Pastors For Peace/Caravan by Mitch E.Perry06/30/06
The US economic blockade against the communist nation of Cuba is now in its 46th year, and shows no signs of abating.
But for the past 17 years, organizers with the Intereligious Foundation for Community Organization, or IFCO, in association with the group Pastors For Peace, have worked against the blockade, by delivering critical medical supplies and other humanitarian aid to Cuba..
The caravan has been traveling to more than 120 American and Canadian cities before crossing the U.S. border into Mexico this Sunday, in an effort to challenge U.S. restrictions on travel and aid to Cuba. 84 year old Tampa resident Abelardo Arteaga has been involved with the caravan for years. He tells WMNF that the journeys into Cuba have become a bit rougher the past couple of years, ever since the Bush Administration Tightened travel and remittance regulations to Cuba (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?been getting tougherâ€?)
In fact, Albelardo Arteaga himself has received threatening letters from the Treasury Department about making the humanitarian trip into Cuba (roll tape#2 o.q.â€?
Arteaga boasts that Pastors For Peace have done more than just sendhumanitarian aid to Cuba (roll tape#3 o.q.â€?and medicineâ€?)
Alberlardo Arteaga will fly to McAllen, Texas on Sunday â€“ and then cross the Mexican border and travel to the town of Tampicoâ€¦.He says heâ€™s enjoyed doing this each time heâ€™s participated, and applauds the leadership of Pastors for Peaceâ€™s Executive Director , the Reverend Lucius Walker (roll tape#4 o.q.â€?on many occasionsâ€™)
For more information, including helping to fund the caravan, you can go to the web at ifconews.org, or call 212-926-575