Caravan to Cuba participant speaks at Unitarian event

December 5, 2015

I will always remember the end of President Barrack Obama’s presidency for his decision to lift the American embargo against Cuba.

Some might say this is the beginning of the end for the Cubans; that they will now be swallowed up by the USA; that they will no longer do organic farming now that they will be able to get pesticides; that they will no longer boost doctors who truly heal with their hands (energy healing) now that they will be able to get medical equipment.

To those people, I say consider not being so paternalistic. The Cubans are an amazingly talented and innovative people. They will get along just fine now that the rest of the world is being opened to them.

I went to Cuba for a much needed week holiday when my son was still a baby. It was during that week I learned whenever three Cubans gather together, someone pulls out a guitar seemingly from nowhere, and they sing and make music together. I also learned that they are often an extremely hungry nation of people. This is one thing that the American embargo lift might change because for all those years, since the early 1960s, the US government made sure that any country that dared to trade with Cuba was cut off from the larger American market. This is why the Cubans were so hungry all those years.

I went on the Caravan to Cuba in order to help bring aid to Cuba and to do my small part to speak out against the American embargo. You will find other stories about my adventure on other posts in this blog.

Here is this one:

Gulf Islands Driftwood

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Caravan to Cuba participant speaks at Unitarian event

Tanya Lester’s presentation at the Unitarian Fellowship this Sunday, March 21 will include the showing of “Who’s Afraid of the Little Yellow School Bus?”

The video documents the Pastors for Peace annual Caravan to Cuba summer journey, which sees buses and cars take several routes and go through every state in mainland America.

Lester will travel on the route that starts at the Peace Arch and goes through Utah, Colorado and Nevada before joining others caravans at McAllen, Texas.

From there the 300 participants will take the vehicles laden with goods for Cubans into Mexico where they will be loaded onto a ship destined for the island country. Some Caravan travelers will fly onto Cuba.

“The U.S. embargo of Cuba causes shortages of food, medicine and other important supplies for 11 million people,” states Pastors for Peace literature.

“The embargo is an immoral policy that uses hunger and disease as political weapons.”

Lester believes travelling through the United States and staying at activists’ homes along the way will be particularly poignant.

“Peace actions against the war in Iraq are escalating as Bush’s popularity plummets,” she said.

“At the same time there are reports that U.S. military planes have been flying over Cuba and Venezuela.

Bush has made no secret of his opposition to President Chavez’ socialist policies as well as his alliance with Castro.

Venezuela’s oil is a commodity desirable to the U.S. administration.

The local Caravan to Cuba group is collecting items that can be dropped off at Lou Ellis’ Coco Loco business….

Financial donations are also welcome to cover shipping costs. The local goal is $500.

So far $100 has been collected at the Saturday market table. Names of people who want to see the caravan off at the Peace Arch on Sunday, June 18 are also being collected.

The presentation and discussion at the Unitarian Fellowship this Sunday is a fundraiser for Lester to defray her travel costs.

She will be writing and speaking about her journey when she returns. It begains at 10:30 am in the Fulford Hall’s OAP room.

Judy Ilan from Shawnigan Lake, who has travelled on the caravan previously, will be on hand to answer questions.

Everyone is welcome.

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Tanya Lester’s work as a psychic reader and housesitter can be explored on her website at


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