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Rev. Lucius Walker passes to the ancestors, 9/7/10

Caravan 2006

Caravan 2005: visit their blog
(scroll down once you get to this link). Has up to date info on how the US government is stopping computers for medicine as well as medications and supplies from crossing the border to Mexico to reach Cuba. They have the numbers to call of the officials directing the harrassment.

Visit IFCO site for background on this year's Caravan, undertaken at one of the lowest points in US - Cuba relations.

Delegation on Afro-Cuban religion, 4/00

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Rev. Lucius Walker

Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization

The folks who have brought you the Caravans along with the Pastors for Peace.  Headed by the Rev Lucius Walker.

"In January, 1996, Rev. Walker was arrested by the U.S. authorities because he dared to take computers to hospitals in Cuba. When the computers were seized, Rev. Walker and four others engaged in a "Fast for Life" until the computers were released. The fast lasted 94 days and resulted in the release of of the computers. The computers were delivered to Cuba on September 13, 1996."
-- from

Update from Caravan 2005 blog (scroll down the page):

Update from Rev. Walker 3:20 PM EDT, 7/21/05

The Commerce Dept. has seized a number of computers and other electronic items such as calculators from one of the Pastors for Peace busses.

They have also rummaged through all of the other boxes, disrupting all of the manifesting that has taken place for the aid. We are not certain if this will disallow the aid to pass through Mexican customs because of their tampering.

This one bus has entered the gateway to Mexico at Reynosa. We are waiting to see how the Mexican customs will react to the disruptions caused by US officials. We are evaluating how we will proceed. We are determined to get all of our humanitarian aid to Cuba. Stay tuned...

(note: all aid going into Mexico must be carefully manifested in minute detail. This is what the caravan has been doing during the orientation in McAllen.)


Rev. Lucius Walker passes to the ancestors, 9/7/10

Lucius Walker is in the Hearts of the Cuban People  9/26/2010 CAN, Cuba: "On the occasion of his meeting with the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro at the Cuban Mission to the UN in New York in 1995, someone asked Lucius what was the secret of his love towards Cuba. Interesting question, he responded, adding that before the tremendous love Cuba has dispersed around the world, “we cannot do anything less than love Cuba”."

Adios to Lucius Walker Jr. in Harlem  9/18/2010 Havana Times 

THE REVEREND LUCIUS WALKER, 80, ANTI-BLOCKADE CRUSADER: August 3, 1930 - September 7, 2010  9/17/2010 Haiti Analysis 

Rev. Lucius Walker Jr. Fought for Civil Rights  9/12/2010 IFCO: "Long before Lucius Walker Jr. made international headlines - including for humanitarian aid to Cuba and when shot by U.S.-backed contra forces in Nicaragua - he was a minister and civil-rights activist in Milwaukee."

Las Caravanas de la Amistad EEUU - Cuba, un testimonio de la solidaridad  9/11/2010 Jiribilla: "Las caravanas de la amistad, promovidas y dirigidas por la Fundación Interconfesional para la Organización de la Comunidad (IFCO) y Pastores por la Paz (PFP) han sido experiencias que le han otorgado mayor riqueza y sentido a la solidaridad con el pueblo cubano y su Revolución, y proporcionado un espacio de diálogo y reflexión entre el compromiso revolucionario cristiano y el máximo líder de la Revolución."

Llegarás también, Lucius, con la alegría de la mañana  9/11/2010 Jiribilla 

No queremos pensar en un mundo sin Lucius Walker  9/11/2010 Jiribilla: "La ironía del mazazo nos estremeció a todos: cuando la amenaza de guerra nuclear se cierne sobre nuestras cabezas, uno de los hombres de paz imprescindibles se nos ha ido, tras 80 años de verdadero ejemplo. Ha muerto Lucius Walker, el reverendo norteamericano que hace casi dos décadas emprendió una irreversible lucha frente a la obstinada y cruel política del gobierno de su país contra Cuba."

Y la guagua camina…  9/11/2010 Jiribilla: "Pastores por la Paz y su Caravana de la Amistad son protagonistas, desde hace más de veinte años, de una hermosa historia tejida desde el corazón por norteamericanos de las más variadas procedencias, colores y credos. El imaginario popular cubano los identifica por un símbolo: las guaguas escolares amarillas que ruedan por calles y avenidas de nuestras ciudades."

Lucius Walker, Baptist Pastor for Peace, Dies at 80  9/11/2010 NYT: "The Rev. Lucius Walker, a Baptist minister who gained national attention with calls for reparations for the descendants of slaves and with repeated violations of the United States embargo of Cuba through caravans of humanitarian aid, died on Tuesday at his home in Demarest, N.J. He was 80."

Reverend Lucius Walker, 1930-2010  9/9/2010 People's World: "In 2007, Walker took a group of New York City high school students to Cuba. As a result, he and IFCO/Pastors for peace were subpoenaed to give evidence against school personnel who had helped organize the trip. As always, Walker refused to cooperate, on principled grounds. The Caravans were expanded to include other places, including Chiapas in Southern Mexico, and El Salvador. Walker was working on the Haiti issue at the time of his death. Walker negotiated with then Cuban President Fidel Castro to make it possible for U.S. youth from poor communities to study at the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba. Close to his heart was the issue of the Cuba 5, in whose cause Walker was a major actor. Shortly before his death, he had been working to pressure the U.S. government to issue visas to the wives of two of the Cuba 5 to enable them to visit their husbands in prison; visas which have been cruelly denied for 12 years."


Caravan 2006

Support the Caravan to Cuba End the Blockade, 2/06

The US blockade of Cuba causes shortages of food, medicine and other important supplies for eleven million people. The blockade is an immoral policy that uses hunger and disease as political weapons In November 2005 the countries in the United Nations General Assembly once again voted overwhelmingly (182-4) to call for the end of the blockade. A month later Condoleza Rice responded by stating that the Bush administration intends to intensify the blockade still further and is working on a package of new measure to be announced in May 2006. US policy towards Cuba is totally isolated internationally, increasingly discredited domestically and subject to many challenges from within Congress. 

IFCO/Pastors for Peace intends to respond to whatever new measures Bush devises with our 17th US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan. In late June we will be visiting more than 120 US and Canadian cities to talk in meetings and to the media about the impact of the US blockade on the health and welfare of the Cuban people. We will be collecting medical and educational aid to take to Cuba in defiance of an immoral policy that says we can't assist our Cuban brothers and sisters. And in early July we will travel to Cuba, without a US government license, as ambassadors for a people-to-people foreign policy.

In Cuba we will learn about its economic problems and shortages, but also about its many social achievements and the ways it is providing medical training and skilled assistance to people from many other Latin American, Caribbean and African countries - the very things that George W does not want the US people to see or hear about. In Cuba with us will be another travel challenge undertaken by the Venceremos Brigade. On July 17th, by different routes, we will both return proudly and openly to US soil. 

That's the intentions - but it needs our supporters, our network, to make it happen. It needs people like you

To come on the caravan as a caravanista either within the US and/or to Cuba we want people to come to Cuba with us, but if thats not possible we also want supporters to be there with us at the border crossing.

To spread the word to your friends, neighbors, colleagues or congregation we can provide flyers to circulate.

To host a caravan event in your community and to get the media involved if you are interested in this we can put you in contact with other interested people in your community

Contact for application forms and/or information on being a caravanista
if you want to get involved in hosting or contributing material aid

Our website at has information and flyers that you can download.

The full program is 

June 17-July 1: Caravan routes with educational presentations and aid collections throughout the US and Canada 

July 2-7: Participant orientation in Texas. Border crossing into Mexico. Travel to Tampico and load material aid onto cargo ship 

July 8-15: Fly to Havana for Caravan educational program in Cuba. 

July 16: Return to Tampico, Mexico and travel to Mexico/US border 

July 17: Reverse challenge; cross the Mexican border into the US, delivering aid from the Cuban people to the people of the US

$$$$$$$$$$ Of course cash is always needed to finance this ambitious project

To make a financial donation - checks or money orders should be made out to IFCO and mailed to our New York office, or you can phone the office (212-926-5757) to make a credit card donation.

IFCO has 501(c)3 status so donations are tax-deductible and a receipt can be mailed to you for use in preparing your income tax.

Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization 
418 W. 145th St., New York, NY 10031
Ph: 212-926-5757 Fax: 212-926-5842

April Delegation on Afro-Cuban religion

An Invitation to join an Interreligious Delegation to learn about Afro-Cuban religion.
Dates of Travel are April 15-26, 2000

This interreligious delegation will include lectures and discussions about Afro-Cuban religion, conversations with believers , and visits to houses of Lucumi, Palo and other African religions. Delegates will learn about the use of dance, music and drumming in religious ritual and participate in ritual ceremonies.

They will also discuss the interrelationship between African religion and Christian religion in Cuba today; as well as visit the Center of Traditional Medicine in Matanzas to study the effects of African culture on Cuban medical practice.

The 11 day delegation will include a 7 day workshop in Matanzas led by Prof. Israel Moliner Cataneda. Prof. Moliner is the current president of the Anthropoly Society of Cuba. He lectures on Afro Cuban religion at the University of Matanzas, the Evangelical Seminary of Matanzas and Casa de Africa in Havana.

The delegates will visit centers of African religion -- Yoruba, Arara, Bantu and Carabali -- in Matanzas City and Province as well as Guanabacoa, Regla and San Lazaro in Havana.

This delegation is organized for the members and supporters of IFCO.  

For additional information please contact:
IFCO /Pastors for Peace
(212) 926-5757

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Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization
IFCO/Pastors for Peace
402 W 145th St., NYC, NY 10031
212-926-5757; fax: 212-926-5842

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