HAVANA (AP) — The Reverend Jesse Jackson appealed to Cuba on Tuesday to release an American contractor facing a possible 20-year sentence on charges of trying to undermine the government, saying granting him freedom on humanitarian grounds could open the door for better relations.

Jackson offered to come to Cuba to mediate the release of Alan Gross, a 61-year-old Maryland native held since December 2009.

Gross, who was working for USAID when he was arrested, is set to go on trial Friday on charges of “acts against the integrity and independence” of Cuba.

Gross’s family and the U.S. government say he was in Cuba handing out communications equipment to the island’s small Jewish community, though Jewish leaders in Cuba have said they had nothing to do with him.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. youseff says:

    Wow, Jesse is alive!…This coon finally has come out of his woodwork & needs the public exposure for the $$$ Jesse don’t do anything until he & that other porch monkey Al Sharpton get together. He has no credibility & his son is a crook just like him.

  2. Sandra Kendall says:

    You should be ashamed of yourself, Jesse Jackson has done more than anyone to try to get our people released from all over the country. Tell me what you have done to try to help out? Nothing.So keep your mouth closed.

  3. youseff says:

    Sandra, first, I pay my taxes, served in the military & fought in a war. I have earned my income by working hard & smart on the other hand Jesse has walked through life with his hand out, has had IRS problems & the chicken s….t coon never ever served. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree because his son was mixed up in the Chicago politics during that filling of a vacant seat vacated by OBama. He’s your classic nigga in a three piece suit & if you wanna kiss his a….s be my guest because while he & the Sharptons of the world get rich off your backs you coons remain poor as sharecroppers.

  4. youseff says:

    P.S. Sandra, I can think of two White men who have done more for the Black race than any Jesses Jackson. Lyndon Johnson President, & Abe Lincoln , president. Jackson? Oh, he impregnated a few women.

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