We wish we had happier news to share with you in this New Year.
But, we need to give you an important update about a critical attack against IFCO being waged by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For more than two years, IFCO, a faith-based, social justice agency, has been the victim of political persecution and an aggressive harassment campaign by the IRS. Now they are attempting to strip us of our tax-exempt, non-profit organization status — 501(c)(3). Imagine, the first national foundation controlled by people of color in the United States, now being denied tax-exempt status by the US government. Click below to read the 5 part IRS report.
We have responded to this attack with a well-crafted Appeal written by our legal advisor to protest the IRS’ recommendation to revoke our tax-exempt status. You can read it here.
The US government is now using the IRS as a weapon against us since they have failed to defeat us with OFAC — the Office of Foreign Assets Control (the government entity that enforces the blockade of Cuba). For the past twenty-two years we have stood firm in our faith and our conviction as we have organized our US-Cuba Friendshipment caravans. It is our faith which calls us to offer “a cup of cold water” (Matthew 25:35) to our brothers and sisters suffering as a result of US policies. This is an attack on people of faith and conscience and IFCO is standing firm and fighting back, as we have done for nearly half a century.
We have no way of knowing how the IRS is going to respond to our Appeal, but we want you to know that as always, we are ready to fight; to defend and protect IFCO and its rich history. As we wage this battle we are counting on your support and participation in this vital campaign to defend ourselves and those that we support, against this brutal IRS attack.
We want to share more details with you about this latest attack on religious and political liberties.
We desperately need your help! Here are 3 immediate steps you can take to assist us in this struggle:
1. Contact your Congress Members (Senator and Representative) and let them know that we need their support. Ask them to contact the Treasury Department to ask them to stop this political persecution and harassment against IFCO
2. Contact the Treasury Department/IRS and as well request to stop the political persecution and harassment against IFCO:
Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220
Fax: (202) 622-6415
You can also use this link to connect with the Treasury Department via Twitter; Facebook; Flickr; and YouTube.
3. We desperate need your financial support to help cover our legal expenses.
o Send your check payable to IFCO to:
418 West 145th Street
New York, NY 10031
o Visit us at www.ifconews.org and make a secure donation on line.
o Or call our office (212-926-5757) to make a generous donation by phone to help us defend our religious and civil liberties. We need your help to spread the word about this vicious attack against people of faith and conscience and IFCO’s firm and principled stand to protect our right to be in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in struggle. Ask your networks to help publicize this attack against us.
As always we thank you for your trust, your love and your support.
Yours in love and solidarity,