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Reflections from the 2022 IFCO/Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan

The Legacy Continues…

2008, the caravan at the Mexican border. photo: Bill Hackwell

By Alejandra Garcia and Bill Hackwell on July 24, 2022 — For the 32nd time in 30 years a Pastors for Peace caravan is in Cuba bringing close to 100 people including many young people who are experiencing the reality of Cuba for the first time; seeing for themselves instead of through the filter of lies and hate so prevalent in the mainstream media of the US.

But the delegation is not just made up of first time supporters but veterans of many of the friendshipment caravans too who accompanied Pastor’s visionary leader the Reverend Lucius Walker through all those years of collecting essential material aid for the island in cities and towns all around the US. While tons of aid was delivered it was the explaining the truth about Cuba and its example of what a better world could look like along the way was what was most important. Walker’s message was one of defiance against the cruelty of the blockade, wrapped in love. He said more than once, “our government has no authority to tell us who our friends are. The Cuban people are our brothers and sisters.”

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