The Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee participated in the IFCO/Pastors for Peace 25th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba.

February 8, 2014: IFCO/ Pastors for Peace Friendshipment 25 Announcement

Friendshipment Caravan 25

 

IFCO/Pastors for Peace has just announced the 25th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba. The caravan will publicly challenge the 52-year U.S. Government blockade of Cuba and carry material aid to the revolutionary island nation.

IFCO has posted a video about the upcoming caravan here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ldogNOktsM&feature=share

This coming July, the Seattle-Cuba Friendship Committee will welcome the Friendshipment Caravan to Seattle. Please join us!

For more information, please contact Seattle Committee Secretary Judy Zeh at (206) 523-1720
or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April 18, 2014: April Update

Friendshipment Caravan 25

 

Planning is in high gear for the IFCO/Pastors for Peace 25th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba. This is a great opportunity to join us on a blockade-challenging trip to Cuba! The caravan will publicly challenge the 52-year U.S. Government blockade and carry material aid to the revolutionary island nation.

For more information, contact Seattle Committee Secretary Judy Zeh at (206) 523-1720
or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For an application to go on the caravan, please contact IFCO/Pastors for Peace directly:
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May 16, 2014: Seattle Area Events

The Pastors for Peace Friendshipment 25 is coming to Seattle. We have three events planned:

* Saturday, June 28, 2014
Material aid packing party 12-2pm
El Centro de la Raza, basement
2524 16th Ave. South (Beacon Hill), Seattle

* Sunday, July 6, 2014
Canadian border crossing 12noon
Peace Arch Park, Blaine
We will welcome the Canadian Caravanistas at the border and have a picnic and rally, then load their donations on the school bus we’ll ride from Seattle to the border and back. This is an all-day event. Please call for details in early July if you want to join us.

* Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Caravan Send-off Potluck with musical entertainment by Sin Fronteras, Seattle Peace Chorus, and Jacque Larrainzar; "local spoken word"; and a presentation about the Friendshipment caravan 6-8 pm
El Centro de la Raza, Dining Room (Room 107)
2524 16th Ave. South (Beacon Hill), Seattle
Price: Free, no tickets required. Guests are welcome to bring something for the potluck.

For more information, contact Judy Zeh at (206) 523-1720

Here's our poster about the Seattle events, with caravan dates. Click the image to download a full-size PDF poster.

Friendshipment 25 Seattle events

 

July 3, 2014: Border Crossing and Send-off

On Sunday July 6 join us for a potluck picnic and rally at Peace Arch Park at the Canada/US border.

On Tuesday July 8 come to the send-off potluck for the Friendshipment caravan from 6pm-8pm in the Dining Room (Room 107) at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave South, Seattle (Beacon Hill).

Questions: Judy Zeh 206-523-1720

Friendshipment 25 Border Crossing & Send-Off

 

July 8, 2014: Bus photos

Cliff Wells rode the BlueGreen Machine schoolbus up to the Blaine Border crossing event yesterday and posted photos. See them here:
Break the Cuba Blockade
We will post a fuller account of the Border Event, and of the upcoming Friendshipment Send-off, later.

 

July 12, 2014: Send-off Report

Seattle Caravan Send-Off

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On July 8, the Seattle-Cuba Friendship Committee held a Send-Off Event for the 25th Annual Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba. The event was held at El Centro de la Raza on Beacon Hill. Kudos to all who helped organize the event!

Seattle Peace Chorus. The The heart on the Cuban flag behind them represented the importance of love in the world, as amply practiced by Cuba and Cubanos.

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MC Hap Bockelie.

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Jacque Larrainzar singing.

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Michael Hureaux reciting poetry.

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For more info. On Cuba solidarity in the Seattle area, call Judy at (206) 523-7140.

 

July 27, 2014: Blockade Broken!

On July 22, IFCO/Pastors for Peace reported:

"Today, IFCO/Pastors for Peace with the help of a whole community of supporters brought 100 tons of aid* including 2 school buses, 2 trucks and a van for Cuban hospitals, schools and Centers.
Today we crossed the border into Mexico and on to Cuba, all without a license from the US Government, as an act of loving, non-violent civil disobedience.
LOVE IS OUR LICENSE

IFCO border crossing

*In a somewhat unexplainable and illogical action, the US Customs officials allowed almost all the donated aid to pass through unmolested. But they confiscated six three-year-old desktop computers, donated by a group in Arizona. Other computers passed without problem. We will continue to negotiate for these six computers -- but will not allow this to delay the delivery of the rest of the humanitarian aid.
Keep checking our Facebook page for the latest news and photos of the stops along the way:
www.facebook.com/pastorsforpeace
While we were in McAllen Texas, we were part of a Rally and Healing Service for the Immigration Crisis, and the detention of refugee children. The Rally was sponsored by the South Texas Human Rights Center and LUPE (Union del Pueblo Entero). Caravanistas received a briefing on the situation and started to plan ways that they -- and you -- can help the local groups that are responding to this crisis.
Stay in touch -- we'll be sharing the plans with you soon and letting you know how you can help these children find safety and justice.
We also held a news conference, to brief the media (local, national and international) about the caravan."

 

August 7, 2014: Back home from Cuba.

On August 4, 2014, IFCO/Pastors for Peace reported:
"The Blockade is Broken!
Back home from Cuba
The 25th US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan has returned across the border into Texas safely and without incident.
Today we crossed the border from Mexico after traveling to Cuba without a license from the US Government, as an act of loving, non-violent civil disobedience.
LOVE IS OUR LICENSE
Keep checking our Facebook page; we have lots of photos of the trip, and we're anxious to share them with you."