US-Cuba Friendship Bus and Riders (2010)
WASHINGTON The 21st U.S.-Cuba Friendship Caravan is to tour more than 130 U.S., Canadian and Mexican cities from July 3-22.
An initiative of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/ Pastors for Peace (IFCO), the delegation will be calling for an end to the blockade of Cuba throughout a 13-route convoy of school buses and cars.
According to the organizers, at every stop on the route they will inform audiences about the effects of this genocidal measure against the Cuban people. They will also be collecting construction tools and materials, medical equipment, and educational and cultural donations.
"We hoped that the election of President Barack Obama would bring changes in many aspects of U.S. policy, among them that he would end to the illegal, immoral and internationally condemned economic blockade of Cuba," stated the press release of yesterday.
Nevertheless, the text notes that 12 months have passed since Obama was inaugurated and the basic mechanisms of this economic war are still in full effect after 50 years, and have survived 10 U.S. presidents.
The press release goes on to say that the sale of U.S. products to Cuba is still severely restricted, while the sale of Cuban goods to the United States is absolutely prohibited. The statement also condemns the policy of including Cuba on the lists of nations allegedly supporting terrorism.
Translated by Granma International