[MKE - Indymedia] tel. correction in PASTORS' CARAVAN; MILW. SEND-OFF JUNE 24 with PFP President Rev. Tom Smith

Art Heitzer aheitzer at igc.org
Fri Jun 9 18:43:06 PDT 2006

Correction in tel. # for Caravan donation info from the Coalition: Should be
(414) 964-0350, as corrected below. My apologies, Art Heitzer.



Local supporters of Pastors for Peace are now collecting humanitarian
supplies for Cuban children with special needs, for a Caravan which will
leave Milwaukee on Saturday June 24th. . The sendoff celebration from 5-7pm
at Club Timbuktu, 520 E. Center Street, will feature a talk by Rev. Tom
Smith, president of the Board of Pastors for Peace, and pastor of Monument
Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, PA; as well as African snacks and Caribbean
music played by DJ Paul Finger.

Donations for this 17th Friendshipment Caravan may be dropped off at
Milwaukee's Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th St., at Wisconsin
Ave. (414) 344-1600. Specific items requested include wheelchairs, crutches,
vitamins, school supplies, sports/art equipment, Bibles in Spanish, infant
formula, new children's clothing, medical supplies, and current medicines.
For details see www.pastorsforpeace.org, or

The send off event is open to the public, for a financial donation for the
Caravan to be made out to "IFCO/Pastors for Peace." For more information,
contact the Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba at (414)
964-0350, www.WICuba.org.

The Caravan is a challenge the tightened US restrictions on travel to Cuba,
and the 46-year old economic blockade. The caravan will travel to Cuba and
deliver humanitarian aid without a U.S. Treasury department license as an
example of grassroots solidarity between the people of both countries.

[Photo of Rev. Smith available; call 414 273-1040, ext. 12 or email
aheitzer at igc.org.; bio. below.]

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Rev. Thomas E. Smith currently serves as the Pastor of the Monumental
Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His duties include the senior
pastoral responsibilities of a three hundred membership congregation.  In
addition to pastoral duties of the church, Rev. Smith serves as Executive
Director of the House of David,   Chairman of the Center for Family
Excellence and Chairman of Monumental Mission Ministries Inc.   Rev. Smith
serves on the boards of the Allegheny County Volunteer Board for Emergency
Food and Shelter and the Metro-Urban Institute.

Rev. Smith also serves as President on the board of the Interreligious
Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace, and has traveled
with Pastors for Peace to Cuba and Chiapas, Mexico.   Rev. Smith will share
his important perspective on why we challenge an unjust law which asks us to
hate our neighbor.

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