Cuba and the United States: Free American Citizen Alan Gross
  • Petitioning Raul Castro

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President of Cuba
Raul Castro
Foreign Minister of Cuba
Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla
President of the United States
Barack Obama
U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton

Cuba and the United States: Free American Citizen Alan Gross

    1. Judy Gross
    2. Petition by

      Judy Gross

      United States

Alan Gross is an American citizen who is literally fighting for his life in a Cuban prison. He has been wrongfully imprisoned there since December 2009 – sentenced to 15 years on sham charges of undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Cuba.  The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention recently ruled that Alan is being detained in violation of international law.

In fact, however, Alan was doing nothing more than helping to improve wireless access for the small, non-dissident Jewish community on the island as a sub-contractor with the US Agency for International Development.  Alan made his last trip to Cuba on November 24, 2009. He was arrested on December 3, 2009, and sent to prison but not charged for 14 months. He has already spent more than three years in prison for his alleged actions against the State of Cuba and a subversive project to bring down the revolution.

Right now Alan is suffering and so is his family.

Since his detention, Alan has lost 105 pounds.  He has degenerative arthritis in his leg and a mass behind his shoulder, which a US doctor says may be cancer.  He also suffers great mental anguish caused by the separation from his family, several of whom have serious health ailments.

Alan's family is under great stress and pressure. His daughter, wife, and mother have all suffered ill health since his imprisonment.  Without Alan's income, his wife Judy had to sell the family home and move to a small apartment. His mother, who suffers from inoperable cancer, fears that she will never see her son again. The longer Alan remains in jail, the greater the toll on the entire family.

We ask you to sign this petition to demand Alan's immediate release that the Cuban and U.S. governments sit down and resolve Alan’s case.

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    Reasons for signing

    • philip marks CELEBRATION, NY
      • about 2 hours ago

      please let alan go home

    • Dave Riley CONCORD, NC
      • about 5 hours ago

      On a recent trip to Cuba it bacame apparent that the lack of relations between Cuba and the USA is counterproductive to both countries. It seems that Mr. Gross and his family are being tortured and held hostage as pawns in this standoff. Both countries should meet and agree to end this uncalled for use of Mr. Gross as a symbol of their mutual enmity.

    • Amy Komar SYRACUSE, NY
      • about 5 hours ago

      I believe that we should support people our government hires! I don't often agree with AID missions, nevertheless, we need to take responsibility for where we have chosen to put our money and not abandon those we hire!

    • bill cosgrave NANAIMO, CANADA
      • about 5 hours ago

      being the same age, I just couldn't imagine being locked up like an animal for nothing.

    • Leslie Wilkinson NEWARK, DE
      • about 5 hours ago

      Freedom of speech is critical in any society


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