As it has done every year since 1992, last July the Pastors for Peace Caravan called on a number of US cities, passed through Mexico and concluded the adventure in Cuba, where the now traditional solidarity shown to Cuba was once again ratified.
This time around, the message from members of the XXVII Caravan primarily focused on the call for Washington to lift the economic, financial and commercial Blockade imposed by Washington on Cuba for more than 50 years.
The Pastor’s Caravan, led by executive director Gail Walker, attended meetings during their stay in Cuba with internationalist doctors and toured welfare centers and historic sites.
Many of the integrants also attended the central act of celebration of the National Day of Rebellion, July 26.
The activist daughter of the late reverend Lucius Walker, founder of the Caravan, told The Havana Reporter that the inter-religious platform guided some of her work to try to influence members of the US Congress to support the lifting of the Blockade.
Walker added that these endeavors were centered on the need to eliminate trade and travel restrictions to the island imposed on US visitors to Cuba.
She said that the removal of Cuba from a list of nations that the US alleges sponsor terrorism, the opening of embassies in both capital cities and the reestablishment of diplomatic relations are important achievements, but that much remained to be done.
According to the activist, Pastors for Peace is not a project exclusive to her or her father, but rather a community that was active throughout the United States, Mexico Central America, Europe and the world.
Walker, who feels a lot of love and respect for the Cuban Revolution for the manner in which people always come first, said that they share a lot of information about the Blockade and other Cuba related issues.
She explained that there was a lot of confusion in North America about what the establishment of normal relations with Cuba represented in reality, which was why Pastors for Peace worked to overcome the widespread lack of understanding.
Walker added that regardless who the next US president would be, they would continue their solidarity work to bring an end to anti-Cuban US policies, above all through dialogue with members of the legislature.
She stressed that many of the most important decisions will be taken by Congress.Share on FB Share on TT