World Bulletin/News Desk
A new advocacy group calling for the United States to change its policy toward Cuba launched an advertising campaign on Monday with posters on the Washington D.C. metro system showing President Barack Obama and urging him to "stop waiting."
#CubaNow was founded by a group of mostly younger generation Cuban Americans. Herrero declined to discuss its funding.
The group's launch coincides with the fifth anniversary of Obama's 2009 steps allowing Cuban-Americans to travel freely to visit relatives in Cuba as well as send remittances.
That policy shift helped "usher in more change in that time than had been seen in the previous 50 years," the group said in a press release.
Herrero said the group, based in Miami and Washington, wants the White House to take "new steps" to encourage Cuba's burgeoning private sector which has emerged under economic reforms being slowly introduced by the Cuban government.
The group's founding is part of a new wave of efforts to prod Obama into taking bolder steps to engage the Cuban government.
"Blue jeans and rock'n roll brought down the Berlin Wall, so we have to recognize that there is a new wave of energy pushing a new approach toward U.S.-Cuba policy," said Alex Castellanos, a Republican political strategist who is Cuban American.