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Radio Victoria Press Release

May 4, 2011

Dear SHARE family,

Once again, the Radio Victoria in Victoria, Cabañas is receiving death threats.  Threats against many of the young people at this community radio have been going on all year, along with threats to burn down the radio.  Numerous anti-mining activists have already lost their lives and many other leaders in this movement have been threatened or attempts have been made on their lives.

Please stay posted for ways to stand in solidarity with these inspiring, dedicate young people at the Radio Victoria.

In solidarity,


Today, May 3rd, is World Press Freedom Day and on this day Radio Victoria is again denouncing death threats against their workers.  Read More »

May 1st: Change Through Mobilized Communities!

May 1, 2011

Excerpt from the Pagina de Maiz, a weekly publication put out by SHARE counterpart, Equipo Maiz.

This May 1, 2011, workers, student organizations, farmers, women, and entire communities will come together to mobilize with workers from all around the world in unity for political change to end capitalist exploitation and imperialist domination.The reality of today is that capitalism is in an economic crisis, and this crisis is causing nations to turn against one another for vital resources such as gas and water.
This May 1st will be the 3rd year in a row that the people of El Salvador will be able to march freely away from the corrupt government of ARENA. Yet they are still battling for historic demands on increased minimum wages, educational rights, healthcare, and more.
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Electoral Reform: Multi-Party City Councils

April 27, 2011

As part of a number of electoral reforms being proposed by civil society, one that stands out, especially as Legislative and Mayoral elections approach, is the proposal to accept multi-party City Councils.

Local election results 2009

Currently, El Salvador is the only country in Latin America that functions on simple majority elections for city councils. That means that when one party wins the local elections and takes the mayors office, every person on the City Council comes from that political party. Whereas, in most other countries in Latin America, the City Council is made up of representatives from different parties depending on how well they were represented in recent elections.

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More Great 2010 Delegation Quotes!

April 14, 2011

Churchwomen Delegation
“The delegation experience challenges me to an even greater commitment to the advocacy education work I do.  I’m greatly encouraged by the efforts of SHARE with women’s empowerment and leadership for young women.  This is absolutely necessary for peace in our world.”

“I appreciated SHARE not spoon feeding data to us, but rather letting individuals learn from the conversations, the travel, and reflections shared.”

“Once again my eyes and heart have been opened to the suffering that has been felt by the Salvadorans.  Once again I am impressed with their hope and energy.  I was very touched by the stark poverty of Llano Grande, but once again was moved by their hope.”

Cretin Derham Hall
“I learned a lot in El Salvador and a lot about myself. I wish I could put it into words, but there are no words powerful enough to explain everything.”

“I learned that as a U.S. citizen, we have an impact on the countries of the world. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves so we can use our knowledge to help the world.” Read More »

Thank you Marina!

April 8, 2011

Thank you Marina for many years working with SHARE.

Marina Peña, SHARE’s El Salvador Field Office Director recently decided to leave SHARE in order to accept a position working as an advisor to the Salvadoran Ambassador in Nicaragua.  Marina’s dedication, enthusiasm, and expertise will be greatly missed at SHARE.

For over 11 years, we enjoyed Marina’s leadership in accompanying partner communities as they moved from war to reconstruction.  The success of the Mujeras Ganaderas, the cooperative of cattle women in the Bajo Lempa, is one example of Marina’s ability to encourage and empower a marginalized group of women. She guided through the process of forming their own women’s cooperative and walked with them until they secured their legal status. Today they are a thriving, successful, and respected women’s organization. Read More »

Top Ten 2010 Delegate Quotes

April 7, 2011

  • “Instead of just hearing about poverty and peoples’ struggles, we lived it and saw first hand in a way that will affect me forever. SHARE’s incorporation of advocacy issues was truly remarkable and inspiring to me. I plan on initiating events and fundraisers on campus to create awareness in the U.S. about issues in El Salvador.”
    -Eastern Michigan University
  • “I can now understand how big on an impact the policies of the USA have on the rest of the world. Even though the American people may not realize their power, they are responsible for their actions.”
    -Cretin Derham Hall Read More »

Women’s Rights in the Workplace

April 5, 2011

Salvadoran women working in a factory

On March 30th, the International Labor Organization presented their report on Legislation Regarding Women’s Work Rights in Central America and the Dominican Republic. The report revealed that the most common types of labor violations in the workplace for women are in regards to maternity and sexual harrasment.

International Labor Organization Representative, Maria Jose Chamorro, presented the report to the audience. Some interesting facts about El Salvador labor laws:

  • El Salvador ratified the International Agreement on Work Dicrimination in 1995, and the International Agreement on Equal Pay in 2000, while the rest of the Central American countries had ratified those agreements in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Read More »

Remembering María Julia: Defender of Human Rights in El Salvador

April 1, 2011

“Our struggle to exercise these rights here in El Salvador continues, we will keep searching for this truth and justice in El Salvador’s courts. I don’t know when, but one day truth and justice will flourish in our country for the victims who abandoned this utopia with their blood.”

– Dr. María Julia Hernández

Dr. María Julia Hernandez, long-time director of Tutela Legal, The Salvadoran Archdiocese’s human rights office, and defender of the victims of horrific human rights violations, died March 30th four years ago.

SHARE worked with María Julia, Tutela Legal, and the Archdiocese on many human rights initiatives over the years, including human rights campaigns during the war, coordination with the movement of refugees repopulating communities in the late 1980s, and working on the initial design for a memorial wall dedicated to the civilian victims of the war. Read More »

Congratulations Pro Busqueda: Government Publicy Recognizes Children Disappeared During the Armed Conflict

March 31, 2011

A seemingly endless line of children, youth, and the occasional adult gathered outside the Feria Internacional in San Salvador the morning of March 29th, 2011. Everyone trickled through the gates one by one and rushed toward a huge ampitheatre decorated with kites and crawling with people for the Day of the Children Disappeared During the Armed Conflict. While the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly first named March 29th the Day of the Children Disappeared During the Armed Conflict in 2007, this Tuesday marked the first time the Salvadoran government participated in the celebration, publicly acknowledging the many children who suffered forced disappearance and separation from their families during the armed conflict. Pro Busqueda coordinated this exciting historic commemorative event together with the Salvadoran Secretariat of Social Inclusion, lead by First Lady Vanda Pignato.

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In the Words of Romero…

March 24, 2011

On all of our delegations that travel to El Salvador, we take the time to visit the Divina Providencia, run by the Carmelite nuns, and also the place where Oscar Romero lived and died. In a recent visit to the small house where Romero lived, one of the sisters in talking about Romero’s homilies said: “People close to Monseñor used to say: “Be careful with what you say in your homilies!” And Monseñor would respond by saying that in preparing his homilies, he would write down everything that he was going to say, but as soon as he stood up there in front of all the people and the words starting coming out, it was different than what he had prepared. That to say that he felt that it was a power greater than him that was speaking.” Here are some of those prophetic words:
“We have never preached violence, except the violence of love, which left Christ nailed to a cross, the violcen that we must each do to ourselves to overcome our selfishness and such cruel inequalities among us. The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword, the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love, of brotherhood, the violence that wills to beat weapons into sickles for work.” Read More »

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