April 8, 2011
The Honorable Jimmy Carter
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307
Dear President Carter:
We, Actors and Artists United for the Freedom of the Cuban 5, want to extend our deepest gratitude for your recent visit to Cuba, as well as our support for your statements promoting improved relations between our countries.
Your call for the release of Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo, Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez, Fernando Gonzalez Llort, Ramon Labañino Salazar, and Rene Gonzalez Sehwerert, known as the Cuban 5, and your willingness to visit with their family members in Cuba mean a great deal to all involved. We strongly agree that there is no reason to keep these men, who were simply trying to protect their country from terrorism, imprisoned any longer.
And certainly, until their release, the US government should grant regular visas in a timely manner, to their family members to visit them.
Your leadership honors the principles upon which our nation was founded. Your calls to remove Cuba from the US State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, to lift the US blockade now having been imposed on Cuba for half a century, and to remove all restrictions imposed on its citizens regarding travel to Cuba (a position supported by 67% of Americans and Cuban Americans), are fair, just and appropriate.
Further, we enthusiastically support you in having subsequent discussions with President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and hope you will call for urgent action on their part to make right this unjust situation.
Again, we thank you and look forward to the possibility of improved relations and future visits to Cuba.
Edward Asner, Co-Chair Danny Glover, Co-Chair
Jackson Browne James Cromwell
Mike Farrell Richard Foos
Elliott Gould Chrissie Hynde
Francisco Letelier Esai Morales
Graham Nash Bonnie Raitt
Susan Sarandon Pete Seeger
Martin Sheen Betty & Stanley K. Sheinbaum
Andy Spahn Oliver Stone