acnnews 7 Pastors for Peace Ready to Cross US Border with Humanitarian Aid for Cuba HAVANA, Cuba, July 20 (acn) The US Friendshipment Caravan held a press conference on Tuesday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in McAllen, Texas to announce that the caravanistas will cross the US border on Wednesday into Mexico, defying Washington’s travel ban. The Friendshipment Caravan/Pastors for Peace told the press that they will break Washington’s illegal and immoral blockade against Cuba for the 21st consecutive time when it crosses the US border with 100 tons of humanitarian aid for the Cuban people. There are currently 85 caravanistas from 21 US states, in addition to Canada, Mexico and Europe ready to travel to Cuba without a license from the US State Department in an act of civil disobedience to protest the travel ban and economic blockade against the Cuban people. This year´s caravan is dedicated to the Cuban children. Lucius Walker, Executive Director of the Inter-Religious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace said that “half of the medicines in the world are not accessible in Cuba due to Washington’s economic blockade”. “Why are Cuban children deprived of medicines that can save their lives? This is a policy that many people in the US are not conscious of and many oppose such a policy”, said Walker. Nine yellow school busses will be donated to Cuban hospitals, churches and schools. The 100 tons of humanitarian aid includes educational materials and medicines, hospital equipment, computers, sports materials and construction tools. “Anything that Cuba must import is much harder to find and much more expensive due to the US blockade”, said Reverend Tom Smith, president of IFCO’s Board of Directors. The US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan visited 125 US cities, southern Canada and urged the members of those communities to call their Congressional Representatives to support the new draft law that could end Washington’s travel ban against Cuba. During their stay on the island, the caravanistas will attend the graduation ceremony of the students of the Latin American School of Medicine, where low income students from over 40 nations are studying medicine free of charge. Of the total amount of medical graduates this year, 14 are from the US and will return to the states to work in communities where people are not able to receive health care. Pastors for Peace is a project of the Inter-Religious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), a national ecumenical center working in favor of social justice since 1967.