Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A Happy Ending. And the struggle continues.

PASTORS FOR PEACE CARAVAN COMPLETES ITS 19TH CHALLENGE
OF THE US BLOCKADE AGAINST CUBA:
"DETAINED" COMPUTERS RELEASED BY US AUTHORITIES AND SENT ON TO CUBA

Members of the 19th US/Cuba Friendshipment Caravan returned to the US today after challenging the US blockade on travel to Cuba and delivering nearly 100 tons of humanitarian aid to that island nation. When they crossed through Mexico and reached the US border at Hidalgo, TX today, the members of the caravan were processed through US Immigration and Customs.

Responding to constant pressure from communities all across the US, US officials then returned to the caravan the 32 computers that had been seized on July 3.

"It’s difficult for even the US government to enforce the blockade against us, since they know that we are acting on the basis of our moral principles -- principles which are supported by the great majority of the US people," said Rev. Thomas Smith, president of the board of directors of IFCO/Pastors for Peace.

Determined caravanistas then hand-carried the 32 computers across the International Bridge from Hidalgo, Texas into Reynosa, Mexico.

The computers will be sent from Reynosa on to Cuba, which means that every item of the nearly 100 tons of humanitarian aid collected by the caravan from all across the US will in fact be donated to Cuba.

"We appreciate that the computers were released today. But our work could not be complete until we knew for sure that the computers would be on their way to their intended home," said Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr., executive director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace. "In fact, even now, our work is not complete — not until this mean-spirited, foolish, petty, counterproductive, immoral blockade against our Cuban sisters and brothers is ended."
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It's nice to have good news today.

2 comments:

FranIAm said...

That is GREAT. Que bueno!

We do need good news and happier endings, this is a big one.

Border Explorer said...

How true, Fran, that we need some happy endings when we're so frequently discouraged by life's disappointments.

Recently you quoted Nouwen: "Can we carry the burden of reality? How can we remain open to all human tragedies and aware of the vast ocean of human suffering without becoming mentally paralyzed and depressed? How can we live a healthy and creative life when we are constantly reminded of the fate of the millions who are poor, sick, hungry and persecuted? How can we even smile when we keep being confronted by pictures of tortures and executions?"

Celebrating successes helps me perservere.

Our B.E. motto: "No success too small to celebrate"