The IFCO/Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba arrives in Carbondale on Monday April 24! For the last 27 years the Peace Coalition has helped organize an event as the Caravan passes through Southern Illinois. Joined by the Program and Social Action Committees of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship and the Church of the Good Shepherd UCC we will host a dinner and presentation at the Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N. Parrish Lane.
The evening will begin at 5:30 PM with a performance of Latin jazz from our local band, HOT! Sauce. Dinner at 6:00 PM will be followed by a presentation from Gladys Abella, who is currently a church leader at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Marianao, Havana and works for the Cuban Council of Churches. Ms. Abella played a key role in the creation of the historic Martin Luther King Center in Havana, a project of the Ebenezer Baptist Church which recently renewed its’ sister church relationship with Carbondale’s Church of the Good Shepherd UCC.
Under President Obama, the US and Cuba have established diplomatic relations but the embargo remains in place. According to the Latin America Working Group “…the future of bilateral relations is unclear. President Donald Trump has simply said that he wishes a “better deal” for the Cuban people, and that the administration is “reviewing Cuba policy.” Unfortunately, neither political insiders nor pundits know what to make of these statements, and the pendulum of relations could swing either way”. Gladys will help us understand the consequences of the continued embargo on the Cuban people and how we can help IFCO/Pastors for Peace challenge it.
We are again asking for funds to help the Caravan proceed with this important campaign to educate the U.S. of the need to normalize relations and pass legislation to lift the embargo with Cuba. Checks may be made to the Peace Coalition with Pastors for Peace on the memo line. They may be mailed to our treasurer, Lee Hartman, 1442 E. Gary Drive, Carbondale, Illinos 62902.
Please join us at the event! For more information contact Georgeann Hartzog, 618-521-4239. More information on this amazing effort to break down the barriers with Cuba can be found at the IFCO website: www.ifconews.org.