For Immediate Release: Caravan to Cuba
Press Contacts: Georgeann Hartzog, 618-521-4239; MJ Smerken 618-534-5403
Caravan to Cuba in Carbondale Monday April 24, 2017
The IFCO*/Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba arrives in Carbondale on Monday April 24. For the last 27 years the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois has helped organize an event as the Caravan passes through Southern Illinois. Joined by the Program and Social Action Committees of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship and the Church of the Good Shepherd UCC we will host a dinner and presentation at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N. Parrish Lane.
The evening will begin at 5:30 PM with a performance of Latin jazz with, HOT! Sauce. Dinner at 6:00 PM will be followed by a presentation from Gladys Abella, who is currently a church leader at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Marianao, Havana and works for the Cuban Council of Churches. Ms. Abella played a key role in the creation of the historic Martin Luther King Center in Havana, a project of the Ebenezer Baptist Church which recently renewed its’ sister church relationship with Carbondale’s Church of the Good Shepherd UCC.
Under President Obama, the US and Cuba established diplomatic relations but the embargo remains in place. According to the Latin America Working Group, “…the future of bilateral relations is unclear. President Donald Trump has simply said that he wishes a “better deal” for the Cuban people, and that the administration is “reviewing Cuba policy.” Unfortunately, neither political insiders nor pundits know what to make of these statements, and the pendulum of relations could swing either way”. Gladys will help us understand the consequences of the continued embargo on the Cuban people and how we can help IFCO/Pastors for Peace challenge it.
Donations will be collected to help the Caravan conduct this important campaign to educate the U.S. public about the benefit of normalizing relations and the need to pass legislation to lift the embargo with Cuba. For more information IFCO website: www.ifconews.org. Pastors for Peace is a special ministry of the *Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), and was created in 1988 to pioneer the delivery of humanitarian aid to Latin America and the Caribbean. Pastors for Peace offers concerned US citizens an opportunity to demonstrate and enact an alternative people-to-people foreign policy based in justice and mutual respect. They have organized dozens of Pastors for Peace Caravans to various countries delivering life-giving aid, and organizing at home for a more just policy toward our neighbors in the hemisphere.