Gail Walker

Gail Walker

An internationally known activist against racism and for solidarity will be the main speaker at an event welcoming and sending off the Pastors for Peace 29th Friendshipment caravan to Cuba on June 23.

Gail Walker, a former community organizer in Milwaukee and national civil rights and international solidarity leader, will speak at the event as the executive director of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization and Pastors for Peace — a special ministry of the IFCO. During her 15 years at the IFCO, Walker led a series of delegations for the Congressional Black Caucus and others to Central America and Cuba, and co-led the 1988 delegation to Nicaragua, resulting in the founding of Pastors For Peace by Rev. Lucius Walker — a leader in Milwaukee’s black community rights in the 1960s.

Walker, through the IFCO, has allowed medical students in the United States to study in Cuba free of charge, including two Wisconsin women who are currently studying at the prestigious Latin American School of Medicine.

Two recent graduates of UW-Oshkosh who are joining the caravan to Cuba will also speak. A 30-minute documentary on the Latin American School of Medicine titled “Dare to Dream” will also be shown. The event will begin with a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th St. Material donations will not be accepted this year, but financial contributions are welcome.

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