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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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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.

 

Trading with the Enemy book

 

Tom Miller, author of the highly-acclaimed travelogue Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba will read from his book and host a detailed Q&A session afterwards.

"It may just be the best travel book about Cuba ever written." -- Lonely Planet, Cuba

Event details:
Monday July 20, 2015 at 7pm
Queen Anne Book Company
1811 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109-2850

The Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee and IFCO/Pastors for Peace proudly announce the first events of the 2015 IFCO/Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba.

June 27, 2015: Canadian Border Crossing Potluck Picnic and Rally to Bring Aid to Cuba
Description: A 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.
Time: Join us in the morning to drive up from Seattle. The event will begin at approx. 1pm.

June 29, 2015: Potluck Dinner and Music to Send the Pastors for Peace Caravan Off to Cuba.
Description:  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!
Event time:  06:00-8:30 pm
Price:  Free, though contributions to the potluck are welcome.
Tickets required:  No
Location: El Centro de la Raza
2524 16th Ave S (Room 106, Salvador Allende Room), Seattle
206-957-4634
www.elcentrodelaraza.org

For more information, contact:
Judy Zeh
206-523-1720
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For information about going on the 2015 IFCO/Pastors For Peace Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba (June 29 - July 29), contact IFCO:
http://ifconews.org/cuba-caravan/caravan-resources/

 

Handcuffs by Antonio Guerrero

”I Will Die the Way I’ve Lived”
Art by recently freed Cuban Five member Antonio Guerrero
Exhibit: March 7- April 7
At the Musicians Association of Seattle, Local 76-493, AFM
3209 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle, 98102

Created for the 15th Anniversary of the Imprisonment of the Cuban Five

The “I Will Die the Way I’ve Lived” exhibit consists of prints of 15 paintings created by Cuban Five member Antonio Guerrero on the 15th anniversary of the imprisonment of the Cuban Five in 2013. Today the Cuban Five members are free and back in Cuba as of Dec. 17, 2014, after an accord was signed between the governments of the United States and Cuba. Their freedom was won after an unrelenting 16-year international defense effort, carried out by the ‘jury of millions’.

The original paintings in this collection are hanging in the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana.

Also on display will be a print from Antonio Guerrero’s collection, ‘Absolved by Solidarity’ which was created for the 16th anniversary of the imprisonment of the Five in 2014.

This historic exhibit has toured internationally and will be on display during March at the Musicians’ Association of Seattle.

Two special events will be held to discuss the exhibit, the Cuban Five today and ending the US embargo against Cuba:
Sat. March 7, 7pm: Opening reception. Presentation on the exhibit’s creation and the Cuban Five today.
Sat., March 28, 7pm: Panel discussion: The Cuban Five’s ongoing fight to defend Cuba’s sovereignty.

End the U.S. embargo against Cuba!

Sponsored by Volunteers for the Antonio Guerrero Exhibit. All events are free and open to the public. Exhibit may also be viewed during office hours from 9am to 5pm M-F. The office close daily for lunch from 12:30 -1:30 pm.

For more information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.