Cuba Caravan in Ithaca Fundraiser with Gail Walker of Pastors for Peace :: Dinner, Live Music, Dance, Presentation
SYNOPSIS. The 30th US-Cuba Pastors-for-Peace National Friendship Caravan is coming to Ithaca, New York, featuring speaker Gail Walker, National Director of Pastors for Peace. Join us for Cuban dinner prepared by Chef Roy Josef. Dinner is vegan friendly, locally and humanely sourced, and zero waste. Enjoy Live Cuban music with Damn Yanquis. Learn about recent developments in Cuba, U.S.-Cuba relations, and travel opportunities to Cuba. Meet other community members, dancers, artists and activists. This event is a benefit fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the Caravan and their program to deliver humanitarian aid and supplies - medicine, medical supplies, hand construction tools, and hand agricultural tools - needed for natural disaster recovery and medical care provision in Cuba.
6:30PM RECEPTION with Food and Live Music
Authentic Cuban Food by Roy Josef. Vegan and vegetarian options. Live Music by Damn Yanquis, with Jonathan Kline on percussion and violin, Dan Zakalik on piano, Genji Onishi on bass, and Charlie Izzo on congas
8:00PM PRESENTATION & CONVERSATION with GAIL WALKER
* Introduction to Caravan with tribute to Reverend Lucius Walker, Founder of Pastors for Peace
* U.S.-Cuba Relations under Trump and Obama
* Impact of Sanctions and Blockade
* Developments in Cuba: 2019 Constitution, 100 Year Climate Action Plan, Health Missions & more
* On Juneteenth: Cuba and the Struggle for Black Liberation and Self-Determination
* Solidarity in the United States & Travel to Cuba
Question and Answer period follows presentation.
9:00pm MUSIC, DANCE and MINGLING
Connect with friends, activists and community members. Cuban Salsa & Rueda de Casino dance lesson and social dance with DJ Instructor Michael Luis.
FUNDRAISER ALL PROCEEDS benefit the Caravan, including delivery of vital humanitarian aid and supplies - medicine, medical supplies, hand construction tools, and hand agricultural tools - needed for natural disaster recovery and medical care provision in Cuba. If you can not attend the event, and wish to donate, we accept and thank you for it!
RSVP and Donate using form on the right. Suggested Donation: $10-$25 Sliding Scale. ALL WELCOME regardless of ability to pay. In-Kind payment accepted, including in the form of volunteering for the event. To donate an amount other than what's in the boxes, use the last last box. Please check the "write us a comment box" to let us know if your donation covers someone in addition to, or other than yourself, and please tell us their names. TO RSVP by email or phone (and donate at event), or for questions, send message to [email protected], or call (607) 592-1986. THANK YOU.
BUILDING ENTRY & PARKING
First Baptist Church, Ithaca, has NO street-side entrance. We are in the back corner of DeWitt Park in downtown Ithaca - surrounded by Buffalo, Cayuga, Court & Tioga Streets. Parking is available on these streets and there is a county parking lot - free and open for the Cuba Caravan event - around the building with access from Tioga or Court Streets.
SPONSORED BY Ithaca Friends of Cuba and: CODEPINK, Dancing Turtle Sprouts, Durland Alternatives Library, First Baptist Church of Ithaca, Get Designs Here, Greenstar Food Co+Op, Here We Are Farm, Ithaca Catholic Worker, Ithaca Organics, Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County, Maple Creative, No More Tears/No Mas Lágrimas, Purity Ice Cream, Salsa Ithaca, Southside Community Center, Wide Awake Bakery.