Posts Tagged ‘Action Alert’

Action Alert: TPS and DACA

February 12, 2015

With the cool January temperatures came a group of Drew University theological students to El Salvador and their numerous questions and passions, many of which touched on immigration. Through various experiences and meetings they were able to learn about the different factors that push people to emigrate from El Salvador. With more clarity, many then asked what can they do to help Salvadorans in the US? And many ideas sprung from a meeting with ConMigrantes, a conglomerate of governmental and non-governmental institutions working to provide services to Salvadoran migrants in the exterior and Salvadoran deportees back in the country. And so, we would like to share our ideas with you.

In recent months there have been many changes in immigration policy in the United States and because Salvadorans are the third largest migrant group in the US, it is inevitable for us to shed light on these changes. Many Salvadoran community members living in the United States will be affected by these changes that are either now in effect or will soon come into effect this year. The following are helpful opportunities, our Salvadoran brothers and sisters can take advantage of to relieve their immigration status, and YOU can support and even help expand these important opportunities!

It is important to acknowledge that these changes in immigration policy are the result of incessant advocacy efforts from the undocumented community and their allies in the United States who have become their own advocates. This is much needed relief for sure but nonetheless, there is much more work to be done. Read More »


ACTION ALERT: Defend the People´s Will in El Salvador!

November 14, 2013

National Call-In Day to Congress – Friday, November 15th 

U.S. Representatives Juan Vargas (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), and Jim Moran (D-VA) are now circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter to encourage other Representatives to sign on to a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry regarding El Salvador’sFebruary 2 presidential election. The letter calls for the U.S. government to remain neutral, respect the election results, and work toward a positive relationship with whichever party is elected to the presidency. 
 
Reps. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) and Albio Sires (D-NJ) – the chair and ranking member of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee – already sent a letter to Kerry discrediting the FMLN and UNIDAD candidates.
 
With campaign season in full swing in El Salvador, it’s urgent that Members of Congress and the State Department make it clear that February’s election is the decision of the Salvadoran people, not of politicians in Washington. 
 
You can be part of a national call-in effort to demand that the US respect the democratic will of the Salvadoran people! 
 
Call your US Representative TODAY to insist that s/he add his or her name to Rep. Vargas’ statement in defense of democracy in El Salvador. 
 
TAKE ACTION NOW!
1) Call the Congressional switchboard to be transferred to your Representative’s office: (202) 224-3121.

2) Ask to speak to the staff person in charge of foreign policy. If that person is not available, leave a voicemail.

3) Email solidarity@share-elsalvador.org so we can keep track of constituent calls and monitor the progress of this action.
 

Please use the following script:

• “My name is ___________ and I am calling as a constituent from [your city or town] to ask that [Representative’s name] sign on to a Congressional letter to Secretary of State John Kerry that has been initiated by Representative Juan Vargas. This letter calls for US neutrality with respect to the upcoming presidential election in El Salvador, and pledges that Members of Congress will seek a positive relationship with whichever party is elected. To sign on to this letter, please contact Aaron Allen at Representative Vargas’ office. His phone number is (202) 225-8045.”

•“This public neutrality statement is urgently needed. During El Salvador’s 2009 presidential campaign, various Republicans in Congress threatened to punish the people of El Salvador if they elected the opposition party’s candidate.  Fortunately, the Obama administration neutralized these threats by making a clear, public commitment to maintaining positive relationship with whomever the Salvadoran people elected. This was a welcome change from past administrations. It’s important that the State Department once again make this position clear well in advance of any attempts to manipulate or intimidate Salvadoran voters.”

•“Salvadorans, including those living here in the US who will be voting for the first time by absentee ballot, also need to hear a clear message from Congress that assures them they can vote according to their own free will, rather than in response to threats and manipulation from anyone in the US government.”

•“Thank you for your time, and I encourage [Representative’s name] to sign on to this important statement in support of free and fair elections in El Salvador.”
 

 

 


ACTION ALERT: Defend the People’s Will in El Salvador! National Call-In Day to Congress – Friday, November 15th


U.S. Representatives Juan Vargas (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), and Jim Moran (D-VA) are now circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter to encourage other Representatives to sign on to a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry regarding El Salvador’s February 2 presidential election. The letter calls for the U.S. government to remain neutral, respect the election results, and work toward a positive relationship with whichever party is elected to the presidency.

Reps. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) and Albio Sires (D-NJ) – the chair and ranking member of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee – already sent a letter to Kerry discrediting the FMLN and UNIDAD candidates.

With campaign season in full swing in El Salvador, it’s urgent that Members of Congress and the State Department make it clear that February’s election is the decision of the Salvadoran people, not of politicians in Washington. 

You can be part of a national call-in effort to demand that the US respect the democratic will of the Salvadoran people! 

Call your US Representative TODAY to insist that s/he add his or her name to Rep. Vargas’ statement in defense of democracy in El Salvador. 

TAKE ACTION NOW!

1) Call the Congressional switchboard to be transferred to your Representative’s office: (202) 224-3121.

2) Ask to speak to the staff person in charge of foreign policy. If that person is not available, leave a voicemail.

3) Email solidarity@share-elsalvador.org so we can keep track of constituent calls and monitor the progress of this action.

Please use the following script:

• “My name is ___________ and I am calling as a constituent from [your city or town] to ask that [Representative’s name] sign on to a Congressional letter to Secretary of State John Kerry that has been initiated by Representative Juan Vargas. This letter calls for U.S. neutrality with respect to the upcoming presidential election in El Salvador, and pledges that Members of Congress will seek a positive relationship with whichever party is elected. To sign on to this letter, please contact Aaron Allen at Representative Vargas’ office. His phone number is (202) 225-8045.”

•“This public neutrality statement is urgently needed. During El Salvador’s 2009 presidential campaign, various Republicans in Congress threatened to punish the people of El Salvador if they elected the opposition party’s candidate.  Fortunately, the Obama administration neutralized these threats by making a clear, public commitment to maintaining positive relationship with whomever the Salvadoran people elected. This was a welcome change from past administrations. It’s important that the State Department once again make this position clear well in advance of any attempts to manipulate or intimidate Salvadoran voters.”

•“Salvadorans, including those living here in the US who will be voting for the first time by absentee ballot, also need to hear a clear message from Congress that assures them they can vote according to their own free will, rather than in response to threats and manipulation from anyone in the US government.”

•“Thank you for your time, and I encourage [Representative’s name] to sign on to this important statement in support of free and fair elections in El Salvador.”


NO MORE VIOLENCE- September 11th Caravan against Military Intervention in Syria

September 16, 2013

 

Photo taken at the Caravan protest against U.S. Military Intervention in Syria this past Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
Photo taken at the Caravan protest against U.S. Military Intervention in Syria this past Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

Since President Barack Obama´s controversial announcement that he would seek congress´s approval for a targeted military strike on Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons against civilians, people around the world have lifted a call for peace. In El Salvador, communities, churches, NGOs, universities and activists have organized a variety of actions in solidarity with the people of Syria and against military intervention, including a caravan in protest of military intervention on September 11th.

The Salvadoran people suffered a brutal, twelve-year long civil war, prolonged and intensified by an average of one million dollars per day in United States military aid . The horrible atrocities  civilians suffered left wounds the government has done little to address and people still struggle to heal. Many victims continue to speak out for truth, justice and reparations. The horrors of war and the impacts of U.S. intervention compel many Salvadorans to protest military interventions as well as to act for peace.

Activities to express solidarity with those suffering in Syria have included prayer services at many churches, from the UCA Chapel to the Crypt in the Cathedral, to the Emmanuel Baptist Church, t.v. and radio interviews, discussions led by professors on the effects and ideals of a “war for peace,” a Eucharist followed by a brief discussion, an ecumenical ceremony of prayer held by the Palestinian community, and the aforementioned caravan protest.

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Sign the Petition to Declare August 30th the Day of the Disappeared

August 15, 2013

Today, August 15th, 2013 we celebrate the birth of Oscar Arnulfo Romero, a man whose words and example continue to reverberate through El Salvador and the world. During his Sunday morning homilies as Archbishop, Monseñor Romero always gave voice to the names of the victims of forced disappearance each week. He spoke constantly for human rights, truth, justice, and love. He supported the COMADRES from the very beginning of their search for their disappeared loved ones.  The victims of human rights violations together with the organizations of the Pro-Historical Memory Commission continue to speak and act for justice today. One of the reparations they have called for since the 1990s is to have a day dedicated to the victims of forced disappearance, but they need our help to make it happen.

We invite YOU to take action in memory of Monseñor Romero: Sign a petition to call on the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly to declare August 30th the National Day of the Detained and Disappeared!

 

Declare August 30th The Day of the Victims of Forced Disappearance

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Action Alert: In Solidarity with Honduras

August 2, 2013

Since the 2009 coup, the situation in Honduras increasingly mirrors El Salvador in the 1970´s, with growing militarization, repression, and violent murders of activists and community leaders. In response to this growing crisis, the people of El Salvador and Honduras call for solidarity and accompaniment. SHARE partners CRIPDES and CONFRAS have been particularly active in promoting solidarity with Honduras. SHARE El Salvador is in a unique position to offer years of experience in solidarity. In the words of Marcos Galvez, president of SHARE partner CRIPDES: 

¨Las luchas (the struggles) that the Honduran people have faced before, during, and after the coup are similar to las luchas de El Salvador. As a people, we need to be in solidarity with other pueblos. El Salvador received solidarity during decades in which this marked the difference in preventing massacres, disappearances, political imprisonment, and other acts that could have happened. As Salvadorans who know the importance of solidarity, we call on the international community to accompany Honduras. ¨

Members of the CCR, a SHARE counterpart protest the ongoing repression in Honduras on the 4 year anniversary of the coup June 28, 2013

Members of the CCR, a SHARE counterpart protest the ongoing repression in Honduras on the 4 year anniversary of the coup June 28, 2013

While Hondurans face a variety of struggles that began long before the 2009 coup – many similar to those in present-day El Salvador: proposed mining and hydroelectric dams, access to land and credit, access to media, respect for women’s, LGBT, and indigenous rights, and youth repression to name a few – since the coup the government response to civilian organizing has been to send in the military.  Two recent incidents highlight the intensity of the current situation: the murder of indigenous community leader Tomas García during a protest of a hydroelectric dam on July 15th, and the kidnapping of two international accompaniers from the Honduras Accompaniment Project (PROAH) on July 25th.  

Take Action! Ask your representatives to end U.S. military aid to Honduras!

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Take Action Now for Ousted Vendors!

October 30, 2012

City officials violently bulldozed and removed all vendor stalls within the 33 blocks of San Salvador. photo from El Blog

Over the weekend, San Salvador Mayor Norman Quijano, presidential candidate for the ARENA party, ousted 970 street vendors from 33 blocks of downtown San Salvador. More than 5,000 police officers and city employees violently removed vendors who attempted to stay by barricading themselves in their stalls.

The process injured ten individuals and resulted in thousands of dollars in destroyed equipment and merchandise belonging to vendors. The assault on low-income workers continued Monday when Quijano ordered police to shut down Casa Sindical, headquarters of the Salvadoran Union Front, so that unionists could not enter and organize.

To TAKE ACTION, click the “Read More” tab. Read More »


Action Alert: U.S. Senators Threaten to Cut Aid to El Salvador

July 18, 2012

Call on the U.S. State Department today and ask them to commit to neutrality.

The following press release is from CISPES:

On Tuesday July 17, Senators Rober Menedez (D-NJ) and Maro Rubio (R-FL) released a press statement calling for the Obama administration to threaten the Salvadoran government with the suspension of aid money and advisors if they do not resolve the “constitutional crisis”.   The so called constitutional crisis stems from a decision by the Constitutional Court of El Salvador to invalidate the 2006 and 2012 election of magistrates to the Supreme Court.  In an unusual show of unity parties from both the left and the right have rejected the ruling of the Constitutional Court in the Legislative Assembly.  Notably absent from this group is the right-wing ARENA party who stands to benefit from the ruling because they would be able to elect two thirds of the court.  Read more background on the dispute here.

In addition to encouraging the Obama administration to threaten the withdrawal of aid to El Salvador the Senators also demand that Obama deny visas for anyone “participating in the existing unconstitutional order”.  These demands are putting even more pressure on what is already a very tense situation which many have described as a right-wing attempt to destabilize the government.  The Salvadoran people and government should be allowed to resolve this dispute without interference by the United States.  

The Senators actions may forecast the types of threats that will be made in the lead up to the presidential elections of 2014.  Therefore it is urgent that we call on the State Dept commit to neutrality now and throughout the upcoming electoral period.

Join us in Calling on the U.S. State Department to committ to neutrality

Contact the State Department TODAY

1. Call Melanie Bower at the El Salvador Desk. 202-647-4161

Sample Phone script: I am calling because I am deeply concerned that members of the Senate have called on the State Department to threaten to cut aid to El Salvador because of the current conflict between the Legislative Assembly and the Supreme Court. Not only did these Senators misrepresent the facts of the situation, it is highly unacceptable for the United State government to use international aid as a threat to interfere in El Salvador’s internal and sovereign affairs. Will Secretary Jacobson commit to a position of US neutrality and noninterference?

2. Email Roberta Jacobson Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. 

3. Leave comments on articles discussing this issue. 

Leave a comment on articles in The Washington PostThe Hill, and Wall Street Journal and speak out against U.S. intervention.


Death Threats at Radio Victoria Continue: PLEASE Show Your Solidarity

May 25, 2011

“Since the early 1990s, Radio Victoria has provided a voice for the residents of the northern hills of El Salvador. Founded in the aftermath of the nation’s bloody civil war, today Radio Victoria transmits daily local and international news and other programs to communities so poor they often lack telephone and mail services.

The journalists who run the station are mostly 16 to 24 year-olds who grew up in Honduran refugee camps and returned to the area with their families as the civil war raged around them. And now, someone wants them dead!

Threats left as voice message to members of the Radio Victoria continue:

Message left for Oscar: “extermination > look oscar we aren’t kidding shut up this radio or you also die you dog” Read More »


Urgent Action for Radio Victoria

May 13, 2011

El Salvador: Protect Independent Radio from Death Threats

by Antonio Ramirez · May 10, 2011

Since the early 1990s, Radio Victoria has provided a voice for the residents of the northern hills of El Salvador. Founded in the aftermath of the nation’s bloody civil war, today Radio Victoria transmits daily local and international news and other programs to communities so poor they o
ften lack telephone and mail services.
The journalists who run the station are mostly 16 to 24 year-olds who grew up in Hondruan refugee camps and returned to the area with their families as the civil war raged around them.
And now, someone wants them dead. Read More »


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