Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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"Oscar's Cuba" Screening in Congress

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Cuba's revolving door for political prisoners
Setting the record straight through the story of one of Cuba's most prominent political prisoners: Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet
We invite you to join us on Wednesday, September 22nd from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in 2253 Rayburn as we host the 14th annual Cuba Day on the Hill. This year we will be accompanied by filmmaker Jordan Allott. Jordan directed the new documentary Oscar's Cuba. It is an unflinching and honest look at Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet who has been imprisoned since 2003 for his beliefs. Jordan will also lead a discussion and answer any questions on Dr. Biscet and the larger context of all those imprisoned in Castro's gulag. As we hear voices calling for a softer gentler relationship with Cuba, we must not be blind to the reality that Dr. Biscet and others face day-in and day-out. Cuba not only imprisons those who simply disagree with the regime, but they force into exile those they release in order manipulate public opinion.

Sincerely,

Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Hon. Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Hon. Mario Diaz-Balart
Hon. Albio Sires
Hon. Dan Burton
Hon. Connie Mack
Hon. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Hon. Mike Pence
Hon. Eliot Engel
Hon. Shelley Berkley
Hon. Theodore E. Deutch
Hon. Gus M. Bilirakis
Hon. Steven R. Rothman
Hon. Christopher H. Smith
Hon. Edward R. Royce
Hon. Joe Wilson
Hon. Vern Buchanan
Hon. Alcee L. Hastings
Hon. Kendrick B. Meek
Hon. Ron Klein

Cuba Loses Another Great Talent

Monday, September 20, 2010
There are those that build and those that destroy.

Unfortunately, those that destroy remain in power in Cuba. Meanwhile, we've just lost one of the greatest that builds.

Last week, Ysrael A. Seinuk passed away in New York.

Seinuk, a worldwide authority on the design and construction of high-rise concrete and steel buildings, was a native of Cuba and a graduate of the University of Havana before going into exile in 1960.

Amongst his most notable New York projects are the Trump World Tower, Bear Stearns World Headquarters, Time Warner Centre at Columbus Circle, Trump's Riverside South apartments, the New York Mercantile Exchange, Four Time Square, 515 Park Avenue, the "Lipstick" Building, Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium in Flushing Meadows, 7 World Trade Center, The Galleria and the landmark 450 Lexington Avenue.

And those were just his New York projects. From Mexico City to Dubai, his work remains a testament to his unique talent.

Yet, Cuba always remained prominently in his heart.

During a 2005 interview with the BBC, Seinuk was asked:

If you had the opportunity to return to Cuba tomorrow and were free to build something, what type of building would you erect and where?

His answer:

"Well, the key word in your question is freedom. Assuming things would take a normal path, towards democracy, I would go to Cuba even if it were to only build a small hut."


May he rest in peace.

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