Cuba Caravan
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The IFCO Pastors for Peace

25th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba

No event in San Francisco or Oakland this year.
To find other events:

Challenging the U.S. blockade of Cuba by delivering
over 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba each year.

A map showing one of the Far West Coast routes of the 23nd Caravan, one of nine routes the Caravan buses took through the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and on to Cuba in 2012.

To see a caravanista's blog from 2012: 2012 blog
To see a caravanista's blog from 2011: 2011 blog
To see a caravanista's blog from 2010: 2010 blog
For more information about the Caravan, IFCO and Pastors for Peace:

Timeline of the US Blockade of Cuba Back to top

For information on the cost to Cuba of the blockade, see
For more general information on the history of the U.S. and Latin America, see
Resource Center for the History of the American States.

1960 Reduction of import quota of Cuban sugar

After Cuban revolutionary forces overthrow brutal, US-supported dictatorship and seize properties, US reduces the import quota on Cuban sugar. Cuba turns to the Soviet Union for a market. Cuba offers to reimburse the owners of the seized property, but that offer is rejected.

1963 Embargo broadened

Embargo broadened by Executive Order in response to Cuban alignment with the Soviet Union. Travel restrictions imposed after Cuban Missile Crisis. Cuban Assets Control Regulations issued under the Trading with the Enemy Act freeze Cuban assets in the US.

1977 Travel restrictions lifted

Restrictions on US citizens traveling to Cuba and regulations on spending US dollars there lifted.

1982 Travel restrictions reinstated

1992 Torricelli Act

Forbids U.S. companies, including subsidiaries abroad, from trading with Cuba. Foreign ships using Cuban ports not allowed in U.S. ports for 180 days following. Forbids Cubans living in the US from sending cash to Cuba.

1996 Helms-Burton Act

If a non-US company trades with Cuba, legal action can be taken, sanctions imposed, and that company's leadership can be barred from entry into the United States. Executives from Italy, Mexico, Canada, Israel, and the UK have been barred.

The Helms-Burton Act condemned by the Council of Europe, the European Union, Britain, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and other US allies as counter to the spirit of international law and sovereignty. Complaint filed by the European Union with the WTO. Also condemned by humanitarian groups.

European Union introduces Council Regulation declaring the extraterritorial provisions of the Helms-Burton Act to be unenforceable within the EU. UK imposes criminal sanctions for complying with certain provisions of the Act while in the UK. Mexico passes law imposing fine on anyone who while in Mexican territory obeys another country's laws aimed at reducing Mexican trade or foreign investment in a third country.

2004 Cuban Assets Control Regulations

Travel of US Citizens to Cuba not specifically prohibited, but illegal for them to spend money or receive gifts in Cuba without a license from US government Office of Foreign Assets Control.

2010 Cuban-Americans allowed to travel to Cuba and send money

But all other provisions of the blockade and travel ban on individuals remain in force.

2011 Licenses to travel once again granted to more
educational, cultural and professional organizations

But all other provisions of the blockade and travel ban on individuals remain in force.