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¡La Lucha Continua! - Stories of El Salvador's Democratic Project

- 8:45pm
Thursday April 5 2012

Venue: Just Us! Cafe, Spring Garden Road
Cost: Free - collecting donations to help Salvadoran civil society groups

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Amidst the smells of smog and sugar cane, El Salvador progresses. Despite the oppressive structure of dollarization, free trade agreements, and the near total power of transnational corporations, tens of thousands of Salvadorans every day work to bring their country closer to meaningful democracy, food and human security, gender equality and social equality.

Halifax-based activist JD Hutton and journalist Rachel Ward were present in El Salvador as international election observers at the request of Salvadoran civil society groups.

In 2009, there was a breakthrough in Salvadoran politics and the opposition Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front became the first opposition party to overcome electoral fraud and peacefully transition the governing power.

Since then, Salvadoran civil society groups have worked with the FMLN government, to open rural health clinics, start adult literacy groups and have opposed a Canadian mining corporation based here in Canada that continues to threaten their limited water supply in the interest of personal profit.

In the legislative elections on March 11th, however, the right-wing ARENA party recuperated seats at the expense of the FMLN.

What could this mean for the country with the memory of the death squads of the civil war in the 1980s fresh in its mind?

Join the discussion on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at Just Us! Cafe on Spring Garden Road. 

We'll be sharing our experiences meeting with civil society groups, economic and political experts and observing the election.

Organizer:Rachel Ward - rachelward@eastlink.ca

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