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.
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 www.pastorsforpeace.org.