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21 July 2005 @ 03:26 pm
Action alert!  
From one of my activist co-workers:

Our government is holding the American Pastors for Peace group and their buses of humanitarian aid to Cuba at the US-Mexico border, stating that they will not allow American citizens to take humanitarian aid to Cuba without the explicit permission of the Bush Administration.

Please call and forward this email. See the EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT below for instructions.

This may be THE most important immediate action you can take to help normalize relations between the US and Cuba, and allow freedom of travel and the flow of humanitarian aid to Cuba or any country we wish! (FYI, US citizens can send aid to any other country and travel to other countries without requiring the permission of the U.S govt.)

Please see the sample letter and phone numbers to call ASAP. We must make these calls now in order to get 140 tons of aid to Cuba through Mexico. Don't let the U.S govt. stop humanitarian aid to Cuba!!

Feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in getting an articulate speaker for your radio show or to interview for other media.

If you're interested in finding out more information online about this issue and about the Caravan for Peace:

Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (Pastors for Peace)
http://www.ifconews.org/

Read the Blog Updates from the Caravan stopped at the Border:
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/942/1039/1600/linda%20letter1.jpg

Latin American Working Group (great policy and strategic action around lifting the Travel Ban and the Trade Embargo/Blockade)
http://www.lawg.org/

Global Exchange Freedom to Travel Campaign
http://www.globalexchange.org/countries/americas/cuba/travel/index.html

Thanks in advance for your action!

Kathy in Santa Cruz


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EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT
Pastors Cuba Caravan Barred at US-Mexico Border

URGENT- PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT AND YOUR CONGRESSIONAL
REPRESENTATIVES, EMERGENCY NETWORKS AND PRESS CONTACTS:
SPREAD THE WORD FAR AND WIDE!


http://www.commerce.gov/ 202-482-2000
Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez cgutierrez@commerce.gov


As of 1:30 pm EDT, July 21, 2005, The Pastors for Peace Friendshipment
Caravan to Cuba is being held up at the US-Mexico border by US Commerce
Department officials. They are threatening to search every vehicle and
every item of humanitarian aid. They are telling us that "only licensable
goods will be allowed to cross into Mexico."


Pastors for Peace does not accept or apply for a license to deliver
humanitarian aid to Cuba.


There are 130 US citizens traveling with the caravan. They and the
humanitarian aid are traveling in eight busses, a box truck and two small
cars. It will take days to inspect the 140 tons of aid. We are prepared to
do whatever we need to do to deliver our humanitarian aid to Cuba. Stay
posted...

PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW!

1) Call Scott Kamen, Congressional Aide of Affairs at the Department of
Commerce, at 202-482-0097 and demand that the Caravan be allowed to cross
the border with all of its humanitarian cargo.

2) Call your Congressperson and ask them to call Secretary of Commerce
Carlos Gutierrez at 202-482-2000, or Scott Kamen at 202-482-0097. If you
don t know how to reach your Congressperson, go to http://www.house.gov/
and enter your zip code. That will take you to the Congresspersons home web
page where you can find phone and email information.
 
 
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