Pastors for Peace: Why the World Needs Cuba

by Augusta Girard, Program Director, PEP

At 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3 the annual Mark Shafer Lecture, sponsored by Promoting Enduring Peace, will feature Gail Walker, Director of Pastors for Peace and the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization. Held at the Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, Niebuhr Hall N12, parking is available and the event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Walker has staffed more than 15 caravans of humanitarian aid to Cuba and Central America and worked extensively with marginalized communities including the Garifuna in Honduras and Nicaragua. She is an award-winning radio producer, on-air host and journalist and holds an MA in Media Studies from the New School.

Gail Walker is interviewed by a television crew.

Gail Walker is interviewed by a television crew.

She is the daughter of Rev. Lucius Walker, the recipient of the 1993 Gandhi Peace Award. It is especially meaningful for PEP to have the daughter of a Gandhi Peace Award recipient as our featured speaker. To be able to carry on the work of such a noble and peace-loving man as her father is very rewarding for us to see.

Pastors for Peace reject the unconstitutional and immoral efforts to require a license for acts of common humanity such as their Cuban Friendshipment Caravan. Their faith and international law do not permit
them to behave in such an immoral, unjust and inhumane way. The Declaration of Independence and the First Amendment of the Constitution were written by men and women who refused to submit their conscience to licensing. They must remain true to the spirit, in spite of the law. By so doing, they continue to challenge the unjust law and eventually change it.

Ms. Walker will discuss Cuba and anti-imperialism, Cuba as a model for an equitable society, Cuba as a model for environmentally sustainable development and the 2014 and 2015 Friendshipment Caravans to Cuba. Please join us! If you have any questions please contact PEP at

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