The celebration will feature special guest speaker:
LISA VALENTI - National President of the U.S.-Cuba Sister Cities Association and participant in all 20 Pastors for Peace Caravans to Cuba, including a successful hunger strike for 94 days to release U.S.-seized aid bound for Cuba
BETO FUENTES – will present beautiful songs of struggle from across Latin America
JOAQUIN ERNESTO – will bring inspiring guitar music from around the world
DILIA OCHOA – will share her moving poetry
SHAKEEL LOCHAN – aims to change the way you think with his spoken word poems
** The event will also involve a potluck dinner (please bring a dish to share)!
Co-organized by: Free the Cuban 5 Committee-Vancouver and Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba
5:30pm Potluck Dinner!
7:30pm US Pastors for Peace representative- Lisa Valanti will give an update on the Obama's US/Cuba relations, what this caravan represents and why people should be in solidarity with Cuba.
Admission by donation.
Sponsored by the Goods for Cuba Campaign
In addition to Caravan speaker- also showing film “Mary McCarthy, Our Lady in Habana. This is a film about a woman from Newfoundland who moved to Habana in 1921 with her husband. He passed away just prior to the revolution, she stayed on. She just passed this April, a couple of weeks before her 107th birthday!
Also showing slide show of our trip to Cuba in January, (in Santiago for the 50th anniversary).
Details to Come!
Members from the film and print media willbe there for a press conference.
Program features the Caravan Speaker, the Raging Grannies, folk singers Karen and Charlie Brabdow, Grupo Palo Santo (Afro-Cuban) and poetry!
Also, full Cuban meal!
Organized by the Pioneer Valley Cuba Solidarity Committee
BBQ, Rice, Beans! Marachi, film and talk!
Cuba Buy a Bus Cafe
Celebration and Information
Entertainment and Education
A bus will travel from eastern Canada through the United States gathering humanitarian aid and caravanistas (volunteers) bound for Cuba. You can help! The US border and embargo will be challenged in Texas so the vehicles and supplies can be shipped from Mexico. Come to offer solidarity and support. Come to learn more about the situation in Cuba. A free will offering will be taken.
Our annual fundraising dinner will be held at Queen Street United Church, corner of Queen & Clergy (the church is still available for events such as this). Doors will open at 5:45pm, with dinner being served at 6pm. Tickets are $20 and will be available by June 10th through Caravan committee members and CCFA exec.members.
Dinner will be followed by a short program which will include brief comments on the Caravan by Caravan speaker Reverend Tom Smith, President of the IFCO board. The Minister-Counsellor at the Cuban Embassy, Maria de la Luz B'Hamel, will outline some of the aspects of the US blockade of Cuba. Questions from the audience will be welcome.
The Caravan is the admirable work of a multi-faith foundation for community organizing based in New York (IFCO) and founded by the Reverend Lucius Walker. An Ecumenical Distribution Committee made up of Cuban religious leaders receives and distributes the aid, based on need, to a variety of Cuban organizations and institutions serving the Cuban people. If you think the Pastors for Peace project might be of interest to your church, please pass on this information to its leaders and congregation.
We had a very rewarding event last year, so much so that Kingston is developing a reputation as being one of the most successful stops on the Caravan routes. Let's make it even bigger and better this year!
Volunteers needed. We need help with the dinner. If you would like to volunteer in the salad or dessert departments or the set-up/clean-up departments, please contact me and I will provide further details.
Breaking the Cuba Blockade
Presentation by Sabine Caspar, Participant in the Pastors for Peace caravan carrying material aid to Cuba
Co-Sponsored by the Racine/Kenosha Central America Solidarity Coalition (CASC)