Cambridge-Las Flores Sister City Events

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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)


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)


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.


Additional Events

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


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

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