[Last update: 15 May 2002]
Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Slavador, (CISPES) --Austin, TX, Chapter
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2001 saw the exciting birth of a new CISPES
group in Austin, Texas. In March we organized an
earthquake relief benefit, and have worked on building
cross-border solidarity with the people of El Salvador.
We join the
national office of CISPES in opposing
the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and a
congressional grant of "Fast Track" authority
to former governor George Bush to negotiate FTAA.
A delegation to El Salvador is being planned for this summer.
If you are interested, please
Austin CISPES is proud and honored to have represented Texas July 10 -19, 2001, on a
CISPES delegation to El Salvador
along with members of other committees across the U.S. Three
members of our committee--Doug, Ann, and Hank-- participated in this
exciting delegation jam-packed with events such as a meeting with the U.S.
embassy, coordinating meetings with unions, organizers and FMLN representatives, and
following the delegation participating in an
international solidarity conference
in San Salvador
in opposition to Plan Colombia, the US sponsored
"drug"/counter-insurgency war being waged in South America.
2001 was an extremely important year for international solidarity
with El Salvador. With devastating earthquakes leveling much or the country
and the march of neo-liberalism--as seen in the dollarization of the
Salvadoran economy and with the highly-problematic "Free Trade Area of the
Americas" (FTAA)--threatening to institutionalize the loss of Latin American
sovereignty, dependence, and transnational corporate power, NOW IS OUR TIME
TO ORGANIZE AND TO ACT.
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