Dear Friends and Family who are assembled for the 8th Continental Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on behalf of the IFCO Board of Directors, Staff and our vast solidarity network, we write to extend greetings from Havana, Cuba.
We send our profound hope for a fruitful and productive meeting that will move our collective solidarity efforts in a beneficial direction.
Equally, IFCO’s solidarity extends to our brothers and sisters in of Haitian decent in the Dominican Republic who are resisting anti-Haitianism in the face of the discriminatory denationalization practices and policies currently legislated by the government of the Dominican Republic. In light the on-going acts of violence, deportations and expulsions, IFCO has joined the international boycott against tourism in the Dominican Republic and has chosen not to spend money in the Dominican Republic until these racists policies are reversed.
While our position on this issue prevents IFCO/Pastors for Peace from participating in this year’s Continental Meeting, we fully recognize the historic moment we are in and the potential for fundamental change in US-Cuba relations. We are also mindful of the fact that some of the most egregious aspects of the US blockade remain in full effect.
It is for these reasons that the IFCO/Pastors for Peace family remains firmly committed to its unrelenting solidarity with the Cuban people and the Cuban revolution.
As we end our 27th US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan we have already begun talks with our Cuban partners, to explore new and creative ways to express our love and solidarity with Cuba.
In the words of our founding director, Rev. Lucius, Walker, Jr., “Love Never Quits!”
All of us at IFCO pledge our commitment to stand by our Cuban family in this new era. We know that now is the time push forward with our efforts to end the blockade and have no doubt that together we will win!!
In love and Solidarity,
Gail Walker, Executive Director
IFCO/Pastors for Peace