Send-off Program for Cuba Travel Challenges on July 8
From: Minnesota Cuba Committee (
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 17:59:42 -0700 (PDT)
Pastors for Peace/Venceremos Brigade Send-off Program
6:00 - 9:00 pm, Wednesday, July 8
St. Albert the Great Church
2836 33rd Avenue South

Foods of Cuba, program, entertainment

$10:00 admission; no one turned away for lack of funds
Refreshments (mojitos, beer, wine) will also be available
Entertainment will include the Afro-Caribe drum group and Rene Thompson
dance studio

Keynote speaker, Ellen Bernstein, staff of Pastors for Peace, has traveled
to Cuba 60 times since the 1990s and recently led the Cuba trip of the
Congressional Black Caucus in April 2009. She is also the author of
in Cuba.*

Pastors for Peace and the Venceremos Brigade are holding the send-off
program for the 15 Minnesotans and other volunteers from the U.S. and Canada
who will challenge the immoral and illegal U.S. blockade and travel
restrictions against Cuba. The program will help raise money for the
Minnesota school bus that will be joining the caravan. Volunteers have spent
the last several weeks painting the bus with a colorful mural conveying its
humanitarian mission. Nationally, Pastors for Peace expects to collect 100
tons of humanitarian aid during a two-week caravan that will converge in
McAllen, Texas before traveling on to Cuba. They intend  to deliver school
buses, construction tools and materials, educational supplies, medicines and
medical supplies gathered in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. The
Venceremos Brigade will also be bringing humanitarian aid and will join
voluntary work brigades while they are in Cuba. This will be the 20th travel
challenge for Pastors for Peace and the 40th for the Venceremos Brigade.
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