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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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February 14, 2016
New possibilities for US-Cuba relations. Cuban diplomat to visit the Pacific Northwest.
Miguel Fraga, 1st secretary of Cuba’s new embassy in Washington DC, will visit Seattle on March 3rd-6th.
His visit is a glimpse of potential new US-Cuba relations following the decision by President Obama to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba after 55 years of estrangement, and to move away from a policy of open hostility towards Cuba’s ongoing revolution, to one of engagement.
Despite these positive steps, most of the policies and laws that make up the United States economic blockade against Cuba still remain in place, awaiting further executive actions by President Obama, and ultimately Congressional repeal of a number of laws.
Miguel Fraga will address a range of audiences at both college and community venues, about what remains to be done to achieve the goal of normal relations between the United States and Cuba, based on mutual respect and understanding.
In addition, he will meet with local elected officials, Washington-based companies interested in doing business with Cuba, and college administrators to explore links between US and Cuban educational institutions.
Miguel Fraga will speak at the following free and public events (donations accepted):
The Seattle opening of "The Cuban 5 Return: An Entire Country Celebrates". This award-winning photo exhibit documents the homecoming of five cuban anti-terrorists, unjustly held 16 years in US prisons. Friday March 4th, 6:30-9:30pm at El Centro de la Raza, 3rd floor, 2524 16th Avenue S in Seattle.
"Imagine! New Paths for US-Cuba Relations."
This day conference will discuss how we in Washington State can forge new links with Cuba. Saturday March 5th, 10:00-4:00 at Seattle University, School of Law, Sullivan Hall, Room C-6, 12th Ave and Columbia St in Seattle.
"On Organic Agriculture in Cuba (the importance of sustainable food to poor people)". Also discussed will be the Church in Cuba, and race in Cuba. Sunday March 6th, 12:00-1:00 (Church service begins 10:45) at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 124 21st Ave in Seattle.
Details can be found on the website of the Seattle-Cuba Friendship Committee www.seattlecuba.org
Sponsored by: Seattle-Cuba Friendship Committee, US Women and Cuba Collaboration, National Lawyers Guild, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba, and the following Seattle University departments- Latin American Studies, Global African Studies, School of Law Center for Global Justice, Women and Gender Studies, and Center for the Study of Justice in Society.
Contact: Hap Bockelie, SCFC event coordinator, 206-965-0756, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee is proud to announce that Miguel Fraga, the 1st secretary of the newly re-established Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, DC, will be visiting Seattle from Wednesday, March 2nd, until Sunday, March 6th, 2016.

Miguel Fraga

Secretary Fraga will be speaking at a range of educational and community venues.

Event Schedule:

  1. Thursday March 3: Secretary Fraga will speak at Pinchot University about business opportunities in Cuba:
    http://pinchot.edu/connect/events/business-in-cuba-with-special-guest-miguel-fraga-first-secretary-of-the-embassy-to-cuba/
  2. Friday March 4: he will speak at the formal opening of the Cuban 5 Return Photo Exhibit at El Centro de la Raza:
    http://www.seattlecuba.org/index.php/30-cuban-5-return-photo-exhibit
    Cuban 5 photo exhibit
  3. Saturday March 5: keynote speaker at Imagine! New Paths for US-Cuba Relations conference at Seattle University Law School from 10am to 4pm;
    http://www.seattlecuba.org/index.php/31-imagining-new-paths
    Imagining New Paths conference
  4. Sunday March 6: he will speak at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 124 21st Ave in Seattle on themes including organic agriculture in Cuba, the Church in Cuba, and race in Cuba, 12:00-1:00 (Church service begins 10:45).

Press Release: http://www.seattlecuba.org/index.php/28-miguel-fraga-press-release

Sponsored by Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee, US Women and Cuba Collaboration, National Lawyers Guild, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba, LELO, and the following Seattle University departments: Latin American Studies, Global African Studies, School of Law Center for Global Justice, Women and Gender Studies, and Center for the Study of Justice in Society.

For more information, please contact John Waller, Secretary of the Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee:
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Days of Action Against the Blockade

 

The Cuba solidarity movement, including Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee Secretary Judy Zeh, is in Washington, D.C. from Sept 16 to 18 to lobby for an end to the 62 year U.S. Government blockade against Cuba. Let's wish them the best in their efforts!

 

Judy Zeh and busmates on Friendshipment Caravan 26

Seattle's own Judy Zeh (center) and her fellow caravanistas pose with their Friendship bus while traveling to Cuba on the recent 26th Caravan.

Judy says: "Most of the folks in the picture in front of the bus got on in Washington and Oregon. At far left is Brad (driver); at far right, Mike from Corvallis; between Brad and me Joanne, Constance, and Paula from Ashland; in black teeshirt, Bill Hackwell (our route's speaker). The photo of the other woman is not clear enough for me to tell who she is for sure, but I am guessing she is Amanda, who only joined the Caravan for a short while in northern California. The next batch of Caravanistas joined us in Santa Cruz and Fresno."

 

The Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee recently participated in IFCO/Pastors for Peace's 26th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba.

Friendshipment Caravan 26

 

President Barack Obama has moved to normalize diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, but the American blockade and travel ban have not yet been lifted. This means our work is not finished.

 

June 26, 2015: National Send-off of the 26th Friemndshipment Caravan
Join us in Washington, DC to kick off the 26th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba
Can't come on the caravan this year but still want a mini caravan experience?
The p4p bus is taking folks from NYC to DC and back. Seating is limited.
Email IFCO to reserve your seat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

June 27, 2015: Canadian Border Crossing Potluck Picnic and Rally to Bring Aid to Cuba
The West Coast Friendshipment 26 Caravan to Cuba begins here as Canadians bring humanitarian aid across the border and continue south. It will stop on the way to tell people why the US should trade with, not blockade, Cuba.
Peace Arch Park - US/Canada Border
White Rock, BC / Blaine, WA
Live Music, Poetry, and Guest Speaker NINO PAGLICCIA (read more about him at the end of this message)
The Peace Arch border crossing has been the scene of several important recent victories against the US Blockade. The 2012 border crossing became an international event when US border officials repeatedly attempted to stop our humanitarian aid at the border. However, by launching an emergency media campaign, legal challenge, and extended demonstrations on both sides of the border we prevailed. The aid got across.
A strong presence at the border will ensure our aid and Caravan participants get across again this year!
Contact for carpooling to and from the border from Seattle: please contact Seattle Committee Secretary Judy Zeh at (206) 523-1720
or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

June 29, 2015: Potluck Dinner and Music to Send the Pastors for Peace Caravan Off to Cuba.
The Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee and El Centro de la Raza will send humanitarian aid to Cuba on the Caravan. Come eat and listen! Hear from and meet people who have been to Cuba.
Potluck with poetry, music by Jim Page and others, Guest Speaker Bill Hackwell (www.billhackwell.com)
We will be sending off on the Caravan bus: Bill from Oakland; Azza, Janine, and Tamara from Vancouver BC;
Judy from Seattle; and Rick, who will be driving the bus, from Olympia.
Event time: 06:00-8:30 pm
Price: Free, though contributions to the potluck are welcome.
Location: El Centro de la Raza
2524 16th Ave S (Room 106, Salvador Allende Room), Seattle (near Beacon Hill light rail station)
206-957-4634
www.elcentrodelaraza.org

 

June 29-July 12, 2015: Caravan week (participants drove different routes throughout the US.)

 

July 17-28, 2015: Program in Cuba.

 

July 30, 2015: Caravanistas returned home.

 

Just like the previous 25 caravans, Friendshipment Caravan 26 successfully challenged the US blockade of Cuba which has unfortunately continued in spite of Obama Administration moves toward normalization of relations between the two countries. Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee and IFCO/Pastors for peace will continue to lobby for full normalization of relations between the US and Cuba, and for an end to the 60+ year U.S. Government blockade.

 

More information about the Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee: contact Secretary Judy Zeh at (206) 523-1720
or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information about IFCO/Pastors for Peace: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.