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2012 Cretin Derham Hall Delegation in El Salvador

July 2, 2012

SHARE is very aware of the impact that youth can have in the social justice movement, especially in a country where the opportunity for growth is very limited. It is for this reason that SHARE has teamed up with CRIPDES to provide  youth in the United States the opportunity of combining their experiences with those of young people in El Salvador. By sharing their feelings and thoughts about social justice, we open the doors to new partnerships and new social movements. As two worlds are combined, we follow their activities and their journey in El Salvador, remembering the past and honoring the country’s history.

CRIPDES San Vicente students enjoying a lunch with students from Cretin Derham Hall

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Students from Cretin Derham Hall in Minneapolis spent today with their peers from CRIPDES San Vicente getting to know one another, learning about each other’s lives and schools, having fun, and sharing their feelings and ideas about justice and social change.  The CRIPDES students live in an area prone to natural and human disasters – flooding, hurricanes, volcanic activity and the civil war. The program at CRIPDES offers high school scholarships and other training and enrichment activities for students in San Vincente.  Cretin Derham Hall is a high school with a curriculum embedded in a social justice perspective and the students on this trip are trying to understand a reality very different from their own back in Minneapolis.  By arranging this exchange, SHARE and CRIPDES offer a way to learn that is rooted in sharing personal experiences.  Read More »


International Day of Support for Torture Victims

June 26, 2012

This January, El Salvador celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accords. In 1992, these Peace Accords signified the end of a brutal civil war that claimed thousands of lives. These innocent civilians, including many children, were kidnapped, tortured, and murdered without any official recognition or record during the civil war, today they are referred to as the “Disappeared”. Between 1980 and 1991, it is estimated that more than 8,000 people were disappeared during the civil war.  Countless relatives of the Disappeared have sought answers from the Salvadoran government over the past decades as to their relatives’ whereabouts, where their remains are located, how they died, etc. Many of these families have formed community organizations to pressure the government to provide these answers and to assist in their rehabilitation (through psychological and monetary assistance).

Banner with the faces of the Disappeared held at the Metropolitan Cathedral in El Salvador , by Pro-Memoria Histórica and the families of the Disappeared

 Today the El Salvadoran Commission on Human Rights held a forum in honor of Victims of torture along with  the  Comite  PRO-MEMORIA- together with the families of the disappeared they  demanded that the 30th of August be declared the ¨The National Day of Disappearance¨ by the Legislative Assembly.  Last Thursday, June 21, this motion was defeated by a right wing majority.

The struggle for acknowledgment and reparations In El Salvador  for the victims of the war is still going on and is gaining worldwide attention.  In 2005, Madre Guadalupe was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work and founding CODEFAM (Committee of Family Members of the Disappeared). CODEFAM is supported by SHARE El Salvador and is one of the leading community organizations demanding justice for family members of the Disappeared who continue to fight for truth.

Madre Gudalupe is touring the United States speaking about her quest for justice, to read more about the tour, press here.


Mesa Grande and World Refugee Day

June 20, 2012

“The Repatriation: A Triumph for the Refugees and the Salvadoran People.” SHARE Foundation Archives, taken by Anne McCarthy, OSB

June 20th is World Refugee Day. The United Nations moved to declare this day World Refugee Day in order to bring awareness to the more than 43.7 million refugees, internally displaced and stateless people around the world right now. Today, as the UN Refugee Agency stated: “is an opportunity to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.”

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SHARE applauds DREAMers for obtaining temporary relief for eligible, undocumented youth from the Obama Administration

June 15, 2012

Today saw a historic moment in the struggle for immigrant rights. President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order to grant temporary relief from deportation proceedings as well as the ability to apply for work permits. SHARE El Salvador is overjoyed at the news that the amazing youth we have been accompanying through this struggle gained a victory today.

Photo Courtesy of Diane Green Lent

In a statement made at the White House, President Obama said: “Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people…Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.”

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Madre Guadalupe on Tour

June 7, 2012

 1,000 Women of Peace Nominee and SHARE El Salvador Board of Directors Member Madre Guadalupe Mejia Delgado is touring the U.S.!

madreMadre will be speaking at events in New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Berkeley from June 23 – 27.  We invite you to join  Madre Guadalupe to learn more about her life and work. Madre Guadalupe was nominated  as part of the 1,000 Women of Peace Initiative by the Swedish Embassy She is the founder of the Committee of Family Members of the Disappeared (CODEFAM) and is considered by many to be the grandmother of the fight for human rights in El Salvador. 

 Conference Call
Wednesday, June 27th, 2 pm (Pacific Time)
(712) 423-0600
code: 424514
 
New Jersey
Friday June 22nd 6pm
4511 New York Ave.
Union City, NJ 07087
(at the corner of 45th St)
 
New York
Saturday, June 23rd 4 pm
This event is open to the public but will be held in a private home, please contact sarah@share-elsalvador.org for more information
 
Washington D.C.
Sunday, June 24th 5pm
CARECEN D.C.
1460 Colombia Rd. NW
Washington DC
(Colombia Heights Metro Line)
 
Berkeley, CA
Tuesday, June 26th 7pm
University Lutheran Chapel
2425 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
 
San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, June 27th
315 Castro Street 6pm
San Francisco, CA 94114
(Muni Lines K, L, M, & F)
 

This January, El Salvador celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accords. In 1992, these Peace Accords signified the end of a brutal civil war that claimed thousands of lives. These innocent civilians, including many children, were kidnapped, tortured, and murdered without any official recognition or record during the civil war, today they are referred to as the “Disappeared”. 

Countless relatives of the Disappeared have sought answers from the Salvadoran government over the past decades as to their relatives’ whereabouts, where their remains are located, how they died, etc.  Many of these families have formed community organizations to pressure the government to provide these answers and to assist in their rehabilitation (through psychological and monetary assistance). In 2005, Madre Guadalupe was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work and founding CODEFAM (Committee of Family Members of the Disappeared). CODEFAM is supported by SHARE El Salvador and is one of the leading community organizations demanding justice for family members of the Disappeared who continue to fight for truth. 

 

If you are unable to attend you can still support this important work by making a donation today.

New Development in Pacific Rim’s battle against El Salvador

June 5, 2012

The latest development in the legal battle between Pacific Rim Mining Company and the Government of El Salvador came last Friday when a tribunal of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) allowed the dispute against the Salvadoran government to continue. Although the Canadian mining company’s appeal was dismissed because Canada is not one of the countries that partake in the CAFTA agreement, the government of El Salvador is still under attack based on its alleged violation of their own Investment Law established in 1999. The ultimate goal of the Salvadoran Government and the international Anti-Mining Movement is to free the Cabañas region in El Salvador from the seemingly insatiable greed of the Pacific Rim Mining Company that threatens to strip the region of its natural resources. 

Anti-mining mural in Cabañas

There has been a great public outcry across the world in response to Pacific Rim’s greed and the tribunal’s decision.  Read more on Tim’s El Salvador Blog below. 

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Update: The Leadership Conference of Women Religious Responds to the Vatican

June 1, 2012

A little more than a month ago, the Vatican’s Congregation on the Doctrine of Faith (CDF) issued a stinging rebuke of the US Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents over 80% of US sisters. The LCWR has just issued a formal statement and the New York Times has posted an article (see links below).

To see LCWR’s official statement: click here.

NYT Article: American Nuns Vow to Fight Harsh Criticism From the Vatican

In April, we began circulating a statement of support for our Sisters entitled “HONOR CONSCIENCE, DEFEND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM”. More than 800 rank and file Catholics and our friends in the broad interfaith community have signed onto the ad which will be published on June 8th in the National Catholic Reporter (NCR).

We invite you to continue gathering signatures for an online publication of the statement, and, depending on resources, in other print publications.

To sign onto the statement or to invite others to sign the statement, click here.

En Solidaridad,

Jose Artiga

 


Equipo Maíz Visits Houston

May 29, 2012

Last weekend, SHARE and Equipo Maíz (Team Corn) teamed up to offer two seminars for Salvadorans living in the USA. These seminars included games, discussions and training to develop leadership and organizational skills amongst the leaders of Salvadoran Solidarity Organizations in the U.S. The organizations that participated in the seminars were: Nicolas Avelar and Natalia Rodriguez of SHARE’s Board of directors, Salvadoran Civic Center (from Dallas), Volunteers for El Salvador (Houston) and Oriundos Association. All participants are committed to improving the conditions in El Salvador. The seminars helped the leaders and members of these organizations find ways to motivate others in their communities, clarify their organization’s objectives, and find ways to reach these objectives.

Participants from the different social organizations finished the seminars with a renewed sense of motivation and an awareness that other social organizations could benefit greatly from these trainings. Thank you to the participating organizations for their support and solidarity.  This was an amazing way to celebrate the wisdom and knowledge  people in the U.S. and El Salvador can share with each other. 

SHARE’s broad base of engaged supporters in the United States strengthens our advocacy program in many ways. A key element of our advocacy program is educating people in the United States about how the actions of the US government and multinational corporations affect everyday Salvadorans. Advocacy efforts in the United States are often focused on demanding respect for fundamental human rights, fair trade, or just foreign policies, exemplified today in the international struggle against metallic mining.

SHARE has been a long time supporter of Equipo Maiz, particularly with economic literacy programs including a school for leadership development, human rights, and historic memory.  SHARE also contributes to the Equipo Maiz web page.

 Click here to read more about Equipo Maiz and some of the other Salvadoran organizations we support! SHARE invites people in the United States to join advocacy efforts that support and further the work of our Salvadoran partners. Coordinating with Salvadoran-Americans and solidarity organizations amplifies the impact of our advocacy efforts.


Resurrection in El Salvador – an Easter Homily

May 4, 2012

SHARE Delegate Father Frank Desiderio of the Paulist Center in Boston, MA, reflects on his time in El Salvador

It is not just that the ancient Jews suffered and were saved, delivered to a new life. It is not just that Jesus Christ has suffered, died and risen. It is that we each go through the Paschal Mystery, we each suffer some cross, die some death, rise to some new life.

FatherFrank

Father Frank

I saw this clearly on the trip to El Salvador as a member of the Sister Community Delegation We went to visit our sisters and brothers in Christ in Hacienda Vieja which is on the boarder with Honduras.     We chose the time of our visit to coincide with the annual memorial March and Mass to commemorate the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

 I saw the Pascal Mystery made real in Monseñor Romero’s life and in the lives of the people of Hacienda Vieja. First, about Oscar Romero. Many of you already know his story. He was a conservative priest, having studied in Rome. He was a good priest who rose through the ranks; a parish priest, editor of the Catholic paper, rector of the seminary, auxiliary bishop.

When he was made Archbishop of San Salvador in 1977 the priests who supported liberation theology, who sided with the poor of the country were dismayed and the government was happy. He was a compromise candidate who was expected to keep his head down and not make waves.

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Honor Conscience. Defend Religious Freedom. Stand with American Nuns.

April 27, 2012

U.S. Sisters have recently come under fire from the Vatican.  Many of these sisters have been long standing partners of SHARE El Salvador. In the early 80s they stood with Salvadoran refugees looking for asylum, their support lead to the end of U.S. involvement in the civil war. For the past 30 years they have walked with organized poor communities in El Salvador defending their human rights and supporting community development. SHARE now wishes to express our support for the sisters. We are part of a national effort to write a statement (see below) which we will publish in the National Catholic Reporter (NCR), as well as other online publications and are writing to invite you and your friends to join us. 

Please share this ad far and wide with friends, family, pastors, on facebook, the web, etc.

HONOR CONSCIENCE . DEFEND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

STAND WITH AMERICAN NUNS.

As people of faith, we reaffirm our love and gratitude to the thousands of women religious in the United States who have stood with and served the poor, healed the sick, sheltered the homeless, accompanied  immigrants, taught our children,  sought peace instead of war. 

By their many good works and adherence to Christian principles,  U.S. Sisters  have kept the church from moral bankruptcy. 

Yet today, these women and their communities have come under fire by the Vatican’s actions against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) for their humanitarian stance on a variety of issues, including universal healthcare, the role of women in the church , the LGBT community, and economic justice.

In the spirit of Vatican II, we lay claim to the belief that “the church is all of us.”

We are all made in the image and likeness of God.  Authentic religious freedom supports the free exchange of ideas, and the primacy of conscience in pursuit of the Common Good.

We lament the Vatican’s effort to foreclose dialogue and to impose their authority on women religious and the broader community. We reject some  Bishops’ claim to be the ultimate authority and sole arbiters of truth. History has documented the fallibility of all human institutions, including the Roman Catholic Church.  We are deeply concerned by the timing of these actions and the perception they create:  namely that the Vatican and U.S. Bishops are seeking   to limit discernment and manipulate the upcoming political elections in the United States to advance a narrow political agenda.

Our democracy was founded on the principle of the separation of Church and State.

 Our church was founded on the principles of love, forgiveness and communion.

We invite all within and outside the Roman Catholic community to express support for our Sisters and their good works in service to the poor and for a more just, compassionate and humane world.  We call upon our leaders – especially religious leaders — to stand with our Sisters. We pray for the courage to live by the gospel invocation to  “Do Justice, love kindness, walk humbly with our God. “  (Micah 6)

For more information and ways to get involved  visit:

http://ncronline.org/SistersUnderScrutiny

If you would like to add your name to the ad, please send the following information to jartiga@share-elsalvador.org or mail it to 2425 College Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704 by May 15th.

Name (as you want your name to appear on the ad)

Organizational Affiliation (Optional, for identification purposes only)

Address

Telephone Number

Email

If you would like to make a donation make your check payable to:  the SHARE Foundation/Stand with the Sisters.  Mail it to 2425 College Ave., Berkeley, CA, 94704

 You can also donate online at www.share-elsalvador.org/donate, and select “Support out Sister/NCR Ad” as the Program Designation.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SOLIDARITY!



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