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    1994 Loading a truck to send on Pastors for Peace Friendshipment 3

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    2010 Canadian-American-Cuban solidarity at Blaine, WA.

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    2010 Friendshipment 21 Send-off in Seattle

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    2013 Blaine Peace Park welcome to Friendshipment 24

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US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan 2017


If you want to be a tourist and go to Cuba only to see old cars, smoke cigars and drink rum, Don't come to Cuba with Pastors for Peace.

If you want to learn about the REAL Cuba, talk to the REAL people and go 'beneath the surface', then join our 28th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba this July, and be a part of challenging the US economic blockade of Cuba.

July 11-12 Orientation in Mexico City
July 13 Fly to Santa Clara, Cuba
July 13-26 Caravan visit to Guantanamo, Santiago and Villa Clara provinces
July 27 Fly back from Santa Clara to Mexico City
July 28 Reverse Challenge – fly back to US

Cost of program: $1650 + travel to Mexico City and back from US at own expense.

Our Caravan this year will spend a full 2 weeks in Cuba, following an obligatory 2 day orientation period in Mexico City. We will fly into and out of Santa Clara in the center of Cuba where we will visit the Che Guevara memorial during the 50th anniversary of his death in Bolivia. We will then travel by bus to the Eastern provinces of Guantanamo and Santiago.

In Guantanamo we will witness the reconstruction process after the massive devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. We will also visit, from the outside, the US military base at Guantanamo Bay and the neighboring Cuban town of Caimanera to learn about the impact the presence of the base has on that community. In Santiago, the cradle of the revolution, we will visit the cemetery where Fidel Castro’s ashes were recently interred. Our time in Eastern Cuba will include participating in the festivities celebrating the July 26th 1953 attack on the Moncada Barracks which signaled the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.

We will be staying in dormitory accommodation and the weather will be HOT, so be prepared for and be medically fit enough to withstand a challenging trip.

We go to Cuba as a conscious act of civil disobedience in the spirit of the US civil rights movement. We will be committing the civil offence of unlicensed travel to Cuba. In the years 2005 and 2006 all adult Caravanistas received threatening letters from the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the department of the US Treasury responsible for implementing the US economic blockade of Cuba, though in the end no further action was taken. Since then there has been nothing, but we cannot predict what stance the incoming Trump administration will take.

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Deadline to apply:- May 1st 2017


Fidel the untold story movie showing


Fidel Castro is no longer with us.

For Donald Trump, some Cuban-Americans in Miami, and some of the national US media this is cause for a grotesque celebration. But millions of ordinary Cubans, and tens of millions throughout Latin America, Africa and beyond, are mourning the loss of one of the greatest and most inspiring political leaders of the 20th century.
Come join us at this movie showing to learn about and celebrate his life, and to hear how we intend to complete his legacy by achieving truly normal relations between the US and Cuba.

A Movie showing – Friday December 9th – 7.30 pm

Bethany United Church of Christ - 6230 Beacon Ave S, Seattle
(1/2 mile south of the Veterans Hospital on Beacon Avenue, at the corner of Beacon Ave. S and Graham Street.)
Entrance is free – a collection will be taken after the movie.
Popcorn will be available.

Fidel - The Untold Story is a documentary released in 2001 by Brooklyn born filmmaker Estela Bravo. It is 90 minutes long and covers Fidel’s life up till 2001. The film features interviews with: Nelson Mandela, Phillip Agee, Muhammad Ali, Harry Belafonte, Angela Davis, Elián González, Gabriel García Márquez, Ted Turner, Alice Walker and Ramsey Clark.

Organized by the Seattle-Cuba Friendship Committee and Bethany United Church of Christ Also in honor of the 5th anniversary of the passing of committee founder Tom Warner.



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October 8, 2016

All Guantánamo is Ours movie showing


A Movie showing – Friday October 28th – 7.30 pm
Bethany United Church of Christ - 6230 Beacon Ave S, Seattle
Entrance is free – a collection will be taken after the movie

If people in the United States have heard the name Guantanamo they will most likely associate it with the notorious U.S. military prison camp, situated on the island of Cuba, where hundreds of people were detained and tortured as suspected terrorists in President Bush’s “war on terror”. The debate still continues over how to close the camp and what to do about the remaining 61 detainees. However there is a deeper issue, about the very presence of the base in Cuba.

All Guantanamo is Ours, a 37 minute film in Spanish with English subtitles, shows the perspective and sentiment of the Cuban people, in particular those living in the towns around Guantanamo, about the illegal occupation of the U.S. Naval Base. The film is unique in revealing what the occupation looked like before and after the Cuban revolution in 1959. The protagonists in this documentary are the people living there who with their voices denounce this injustice convinced that one day that territory will be returned to Cuba.

A discussion will follow on the issues raised in the film, and where the Cuban demand for the return of Guantanamo Bay fits into the wider moves to try and normalize relations between the US and Cuba.

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Organized by the Seattle-Cuba Friendship Committee and Bethany United Church of Christ



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August 26, 2016

To friends and supporters of the Seattle-Cuba Friendship Committee:
Since the Seattle Committee's foundation almost 25 years ago we have worked closely with IFCO/Pastors for Peace on their annual Cuba Friendship Caravans as a way of challenging the US economic blockade of Cuba and building people-to-people relationships between the US and Cuba.

Because of those caravans IFCO/Pastors for Peace has been under investigation by the IRS for a number of years. They have just learned that the IRS plans to revoke their tax-exempt status within the next few weeks which would be a major blow to the organization.

Please read their attached announcement which includes a list of simple actions you could take, and play your part in resisting this attempt by a federal agency to undermine the organization that has been leading the way in building truly normal relations between the US and Cuba.

IRS, shame on you

from the desk of Gail Walker, Exec. Director

Dear Friends and Supporters of IFCO

After years of continuous delays and unresponsiveness from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) has been informed it will be stripped of its tax-exempt status. Revocation of our exempt status could happen within the next few weeks unless we act now!

This prolonged examination and threat of revocation is unwarranted and is an abuse of discretion. It happens as we fulfill our duty as people of faith in solidarity with those who have experienced injustice at the hands of U.S. foreign policy makers - this includes the people of Palestine and Cuba. Like Moses who was punished when he stood up to Pharaoh, IFCO is being attacked for standing up to the powers to resist injustice.
Ironically, this attempt to cripple the first national foundation run by people of color, comes in the quiet of the end-of-summer:

on the heels of another successful Friendshipment caravan to Cuba this past July; despite the historic efforts of the Obama Administration to open up relations between the United States and Cuba; and on the eve of IFCO's 50th anniversary beginning in 2017.

So why is this happening now?

The IRS's audit of IFCO, which lead to this decision to revoke our tax exempt status, began in 2009.

Initially, the audit was sparked by IFCO's fiscal sponsorship of Viva Palestina, the U.S.-based component of the UK-based organization that delivered humanitarian aid to the beleaguered people of Gaza and that was accused by tea-party advocates of supporting terrorism. We fought back and proved that Viva was a legitimate charity.

The IRS then claimed that our work to bring humanitarian aid and friendship to the Cuban people was done in violation of the Treasury Department's "Trading with the Enemy Act." Once again, we fought back. We declared our rights as people of faith and conscience to stand in solidarity with our friends and family in Cuba. We challenged the IRS's ability to make this claim. It was, in reality, a question for the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the division within the Treasury Department which has jurisdiction over these matters. OFAC, fully aware of our annual caravans, has never prosecuted us. How and why is the IRS using our caravan work against us?

Finally, after we fought back against all these attempts to shut us down, now the IRS is claiming that they want to revoke our tax-exempt status over "sloppy record-keeping".

The IRS claims there are missing receipts for some of the IFCO projects in 2009 and 2010 (the years of the audit). In reality, the majority of receipts for those years DO exist and any misplaced receipts represent a minuscule percentage of IFCO's revenue in those years.

We firmly believe that to base the tax-exempt revocation of a 50-year-old civil and human rights organization on such a small issue is nothing short of extreme. We would accept a request to reform the way we maintain records going forward - and we have already instituted these changes - but revocation is an extreme and unwarranted remedy. In fact, even before the audit was completed, the IFCO Board of Directors passed a resolution that "officially" improved our record-keeping procedures.

Click this link to see an example of the kind of record-keeping IFCO maintains for its projects. This package illustrates, for example, how from the initiation of a caravan until then end, we keep track of all records related to donations and ensure that all disbursements are associated with the tax-exempt purpose connected to the caravan project.

We know you would agree that these actions by the IRS undermine the rich legacy of this organization and our founding director - the late Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr. Six years after the death of Rev. Walker, the U.S. government is attempting to drain IFCO of its financial resources and to distract us from our important work in the pursuit of justice.

The bottom line is that IFCO's future is at risk, despite its 50-year-old history of working for social justice. We vehemently reject this attack on our work and ask you to stand with us as we continue to fight back. We need your help to shine a light on this historic injustice!

It is important that you - our friends, supporters and partners in the struggle for justice - know that, even as we continue to fight the IRS, we are discussing alternative plans to maintain the daily operations of IFCO, and to protect your tax-deduction for future contributions as well as the work of our fiscally-sponsored projects.

We are committed to continue this struggle and hope we can count on your support. As the Bible says: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

Please join us in standing up to this unfair treatment from the U.S. government!

Gail Walker
Executive Director


  • Tweet: #WeAreIFCO! #We are all Pastors for Peace!
  • Sign the petition asking the IRS to suspend its revocation of our tax-exempt status.
  • Contact your Member of Congress: ask them to halt the IRS's efforts to stop our work.
  • Talk with those in your house of worship, labor union, and/or community organization. Ask them to sign onto the letter and petition as well.
  • Help us to spread the word of this attack on IFCO! Use the button below to forward this message to your mailing list and friends.
  • Visit IFCO's ACT NOW page where you can sign the petition asking the IRS and Congress to suspend the revocation of IFCO's tax-exempt status: ACT NOW

Thank you!