Cover to Cover Open Book

Cover to Cover Open Book – November 30, 2007

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Amelia Gonzalez speaks with Bill Martinez about restrictions of artists’ travel to Cuba.

Bill Martinez is an immigration attorney who has also produced and managed cultural events in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1973. He co-founded the Encuentro del Canto Popular, a San Francisco-based Latin American music festival. His work with the Encuentro lead him to become one of the nation’s leading experts in U.S.-Cuba cultural exchanges and artists, visas. He co-founded the Latino Entertainment Partners which produced historically significant concerts of Cuban artists.

By eliminating the "Public Performance" category for authorized travel to Cuba, the U.S. Treasury Department has further restricted cultural exchange
through travel.

The U.S. Cuba Cultural Exchange has organized a petition campaign to bring attention to the restrictions.

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