In June and July, the 15th IFCO/Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba will visit over 120 U.S. cities, challenging the U.S. government to end the blockade of that island nation. An estimated 200 people will travel in painted school buses, trucks, ambulances and cars to Cuba via Mexico, with 50 tons of medicines, computers and school supplies collected from groups across the country.

According to the organizers, “We will not apply for a U.S. Treasury Department license to visit and take humanitarian aid to Cuba. Instead, in the tradition of the civil rights movement, we will openly and collectively cross the line to join our Cuban sisters and brothers.”

They added, “You can join the caravan as it passes through your community during late June. Or you can reclaim your independence on July 4th by meeting us at the Texas border as we prepare to break the blockade.”

The group plans to spend nine days in Cuba, visiting hospitals and schools, hearing from Cubans about their country’s achievements and problems, and sharing cultural activities. They will return to Texas on July 19.

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