Posts Tagged ‘Event’

El Mozote: Seeking Justice in Spite of the Amnesty Law

December 6, 2011

December 11th, 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the El Mozote massacre – one of the largest, most brutal massacres in Latin America. As part of the military’s scorched earth campaign to remove any possible source of supplies for the guerrilla by killing entire rural villages, members of the armed forces entered El Mozote and the surrounding villages in December of 1981, rounding up, separating, and systematically killing men, women, and children. Through investigations including exhumations and testimonies, Tutela Legal, the San Salvador Archdiocese’s human rights office has identified 819 individuals killed in the massacre – over half under the age of twelve.

Thanks to Rufina Amaya’s tireless efforts to tell her story, as the sole survivor of the massacre, international news coverage, several rounds of exhumations of human remains, and the work of human rights organizations like Tutela Legal, the massacre can no longer be denied. El Mozote has become a well-known symbol of the brutality of the armed forces during the war.


The Salvadoran government, however, has not taken actions to investigate or bring to trial the intellectual and material authors of these brutal murders. To the contrary, since the peace accords, the army and government have paid homage to Colonel Domingo Monterrosa, a key leader in the massacre, on numerous occasions. As Gisela León of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) stated in a recent interview, “The massacre of El Mozote represents the absolute impunity that all cases from the conflict are in.” Efforts at truth-telling and investigation, necessary elements in reaching reconciliation, have come solely from civil society.

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Salvadoran woman dies in DC Metro crash

June 25, 2009

In a sad reminder of how Salvadorans are touched by what happens in the United States everyday, yesterday the Prensa Gráfica announced that a 40 year-old Salvadoran woman, Ana Fernández, died in the tragic Metro crash in Washington, DC on Monday. Fernández, orginally from San Alejo in the department of La Unión, had been living in the United States for twenty years, and had just succeeded in bringing her eldest son to live with her in the United States. Ana Fernández leaves behind her loving husband of four years, Óscar Martínez, six children, her parents, and her five brothers and sisters. Fernández’s husband gave an interview to a local news station, stating, “She was the center of our family, I don’t know how to read or write.”

SHARE sends its condolences to all of the victims of Monday’s crash and their families across borders.

*Photo from La Prensa Gráfica.

– Sara Skinner, US Grassroots Coordinator


Stop the raids and deportations!

April 29, 2009

Join the SHARE Foundation on Friday, May 1st, in Washington, DC to march for immigrant justice. This is a critical time for all those who support the immigrant community to mobilize and demand that President Barack Obama make good on his promise to put forward immigration reform legislation in 2009.

Our demands:

  • Stop the raids and deportations
  • Just and humane immigration reform
  • End the 287(g) Agreements (no local enforcement of unjust immigration laws)

To join the march, meet at Malcolm X Park at 3PM (click here for directions) and at 4PM we will march to the White House.

This mobilization is sponsored by the National Capital Immigrant Coalition (NCIC). To endorse this action, contact David Thurston at

– Sara Skinner, US Grassroots Coordinator

Father Miguel Vasquez visits Kansas City to commemorate Oscar Romero

April 7, 2009

The article below provides coverage of Father Miguel Vasquez’s recent tour to Kansas City, MO, sponsored by the SHARE Foundation, the Kansas City Sister Parish Committee, and St. Sabina Parish. Father Miguel (in photo at left), from Arcatao, El Salvador, spoke to the community about his memories of Oscar Romero, who was assassinated before he was scheduled to ordain Father Miguel to become a priest. Below is an article written by Kevin Kelly for the Catholic Key.

Father Miguel Vasquez Hernandez knew the four U.S. women missionaries who were raped and murdered by Salvadoran National Guard soldiers in December 1980.

As a newly ordained priest, he served the same poor in the same area of the country as did Maryknoll Sisters Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and lay missioner Jean Donovan. Read More »

Romero Justice Week – Baltimore, MD Celebration with Bishop Rosa Chavez

March 30, 2009

In commemoration of the 29th anniversary of Archbishop Oscar Romero’s martyrdom, SHARE’s friends at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, Maryland Presbyterian Church, St. Andrew’s By the Bay, St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, and Govans Presbyterian Church held a procession and mass with their invited guest, Auxiliary Bishop of San Salvador Gregorio Rosa Chavez. Keep checking SHARE’s blog for more reports and pictures from Romero events!

– Sara Skinner, US Grassroots Coordinator

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¡El agua es nuestra!

February 24, 2009

More than 52,000 Salvadorans have signed a petition in support of a constitutional amendment for the right to safe, clean water – and hundreds of those signatories marched in San Salvador to personally deliver the document to the Legislative Assembly, reports the Latin American Herald Tribunal. According to the World Bank, El Salvador is the worst country with regard to providing access to clean water, yet the Legislative Assembly has yet to approve the amendment. The article cites ARENA (National Republican Alliance) deputies as the source of most of the opposition to the amendment. The ARENA party has strong ties to private businesses that wish to privatize water resources. However, with ARENA’s loss of seats in the Legislative Assembly, the possibility that the Legislative Assembly will approve the amendment looks more positive in May, when the new Legislative Assembly will take over.

SHARE Foundation supports Salvadorans’ demand for universal access to safe, clean drinking water. Privatization, mining, contamination by factories, and lack of sanitation services threaten communities’ access to water as well as the lives of Salvadoran citizens everyday. This year as SHARE celebrates the life and legacy of Monsignor Romero, we also ask our partners to raise awareness on water rights both in their own communities and abroad. To find out how you can support water rights in El Salvador, contact Sara Skinner at

– Sara Skinner, US Grassroots Coordinator

Press for SHARE’s Election Observation Delegation

The SHARE Foundation and its partners have been in the news of late! As Election Day in El Salvador nears, our grassroots partners are holding fundraisers to support SHARE’s election observation delegation.

Over the weekend in Salem, OR, four college students showed documentaries that touch on human rights and social justice issues. The students were encouraged to take part of SHARE’s delegation by Salvadoran Lutheran Bishop, Medardo E. Gómez, who visited Salem in October. Julie Silverman, a graduate student at Columbia University in New York, told the Statesman Journal that she sees this delegation as an “opportunity to make a difference in the lives of disenfranchised Salvadorans. Julia’s sister, Bryn, plans to make a documentary of their experience. To read more about the event in Salem, click here.

On Saturday, February 21, in Washington, DC, a group of 16 American University students (see picture above) and their faculty advisor, Joe Eldridge, organized a concert and fundraiser for their delegation. The band, Nueva Cosecha, played traditional songs and pop songs, while guests munched on traditional Salvadoran cuisine. While the atmosphere was festive, the students were very serious about their participation in the upcoming delegation. José Henríquez, the co-student leader of the American University group, shared, “[The students] are learning the specific details of what it means to be part of an electoral observation mission, and the role that election observers play in a different country.” To read more about the event in Washington, DC, click here.

For more Salvadoran election coverage visit the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections’ blog.

– Sara Skinner, US Grassroots Coordinator

FMLN Presidential Candidate to Speak in Washington, DC Tomorrow

December 11, 2008

Mauricio Funes, FMLN presidential candidate, will speak at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Washington, DC on Friday, December 12, 2008. The event, sponsored by the FMLN, will begin at 4:30PM, and Mauricio Funes is expected to speak at 5:30PM. SHARE Foundation is not co-sponsoring the event, but we encourage folks in the area to attend to hear what the presidential candidate has to say.

Wesley United Methodist Church is located at the UDC-Van Ness metro stop on the red line. The L1, L2, and L4 buses also stop near the church.

– Sara Skinner, US Grassroots Coordinator


October 17, 2008

Following the guidance of one of our strategic goals, SHARE DC reached out to the Salvadoran community in Washington DC during Hispanic Heritage Month. The Washington DC metro area is home to the second largest Salvadoran community in the United States after Los Angeles, CA. With approximately 500,000 Salvadorans living in the area, they constitute the largest foreign-born population according to the 2005 US Census. Migration from El Salvador to Washington started in the 1970’s, increased in the 1980’s because of the civil war and continued to grow in the late 1990s and into this decade because of the harsh economic conditions back home. Read More »

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