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CISPES SolidarityDelegation to El Salvador: April 27 — May 7, 2007
Join CISPES as weaccompany labor unions, student and women‘s groups, and other communityorganizations in preparation for the massive, annual May Day (InternationalWorkers‘ Day) march. The right-wing Salvadoran government, with the vocalbacking of the U.S. Ambassador, has recently implemented a number of laws thatthreaten social organizations‘ ability to organize, conflating organizing andprotest with terrorism. Nonetheless, Salvadorans continue to organize tocreate a better future, working to reverse the effects of CAFTA, organizingagainst the privatization of water and health care, working to stop thedestruction of communities and the environment created by mining and dams, andbuilding alternative forms of government and people‘s power from the ground up.
The Committee inSolidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) has a long history of closesolidarity relationships with social movement organizations and the leftistFMLN party. In the midst of these dirty tactics to undermine organizingcoming from the right wing ARENA government — and the rise of the left in therest of Latin America — our allies are calling for increased international presencein El Salvador to demonstrate that the eyes of the world are watching andacting to support those voices calling for real social justice in El Salvador. As a participant in this delegation, you will:
- Meet with Salvadoran social movement groups that are directly confronting the neoliberal model of free trade and resisting the implementation of CAFTA;
- Hear directly from those targeted by governmental politics of harassment and intimidation about their courageous organizing work;
- Accompany the movement in their massive International Workers‘ Day march to demand No to Water Privatization and an end to U.S. military intervention;
- Strategize with leftist FMLN party and other social movement leaders about the role for international solidarity in supporting their struggle;
- See firsthand the alternative model for community-based power and social justice people are building in El Salvador.
For moreinformation on how to join the delegation contact your local CISPES committeeor Krista Lee Hanson at the CISPES National Office: (212) 465-8115 x204 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep checking theweb page for more information as well.