[MKE - Indymedia] Tel. # correction: PASTORS' CARAVAN COLLECTING AID FOR CUBA'S CHILDREN, MILW. SEND-OFF, SAT., JUNE 24
aheitzer at igc.org
Fri Jun 9 18:23:30 PDT 2006
News issued by: Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba
633 W. Wisconsin Ave. Suite 1410, Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 273-1040 ext. 12; cubawifriends at mindspring.com
Check out our website: www.wicuba.org
Please note that the correct tel. # for info from the Coalition re Caravan
donations is (414) 964-0350, as corrected below. Very sorry for the error,
PASTORS' CARAVAN COLLECTING AID FOR CUBA'S CHILDREN
MILWAUKEE SEND-OFF ON SATURDAY JUNE 24 (Meeting on Tues. June 13, 7pm)
Local supporters of Pastors for Peace are now collecting humanitarian
supplies for Cuban children with special needs, for the PFP 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 E. Smith, president of the Board of Pastors for Peace/IFCO
(Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization), and pastor of
Monumental Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, PA. There will also be African
snacks provided, 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 (Church office should be open 9am-3pm, M-F). The
Coalition will meet there (at CUMC) on Tuesday, June 13th at 7pm, to collect
donations then, and plan for additional collections and packing them on Sat.
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 June 24th 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. Fuller Biography is below]
REV. THOMAS E. SMITH
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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