15th U.S.-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan
July 10, 2004
On July 8, the 15th U.S. Cuban Friendshipment Caravan crossed the U.S.-Mexico border enroute to Cuba. The Friendshipment is carrying 50 tons of humanitarian supplies, including medicines, computers, and school supplies, in defiance of the U.S. government's illegal embargo against Cuba.
This year's Caravan comes at a critical time when the U.S. government is tightening its economic blockade against Cuba. The Bush administration has virtually eliminated even visits to Cuban by Americans with family members in the countries, ended educational exchanges, and limited the amount of money which U.S. citizens can send to Cuba. The IFCO/Pastors for Peace, organizers of the Caravan, coordinated this year's campaign with three other organizations challenging the U.S. government's travel ban: the Venceremos Brigade, the African Awareness Association and the Committee to Free the Cuban Five. The Caravan has brought humanitarian supplies to Cuba every year since 1992.
Before arriving in Mexico, the Friendshipment Caravan visited more than 120 U.S. cities to collect supplies and to hold meetings and other activities in opposition to the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Across the country, thousands of people from many walks of life, including members of solidarity groups, churches, educational associations, civil rights groups, and others, participated in these activities.