Find out this July! Come with us to meet:
* A cultured people who receive free education at all levels. Who have produced many outstanding scientists, artists, scholars and sports stars. Yet they cannot get access to many basic supplies, because of a 45 year long economic blockade by the U.S. government.
* A healthy people, with free health care, who live on average to age 77 – the same as those in the U.S. – yet some die prematurely and many others suffer unnecessary pain because the blockade denies them access to many of the world’s medicines.
* A proud and humane people who share what they have, including sending tens of thousands of their doctors around the world to provide free health care to others in need. - yet when 1600 Cuban doctors were ready to fly to New Orleans to help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration wouldn’t let them in, just like it tries to stop US citizens from visiting Cuba.
Join the IFCO/Pastors for Peace 18th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba July 2007
The US government says you can't go to Cuba and see things for yourself. We say you should! Our Friendshipment Caravans to Cuba call domestic and international attention to the cruel and immoral US economic blockade by delivering humanitarian aid to our sisters and brothers in Cuba without asking permission for a US Treasury Department license.
In November 2006, the United Nations once again voted overwhelmingly (183-4) to condemn the US blockade. We know that many members of Congress are deeply unhappy with the policy. Meanwhile the Bush administration and its "Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba" continue desperately to look for more ways to starve the Cuban people into surrendering to US domination.
We think that the tide is turning in the US against the blockade, but this issue cannot be left to the politicians – we must take the lead and challenge them by implementing a People to People Foreign Policy that calls for an end to this insidious and immoral policy.
How you can get involved:
* Come as a caravanista - get in touch with us to get an application form
* Recruit other caravanistas - get them to request an application form
* Get involved locally - host a caravan event in your community – email us to find out your local contact - and if there isn't one you or your organization can take the initiative to host the caravan!
* Collect material aid - let us know so we can send you the aid information packet.
* Help out as a volunteer in the IFCO office.
* Make a financial donation. Checks or money orders should be made out to IFCO and mailed to our New York office. To make a credit card donation simply click on the donate-now button, on the page at the link below, and follow the instructions, or you can call our office (212-926-5757). Donations are tax-deductible!
For details & more information see http://www.ifconews.org/Cuba/caravan18/main.htm