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“We welcome justice!” Tribunal Convicts Material Perpetrators of Marcelo Rivera’s Assassination

September 22, 2010

The SHARE Foundation applauds this important step forward in seeking justice for all victims, past and present, of violent political and economic repression. We thank and congratulate the tireless efforts of the National Working Group against Metallic Mining, the communities and organizations of Cabañas, and the efforts of the international solidarity community in supporting this ongoing struggle.

“We welcome justice!”Tribunal Convicts Material Perpetrators of Marcelo Rivera’s Assassinationby the Communications Team of the National Roundtable against Metallic MiningThe Specialized Sentencing Court “B” convicted the material assassins of Gustavo Marcelo Rivera Moreno, after concluding a two-day public hearing.  After hearing some twenty testimonies and declarations from an accomplice under plea bargain, whose statements were corroborated by official evidence, the tribunal sentenced the perpetrators to 40 years in prison. Read More »

Residential Voting in El Salvador

September 17, 2010

Campesino casting his vote

What if you had to ride various busses three hours to vote? Would you still vote? This is the reality for the people who live in the communities on the Tamarindo Beach in La Union, El Salvador. On voting day, the nearest poll where they can vote is in the town of Conchagua, which is a three hour bus ride from where they live.
Or take for example the residents of the Ciudad Corinto, a middle class residential neighborhood of mostly confiminiums in Mejicanos. The nearest voting center for those residents would be in the Montreal neighborhood, where intense gang violence has increased in recent months, as we saw with the burning of a bus with passengers aboard in June. Would you venture into one of the most dangerous neigborhoods in El Salvador to vote? Read More »

Support the Dream Act: Call your Senator!

September 16, 2010


Senator Reid will be moving the DREAM Act to a vote via an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill

What does this mean?

It means that the DREAM Act still needs 60 votes to pass. We still need 60 senators to say yes when it comes time for the bill to be attached to the defense bill.

What can you do to help?

We need calls right now. We need to flood offices with calls in support of the DREAM Act. Currently we are being beat by anti-immigrants 10 calls to 1. That means for every 1 call you make in support 10 people are calling against the DREAM Act. Read More »

Report on Mesoamerican Women’s Encounter

September 13, 2010

On Friday, September 10th, Laura, Tedde and Marina from the SHARE El Salvador office, attended an event hosted by a number of Salvadoran women’s organizations as they presented the report of the Mesoamerica and Caribbean Encounter with the UN Expert on Women’s Issues, which occured in March. (Read the UN Expert’s report on El Salvador). Representatives from various women’s organization were present, in addition to a representative from the UN, the Director of Integral Social Development in the Salvadoran Government’s Foreign Relations Ministry, and a Representative from the Salvadoran National Women’s Institution, ISDEMU.      Silvia Juarez from SHARE’s Counterpart, ORMUSA, presented a summary of the themes that were discussed during the encounter. Those themes were:

  • Domestic and Partner Violence
  • Access to Justice
  • Extreme Violence– Feminicide/Femicide
  • Other forms of violence in the Caribbean and Mesoamerica
  • Violence against Women in the context of breakdown and weakening of democracy
  • Violation of sexuala and reproductive rights
  • Sexual Violence

    Silvia did a wonderful job of summarizes these seven themes and how they were presented by the various countries present at the Encounter.

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Virtual Chat on the Commerce Group Mine

September 7, 2010

Virtual Chat on the Commerce Group Mine in El Salvador with the Mesa’s David Pereira
What: Presentation and Q & A about the Commerce Group Mine with David Pereira from CEICOM, the Center of Investigation of Investment and Commerce and the National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining. Pereira will speak about the CEICOM study of the mine at Santa Rosa de Lima which was once Central America’s most productive mine and has been operated by Commerce Group since 1968. The area is heavily contaminated and community members suffer various health problems. In 2006 the Milwaukee based mining company had to stop operations in El Salvador when there permit was revoked. Now, Commerce Group has jumped on the Pacific Rim bandwagon and is suing El Salvador for 100 million dollars. Read More »

A Conversation with Return to El Salvador director Jamie Moffett | Art Threat

September 1, 2010

Check out this article: A Conversation with Return to El Salvador director Jamie Moffett | Art Threat

Remembering Women in El Salvador

August 13, 2010

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Comadre Alicia Garcia Dies

On Wednesday, August 11th, Alicia Garcia, one of the founding members of the Committee of Mothers Monseñor Romero, passed away after over thirty years of unending struggle in defense of human rights and for justice in El Salvador

After witnessing the student massacre of June 30, 1975 from the Maternity Hospital where she worked at the time, sheltering students running from the National Guard and watching bodies thrown into military trucks, never to be seen again, coupled with the disappearance of her own son, Alicia accompanied women searching for their loved ones in prisons, morgues, and mass graves. When he was named archbishop, Monseñor Romero encouraged the Comadres to form a committee to search for their loved ones, support each other, and denounce violence together. At every Sunday mass, Monseñor Romero would read a list of disappeared, tortured and killed people that the Comadres compiled as they received information and testimonies from victims and families of victims.
Because of their extensive library of documents and photographs of the death squad and military violence during the 1970s and 1980s, the Comadres offices were bombed many times. In meeting with delegations, Alicia would often share her own heart-wrenching testimony of the disappearance, torture and death of her children and her unending search for their whereabouts and sometimes, her own stories of torture at the hands of the military. Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Mining in El Salvador

August 9, 2010

The following is a sample Letter to the Editor to raise awareness about the struggle against metallic mining in El Salvador. Please help us educate others about the threat of mining and of US corporations by sending this letter to the Editor of your local or state newspaper, posting it on your blog or facebook page, and sending it to friends and family. Feel free to edit in your own experiences in El Salvador, your own reflections, and please, when you get published, send us the link!

Dear Editor,

We are writing to express our concern about a series of violent events in El Salvador linked to US foreign and trade policy, directly involving multi-national corporations with bases in the United States. Underground, cyanide-leach gold mining operations in this tiny Central American country threaten to do severe damage by polluting streams, rendering livestock ill or sterile, and compromising the health of children and adults. Communities that would be devastated by these effects have organized in resistance to mining and the multinational corporations, and have faced the consequences.

Ongoing violence and threats towards community leaders and activists—including a local radio station and priest—culminated in three assassinations in 2009. In June, activist Marcelo Rivera was kidnapped and tortured, his body found at the bottom of a well bearing marks of a death squad assassination. A spate of killings in the days before and after Christmas left community leader Ramiro Rivera and eight-month pregnant Dora “Alicia” Sorto dead. Read More »

Women with Corbos in El Pino, Las Mercedes

The vegetable garden project in El Pino, Las Mercedes is an incredible testament to the effectiveness of organizing in women’s empowerment. Before this project, there was not a women’s committee in El Pino. According to the women themselves, the communal vegetable garden has motivated and encouraged women’s organization greatly. Women in this community are working together in synch, old and young, side by side, and are seeing the fruits of their labor. There are twenty-three people in total working this plot of land, including five young men. The work is done as collectively as possible, and there is certainly no shortage.

Their seeds are sown on the side of a steep hill, that ends, hundreds of meters below, on the banks of the Suchitlan reservoir. Aside from agriculture, which puts the beans and tortillas on many families’ plates, many in El Pino scrape by with fishing.

Because it is not possible for all of the members of the committee put in the same amount of work, when the crops are harvested, people will receive an amount relative to the time they contributed. Because of the size of the group, and with larger families in this community, the women believe that the harvest will go towards mostly towards family consumption.

Here’s a snipet of our conversation:

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