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2013 Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba Print E-mail

Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) and the BC Aid Network for Cuba (BCANC) invite you to join us this Saturday & Sunday to send off the 2013 Caravan to Cuba!

  1. SATURDAY JULY 13 – BBQ & Send-Off Vancouver event
  2. SUNDAY JULY 14 – Picnic & Rally at the US/CANADA border!
  3. REPORT & PHOTOS from Kamloops, BC Caravan Event
  4. REPORT & PHOTOS from Seattle, Washington Caravan Event

The Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba is a U.S.-based, Cuba solidarity project that each summer challenges the travel ban and U.S. blockade against Cuba by bringing humanitarian aid and U.S. citizens to Cuba.

Since the beginning of this project, Cuba solidarity groups and people across Canada, have been participating in the Caravans and organizing against this cruel and unjust blockade against Cuba. For more info please visit: http://pastorsforpeace.org/

  1. Caravan Send-Off Event – BBQ – Music – Poetry – Food – Fun!

    SATURDAY JULY 13 at 6 PM
    Trout Lake Park (Near the concession and beach area - Look for the Cuban flags!)
    3350 Victoria Drive
    Vancouver, BC

    For poster click: http://www.vancubasolidarity.com/posters/130713-130714-cuba-caravan-sendoff.pdf
    To join Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/508461325890032/

  2. Picnic and Rally to send Caravanistas and humanitarian aid across the border!

    SUNDAY JULY 14 at 1PM
    Peace Arch Park US-Canada Border
    White Rock, BC / Blaine, WA

    For poster click: http://www.vancubasolidarity.com/posters/130713-130714-cuba-caravan-sendoff.pdf
    To join Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/614561275230537/

    ~ Both events will take place rain or shine!
    ~ Both events will include BBQ and potluck meal (please bring a dish to share if you can!)

    BC Caravan Tour co-organized by: Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) http://www.vancubasolidarity.com & BC Aid Network for Cuba (BCANC) http://www.bcanc.org/

  3. REPORT & PHOTOS from Kamloops, BC Caravan Event

    To read the report and view the photos please visit: http://www.vancubasolidarity.com/reports/2013/130708-vcsc-caravan-send-off-kamploops.html
    Event sponsored by Kamloops Socialist Club

  4. REPORT & PHOTOS from Seattle, Washington Caravan Event

    To read the report and view the photos please visit: http://www.seattlecuba.org/
    Event organized by: Seattle-Cuba Friendship Committee

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Canadians Celebrate U.S.-Cuba Friendship Caravan Print E-mail

Ottawa, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The Canadian-Cuba Friendship Association of the city of Kingston, province of Ontario, conducted a meeting on the occasion of the 24th Pastors for Peace Caravan.

Pastors for Peace Southern Ontario Tour Print E-mail


The Rev. Luis Barrios, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and ethnic studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice-City University of New York. Since 1988, Dr. Barrios is a weekly columnist of El Diario La Prensa in New York City, one of the oldest Spanish newspapers in the United States.

Rev Barrios is the associate priest at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in West Harlem and the spiritual advisor for the Iglesia San Romero de Las Americas-UCC in the Washington Heights community. He is an active member of the IFCO-Pastor for Peace Board of Directors and was heavily involved in the 2005 campaign to free the computers seized at the border. He has since participated as a speaker in several caravans to Cuba.

He is a passionate exponent of the use of non-violent civil disobedience to challenge unjust laws and policies. In 2009 he spent several months in jail for his participation in a protest about training in torture methods at the US military’s “School of the Americas” in Fort Benning, Georgia.



Fundraiser for Pastors for peace Cuba Caravan and Irish Republican POWS
Thursday July 4 at 730pm
Rum Runner Pub, 1 King St W Kitchener
Brendan Casey: Independent Irish Republican via skype
Reverend Luis Barrios: Pastors for Peace Caravan
Pablo Vicanco and Santiago Escobar: Report back from ALBA Social Movement Conference

Come out and learn about the growing movement in Latin America for national Liberation. Find out about Pastors for Peace resisting the U$ imposed blockade on Cuba. Find out about the strugglle for national liberation in Occupied Ireland.

Raffle For POWS
$5 suggested donation for Pastors for Peace


Fundraiser for the Pastors for Peace Cuba Caravan
Friday July 5th at 7:30 pm
College St United Church, 452 College St


Onward and Upward: A celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Attacks on the Moncada Barracks. A fundraiser for the IFCO/Pastors for Peace Cuba Caravan.
Saturday July 6
Doors at 6 pm
Stewart Memorial Church, 114 John St N
Featuring Reverend Luis Barrios, Co-Director IFCO/Pastors for Peace and Javier Domokos Ruiz, Consul General of Cuba in Toronto

Contact for more information



Garden Party
Sunday July 7, 3pm
At the home of CCFA K executive committee members, Dr. Angeles Garcia and Bob McDiarmid.
202 Main Street, Barriefield, K7K 5S3




Defend Cuba's Right to Independence and Sovereignty! Print E-mail

Successful First Visit of Cuban Consul-General to Alberta

Javier Domokos RuizJavier Domokos Ruiz, Consul-General of Cuba in Toronto, made a successful five-day visit to Edmonton and Calgary from June 13-18, during which he updated people on current developments in Cuba. The visit included a reception at a local artist's house in Edmonton, a public meeting sponsored by the Cuba Edmonton Solidarity Committee and a public meeting sponsored by the Canada Cuba Friendship Association in Calgary, as well as other informal get-togethers and visits. During his visit, Consul-General Domokos met with a wide variety of people, including workers, trade union leaders, First Nations, politicians, professors, researchers, visual artists, film-makers, musicians, graduate students, seniors, representatives of the Latin American community and businesspeople.


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