MPR-12: Moving Towards a Better Future
On October 12, the MPR-12 gathered to celebrate their 12th anniversary and continue the fight for social justice in El Salvador and all of Latin America. The day was also marked by the commemoration of 522 years of resistance towards Spanish, English, and now US imperialism. Moving forward, the Salvadoran people demand potable water and food sovereignty while also saying no to mining. In order for the fight to continue, the participation of youth is key. Amongst the activists present were many young Salvadorans, eager to take part in the demand for human rights in their country.
Many participants shared about the importance of the youth involvement in the MPR-12. One MPR-12 member said, “Youth are the answer to the struggle. To fight the repression we must work to feed their brains and educate them.” Through political schools, people from rural communities come to be informed about the current political situation in the country. They gain the tools to think critically and organize, so the communities can then work towards the realization of their rights.
Noel, a CRIPDES organizer and former youth scholarship student, shared, “The youth’s involvement is important because it empowers them. Then they can come together, and it is with unity that we can demand our rights. This is how we do it. This is how their parents did it.”
Many youth talked about the importance of continuing the fight their parents fought for social justice and human rights. In order to see change in the future, the youth must be active and willing to take a stand now. If the fight is going to continue, the youth must be involved.