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Help Caravan to Cuba: call Border Patrol, Office of Foreign Assets Control
by Deanne Gwinn
Tuesday Jul 8th, 2008 9:41 AM
Calls needed to Border Patrol and Office of Foreign Assets Control to demand release of computers seized at border.
Computers were donated to be given to schools and medical clinics in Cuba.
Help Caravan to Cuba: call Border Patrol, Office of Foreign Assets Control

From Sandee Scott:

Pastors for Peace Caravan stopped at U.S.-Mexico border
Computers destined for Cuba seized by Border Patrol
Take Action Now!

The Pastors for Peace Caravan, which challenges the U.S. blockade of Cuba on an annual basis, was stopped last Thursday at the U.S.-Mexico border. As always, the Pastors for Peace buses were carrying medicines and other materials to show their solidarity with the people of Cuba. Rev. Thomas Smith, President of the Board of Directors for the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace, reported, "We've had 31 computers seized by the Customs and Border Patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border. These computers were destined for classrooms, clinic and hospitals in Cuba. These are 31 classrooms, clinics and hospitals that now will not have the opportunity to have computers." Although the caravan decided to continue on to Cuba in order to deliver the tons of aid and vehicles, including the bus and caravanistas from Monterey/Santa Cruz, Rev. Smith called upon all opponents of the U.S. blockade to take a moment to protest this outrageous and cruel confiscation of humanitarian materials by contacting the following:

1) The Border Patrol, which under the Department of Homeland Security, which can be reached at 877-227-5511
2) The Office of Foreign Assets Control, which regulates the U.S. blockade of Cuba, which can be reached at 1-800-540-6322 or ofac_feedback [at] do.treas.gov
3) Your House representative, who can be reached at the Congressional switchboard at 202-225-3121.

In your phone calls and emails demand the immediate release of all items belonging to the Pastors for Peace Caravan, which have been seized at the U.S.-Mexico border. Let them know that you stand with the Caravan members, that you oppose the blockade of Cuba. Take action right now!