Caravan to Cuba (Revised Info) Monday April 24, 2017


Caravan to Cuba in Carbondale Monday April 24, 2017

The IFCO*/Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba arrives in Carbondale on Monday April 24.

For the last 27 years the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois 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 Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N. Parrish Lane.

The evening will begin at 5:30 PM with a performance of Latin jazz with HOT! Sauce. Dinner at 6:00 PM will be followed by a presentation from Marilyn McKenna is Education Coordinator for the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN).

She coordinates congregational education programs on ending the U.S. blockade of Cuba, closing the School of the Americas, fair trade not free trade, and ending U.S. funding of the Colombian military. She has worked on CRLN’s education/advocacy initiatives to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba with U.S. and Cuban faith communities since 2001. From 1998–2001, Marilyn worked on humanitarian aid caravans and delegations to Cuba and Chiapas for IFCO/Pastors for Peace. She has served as a co-chair of the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of organizations working to end the U.S. embargo. Since her first trip in 1982, Marilyn has traveled to Latin America more than twenty times.

Donations will be collected to help the Caravan conduct this important campaign to educate the U.S. public about the benefits of normalizing relations and the need to pass legislation to lift the embargo with Cuba.

For more information IFCO website: Pastors for Peace is a special ministry of the *Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), and was created in 1988 to pioneer the delivery of humanitarian aid to Latin America and the Caribbean. Pastors for Peace offers concerned US citizens an opportunity to demonstrate and enact an alternative people-to-people foreign policy based in justice and mutual respect. They have organized dozens of Pastors for Peace Caravans to various countries delivering life-giving aid, and organizing at home for a more just policy toward our neighbors in the hemisphere. 

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