Action Alert: Pastors Aid For Cuba Detained At Canadian Border
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Saturday, June 30, 2007
IFCO/Pastors for Peace Action Alert
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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