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Sun Jul 6 2008 (Updated 07/09/08)
Homeland Security Takes Computers From Pastors for Peace
Sun Jul 6 2008 (Updated 07/09/08)
Homeland Security Seizes Computers Bound for Cuba
Federal agents seized 32 computers from Pastors for Peace as they attempted to cross the Pharr International Bridge early this morning at the US-Mexico border. "We will not be intimidated. We have made every effort to be cooperative and they have responded with aggression. These computers are the same type as the hundreds we have taken in the past" said Rev. Walker, Executive Director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace.

Members of the Pastors for Peace caravan quickly launched an emergency outreach campaign to their elected representatives, local community networks, and local media. They demonstrated in the Customs compound, chanting "Si se puede" and "Cuba si, bloqueo no."

The confiscated computers were donated by a Japanese-American group from the San Francisco Bay Area. They were so impressed with Cub's educational system that they collected PCs in their community to contribute to the 19th Pastors for Peace US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan. As a result of this US seizure, 32 Cuban classrooms will not have a computer from this caravan.

In addition to the computers, participants are taking 100 tons of humanitarian aid across the US-Mexico border and on to Cuba. The aid includes wheelchairs, medicine, medical equipment, musical instruments, sports equipment, six brightly-painted school buses and a bookmobile to be donated to the people of Cuba.

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