December 2016 – This was La Luchita’s pilot trip to Cuba. We were eager to start a conversation about what solidarity with the Cuban people would look like. President Obama and President Castro seemed to have found a way to “normalize” relations between both governments. A month later the U.S. government ended the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that gave preferential treatment to Cuban immigrants.
August 2017 – Our second trip was logistically more ambitious than our pilot trip. It was a relatively small group but our workshops and discussions made our Cuban facilitation team feel part of a community. President Trump had recently announced changes in U.S. policy on Cuba, particularly around individual travel.
July 2018 – Our third, largest, and most effortless trip since we created La Luchita Project. Participants shared their experience building campaigns and unionizing with our Cuban facilitation team and speakers. It was truly magical. With Raúl Castro stepping down as the island’s President, Miguel Díaz-Canels was appointed to serve as the new President. Cuba was also in the process of re-writing their Constitution.