Calendar of Events

Status of US – Cuba Relations:  Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Path Forward

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In 2014 President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced that they were moving to normalize diplomatic relations, raising hopes in both countries. After five-decades of an embargo, trade and travel restrictions began to relax. What has happened since?

Guest speakers:
Miguel Fraga has been First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. since diplomatic relations were re-established. He holds a master’s of science in foreign relations from the Raúl Roa García School of Advanced International Studies and a law degree from the University of Havana.

Mavis Anderson is a Senior Associate at the Latin America Working Group in Washington, DC. Mavis has covered U.S. policy toward Cuba since 1997, cultivating congressional, organizational and grassroots support for the LAWG coalition’s efforts to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

WHEN:  Saturday, September 7, 2019

6:30 pm: Pre-event refreshments

7:00 – 9:00 pm: Presentations and discussion

WHERE: Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

Sponsored by Friends of Latin America (FoLA) and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (UUCC) Social Justice Committee
For more information contact Leslie Salgado at or 410-381-4899







Saturday, October 7, 2017

Speaker: Peggy Goetz

           2:00 pm refreshments

           2:30-4:30 pm presentation

Savage Branch Library,

Albert Einstein Room, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel, MD 20723


Reporting Back from a Delegation to El Salvador   


Peggy Goetz reports about a recent CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador) trip. The delegation met with unions, feminists, agricultural cooperatives and government leaders as well as joined the massive International Workers’ Day march in San Salvador. She will share first-hand information and analysis on the current political, social, and economic context in El Salvador.

Peggy Goetz works as an organizer in the national office of CISPES in Washington, DC.   In addition to her work at CISPES, she has coordinated delegations to El Salvador through the Washington Ethical Society since 2003.


Sponsored by Friends of Latin America (formerly Howard County Friends of Latin America)
For more information call Leslie Salgado at 410-381-4899.



October 2016

Dr. Aviva Chomsky:  Is a professor  of history and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University.   She talked about her book “How Immigration Became Illegal”. Video:

November 19, 2016

Human Rights Event:  Featuring Rumisonko’s music along with historical moments in the last 30 years in Latin America, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Where: The Bain Center , Columbia, MD.

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