Pastors for Peace in Carbondale June 17, 2019

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Pastors for Peace launches speaking tours talking about Cuba today and the state of US-Cuba relations

From June 11th to 21st t IFCO/ Pastors for Peace will have representatives traveling to 40 US cities, talking at public events in churches and community centers, allowing us to bear witness to the truth about Cuba today and to underscore the changes needed in US policy to achieve normal civilized relations between the US and Cuba. Immediately afterwards we will be taking 35 US citizens to Cuba without applying for or accepting a license to travel to Cuba from the US government.

In the last years of the Obama administration it had seemed that the US government was finally moving towards normal relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of trying to starve the Cuban people into submission via a brutal economic blockade. However President Trump has largely put the Obama opening into reverse – once again using the language of regime change,
ramping up the economic blockade and threatening to end many of the possibilities for US citizens to travel to Cuba under license.

IFCO/Pastors for Peace has been organizing caravans to Cuba since 1992 offering US citizens an opportunity to express their support for changing relations with Cuba. While we firmly oppose any moves by Trump to reduce the possibilities for travel to Cuba, we assert that more licenses are not the ultimate solution.

“Pastors for Peace rejects the current licensing system for travel to Cuba. Licensing is unconstitutional because it requires people of faith to submit their acts of conscience and friendship to government licensing, in violation of our right to freedom of religious expression, political thought, association and travel” said Fr. Luis Barrios, President of the Board of Directors of IFCO/Pastors for Peace.

Last year 55 members of the Senate sponsored a bi-partisan bill to remove all restrictions on travel to Cuba. It was never brought to a vote. We call on both houses of Congress to pass such a bill

“We need to once and for all step off the merry go round where one president expands licensed visits and the next closes them down” commented Gail Walker, Executive Director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace