[act-ma] Fri 2/27: Delegation Kickoff Party! Local live music, food & drinks!

boston cispes boscispes at speakeasy.net
Fri Feb 13 11:49:43 PST 2009

Electoral Observer Delegation Kickoff Party
Friday, February 27 @ 8:00pm.
Encuentro 5 

33 Harrison Ave, floor 5, Chinatown
(near Chinatown & Downtown Crossing T stops)
Suggested Donation: $10

Delicious Salvadoran food, refreshing beverages, plus the fabulous live
sounds of: 
Fluttr Effect
The Grass Gypsys 
Gary Backstrom  
Dean Stevens 
Chris Eastburn and members of the Family Folk Choral
Joseph Ziemba

More to be announcedŠ

This is a benefit for a CISPES delegation to El Salvador in March to monitor
the presidential elections. (Tel. 617.576.1709 / Email.
Boscispes at speakeasy.net / http://www.cispes.org/)

 There is a need to raise money for travel costs. This is a vital time to
pay attention to El Salvador and to support the grassroots people¹s
struggle. For the first time in history the grassroots opposition party in
the form of the FMLN is poised to win the presidency. This would be an
unprecedented victory for the people of El Salvador (and in Central America)
who have lived through extreme suffering at the hands of our own government
simply for demanding their human rights. An FMLN presidential win would
diminish the control of Washington in Central America, provide a beacon of
inspiration to the oppressed people in the region, and bring the tide of the
Latin American Democracy movement further north.


There is an important need for international election observers as the
electoral tampering and corruption is rampant.

We need to raise awareness and MONEY for the delegation. There was a huge
movement of solidarity with the people of El Salvador in the US during the
80¹s. It¹s time to put our attention back on El Salvador.



Here¹s a little background:

El Salvador is Spanish for Vietnam
El Salvador first made international headlines with the March 24, 1980
assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who had spoken out publically on
the alarming human rights violations taking place through state repression
of social-justice movements. With growing impunity, the U.S.-backed
government resorted to massacres and death squad attacks aimed at a surging
popular movement attached to a small, but growing, nucleus of armed
revolutionary forces.

In 1981, Ronald Reagan rode into office determined to "draw a line in the
sand" against the tide of socialist revolution in Central America. These
grassroots movements where challenging the status quo that had always acted
in the interests of US Corporations rather than in the interests of their
own people. El Salvador became the site of the largest U.S.-backed
counterinsurgency war since Vietnam. During the 12-year civil war, the U.S.
government spent over $6 Billion on direct military assistance and training
for the Salvadoran armed forces and police, many of these US backed forces
where trained in terrorism techniques at the infamous School of Americas at
Ft. Benning, GA (www.soawatch.org <http://www.soawatch.org/> ). The result
was that 75,000 Salvadorans were killed, untold numbers were tortured and
terrorized, and over 1.5 million were displaced (many to the US


For more info check out:


Wikipedia Page on El Salvador: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_El_


"El Salvador is Spanish for Vietnam": The Legacy of the Vietnam Peace
Movement  http://vi.uh.edu/pages/buzzmat/ltv.htm

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