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Pastors for Peace Caravan 2014

Compañeras y Compañeros, Friends, Sisters and Brothers, we thank all the organizations to date that have agreed to help sponsor the 2014 Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba, on Monday, July 14, 2014.

We are gathering to welcome the Peace Caravan from 6:30-9:00pm at Little 5 Points Community Center 1083 Austin Avenue @ Euclid, Atlanta, Georgia, 30307. Please join us!

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Pastors for Peace Caravan 2014 Atlanta Volunteers
Loading the trunk with medical supplies to be donated to Cuba.
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In preparation for the Pastors for Peace Caravan 2014 – Local Atlanta volunteers visited MedShare to purchase much needed medical supplies to be donated and included in the Caravan when it arrives in Atlanta GA, on Monday, July 14, 2014.  

Rev. Lucius Walker, Founder IFCO Pastors for Peace (1930 - 2010)

Rev. Lucius Walker, Founder
IFCO Pastors for Peace
(1930 – 2010)

 Your organization coming on board shows your appreciation for the ongoing work of IFCO/ Pastors for Peace and the importance of solidarity with Cuba. The late Rev. Lucius Walker started the IFCO’s peace caravans to Cuba in 1992, this will be the 25th. IFCO is also the fiscal agent for medical scholarships offered by Cuba to African descendent and Latino students in the United States. We will host Caravanistas traveling with Rev. Luis Barrios, who co-directs IFCO with (Gail Walker).

Local sponsors include: All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, Atlanta4Cuba, Cinnamon Traveler Heritage Trust, Friends of the Congo, Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, International Action Center, Malcolm X Grassroots, MG Skillman Herstory Educational Scholarship Fund and the World African Diaspora Union.

No it is not to late become a sponsor. Sponsors only need do three simple things;

1) Show-up with your members and supporters on July 14th, 2014 to welcome the Caravanistas to Atlanta.

2) Encourage folks to bring a dish for the pot luck welcome dinner being held on Monday July 14, 2014, from 6:30pm – 9:00pm.

3) Make a monetary donation toward the Caravan. No amount is too small and all donations are appreciated. If you would like to make a donation in advance please contact the emails below.

As we said previously, for many years, our comrades at IFCO/ Pastors for Peace have shouldered a heavy load in the struggle for peace and justice. This people of color- led, interfaith organization, is front and center in the Cuban Solidarity movement. They have defied the United States embargo against Cuba for over 25 years. These trips, now approaching 25 caravans, have delivered tons of supplies to Cuba, gathered along the way as they crossed the US. Through their efforts, hundreds have travelled to Cuba in people to people exchanges between the two countries. They have refused to apply for a license to visit our neighbors in the Caribbean and have asserted our right to travel and render help anywhere in the world we choose. Pastors for Peace has shown us the true meaning of faith, resistance and solidarity.
 Today, IFCO needs our support more than ever as it is being attacked by the IRS. For more information,  see www.ifconews.org.

Nelson Mandela said “When Africa Called, Cuba Answered.” The truth is Cuba is the face of internationalist solidarity from soldiers in Angola and Congo fighting colonialism yesterday to doctors healing in Haiti and Pakistan after earthquakes today.

Now it is our turn, all of us who claim solidarity or friendship with Cuba or who simply oppose this act of war against a sovereign country, to join as one of the sponsoring organizations of the Atlanta stop by the Caravanistas.

The next scheduled planning meeting is, Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 6:30pm in the  Little 5 Points Community Center, 1083 Austin Ave NE, @ Euclid Avenue, Atlanta GA 30307.

For questions and to learn more information about the Peace Caravan stop in Atlanta on July 14, 2014, please contact AtlantaPeaceCaravan@cinnamontraveler.org or Atlanta4Cuba@yahoo.com.