[act-ma] 4/24 (tonight) Pastors for Peace Caravan in JP
July 26th Coalition
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Mon Apr 24 08:38:49 PDT 2017
Nancy Kohn writes
At the bottom is a link to a flier about the Cuba event
happening next Monday (tonight).
Should be a great program, especially for young people of color
considering medical school....
Pastors for Peace Caravan
will be at First Baptist Church
at 633 Centre St.
in JP on Monday, April 24th from
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
We are thrilled to have Diana Gutierrez, a recent graduate of the Latin
American School of Medicine in Havana, as our main speaker.
In December, Diana returned to her home in Queens from the Standing Rock reservation
in North Dakota where she put her medical skills to good use to serve
the water protectors there.
Diana is featured in a film called Community Doctors
http:// communitydoctorsfilm dot com/
It's also great news that Congressman Jim McGovern has agreed to join
us on the 24th to discuss his recent trip to the island. He has led the
fight in Congress for normalization and helped train some of us to do
effective advocacy to end the travel ban and blockade. Hopefully, he
will also discuss the on-going fight over a healthcare plan in Congress.
I just got word that Miguel Fraga, the First Secretary at the Cuban
Embassy in DC will be there as well.
Also speaking will be John Waller,current coordinator of the
IFCO/Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravans to Cuba. He
has coordinated 10 such caravans. He was formerly part of the
national leadership of the British Cuba Solidarity Campaign and has
visited Cuba 15 times since 1991. Johnhas also written extensively
on Cuba’s outstanding approach to delivering quality healthcare to
all its citizens.
It has been two years since President Obama began moves to normalize
relations with Cuba.Since then we have seen Cuba removed from the
State Sponsors of Terrorism list, the reopening of embassies in the
U.S. and Cuba, an expansion of the categories of people who can
travel to Cuba with a government license, and some limited steps to
ease the blockade. (Of course, the Cuban 5 also won their freedom!)
However, the ban on unlicensed travel and the key measures of the
economic blockade remain in place.
Those policies and Cuba's unique contribution in the health care
field will be the main focus of the event Monday night, April 24th.
Please mark your calendar and help us spread the word.
One other thing -- JP Licks is donating 2 big tubs of ice cream.
Link to the flyer
https:// www.dropbox . com/s/ahqfkimi8r2ln5f/PFP%20Monday%20evening%202017%20flyer.docx?dl=0
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