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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Final update for the Cuban Caravan

 Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 02:02:03 +0000
 Subject: 21st Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Successfully Returns from Cuba


IFCO / Pastors for Peace


 August 3, 2010 -- for immediate release

 CONTACT: IFCO/Pastors for Peace:

On the road: Ellen Bernstein 646/319-5902, Alison Bodine 303/638-9799

in New York: Lucia Bruno 212/926-5757; 347/423-4330



This afternoon the 21st US/Cuba Friendshipment Caravan organized by
IFCO/Pastors for Peace successfully crossed back into the US, after a nine-day
educational visit to Cuba. "This was a perfect way to celebrate the birthday of
our founder and leader, Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr.," said Rev. Luis Barrios, member
of the board of directors of IFCO/Pastors for Peace. "Really he is not just a
leader; he is also a prophet in this struggle for peace with justice."

The caravan, made up of 85 caravanistas from the US, Canada, Europe and Mexico,
traveled to Cuba without a US Treasury Department license, in a direct challenge
of the US trade and travel blockade against Cuba.

In visits to 120 communities across the US and Canada, the caravan collected
more than 100 tons of humanitarian aid for delivery to Cuba, including 9 school
buses that will be used by Cuban churches, hospitals, and schools.

"With this caravan, we broke the blockade one more time. But the blockade still
 persists in full force -- and as long as it exists, we must continue to
challenge it," stated Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr., executive director of
IFCO/Pastors for Peace. “This cruel and immoral blockade still prevents
lifesaving medicines from reaching Cuban children. It blocks US citizens from
being able to be good neighbors to our Cuban brothers and sisters. We call on
President Obama and the Congress to do everything possible to end this cruelty
against our neighbors."

Members of the caravan celebrate today's news that Gerardo Hernandez, one of
the Cuban Five who have been unjustly imprisoned in the US for more than 12
years, has been released from solitary confinement as of this morning.

Caravanistas are returning to their home communities committed to share what
they learned in their time in Cuba, and to continue building support for an end
to the blockade. The caravanistas leave this year's caravan with the resolve to
continue organizing and committing civil disobedience until:

 ◍ the blockade is lifted
 ◍ the Cuban Five are freed
 ◍ the ban on travel to Cuba is lifted
 ◍ Cuba is taken off the US State Department's ‘terrorist list'
 ◍ US/Cuba relations are normalized.
 Pastors for Peace is a project of the Interreligious Foundation for Community
 Organization (IFCO), a national ecumenical agency which has been working for
 racial, social, and economic justice since 1967. Photos, video, blog, and more
 information are available at [1].

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness they made it back and had no troubles except for the comfiscating of the computers A job well done