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Pastors for Peace Program on June 14

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Dear friends,

The link for registration for the Pastors for Peace didn't work when I first published this post. It works now.

Gary Sandman



IFCO AND Plowshare Peace and Justice Center  Invite you to join us for  the public presentation of CUBA AND THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ONLINE ZOOM  EVENT FOR PEOPLE IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
Sunday, June 14, 2020,  8:00 - 9:00 pm Eastern Time (US/Canada)
The world today is grappling with how best to respond to the COVID-19  crisis. One country, Cuba, is sending its doctors and other health  professionals out to help beleaguered health care systems all around the  world. It is also making available a Cuban produced antiviral drug,  Interferon Alpha 2B, that has been widely used in China, as well as  Cuba, and has shown some success in strengthening the body's immune  system to fight off the virus.

The US government, instead of  seeking to collaborate with Cuba, is demanding that other countries  refuse to accept Cuban doctors and drugs, while simultaneously  strengthening its 60 year-long economic blockade of Cuba, trying to deny  the Cuban people the food, medical supplies and gasoline they and their  society needs.

This meeting will discuss:  
 how we can make the Cuban anti-viral drug available in the U.S.  
 how US doctors who were trained in Cuba at the Latin American Medical School in Havana are already using their
 knowledge and skills to combat the virus.  
 how we can combat the blockade.

You may know that U.S. economic sanctions also are harming people in Venezuela, Iran and Zimbabwe.

After our speaker’s presentation there will be a Q&A session and discussion.

Our speaker is Ajamu Amiri Dillahunt, a Ph.D. Student in the Department  of History at Michigan State University. He is a member of the Black  Youth Project 100 (BYP100), Black Workers for Justice (BWFJ), a board  member with the Interreligious Foundation of Community Organizations  (IFCO). He interned with the SNCC Digital Gateway Project at Duke  University and as active participant in the Durham2Palestine Coalition.  In April of 2017, Ajamu traveled to Cuba to present his research  entitled: "Exploring Fidel Castro's Contributions to African Liberation  and Pan-Africanist Thinking" at the XVI International Conference of  African and Afro-American Culture in Santiago de Cuba. Ajamu supports Cuba and its Revolution.

IFCO (  sends the US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba every year without  requesting a license from the US government - challenging the blockade.  This year their usual planned meetings in 50 communities to support the  Caravan had to be postponed due to the pandemic.
Plowshare  Peace and Justice Center, Virginia’s oldest and largest organization  promoting peace, social justice, and non-violent activism, is the  co-sponsor for this ZOOM event. Plowshare’s Lobbying Committee has been  active for years in lobbying our elected officials to end the Cuban  blockade and restore the right of Americans to travel to and visit Cuba.

Use this link to register in advance for this meeting. There is no charge:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing  information about joining the meeting via your computer or cell phone.  The event is scheduled to last for 60 minutes but the Q&A may extend  somewhat, attendees may leave at any time.

This event and  others of the 31st US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan are being held online.  At a 'traditional' Caravan event, we'd pass the hat, and welcome your  cash or check. Please help us with this work and make your donation  here:

IFCO delegations will begin again when it's safe to travel. Come to  Cuba next fall and winter with IFCO/Pastors for Peace and learn more about this unique and fascinating country.

For information about  upcoming Delegations or to join the IFCO Mailing List:

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Questions?  [email protected]
IFCO/Pastors for Peace [Ph 212-926-5757; Fax:212-926-5842]  
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