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Representative Gregory W. Meeks
Democrat - 6th District, NY

Gregory Meeks is a member of the Black Congressional Caucus and is on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy.

See his House web site: www.house.gov/meeks

The Discourse on Racism in Anti-Castro Publications, 2008-2009, has a list of NED funded anti-Castro ventures based on themes of race & identity.

Meeks is well known for his interventions in Colombia on behalf of "Free Trade," which he is well paid by lobbyist to promote. He has been denounced for this by numerous Afro-Colombians.

 

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NED Board Bios: Representative Gregory W. Meeks  4/19/2009 NED: "Representative Meeks serves on the International Relations Committee and its Subcommittee on Africa, and the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific. An active member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Representative Meeks was voted the CBC Whip in 2001. Representative Meeks is a member of several civic and professional organizations, including the National Bar Association, the Coalition of 100 Black Men, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Inc. He founded the Jesse L. Jackson Independent Democratic Club (renamed the Thurgood Marshall Regular Democratic Club) and remains active in grassroots community organizing. Prior to being elected to congress, Representative Meeks served as Assistant District Attorney to the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York and on the State Investigations Commission and was appointed Judge of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board."

Gregory Meeks  4/19/2009 Source Watch 

Policy review prompts solidarity with Cuba’s democrats  4/8/2009 Democracy Digest - NED: "Democracy and human rights groups are urging the Congressional Black Caucus, which yesterday met with Fidel Castro, to press Cuba’s communist authorities on the welfare of the island’s political prisoners and democracy activists, including Afro-Cuban prisoner of conscience Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet and civil rights activist Jorge Luis Perez Garcia, aka “Antunez.”"

US Congressman Meeks launches the OAS Caucus with support of OAS Secretary General Insulza  4/2/2009 South Florida Caribbean News: "Congressman Meeks took the initiative to launch the Caucus stating that “the time is ripe to shape a more productive relationship between the United States and our neighbors in the Americas. As we prepare for the Fifth Summit of the Americas in April this year, it is important to recall that these nations are our largest trading partners and their peoples share historical, cultural and family connections with the United States.” "

Afro-Venezuelans denounce divide-and-conquer scheme by Willie Thompson  3/1/2006 SF Bay View: "Eve Golinger-Moncada, a Venezuelan-American attorney and author of “The Chavez Code,” is reported by Afro-Venezuelans to be denouncing Afro- and Indigenous Venezuelans on radio and television in Caracas. She alleges that they are taking money from U.S. government agencies – NED, IRI and USAID – to destabilize and overthrow the Bolivarian Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez. The reports, brought back from the 2006 World Social Forum recently held in Venezuela and received in emails, are deeply troubling to both Afro-Venezuelans and African North Americans. Golinger-Moncada is said not to have named any specific Afro- or Indigenous-Venezuelan groups or organizations. Afro-Venezuelans believe she is trying to divide the Afro- and Indigenous Venezuelans from the Bolivarian movement so as to aid the real opponents of the Venezuelan government for personal gain. In 2004, Golinger-Moncada published a list of organizations receiving funding from the U.S., but it isn’t clear that they included Afro- and Indigenous Venezuelan organizations. It is important to know that Congressman Gregory Meeks of the Congressional Black Caucus is a member of the NED (National Endowment for Democracy) board of directors."

Afro-Cuban Delegation Meets With Congressional Black Caucus  8/1/2001 CNS News: "A delegation of Afro-Cubans, four from the Miami area and two from the Washington, D.C. area, spent Tuesday on Capitol Hill meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, hoping to convince them that Fidel Castro is bad for Cuba and should improve his human rights record there. Omar Lopez Montenegro of the Cuban Civic National Union was among the delegation. He was told by the Castro government to leave Cuba several years ago and has lived in the United States ever since."

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From http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/congtravel/member_report.php?member=7215:

Sponsor(s) - Christopher Reynolds Foundation, General Service Foundation
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Access the impact of the food and medicine embargo on the Cuban people with a particular focus on the Afro-Cuban population
Notes - Took wife, Simone-Marie Meeks

Travel Cost - $1,394.00
Lodging Cost - $555.00
Meal Cost - $315.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,264.00
Additional family members - Yes

 

 

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