|Send-off Program for Cuba Travel Challenges on July 8||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Minnesota Cuba Committee (mncubagmail.com)|
|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 Minneapolis 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 *Healthcare 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. www.minnesotacubacommittee.org gregklave [at] msn.com mncuba [at] gmail.com
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