Black Caucus members meet with Castro

A Southland lawmaker joined other members of the Congressional Black Caucus during a meeting this week with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana. Long Beach Congresswoman Laura Richardson told KPCC’s “Patt Morrison” that Castro knew her name and details about her district.

A Southland lawmaker joined other members of the Congressional Black Caucus during a meeting this week with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana. Long Beach Congresswoman Laura Richardson told KPCC’s “Patt Morrison” that Castro knew her name and details about her district.

Laura Richardson: “The best part to me, of the whole conversation, was when he started talking about politics. And he said how he had watched the Presidential election – he had listened to all of President Obama’s speeches. And then he leaned forward and said, how can Cuba, how can we work together to normalize relations and help President Obama’s agenda?”

To the distress of anti-communist Cuban-Americans, the Obama administration has indicated that it may ease travel restrictions on Americans who wish to visit Cuba. Richardson said that Castro, who last year handed over active leadership to his younger brother because of illness, looked well and was very engaged for an 82-year-old.

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