SAVE THE DATE, MONDAY JULY 11, 6:30PM
JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF SOLIDARITY WITH CUBA AND TO SEND OFF THE 27th PASTORS FOR PEACE CARAVAN
Despite some incremental progress towards the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the over 55 year old policy of hostility towards the island nation remains intact. When it comes to Cuba the official policy of the U.S. government is still regime change. The blockade of Cuba continues, the travel ban continues and Guantanamo is still occupied by the U.S. military. Our solidarity with Cuba is more important than ever.
One way to show your support is to come to the Pastors for Peace Caravan send off when it comes through the Bay Area. The caravan continues its vital work of raising awareness about the reality of U.S.- Cuba relations in towns and cities around the country.
We are very excited to announce that the speakers in the route passing though the San Francisco Bay Area this year will be Pastors for Peace Executive Director, Gail Walker and Isel Calzadilla Acosta, founder of Las Isabelas, the first lesbian organization in Cuba.
Gail Walker worked with IFCO from 1987 – 2002 as the Director of Communications and co-lead the 1988 IFCO delegation to Nicaragua that resulted in the formation of the Pastors for Peace project. During her 15 years at IFCO she lead a number of delegations to Central America and Cuba and staffed countless Cuba Friendshipment caravans.
After years of working as a journalist and communications professional in print, video and radio, Gail returned to IFCO as Director in 2011. Under her direction IFCO staff have organized several US-Cuba Friendshipment caravans and educational delegations to Cuba. IFCO has also continued to faciliate the process of dozens of
US students to study medicine in Cuba under full scholarship and to expand its role as a fiscal sponsor for grassroots organizations working for social justice. Gail brings both a strong knowledge of the organization’s history and a deep understanding of community organizing and IFCO’s mission through her years as an activist and organizer.
Isel Calzadilla Acosta, Isel Calzadilla Acosta, Santiago de Cuba, is founder of “Las Isabelas,” the first lesbian organization in Cuba. Ms. Calzadilla consults with CENESEX (Cuban National Center for Sexual Education) to develop strategies for the struggle against homophobia. She is a member of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), and she is a nurse by profession. She is a leading lesbian activist at the forefront of the struggle against homophobia in Cuba. Recently, Calzadilla represented CENESEX at the recent World Conference, “Decolonizing Our Bodies,” of the International Lesbian and Gay Association held in October 2014 in Mexico City. Havana Times article about Calzadilla and Las Isabelas: http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=75887