[act-ma] 6/23 Pastors for Peace Caravan Sendoff and more...
July 26th Coalition
info at july26.org
Mon Jun 20 07:52:58 PDT 2016
*Nancy Kohn writes for Pastors for Peace*
Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for the *Pastors for Peace
Caravan Sendoff *at First Baptist Church in JP (across from the Post
*Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00 PM.*
# 633 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Manolo De Los Santos will be our guest speaker.
He first visited Cuba in 2006 with the organization, Pastors for Peace.
Pastors for Peace is a project of the Interreligious Foundation for
Community Organization (IFCO.) IFCO’s mission is to end US aggressive
policies towards Cuba. The organization seeks to promote peace between
the peoples of the US and Cuba. Manolo’s focus at the Matanzas
Evangelical Seminary is the study of liberation theology.
We'll be showing a brilliant new documentary called *The Power of the
Weak, *illustrating the achievements of Cuban health care and education.
This documentary by German filmmaker Tobias Kriele, tells the story of
Jorge, “Jorgito” Jérez, born in Cuba in 1993 during the special period
with Cerebral Palsy. The movie shows how a society structured to support
human development can make the disabled powerful. Provided with care
from birth by Cuba’s health care and education system, Jorgito is now a
self-sufficient, independent young journalist contributing to Cuban society.
*We're**/not /**collecting material aid this year but please do bring
your check book - it's a fundraiser.*
Please post the flyer if you're able.
Hope to see you there,
*Brookline, MA Calls for The End of the Embargo Against Cuba*
On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the third and final session of the
Brookline, MA, Annual Town Meeting, the following resolution was
adopted, on the unanimous recommendation of the Board of Selectmen and
concurring large majority of the Advisory Committee, by an overwhelming
vote of more than 95% in favor:
VOTED: That the Town adopt the following resolution:
WHEREAS, in 1960, the United States government imposed an economic,
commercial and financial blockade against Cuba; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. embargo against Cuba — what the Cubans call /el
bloqueo/, “the blockade” — continues to inflict hardship on the men,
women and children of Cuba by creating shortages of food, medicines and
financial and trade opportunities; and
WHEREAS the 1996 Helms-Burton Act extended the territorial application
of the initial embargo to apply to foreign companies trading with Cuba; and
WHEREAS, on December 17, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban
President Raul Castro announced a new era of relations and agreed to
re-establish diplomatic relations; and
WHEREAS, Cuba and the United States re-opened their respective embassies
in 2015; and
WHEREAS, despite the changes made by President Obama the embargo
continues to be in place; and
WHEREAS, 191 countries voted at the United Nations General Assembly in
October 2015 in favor of lifting the U.S. blockade against Cuba, with
only two countries — the U.S. and Israel — opposed; and
WHEREAS the majority of the people of the United States believe this
embargo is ineffective; and
WHEREAS the blockade denies U.S. citizens access to Cuban medical
technology such as the diabetes drug Heberpot-P, vaccines for meningitis
B and hepatitis B, monoclonal antibodies for kidney transplants, as well
as the only therapeutic vaccine in the world against advanced lung
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Brookline Town Meeting calls for an
immediate end to the United States’ economic, commercial and financial
embargo against Cuba; and strongly encourages Representative Joseph P.
Kennedy III to support measures that achieves these goals.
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Peter Miller, a member of the July 26th Coalition,
(peterm(at)igc.org), and the primary citizen petitioner, is available to
provide support and advice for other Boston area municipal campaigns.
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