The Honorable Jimmy Carter
The Carter Center
One Copenhill
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307

Dear President Carter:

We actors, artists, writers, teachers, cultural workers and other activists in the struggle for peace and justice in San Antonio, Texas, have read the letter that twenty Actors and Artists United for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 wrote you on April 8. We agree with the contents of that letter, which we have copied below, and we wish to add our names as signers to that letter.

We are sending a copy of this letter to President Barack Obama, to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to the five Cuban anti-terrorists who are in U.S. prisons, to the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, and to the U.S. office of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5.

Since we are not so well known as the twenty Actors and Artists United for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 who wrote you on April 8, we have added after our names for identification purposes the organization we are with, our title or some other identifier. We speak as individuals. If the organization with which we are associated has taken an official position, the organization will be listed separately.

The following is the text of the April 8 letter to which we are referring:

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 Labanino 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.

With respect,

Edward Asner, Co-Chair
Danny Glover, Co-Chair
Jackson Browne
James Cromwell
Mike Farrell
Richard Foos
Elliott Gould
Chrissie Hand
Francisco Letelier
Esai Morales
Graham Nash
Bonnie Raitt
Susan Sarandon
Pete Seeger
Martin Sheen
Betty & Stanley K. Sheinbaum
Andy Spahn
Oliver Stone
Haskell Wexler

Additional San Antonio signers:

Florinda Avalos
Fuerza Unida

Imelda Arismendez
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

estevan arredondo

Carolyn V. Atkins

Esmeralda Baltazar
Fuerza Unida

Ellen Berky

Karen Blaesing

Roberto Botello

Christopher J. Boyle
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

Alice A. Canestaro-Garcia
Energía Mía

David C. Carlson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History, The University of Texas-Pan American

Viola Casares
Fuerza Unida

Antonia I. Castañeda
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center

Imelda Castillo

María Castro

Michael G. Castro

Irasema Cavazos
Member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance

Luis Angel Perez Chávez
Fuerza Unida

Magda Chellet
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center

J. George Cisneros

Laura Parra Codina
Community Activist

Yasmina Codina
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center

Carmen Cuevas-Gross

Dylan Daney

John Dauer
San Antonio, Tx

Yvette B. Davies

Larry V. Don

Sylvia E. Don

Ismael Dovalina
Community College Psychology Instructor

Tim Duda

Paula Earl-Orozco
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

Rita Vidaurri Eden

Anel Flores
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

Fr. Tom Flower, CFJ

Gregory Fox
UNITE HERE, Local dissident & activist

John J. Gagliano
Giovanni’s Pizzeria / Deli / Catering

Manuela H. Gallardo
Fuerza Unida

Tina Galvan
Fuerza Unida

Robin Gara
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

Mariann Garner-Wizard
Youth Emergency Service, Inc.

Anselmo Garza
San Antonio, Tx 78210

Rodney “El RAWdnei” Garza
Poeteatrista of Peace Posse

Sandra A. Gasca

Herb Gonzales, Jr.
Bexar County Green Party member

Erika Gonzalez

Marisa González

María Greenstreet

Jessica O. Guerrero
San Antonio community

Dorcas Veneé Guevara

Norma Guzmán

Amanda Haas
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

Emma Christina Hernández
Latino Youth Collective

Anna Maria Herrera-Guerra

Bethany Holmes

Martha E. Huerta

José C. Jacobs
Retired Public School teacher, Laredo, Texas

Michael Kaib

Amy Kastely
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

Olga Kauffman

Tom Keene
Pax Christi, San Antonio

Judith Cashin Lerma, RNC MSN CCM
National Nurses Organizing Committee – Texas

Paula Littles

Ruth Lofgren
San Antonio Quaker

Peter Maher
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

Lalo Mani

Adelina Martinez

John V. Martinez
Prisoners Defense Committee

Petra A. Mata
Fuerza Unida

Joel A. Mayer
Democratic Precinct Chair, Pct 2035, San Antonio, Texas

Deirdre McDonald

Raymond N. McDonald

Phyllis McKenzie
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center

Rachel D. Melendes

Jessica Mendez

Christine Miller

Gabriel Morales

Josefina R. Morales

Andrea Mota

Barbara A. Murray

Neifa Nacel-Dovalina

Naomi Shihab Nye

Ben Olguin

Frank Ontiveros

Hilda Ortiz
Fuerza Unida

Judith Perez

Lee Roy Perez

Angelica Pinales
Fuerza Unida

Kamala Platt

David H. Plylar
Free man

Richard S. Pressman, PhD
St. Mary’s Universisty

Patti Radle
Former member San Antonio (Texas) City Council

Gloria A. Ramírez
Esperanza Center

Genevieve Rodriguez
“Cuban American!” Miami born & raised Cuban!

Henry Rodriguez
LULAC Civil Rights Chair / District XVI Director

Mary Agnes Rodriguez
Artist/ Muralist

Melissa Rodriguez
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center /Pastors for Peace

Noel Rodriguez
Organizing Director, UNITE HERE Local 11

Jessica Ruvalcaba
Fuerza Unida

Dora Elsa Ruiz

Ruby Ruiz

Sally E. Said
University professor

Bernard Sánchez
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

Enrique Sánchez
Esperanza Center

Graciela Isabel Sanchez
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

Isabel Sanchez

Michele Nicole Simpson

Larry Skwarczynski
Veterans for Peace Chap/Coodinator #126

John W. Stanford
Peace activist

Joseph A. Stormer
of Seattle, WA

Ricarda María Tello de Cuevas

Albert Tobar

Martha Ann Tobar

Charles & Jane Tuck
Fellowship of Reconciliation

Arthur R. Valdez

Ines Valdez
Mujer Artes

Pancho Valdez
Laborer’s Union Local 1095

Mariana Vasquez

ramon vasquezysanchez

Monica Velasquez

Dee Villarrubia
Bexar County Democratic Party Deputy Chair

Norma Villegas
Fuerza Unida

Roberto & Martha von Ellenrieder
San Antonio, Texas

Michael W. White
Attorney at Law


email copies sent to:
President Barack Obama
National Committee to Free the Cuban Five
International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five

copies sent by U.S. mail to:

The Honorable Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Antonio Guerrero, #58741-004
FCI Florence
P.O. Box 6000
Florence, CO 81226

Fernando González, in outside envelope addressed to
Rubén Campa, #58733-004
F.C.I. Terre Haute
P.O. Box 33
Terre Haute, IN 47808

Gerardo Hernández, #58739-004
U.S.P. Victorville
P.O. Box 5300
Adelanto, CA 92301

Ramón Labañino, in outside envelope addressed to
Luis Medina, #58734-004
F.C.I. Jesup
2680 301 South
Jesup, GA 31599

René González, #58738-004
F.C.I. Marianna
P.O. Box 7007
Marianna, FL 32447-7007