2015 Caravan to Cuba
Monday, June 29 2015 11:47
Traveling through St. Louis, MO Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 4-8 PM
Hosted by The Green Center 8025 Blackberry, University City
For the past 26 years, caravans of little yellow school buses have been traveling throughout the US every summer. Beginning late June, the buses travel to 75-100 events making stops in various cities from coast to coast to inform and educate the public about the now 50 year embargo imposed on Cuba and its people by the US Congress. Each caravan bus will have a number of people onboard, the “Caravanistas”, along with donated supplies and equipment all headed to Cuba. The Caravan will arrive in St. Louis for a solidarity Cuba event the afternoon of July 8, overnighting in St. Louis and departing by noon on July 9th on the way to its next stop, Columbia, MO. The Green Center will host the St. Louis Cuba Caravan event at its center in University City located at 8025 Blackberry Ave., Wed. July 8 from 4:00-8:00 PM. The public is invited to join the Green Center in welcoming the Caravanistas.
Program for July 8
A taste of Cuba will be offered in our “pop-up” Cuban café or
paladares as they are called in Cuba, the family run house restaurants
in Cuba’s local neighborhoods.
6:00 PM - Guest Speaker
The St. Louis community is invited to learn more about Cuba as we
welcome the event speaker Father Luis Barrios, professor at John Jay in NYC, community activist, and former co-director of Interreligious Foundation for Community Organizing (IFCO). He is currently one of the IFCO/Pastors for Peace liaisons in Cuba with the US students at the Latin America School of Medicine. To arrange an interview with Father Luis Barrios, contact the Green Center (thegreencenter.org, ph-314-725-8314)) or email
The “Just Us Car Club” will have a number of old cars on the grounds of the Center, in recognition of the many old cars from the 40’s & 50’s that Cubans are known for keeping on the road, with makeshift car parts due to the unavailability of parts on account of the embargo.
Organizations interested in being in solidarity are invited to participate by simply e-mailing, calling the Center staff if you have questions (Jan or Laura at 314 725-8314), or better yet, just showing up. Cuban or Caribbean art displays are welcomed.
The Green Center’s grounds will be utilized for all program activities.
- Exhibition of Old Vintage Carsby Just Us Car Club will be
parked on the grounds.
- ATaste of Cuban Food by board member Chef Scott Shippey will be
available at a “pop-up café or paladares” as you dine on Cuban
food on the side porch. Small donations are welcome.
- Videoson different aspects of Cuban life can be viewed
periodically in an area inside the Center.
- Caravan Speaker, Father Luis Barrios will share about Cuba, the
caravan and IFCO. www.ifco/org/news. Q&A will be a part of the
session held inside of the main building.
- The Green Centerwill share about the work of the center. For
more on the Green Center, go to www.thegreencenter.org.
For more information, contact:
The Green Center, Jan Oberkramer, ph-(314)725-8314,