Please join the Cambridge El Salvador Sister City Project
and our elected and community sponsors*
A week of Salvadoran Solidarity
October 18-23, 2014
San José Las Flores Mayor Felipe Tobar and Council President Douglas Serrano
Saturday, October 18, 6:30-8:30,
Cambridge Co-Housing, 175 Richdale Ave (closest – Porter Sq. T)
REPORT BACK FROM SAN JOSÉ LAS FLORES
Strengthening Communities. Keeping our land, our water, our air and our lives from privatization
Pot-luck dinner with presentation from Douglas Serrano and Felipe Tobar
Since resisting the war as the first open repopulated community, San José las Flores has led the organizing against metallic mining, deforestation, land inequity and the latest US attempts to push GMO crops . In September Las Flores became the first Salvadoran municipality to ban all forms of metallic mining.
Thursday, October 23, 6:30-8:30
Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave. (Central Sq stop)
CROSSING BORDERS: ORGANIZING IN EL SALVADOR AND THE U.S.
How US foreign policy created the immigration crisis
How the Salvadoran government and social movements are responding
Douglas Serrano, Felipe Tobar, and Edith Portillo (Organizer Association for the Development of El Salvador) and Chelsea Collaborative Central American refugee youth testimony.
Opening song- Dean Stevens, Welcome - Vice-Mayor Dennis Benzan
Why are youths coming as refugees from El Salvador? Why is refugee a disputed title? What’s the difference with other Central American countries? And even regions within El Salvador? Progressive views from different parts of El Salvador.
Sponsors: Cambridge Peace Commission, Vice-Mayor Dennis Benzan. Co-sponsors:
Chelsea Collaborative, CISPES, El Salvador Consulate of New England, Grassroots International, Neighbor-to-Neighbor, Oxfam.
Monday, October 20: 5:00 PM-5:30 PM, Mayoral Reception and City Council Welcome, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, School Committee, 459 Broadway
Tuesday, October 21: 6:30-8:00 PM, Dinner, Reception and Conversation with Felipe and Douglas, 81 Orchard St., Cambridge (Porter Sq T). Hosted by Judy Clark, State Representatives Marjorie Decker and Jay Livingstone, Alice Wolf and community sponsors. – Fund-raiser for the organizing work in Las Flores and. (RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wednesday, October 22: 6:00- 8:00 PM City Life Community event –“On environmental justice and community justice: sharing ideas and experiences”. Our Savior Lutheran Church, 28 Paris Street, East Boston.
Thursday, October 23 4-5:30 Harvard Forum and Discussion Children, popular education, and immigration and Human rights in El Salvador. Larsen 203, 14 Appian Way, (Harvard Square)
Friday, October 24: 12:30-2 – Boston College Forum on Immigration and Brown Bag Lunch – Devlin Hall, Room 218, Center for Human Rights – Boston College
Saturday – October 25 3:30-6:00 PM Salvadorian Community Gathering at 3.30 p.m. in 28 Paris St. East Boston, MA- Lutheran Church- close to Maverick Station
Save the date:
Friday November 14: 5:30-9 PM Salsa for El Salvador at Amigos School. 15 Upton St. Cambridge,
Come eat, take a salsa lesson, dance and congregate and Support the Cambridge-El Salvador Sister City