Thursday, July 03, 2008

Head 'em out!

(photo courtesy of Janine Bandcroft)

Can you hear the drums Fernando?
Do you still recall the frightful night
we crossed the Rio Grande?
I can see it in your eyes
How proud you were to fight for freedom in this land
(lyrics from Abba's "Fernando")

July 3rd, McAllen, Texas

The wait is over. The day long anticipated is here. Today is the day more than 100 Pastors for Peace volunteers will attempt to cross into Reynosa, Mexico, with nearly 100 tons of humanitarian aid destined for Cuba in defiance of a 47 year old U.S. blockade of that island nation. Their goal is not just to break that blockade. Their goal is to end it forever.

3 comments:

Tony Andrews said...

Let's hope nobody gets hurt!

dada said...

Pastors for Peace update: I've been trying off and on all day to find out how the border crossing went today.

Just this evening I received an e-mail from the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition:

"Pastors for Peace Caravan stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border and had 31 computers seized by the Border Patrol.

Rev. Thomas Smith, President of Pastors for Peace vowed to "maintain a demonstration until we get the computers back" and called upon all opponents of the U.S. blockade to take a moment to protest this outrageous and cruel confiscation of humanitarian materials by contacting the following:

1. The Border Patrol, which under the Department of Homeland Security, which can be reached at 877-227-5511
2. The Office of Foreign Assets Control, which regulates the U.S. blockade of Cuba, which can be reached at 1-800-540-6322 or ofac_feedback@do.treas.gov
3. Your House representative, who can be reached at the Congressional switchboard at 202-225-3121.

Border Explorer said...

Here's a more frivolous comment, but I just loved the "Fernando" lyrics in this context. Cool!