September Days In Washington DC Against the Blockade

The 26th Caravan is back from Cuba, and headed for Washington, DC on September 16-18


Thank you for on-going support of our work.  We at IFCO are committed to continuing this journey of love and friendship with our Cuban brothers and sisters.  But we know that there is still so much more work to be done!

 

That’s why our next stop is the nation’s capitol – Washington, DC!!  

 

IFCO/Pastors for Peace, in collaboration with the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity for the Peoples, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), and the National Network on Cuba (NNOC), is planning a series of activities against the blockade between September 16-18 in Washington DC

 

We hope that we can count on you to add your voice to those advocating Members of Congress to not only lift the economic blockade of Cuba and the travel restrictions but also to respect the self-determination and sovereignty of the Cuban people.  Supporters of this cause will journey to Washington, DC to raise awareness about the impact of the US blockade on the Cuban people as well as how this policy affects the people of the United States.

Activities in Washington Include:

 

Wednesday, September 16:

  • 9-10 am: Orientation for advocacy work
(Location TBA)
  • 10:30-5 pm: Visits to Members of Congress on Capitol Hill to advocate for a change in US policy toward Cuba
  • 7 pm: An Ecumenical Service and Evening of Culture
(Florida Ave Baptist Church, 623 Florida Ave NW)

 

Thursday, September 17:

  • 9-5 pm: Continue visits to Members of Congress on Capitol Hill to advocate for a change in US policy toward Cuba
  • 6 pm: A Photographic Exhibit –The Cuban 5 Return: An Entire Country Celebrates.   
(University of DC Law School, 4340 Conn Ave, 5th Fl)

This exhibit featuring the work of 8 photo journalists premiered in Cuba and captures the initial response of the Cuban people to the return of the Cuban 5 to their homeland.

 

Friday, September 18:   

  • 8:30-5 pm: Conference-The US Blockade Against Cuba: Why It’s Wrong & What We Need To Do to End It.
(Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St, NW)

The conference will feature a series of workshops with knowledgeable panelists available to discuss different topics of interest including health, religion, legal issues, struggles in Latin America and the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. The occasion will also be an opportunity for participants to discuss and promote new initiatives.
Some of the participants already confirmed include: the fighter for the independence of Puerto Rico and former political prisoner, Rafael Cancel Miranda; Oscar Lopez’s attorney, Jan Susler; Canadian professor John Kirk, who nominated the Cuban Medical Internationalist Programs for the Nobel Peace Prize; filmmaker Catherine Murphy; authors Stephen Kimber and Arnold August; Attorneys Robert Muse; and Jose Pertierra.

 

What if I Can’t Make it to Washington, DC?

 

If you can’t be in Washington DC, you are encouraged to organize events in your home city from September 16 -18.

 

Here is how you can play an important role:

  • Call and write to your Representative and Senators
  • Visit your members of Congress at their district offices.  Find your Senators state office here.  Find your Representatives district office here.
  • Help spread the word about the DC activities via social media and email.
  • If you were on the 2015 Caravan, organize a report-back in your community September 16-18.
Follow the blog set up by the International Committee at www.theinternationalcommittee.org

The activities in Washington DC are being organized by IFCO/Pastors for Peace, the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity for the Peoples, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and have been endorsed by the National Network on Cuba (NNOC) and many other national and international organizations.

 

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