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  • Alan Gross’ wife urges activism on his behalf

    November 29, 2011 | 10:35 am

    The wife American contractor Alan Gross called for increased pressure on Congress and President Obama to get her husband released from a Cuban jail.

    Judy Gross spoke Monday at a protest on her husband’s behalf outside the Cuban Interests Section in Washington. The rally was...

  • Vigils for Gross planned outside Cuban offices in D.C., N.Y.

    September 20, 2011 | 4:54 pm

    Jewish and interfaith groups are organizing simultaneous vigils in Washington and New York calling for the release of Jewish American contractor Alan Gross from a Cuban prison.

    The vigils, coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Conference...

  • Richardson leaves Cuba, fails to meet Gross

    September 13, 2011 | 5:26 pm

    Bill Richardson is leaving Cuba after failing to secure even a meeting with imprisoned American contractor Alan Gross.

    Richardson told the Associated Press on Tuesday that after a week in the country, Cuban officials would not allow him to meet with Gross, and would not even discuss...

  • Richardson to Cuba to seek Gross’ freedom

    September 7, 2011 | 4:12 pm

    Bill Richardson is traveling to Cuba in an attempt to free Alan Gross.

    Gross’ American lawyer, Peter Kahn, said it was the family’s hope that Gross would be released in time to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with his family.

    “We are pleased that the Cuban government invited Governor...

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  • Petition launches to free Alan Gross

    August 30, 2011 | 5:12 pm

    An online petition to free the Jewish American contractor Alan Gross garnered almost 1,000 signatures in its first day.

    The petition launched Monday appeals to Cuba’s leadership to release Gross on humanitarian grounds before the Jewish High Holidays begin with Rosh HaShanah on...

  • Cuban court upholds Alan Gross sentence

    August 5, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Cuba’s Supreme Court upheld a 15-year sentence for Alan Gross, the U.S. contractor held for what the Obama administration has said was his Jewish outreach.

    Gross, 62, who was jailed for “crimes against the state,” was convicted and sentenced in May. The high court heard an appeal...

  • U.S. delegation visits jailed contractor Alan Gross

    June 13, 2011 | 10:14 am

    A delegation of Americans visiting Cuba met with jailed American contractor Alan Gross.

    The group met for two hours with Gross, 62, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence for “crimes against the state” for distributing laptop computers and connecting Cuban Jews to the Internet, on...

  • Carter says he met Gross, pressed for his release

    March 31, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Former President Jimmy Carter met with jailed American contractor Alan Gross and said he believes Gross is “innocent of any serious crime.”

    Carter met with Gross on Wednesday at an undisclosed location, according to reports.

    Carter said Tuesday that he would discuss Gross’ case...

  • Carter says he pressed for Gross’ release

    March 30, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    Former President Jimmy Carter discussed the case of jailed American contractor Alan Gross with Cuban officials, but said that was not the reason for his visit.

    “We have spoken to some officials about Mr. Gross, but I am not here to take him out of the country,” Carter said Tuesday....

  • Will Carter press for Gross’ release on Cuba visit?

    March 28, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Jimmy Carter is scheduled to visit Jewish leaders during a trip to Cuba, leading to speculation that the former U.S. president will ask the Cuban government to release jailed American contractor Alan Gross.

    Carter, who is well known for his activism on behalf of human rights, will...

  • Jewish leaders appeal to Cuba to free Gross

    March 8, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Jewish leaders have called on the Cuban government to release Jewish U.S. government contractor Alan Gross, jailed for more than a year, for time served.

    Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Monday issued their humanitarian appeal to the...

  • Jesse Jackson appeals to Cuba to free Gross

    March 2, 2011 | 10:13 am

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson has called on Cuba to release Jewish U.S. citizen Alan Gross from prison and reunite him with his family.

    Jackson, who has been to Cuba several times and met with former President Fidel Castro and current President Raul Castro, offered to go to Cuba to...

  • Cuba announces trial date for Alan Gross

    February 24, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    A U.S. government contractor that the State Department says was assisting Cuban Jews will go on trial in Cuba next month.

    Alan Gross was charged on Feb. 4 with “Acts against the independence and territorial integrity of the State.” The charge carries a maximum 20-year prison...

  • D.C. clergy pray for release of Alan Gross

    January 11, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    Washington-area clergy joined an interfaith prayer service for the release of U.S. government contractor Alan Gross from a Cuban prison.

    Tuesday’s service, organized by the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, was held as U.S. State Department officials in Cuba to...

  • Gross marks year in Cuban jail

    December 3, 2010 | 10:47 am

    Alan Gross, a contractor that the U.S. State Department says was assisting Cuban Jews, marked a year in a Cuban jail.

    Cuban authorities detained Gross on Dec, 3 2009 on his way out of the country.

    Gross’ family and State Department officials says he was in the country on a U.S....

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