On July 22, IFCO/Pastors for Peace reported:
"Today, IFCO/Pastors for Peace with the help of a whole community of supporters brought 100 tons of aid* including 2 school buses, 2 trucks and a van for Cuban hospitals, schools and Centers.
Today we crossed the border into Mexico and on to Cuba, all without a license from the US Government, as an act of loving, non-violent civil disobedience.
LOVE IS OUR LICENSE
*In a somewhat unexplainable and illogical action, the US Customs officials allowed almost all the donated aid to pass through unmolested. But they confiscated six three-year-old desktop computers, donated by a group in Arizona. Other computers passed without problem. We will continue to negotiate for these six computers -- but will not allow this to delay the delivery of the rest of the humanitarian aid.
Keep checking our Facebook page for the latest news and photos of the stops along the way:
While we were in McAllen Texas, we were part of a Rally and Healing Service for the Immigration Crisis, and the detention of refugee children. The Rally was sponsored by the South Texas Human Rights Center and LUPE (Union del Pueblo Entero). Caravanistas received a briefing on the situation and started to plan ways that they -- and you -- can help the local groups that are responding to this crisis.
Stay in touch -- we'll be sharing the plans with you soon and letting you know how you can help these children find safety and justice.
We also held a news conference, to brief the media (local, national and international) about the caravan."
July 8, 2014
Seattle Caravan Send-Off
On July 8, the Seattle-Cuba Friendship Committee held a Send-Off Event for the 25th Annual Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba. The event was held at El Centro de la Raza on Beacon Hill. Kudos to all who helped organize the event!
Seattle Peace Chorus. The The heart on the Cuban flag behind them represented the importance of love in the world, as amply practiced by Cuba and Cubanos.
MC Hap Bockelie.
Jacque Larrainzar singing.
Michael Hureaux reciting poetry.
For more info. On Cuba solidarity in the Seattle area, call Judy at (206) 523-7140.