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                                           (Originally aired: 10-12-08)

                                   Reverend Lucius Walker



        Executive Director of the Interreligious Foundation

                         for Community Organization                                     

                                              IFCO / Pastors for Peace


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        Rev. Lucius Walker - 10-12-98 




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{Rev. Lucius Walker }
Pastors for Peace and the Religious Response to Social Injustice
Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr. is the executive director of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO). He also served as Associate General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ from 1973 through 1978. In January 1979, he returned to IFCO, which has the distinction of being the only national ecumenical foundation committed exclusively to the support of community organizing.

Through IFCO, Rev. Walker has used his leadership and organizational skills to provide a national vehicle to serve and empower those who suffer the pain of civil rights and human rights violations. Under Rev. Walker's leadership, IFCO has played a major role in supporting the fight against colonialism and apartheid in the nations of Africa, self-determination for Puerto Rico, and aid and justice for Central America.

In the United States, IFCO has been involved in programs to assist the poor and people of color in the fields of education, employment, economic development, housing development, health care, voter registration and education, grand jury abuse, sterilization abuse, farmworker rights, and Native American rights.

IFCO has been a prophetic voice in some of the most crucial justice issues of the past 36 years. IFCO played a key role in initiating church support for Haitian refugees during the 1970s. IFCO founded the Ecumenical Minority Bail Bond Fund to provide support for political prisoners of color and initiated the National Anti-Klan Network (now known as the Center for Democratic Renewal).

In 1984, Rev. Walker was called to be the founding pastor of a Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY which is dedicated to preaching the social gospel and ministering to the spiritual and social needs of the community.

In 1988, Rev. Walker was shot and wounded in a terrorist attack on innocent civilians by Nicaraguan contras as he led an IFCO study delegation to Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast region. In response to the attack, Rev. Walker conceived the project Pastors for Peace, which organizes humanitarian aid caravans as a way to assist the victims of US foreign policy. IFCO/Pastors for Peace has delivered caravans of aid to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Chiapas, and Cuba.

The Cuba caravans, known as Friendshipments, have served as a powerful challenge to the immorality and illegality of the U.S. government's economic blockade and travel ban of Cuba. The IFCO/ Pastors for Peace caravans have delivered over 2,000 tons of aid to Cuba.

In January, 1996, Rev. Walker was arrested by the U.S. authorities because he dared to take computers to hospitals in Cuba. When the computers were seized, Rev. Walker and four others engaged in a "Fast for Life" until the computers were released. The fast lasted 94 days and resulted in the release of the computers which were delivered to Cuba in September of that same year.

Walker is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and peace awards including the Gandhi Peace Award and the Thomas Merton Award.


Celebrating 40 years 1967-2007

Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization

An ecumenical agency whose mission is to help forward the struggles of oppresed peoples for justice and self-determination


Find out this July! Come with us to meet:

  • A healthy people, with free health care, who live on average to age 77 – the same as the same as those in the U.S. – yet some die prematurely and many others suffer unnecessary pain because the blockade denies them access to much of the world’s medicines and medical equipment.
  • A cultured people who receive free education at all levels and have produced many outstanding scientists, artists, musicians, scholars and sports stars. Yet they cannot get access to many basic supplies, because of a 47 year long economic blockade by the U.S. government.
  • A proud and humane people who share what they have. Cuba has sent tens of thousands of their doctors around the world to provide free health care to others in need, yet when 1600 Cuban doctors were ready to fly to New Orleans to help out after Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration wouldn’t let them in – just like it tries to stop US citizens from visiting Cuba.
    Read more >

The caravan routes

What's it like to go on a caravan?

Watch this 8 minute audio slide show from the 2006 Cuba caravan and find out!

February 23 2008: Medical School Conference, San Jose, California

More than 100 US students are studying to become doctors in Cuba at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba. Come learn about the school’s course of study, eligibility and how to apply, and meet recent graduates from the US and hear first hand reports.
Download a flier for the event > | Learn more about the Med School Program >

Eight US students have graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine after completing a six-year study program on full scholarship

The eight US graduates from the 2007 class of the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba.
Photo by Arnold Trujillo.

"We get everything from books, even uniforms. But the conditions are that we go back to our communities, wherever we're needed, and we provide healthcare and that's what we really want to do, so we're actually looking forward to it," said Evelyn Erickson, a graduate from New York.

Nearly 100 US students are currently receiving training at the Latin American Medical School in Havana.

The U.S. students praised Cuba's universal, free health-care system, which is community based and focuses on preventing illness before it becomes more serious and costly, in contrast to the U.S. health industry indicted for being profit-based in Michael Moore's recent film "SiCKO."

"We have studied medicine with a humanitarian approach," said Kenya Bingham, 29, of Alameda, California. "Health care is not seen as a business in Cuba. When you are sick, they are not going to try to charge you or turn you away if you don't have insurance," she said.

The main difference in studying in Cuba was that there was no charge and the graduates can begin their practice debt-free, said Jose De Leon, 27, from Oakland. "When medical doctors graduate in the United States they are usually in debt, between $250,000 to $500,000, and spend the first 10 years of their careers paying it off," he said. More information >


This year's caravan to Cuba featured the first ever Pastors for Peace Hiphop Without Borders Exchange. Travel with us to hear some of the world's finest hiphop, participate in hiphop workshops and perform with Cuban hiphop artists.
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Second Emergency Aid Caravan for Louisiana and Mississippi

The second IFCO/Pastors for Peace Emergency Aid Caravan to the Gulf Coast has delivered tools, generators, air compressors construction materials, food and water to the 6th and 9th wards in New Orleans, Algiers, Lake Charles LA, and Jackson, Mississippi ... more >

Recent IFCO news

Our Campaign for Corn feeds displaced people in Chiapas.

Cuba in the news

  • World again votes against blockade
    AP coverage | Reuters coverage
    his UN vote was the highest ever against the blockade, with 182 nations voting to end the Cuba blockade. Only the United States, Israel, Palau and the Marshall Islands voted "no"
  • more Cuba news >

Cuba documents

Medical School

U.S. students are studying medicine in Cuba. For free.

From the 2006 Cuba Caravan

  • Press Release: Caravan Successfully Returns to US After Visiting Cuba
    The 17th Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba crossed back into the United States via Hidalgo, Texas on Monday morning July 17 2006, after delivering 60 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba
    ... more >
  • Visit the 2006 Caravan 17 blog >

From the 2005 Cuba Caravan

Rev. Luis Barrios, board member of IFCO/Pastors for Peace, during a prayer vigil at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge on July 26, 2005.

The Bush administration was forced to return the confiscated aid in another victory for Pastors for Peace. ... more >

NY Vigil for the release of the confiscated aid. Many others were held across the United States. Thank you for your support!

19th Friendshipment
2008 Cuba Caravan

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Cuba Friendshipment caravan archives

  • The world is strong and beautiful because of friends.
  • -- José Martí

2007 18th Friendshipment

2006 17th Friendshipment

2005 16th Friendshipment

2004 15th Friendshipment

Chiapas and Central America caravan archive

  • volunteers preparing donations for people in Central America.

Chiapas: Spring 2005




                                          Monday May 19, 2008

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