Why is Alan Gross still in Cuba?

Alan Gross has been languishing in a Cuban prison since 2009.  An active member of the Potomac, Maryland Jewish community, Alan was working in Cuba as a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), attempting to provide internet access to the 2,000 members of Cuba’s Jewish community.  Alan was arrested and convicted on charges that he was a spy and that his USAID work undermined the Cuban government.

The JCRCA is joining with the JCPA to urge Atlanta’s Jewish community to join the growing national movement asking President Obama to secure Alan Gross’ release from his Cuban prison cell.  Last year a bipartisan group of 66 senators wrote to President Obama to ask him to take meaningful steps to secure Alan’s release, and recently 300 rabbis from every denomination wrote to the White House to plead for help.

We need to do more.  And we need to do it quickly because Alan’s situation is dire and getting worse.  He spends 24 hours a day in a small cell with two other prisoners.  He has lost 100 pounds and is getting weaker and weaker.  Alan recently lost vision in his right eye and no longer can walk due to severe hip pain.  His emotional health is also deteriorating rapidly.  Being separated from his wife, Judy, and their two daughters, Shira and Nina, has been devastating.  Alan’s mother died in July, and shortly after her death, Alan declared that his life in prison is not worth living.  He has said goodbye to his family and now is refusing visitors.

The picture on the left shows Alan before incarceration, and the one on the right is his most recent photo.

Alan Gross BeforeAlan Gross After

 

He has 10 years remaining of his 15 year sentence.

We ask that you please click HERE and sign a letter to President Obama asking “Why is Alan Gross still in Cuba?“  It will take you less than a minute, and it may help to save someone’s life.

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