URGENT Announcement about changes to VB50

Mar 17, 2019 by

Please read below on important
updates for the 50th Anniversary Contingent of the
Brigade and share widely with your networks:

All trip options for the VB 50th
Anniversary Contingent will now travel direct between the U.S. and Cuba!


What does this mean?


1. The Travel Challenge is evolving
as developments in the political climate create new conditions for Cuba Solidarity work. Now more than ever, it is a priority that the VB brings the largest and most accessible brigade in recent history. With continued and expanding attacks on progressive
movements and governments across Latin America (and worldwide), and in the context of mounting
and hostility
in the U.S. government’s stance toward Cuba specifically, political and ethical travel to Cuba has become, in and of itself, a challenge. At this critical moment, the VB and our Cuban partners have decided that our political objective – of building the strongest
possible contingent to engage in a project that is about the survival of the Cuban Revolution – is best served with new tactics. And therefore, this year the brigade will be taking advantage of the General License for People-to-People Educational Exchange.


2.  The VB’s program in Cuba, of
solidarity work, educational exchanges, and political activities, is not changing. We will still have 4 trip options, but they will all travel directly between the US and Cuba. Click
to see the options with estimated dates and costs. Please note that now all
trip options are open to all
applicants, and the 5-day trip includes an option for hotel accommodation, reserved for people who identify as seniors or elders, people with disabilities, and their care providers; all others traveling on the 5-day trip will stay with the larger group at
the International Camp.


Due to these changes,
the application deadline has been extended to April 10th, with application fee ($100) and deposit ($500) due no later than May 1st. The final payment for accepted
brigadistas is due no later than June 1st. Partial financial assistance is available and is applied to the final payment.


We are more than half way to
our goal of 300 people for the 50th and expect to sell out. We encourage folks to
to secure your spot (once deposit is received). If you have questions about these changes, please visit
or email vbrigade@gmail.com.


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