Rangel calls for an investigation into the CANF - 7/13/98
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CONGRESSMAN CHARLES B. RANGEL
|Congressman Charles B. Rangel is serving his fourteenth term as the
Representative from the 15th Congressional District, comprising East and Central Harlem,
the Upper West Side, and Washington Heights/Inwood. Congressman Rangel is the Ranking
Member of the Committee on Ways and Means, Deputy Democratic Whip of the House of
Representatives, and Dean of the New York State Congressional Delegation.
Congressman Rangel is a member of the Trade Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means which has jurisdiction over all international trade agreements. The Congressman pays particular attention to trade with the Caribbean and Africa, and the development of international trade in Upper Manhattan.
As the senior Democratic Member of the Committee on Ways and Means, Congressman Rangel is also a member of the Joint Committee on Taxation for the 105th Congress. This panel is responsible for advising Congress on the Internal Revenue Code and the implications of proposed tax legislation. As a Congressional advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative, he is also involved in international conferences and negotiating sessions on trade issues. Congressman Rangel is also a member of the President's Export Council, working to build consensus on international trade matters among its membership of business, agriculture, labor, Congressional leaders, and Cabinet officials.
Congressman Rangel is the principal author of the five billion dollar Federal Empowerment Zone demonstration project to revitalize urban neighborhoods throughout America. He is also the author of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit which is responsible for financing ninety percent of the affordable housing built in the U.S. in the last ten years. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which Congressman Rangel also championed, has provided thousands of jobs for underprivileged young people, veterans, and ex-offenders.
As the former chairman of the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, Congressman Rangel led the nation's fight against drug abuse and trafficking. In his efforts to reduce the flow of drugs into the United States and to solve the nation's continuing drug abuse crisis, Congressman Rangel serves as chairman of the Congressional Narcotics Abuse and Control Caucus.
Congressman Rangel is a founding member and former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus; he was also chairman of the New York State Council of Black Elected Democrats and was a member of the House Judiciary Committee during the hearings on the articles of impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
Congressman Rangel served in the U.S. Army in Korea, 1948-52, and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Congressman Rangel has authored several pieces of legislation to benefit minority and women veterans, including a successful bill that established the Office of Minority Affairs within the Department of Veterans Affairs. In the area of foreign affairs, he played a vital role in ending the apartheid regime in South Africa and restoring the democratic government in Haiti.
Congressman Rangel is a graduate of New York University and St. John's University School of Law. He has spent his entire career in public service, first as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and later in the New York State Assembly. He was elected to the 92nd Congress on November 3, 1970, and has been re-elected to each succeeding Congress.
Congressman Rangel lives in Harlem with his wife Alma, who is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses and participates in many civic and community organizations. Congressman and Mrs. Rangel have two children.
Congressman Rangel is calling for an investigation of the Miami based Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) and its terrorist and criminal ties. Details on how to support this below.
Congressman Charles B. Rangel
13 July 1998
Contact: Emile Milne
"Congressman Rangel Calls for Investigations of Cuban-American Foundation Links to Bombings In Havana"
Washington, July 13 -- Cong. Charles Rangel (D-NY) today called for federal investigations into allegations of connections between a powerful, Miami-based foundation and a spate of hotel bombings in Cuba.
In letters to Attorney General Janet Reno, IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer, Cong, Rangel requested investigations of the Cuban American National Foundation, based on allegations reported in the New York Times that the organization provided financial support to the self-described leader of a 1997 bombing campaign against targets in Cuba that resulted in the death of an Italian tourist.
"In light of the serious allegations contained in the New York Times article, I am writing to request an investigation of the Cuban American National Foundation and its officers to determine whether its activities are consistent with U.S. and international law," Cong. Rangel said in his letter to the Attorney General.
In requesting a probe of the Foundation by the IRS, the Congressman said he felt it was
"appropriate to determine whether
The newspaper article reported admissions by a Cuban exile leader, Luis Posada Carriles, that he had organized the 1997 campaign of bombings of hotels, restaurants, and discotheques in Havana. He further alleged that the hotel bombing campaign and other anti-Castro operations were supported by leaders of the Cuban-American National Foundation, a tax-exempt organization.
Cong. Rangel requested that Cong. Archer expand an ongoing Joint Committee on Taxation
investigation of non-profit organizations to include the Cuban-American Foundation.
If you would like to show your support for Cong. Rangel's request for an investigation:
House Ways and Means Committee
Attorney General Janet Reno
IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti
For more information on the ties between the CANF, Posada Carriles, and what this is all about see "Luis Posada Carilles and the Cuban American National Foundation: Coca Contra lives on"
CONGRESSMAN CHARLES B. RANGEL (202) 225-4365
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
CONGRESSMAN RANGEL URGES MORE STEPS TO EASE EMBARGO ON CUBA
New York Lawmaker, Seeking End to All Sanctions, Praises Support by Cuban Americans for Removal of Sanctions on Food and Medicines
WASHINGTON, March 31--Congressman Charles Rangel (D--NY) today praised President Clintons decision to ease restrictions on humanitarian assistance to Cuba, but urged the President to go further.
"The President should be commended for adopting the spirit of the Papal visit to Cuba and making it easier for Cuban-Americans to assist their families in Cuba and for humanitarian organizations to get supplies to the island," Congressman
Rangel. "This is the time for the President to seize the initiative and to put the full weight of his presidency behind a change in policy toward Cuba."
Congressman Rangel, who was traveling in Africa with President Clinton, welcomed the delegation of Cuban Americans who were in Washington to lobby in support of HR 1951, the bi-partisan legislation to remove restrictions on the donation and sale of food, medicines and medical equipment. Congressman Rangel is a cosponsor of that bill and the author of HR 3173, his bill to lift the embargo entirely.
The Congressman traveled to Cuba last January during the historic visit by Pope John Paul. "I spent many hours talking with the people of Cuba and the one thing they were all opposed to was the embargo. Whatever their feelings politically, they agreed that the embargo was not helping them or making their lives any easier," Congressman Rangel said.
As the Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee, which shares jurisdiction over HR 1951, Congressman Rangel has requested a hearing on the bill in the Committees Subcommittee on Trade. In 1995, at the Congressman request, the Subcommittee convened a hearing on the potential for trade with Cuba.
"Theres no argument that the embargo on Cuba has failed, and indeed, has worked against the interests of the Cuban people and the U.S. Just as President Clinton is opening a new era of relations with Africa, one of respect and mutual interest, we should be doing the same thing with Cuba."
|Mon, 15 Aug 1994 21:42:55 -0700
Subject: Cubans and Rangel
Source: Comite Tarantella, Boston August 12, 1994
Congressional Black Caucus member Charlie Rangel targeted by right-wing Cubans in re-election campaign.
Information on their activities being sought.
Spanish speaking volunteers needed.
Charlie Rangel, whose Congressional district includes Harlem and Spanish Harlem, is in a re-election fight with Adam Clayton Powell the 4th, who is being funded by right wing elements of the Cuban exile community in Miami.
Mas Canosa and the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) have
publicly given Clayton-Powell an initial $5,000 from their PAC and have taken him around to radio stations in Miami for fund raisers, hoping to strike back at Rangel for sponsoring a bill to end the Cuba blockade. Estimates of the aid the CANF and its allies are providing to Clayton-Powell run up to $250,000.
These extreme right-wing exile groups are well known in the Miami African American community for their virulent and primitive brand of racism. They were the reason Miami was the only city in America that was disrespectful to Nelson Mandela during his tour here. They also support Jonas Savimbi, an ally of the old South Africa, in his on-going genocidal war against the Angolan government.
That this Klan-like element in Miami can attempt to have influence on Rangel's multicultural district in New York is testimony as to how invisible the ethnic dimension of the Cuban conflict still is. Most Americans think Cubans are largely of European descent because most Cubans in Miami are white. In fact, Afrocubans in Cuba make up over 60% of the population. Yet few of the boat people coming over from Cuba to Miami are Afrocubans.
Opinions in Miami's Cuban exile community are divided. It is the older exiles who are embittered and determined to see the blockade continue. Younger exiles and the more recent arrivals from Cuba tend to be against the blockade but are intimidated from speaking out by the minority right wing's terrorist tactics.
How to convey these realities to voters in Rangel's district
constitutes an interesting challenge. One approach is to get the
best documented information available and spread it around. The
media is beginning to take an interest so there is a demand.
There is a particular need for the following:
1. Solidly documented, background material (media clippings,
video segments, radio transcripts, etc.) on the CANF and its
A. their insulting treatment of South African president Nelson
Mandela when he visited Miami.
B. their terrorist tactics, including CANF's willingness to
hire known terrorists -- they hired the assassins of Chile's
Washington ambassador Orlando Letelier after they got out of
C. their support of Jonas Savimbi, leader of the old South
Africa's proxy forces in their war against Angola. The
Cubans and the Angolans defeated the powerful South African
army in open warfare at the battle of Cuito Cuanavale, March
1988, much to CANF's dismay. This was a major turning point
in Southern African history.
C. their intolerant and anti-democratic attitudes
D. any material bringing out their racist attitudes
2. Specifics on fundraising done in Miami for Clayton-Powell:
what radio stations he was taken to, transcripts of what was
said, how much he may have received, etc. Clayton-Powell will
eventually have to disclose how much he got, but only after the
primary on September 15th, a primary which essentially
determines the outcome of the election.
Spanish speaking volunteers are needed to call into the district
and raise awareness about the campaign.
If you have any materials, please send them to:
PO Box 222
Edgewater, NJ 07020
If you are interested in volunteering for phone reach-outs,
please call Angel Linares at the Rangel Campaign, 212 864-3848.
|Date: Mon Aug 15 08:03:03 1994
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