba activist Merri Ansara.

Tune in on line at Valleyfreeradio.org, or listen live! at 103.3 FM Northampton/Florence MA. Merri’s bio below.
Merri Ansara has been traveling to Cuba since 1969 and been active in analyzing and promoting U.S.-Cuba relations since that time. She lived in Cuba for a number of years working in radio and newspaper. Since 1994 she has had the organization Common Ground. Originally established as an exchange and dialogue in sustainable development, Common Ground obtained a special license from the U.S. government in 1999 to provide travel services to Cuba, the first organization in New England to hold such the government license. Since 1999, Common Ground has provided travel to Cuba for thousands of individuals and groups locally and nationally in the academic, arts, professional, religious and Cuban American communities with the goal that they should “see for themselves” what the Cuban people were like, what they wished their own lives and country to be, and how different that was from our own government’s propaganda about Cuba. The announcement by President Obama on December 17 she sees both as a triumph of resistance by the Cuban people and an acknowledgement of the value of her own years of work. She has a daughter half Cuban who soon will be able to travel freely and without reservation between the two countries that are her birthright.

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