Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba in Carbondale Monday June 17, 2019
The 30th IFCO/Pastors for Peace* Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba will visit Carbondale on Monday June 17, 2019. The Caravan will be hosted at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N. Parrish Lane.
Monday’s event will begin at 5:30 P.M. with Latin music. A Cuban dinner will be served starting at 6:00 P.M. Following dinner an update on Cuba will be provided by Fr. Luis Barrios, Ph.D., professor of Psychology, Criminal Justice, Latin American and Ethnic Studies, John Jay College, CUNY. He serves as president of the board of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), the parent organization of Pastors for Peace.
Recently, the US Government announced the activation of new measures to tighten the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba for nearly 60 years.
Enforcement of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act will allow US courts to process lawsuits against Cuban and foreign companies, although they are outside US jurisdiction. These are actions that have been rejected by the international community and accompany other hostile moves of the current U.S. administration. This takes the U.S. – Cuba relationship backwards. Fr. Barrio’s long experience with Cuba will put the current situation in perspective.
The event is free and open to the public; donations will be collected to benefit the work of Pastors for Peace. The event is sponsored by the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois, the Social Action Committee of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship and the Church of the Good Shepherd UCC.
*Pastors for Peace is a special ministry of 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. IFCO website: www.ifconews.org.
CONTACT: Georgeann Hartzog, 618-521-4239, MJ Smerken, 618-534-5403