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Postponed: The Buffalo-Cuba Connection
April 5, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Sorry, the rooms we use have cancelled all public meetings, and the IFCO-Pastors for Peace speakers will not traveling through in April. The PfP Caravan should be coming to Buffalo this summer. Stay healthy and watch for details at http://www.lascwny.org and https://www.facebook.com/LASCwny/.
At Canisius College Math/Science Bldg Lounge, corner of Main & Jefferson, Buffalo, NY. The doctors at Roswell Park and Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM), (the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba), have had a long and fruitful history of collaboration and mutual appreciation. A documentary about this relationship is to be shared very soon on Nova. Come out and hear from Cuba—IFCO/Pastors for Peace representative Lisa Valanti (bio below), about the partnership, ELAM, scholarships for US citizens who’ll serve their underserved communities (full ride), the Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan, and more! All are welcome.
Lisa Valanti first went to Cuba in 1971 because she believes that freedom to travel is a fundamental human right, especially in a country that projects itself as the showcase of democratic freedom and ‘Land of the Free.” “As citizens we have an incredible opportunity if not an obligation to help our country embrace the stated collective ideals that make us a nation.
She knew nothing about Cuba, but as a result of that trip, she became listed as an ‘international subversive’ and was threatened by the House of Un-American activities (HUAC) That radicalized her and introduced her to the profound complexities of international relations, and she witnessed firsthand the self-determination of the Cuban people to build a sovereign nation with healthcare and education for all.
For over 26 years she participated in all the U.S.-Cuba Friendshipment Caravans, and directly in both the Little Yellow School Bus and the Fast for Life and was a P4P speaker every year until her father became ill. She is excited to be able to be meeting people who care about Cuba.
She has served as the President of the U.S.-Cuba Sister Cities Association, and is the co-founder and currently the Vice President of the Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership.