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On Migration and Defending Natural Resources: Organizing Wisdom from El Salvador
October 16, 2018 @ 1:30 am - 4:00 am UTC+0
Join us for an evening to learn more about the movements for social, economic and environmental justice in El Salvador and here in Massachusetts.
There are now more than 10,000 unaccompanied minors in holding facilities in the US, and 500 children still not reunited with their families. The violence produced by economic and judicial factors in El Salvador and US/Trump policies have contributed to critical challenges. Simultaneously, climate change is creating conditions of drought and flooding.
Salvadoran grassroots organizers have spearheaded the unprecedented successful banning of metallic mining for the country and mobilized and supported organized communities for social, economic and environmental justice.
But more awareness and solidarity is needed.
- Bernardo Belloso, president of CRIPDES, the organization of the Salvadoran popular movement serving rural communities in defense of land, safety, environment and human rights.
- Zulma Tobar, Salvadoran coordinator for US-El Salvador Sister Cities, a grassroots solidarity organization of people in the U.S. in partnerships with organized rural communities in El Salvador.
- Maria Elena Letona, director of Neighbor to Neighbor, rooted in Salvadoran solidarity with campaigns on Jobs Not Jails, Environmental Justice, Fair Share Tax, Voter Empowerment
- Lena Entin, deputy director of Community Action Works, organizing for a right to clean air and water, working side-by-side with communities to prevent or clean up pollution in New England.
- Mina Reddy, Mothers Out Front – Cambridge, a group of mothers, grandmothers, and others working together to ensure a sustainable future for the generations ahead of us.