Cuban Economy Project

Green Cities Fund has been at the forefront of economic innovation in Cuba, providing educational information on socially responsible enterprise as an adjunct to the state-controlled economy.

Here is an article on the subject: http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/cuban_remix

Here is a report by the Green Cities sponsored Cuban Economy Working Group:  (TBA)

November 2014 NPR program on cooperatives in Cuba:  http://latinousa.org/2014/11/21/cuban-co-op/

Green Cities Fund sponsored Socially Responsible Enterprise and Local Development in Cuba Project has recently published a helpful guide to doing business in Cuba.

Download the guide: Doing Business in Cuba

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Leah Garchik

Features Columnist San Francisco Chronicle

28th August, 2018

In 1967, while the war in Vietnam was raging, Tom Miller, who was practicing law in New York, read a report by MarthaGellhorn about the effects of napalm on the Vietnamese, especially children. He left his New York law practice to become a founder of Children’s Medical Relief International, a nonprofit with the aim of establishing a hospital in Vietnam.

By 1969, after two years of operation in temporary headquarters, Miller and physician and Abraham Lincoln Brigade veteran Arthur Barsky had overseen the construction of the Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a modern medical facility that treated victims of bombing and napalm, as well as children born with birth defects as a result of the use of Agent Orange. It was that center that treated Kim Phuc, the girl pictured running from her burning village during the war.

In 1973, Miller was working with victims in Vietnam when he met Tran Tuong Nhu. They were married that year. (And she later became press secretary to Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown.) They’re planning to travel to Vietnam next spring to mark the 50th anniversary of the center, and are raising money through Green Cities Fund (greencitiesfund.org) to buy equipment and support for what’s become a national teaching hospital.

The facility recently expanded from two floors to 11, one of which will be dedicated in honor of Miller and Dr. Barsky.

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