In June 2010, CISPES sponsored a delegation of eight Salvadoran youth on a trip back to El Salvador. This delegation was designed to re/connect young Salvadorans raised abroad with their Salvadoran history, culture, and with El Salvador’s current social and political realities. Video produced by Nicola Chávez-Courtright. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9j92mG_Mis
On June 1, Mauricio Funes and Salvador Sanchez Ceren were inaugurated as President and Vice President of El Salvador. CISPES was on hand for the historic occasion, at both the official inauguration and the popular celebration at the Cuscatlan Stadium. Que viva!
“Unidos por el Cambio” was a CISPES promotional video (produced by Jason Wallach) in the lead-up to the 2009 elections in El Salvador. CISPES was on it’s way to bringing one of the largest elections observing delegations since 1994 to El Salvador for the March presidential elections, and this video captured the energy in CISPES’s campaign to stop US intervention and support the Salvadoran social movement in defending the vote.
On July 30, 2007 CISPES and organized a protest at the Salvador Consulate in Boston against recent arrests under the anti-terrorism law in El Salvador, the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), the threat of water privatization.
After the approval of the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) the National Movement of CD and DVD Vendors became one of the most active groups in El Salvador resisting CAFTA and US-imposed neoliberal policies.
In 2005 CISPES was featured on CUNY-TV’s “Nueva York” program, which tells the story of 25 years of solidarity with El Salvador.
The 2004 CISPES video “Confronting Empire: Hope, Fear and US Intervention in the 2004 Salvadoran Elections”
Don White, long-time solidarity activist who passed away in June 2008, talks about the FMLN’s defeat in presidential elections during a 2004 CISPES delegation in El Salvador.
This campaign video captured the onslaught of neoliberalism in El Salvador in the late 1990s and the growing resistance of the social movement and the FMLN. CISPES played a key role in highlighting the negative effects of free trade, privatization, and the rise of the sweatshops industry. As the new millennium began, solidarity continued to play a key role in combating US policies in Central America.