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Action Alert: Pastors Aid For Cuba Detained At Canadian Border

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  • Carlos Rovira
    -PLEASE FORWARD- Saturday, June 30, 2007 IFCO/Pastors for Peace Action Alert Call your Senators and Representatives (202- 224-3121) and Email Your Senators
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      -PLEASE FORWARD-

      Saturday, June 30, 2007

      IFCO/Pastors for Peace Action Alert

      Call your Senators and Representatives (202- 224-3121) and
      Email Your Senators http://www.senate.gov/ and
      Representatives http://www.house.gov/writerep/ Now and Monday!

      Please pass this on to your email lists and phone trees!

      Homeland Security Officials "Detain" Medical Supplies Destined for
      Cuba at Maine/Québec Border Despite Earlier Successful Crossings
      Today With Five Tons of Medical Aid Collected by Canadians for Cuba.

      The aid collected in Québec by the Caravane d'amitié Québec-Cuba and
      destined for maternity clinics and nursing homes in Cuba, included a
      breast pump for nursing mothers, stethoscopes, used eyeglasses, a
      Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) and surgical gowns.

      Pastors for Peace spent six hours in a standoff with Homeland
      Security attempting to negotiate passage of the medical aid before
      the shipment was detained for thirty days to investigate it's
      security threat to the U.S.

      According to Greg Pease, (207- 297-2554) the Homeland Security
      officer in charge, he received instructions not to permit anything in
      transit to Cuba into the U.S.

      "This detention by Homeland Security is outrageous." said Rev. Lucius
      Walker, executive director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace. "While Cuba is
      offering full scholarships to U.S. students to study medicine in
      Cuba, the U.S. government is denying transit of such basic items as
      breast pumps and surgical gowns. Why does the Maine border patrol
      have and ax to grind over breast pumps and surgical gowns? The
      contradictions are incredibly mean-spirited."

      "Actions like these illustrate even further the issues raised by
      Michael Moore's film SiCKO."

      "This precious cargo, bound for Cuba was collected by Canadians who
      will link up with U.S. routes of the 18th Pastors for Peace
      Friendshipment Caravan. We intend to deliver these supplies to Cuba."
      added Rev. Walker.

      This holiday weekend is the launch of the Friendshipment Caravan.
      Earlier crossings today into the U.S. from Vancouver into Blaine, WA
      and Winnipeg into Pembina ND occurred without incident.

      Fourteen routes will stop in 125 U.S. cities, collecting aid and
      speaking out against the 45 year blockade of Cuba by the U.S. Over
      the course of two weeks, the Caravan expects to collect 100 tons of
      medical aid for Cuba.

      On July 17, the Caravan intends to cross the U.S. border into
      Reynosa, Mexico. In past years, U.S. officials have attempted to
      seize the humanitarian aid it carried. According to Rev. Walker,
      anything is possible this year, given the continued antagonism by the
      Bush administration towards Cuba.

      More information about the Pastors for Peace Caravan can be found at:
      www.pastorsforpeace.org or contact Lucia Bruno at 347-423-4330 or 212
      926-5757.
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