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Challenge to US Blockade Against Cuba a Success
Computers confiscated by US authorities early this month have now been released and are en route to Cuba, signaling another victory for the organization Pastors for Peace.
In response to American and Canadian activists' insistent appeals, US officials returned to members of *Pastors for Peace* 32 computers bound for Cuba that had been seized on July 3. The confiscated computers were officially released by US authorities early this week and are now en route to Cuba.
Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr., is executive director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace. "We appreciate that the computers were released today. But our work could not be complete until we knew for sure that the computers would be on their way to their intended home," he said in a press release from the group dated July 14. "In fact, even now, our work is not complete — not until this mean-spirited, foolish, petty, counterproductive, immoral blockade against our Cuban sisters and brothers is ended."
With this successful challenge to the US blockade of shipments to Cuba, the 19th such challenge by IFCO/Pastors for Peace, it appears that every item of the nearly 100 tons of humanitarian aid collected by the caravan from all across the US will in fact make it to Cuba.
The Peace Coalition of Monterey County (California) has been a strong supporter of the annual caravans. They said today that Caravanistas are already planning for next year's 20th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba, which is expected to have broad participation, including a large youth contingent to participate in next year's US/Cuba 'Hip Hop Exchange."
La XIX caravana arribó a Cuba el cinco de julio, encabezada por el reverendo Lucius Walker; está integrada por más de un centenar de activistas norteamericanos, canadienses, europeos y mexicanos. Son objetivos de la iniciativa traer ayuda solidaria a la Isla y expresar rechazo al bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero que le impone Washington desde hace casi medio siglo. La Fundación Interreligiosa para la Organización Comunitaria lleva más de 40 años de trabajo por la justicia social y, desde 1992, sin pedir licencia al Departamento del Tesoro norteamericano, recopila periódicamente su carga humanitaria en apoyo a la nación cubana.
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