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Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba Event Tuesday, July 7th

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The 26th IFCO/Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba will be in Carbondale on Tuesday, July 7th. The visit is an opportunity to show support for ending the U.S. economic blockade and travel ban on Cuba and to support the changing diplomatic environment.

Manolo de los Santos will lead the delegation of Caravanistas arriving at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N. Parrish Lane, Carbondale. The evening will begin:

At 5:00 PM with a performance from the great local Latin band HOT!Sauce.

At 6:00 PM a Cuban-inspired dinner will be served, to be followed by a message from the Caravanistas.

Manolo De Los Santos has worked for Pastors for Peace in coordinating caravans to Cuba since 2008 and other projects in Haiti, Mexico and Central America.  He is currently the IFCO/Pastors for Peace liaison in Cuba with the US students at the Latin American School of Medicine. He resides in Matanzas, Cuba where he is a student at Evangelical Theological Seminary.

His presentation will be a unique opportunity to hear from someone who is seeing the changes in Cuba up close.

Since 2000, the Peace Coalition has worked with other friends of the Cuban people in southern Illinois to assist the Caravan as it transports donated construction, medical and education supplies for the people of Cuba.

The US and Cuba are on the verge of establishing diplomatic relations but the embargo is still in place. The work of the Caravan helps keep the pressure on the US government to do the right thing. The Caravanistas’ journey challenges the legality and morality of the longstanding US economic blockade of Cuba and this year focuses on community organizing, visiting senior centers, children’s programs, cooperatives, and Cuban churches.

Funds will be collected to help with the expenses of transporting donated supplies.

The event is being cosponsored by the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/FOR and the Social Action Committee of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship. For more information about Pastors for Peace and IFCO go to



2015 Margie Parker Teach-In for Peace features Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Fr. John Dear

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The Peace Coalition initiated the Margie Parker Teach-In for Peace as a tribute to Margie’s long service to our community and her commitment to efforts for peace.  The Teach-In is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th, during the 11 Days for Compassion.  It will take place at 7:00 PM at the SIUC Student Health Center Auditorium, on Grand Avenue, east of the Recreation Center in Carbondale, Illinois.  A reception catered by Crustaudo's and book signing will follow the talk.

Presenter John Dear is a world recognized leader in nonviolent action and thinking currently working with Pace e Bene, ( as Outreach Director to initiate a new effort: Campaign Nonviolence .  A peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader, he is the author/editor of 30 books, including his autobiography, “A Persistent Peace,” and "The Nonviolent Life." In 2008, John was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and again in 2015 by the International Parliament, Intergovernmental Organization of the States.

His work focuses on three important aspects on the path toward becoming people of nonviolence – being nonviolent toward ourselves; being nonviolent to all others (including creation and creatures); and joining the global grassroots movement of nonviolence.

A former Jesuit, John is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Monterey, California.  From 1998 until December 2000, he served as the executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the United States.

After the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, John served as a Red Cross Chaplain, and became one of the coordinators of the chaplain program at the Family Assistance Center.

From 2002-2004, he served as pastor of several parishes in northeastern New Mexico. He co-founded Pax Christi New Mexico and works on a nonviolent campaign to disarm Los Alamos. These days, he lectures to tens of thousands of people each year in churches and schools across the country and the world.

John has been arrested over seventy-five times in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience for peace, and has organized hundreds of demonstrations against war and nuclear weapons at military bases across the country, as well as worked with Mother Teresa and others to stop the death penalty.

The Peace Coalition is fortunate to have sponsorship support from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Nonviolent Carbondale, the Social Action Committee of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, the Covenants Committee of the Church of the Good Shepherd, the Carbondale Friends Meeting, the Gaia House, and the United Nations Association-Southern Illinois.

For more information contact Georgeann Hartzog, 521-4239 or Hugh Muldoon, 549-1051.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:24

The Peace Coalition of SI/FOR affiliated with the Fellowship of Reconciliation in 1992.   We share a commitment to achieve a just and peaceful world community with full dignity and freedom for every human being.  We promote nonviolent resolution of conflict, the integrity of the environment, and tolerance of diversity.





Peace Coalition Monthly Vigil November 1st.

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Peace Coalition Monthly Vigil, Saturday, November 1st, Noon to 1 PM, the Monthly Meeting will follow at 1:15 PM at Cristaudo’s

In the spirit of Halloween, All Saints/Day of the Dead we will feature signs that play with the themes of violence and militarism that the Peace Coalition has long drawn attention to. Please join us, costumes optional. Anyone inspired by the theme can bring their own sign.

RIP--Resist In Peace

We Are Tricked--War Profiteers Are Treated

Keep the Candy--Distribute Justice Instead

War is Horrorween--Enough is Enough

Saints Don't Bomb Civilians--Ghouls Do

Don't Put a Mask on War--It's Hell

All Saints Want Peace

Dead Soldiers Want Peace

CIA-NSA--Spooks in Control

Vote for Peace Every Day

Elect Humans Not Minions.



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