US border patrol seize computers

Campaign News | Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Pastors for Peace Caravan stopped at US - Mexico border

Computers destined for Cuba seized by Border Patrol - Take Action Now!

The Pastors for Peace Caravan, which challenges the US blockade of Cuba on an annual basis, was stopped at the US-Mexico border on Thursday 3 July. As always, the Pastors for Peace buses were carrying medicines and other materials to show their solidarity with the people of Cuba. Rev. Thomas Smith, President of the Board of Directors for the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace, said, "We've had 31 computers seized by the Customs and Border Patrol at the US-Mexico border. These computers were destined for classrooms, clinic and hospitals in Cuba. These are 31 classrooms, clinics and hospitals that now will not have the opportunity to have computers."

Smith vowed to "maintain a demonstration until we get the computers back" and called upon all opponents of the US blockade to take a moment to protest this outrageous and cruel confiscation of humanitarian materials by contacting the following:

The Border Patrol, which under the Department of Homeland Security, which can be reached at 877-227-5511

The Office of Foreign Assets Control, which regulates the U.S. blockade of Cuba, which can be reached at 1-800-540-6322 or

Your House representative, who can be reached at the Congressional switchboard at 202-225-3121.

In your phone calls and emails demand the immediate release of all items belonging to the Pastors for Peace Caravan, which have been seized at the U.S.-Mexico border. Let them know that you stand with the Caravan members who are currently protesting at the border, that you oppose the blockade of Cuba.

Take action right now!

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