|Take Action Now! Pastors for Peace Caravan stopped at U.S.-Mexico border||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Minnesota Cuba Committee (mncubagmail.com)|
|Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 11:58:13 -0700 (PDT)|
Pastors for Peace Caravan stopped at U.S.-Mexico border Computers destined for Cuba seized by Border Patrol Take Action Now! We have just received word that the Pastors for Peace Caravan, which challenges the U.S. blockade of Cuba on an annual basis, has been stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border. As always, the Pastors for Peace buses are carrying medicines and other materials to show their solidarity with the people of Cuba. Rev. Thomas Smith, President of the Board of Directors for the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace, told ANSWER, "We've had 31 computers seized by the Customs and Border Patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border. These computers were destined for classrooms, clinic and hospitals in Cuba. These are 31 classrooms, clinics and hospitals that now will not have the opportunity to have computers." Smith vowed to "maintain a demonstration until we get the computers back" and called upon all opponents of the U.S. blockade to take a moment to protest this outrageous and cruel confiscation of humanitarian materials by contacting the following: 1) The Border Patrol, which under the Department of Homeland Security, which can be reached at 877-227-5511 2) The Office of Foreign Assets Control, which regulates the U.S. blockade of Cuba, which can be reached at 1-800-540-6322 or ofac_feedback [at] do.treas.gov 3) Your House representative, who can be reached at the Congressional switchboard at 202-225-3121. In your phone calls and emails demand the immediate release of all items belonging to the Pastors for Peace Caravan, which have been seized at the U.S.-Mexico border. Let them know that you stand with the Caravan members who are currently protesting at the border, that you oppose the blockade of Cuba. Take action right now! _-- _________________________________________ For more information about the Minnesota Cuba Committee and meeting times: http://groups.msn.com/minnesotacubacommittee Send us a reply email with "unsubscribe" or "change" in the subject line if you would like to: (1) unsubscribe; or (2) change to our lower volume list that contains only highly newsworthy and local interest messages. Dont't forget: July 26 - Celebrate Cuba's 50th Independence Day at 1314 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis in the party room. The festivities begin at 7:00 and will include refreshments, music, movies and good conversation. A small donation will be requested to support the continuing work of the Minnesota Cuba Committee.
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