Pastors for Peace 2012 Caravan to Cuba prepares to enter Mexico

Three of the most wonderful Cuba solidarity activists at work in McAllen, Texas: (LtoR) Bill Hill, Rev. Luis Barrios, and Gail Walker (Pastors director and daughter of Rev. Lucius Walker). They’re doing it !! Maine’s own Tom Whitney is among the caravanistas of this 20th anniversary US/Cuba Friendshipment Caravan.

The Caravan will cross the US/Mexico border on July 19 on its way to Cuba . Please stay tuned.

Organizers of a humanitarian aid caravan that uses civil disobedience to challenge the US blockade of Cuba will announce their plans at a press conference Wednsday, July 18th to cross the US/Mexico border with nearly 100 tons of humanitarian aid. Brightly painted caravan school buses will be on hand, along with the humanitarian aid to be donated to the Cuban people. The caravan plans to cross the border the morning of Thursday, July 19th. Organizers are unsure what to expect from the US border authorities given past years when the US border authorities have detained and even seized the aid. “We are determined to get this aid to our brothers and sisters in Cuba and our struggle will continue until this immoral, cruel and counterproductive US blockade of Cuba is ended,” stated IFCO co-director Father Luis Barrios. The 20th Anniversary Friendshipment Caravan, organized by IFCO/Pastors for Peace, drove 9 routes crisscrossing the U.S. and Canada stopping in 47 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces, before making its way to McAllen, TX. Scores of participants have joined the caravan, coming from all over the US, Canada and as far away as Europe. Along the way the caravan was hosted in nearly 100 churches and community centers across the US in support of a people to people foreign policy based on respect and non-aggression with Cuba. The Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan is a project of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), which has been been working for racial, social, and economic justice since 1967. ###

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