We, the U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities Network, work for social change by building and defending sustainable communities and economies based on solidarity, dignity, and self-determination. Our work is driven by mutual community accompaniment, organizing, education, advocacy, and fundraising. We have prioritized supporting and defending human rights as a principal focus of that work.
Anti-Militarization Advocacy and Solidarity with Honduras
On June 28th, 2009 the democratically elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was removed from power in coup d’etat led by the economic elite and backed by the military. The coup in Honduras has caused a human rights disaster that alarmed both CRIPDES and Sister Cities, and urged us into action. CRIPDES saw the coup as a threat to democracy in all of Central America and a repetition of the repression Salvadoran activists suffered during the 70´s and 80´s. Our mutual concern led us to expand our view of solidarity and in 2009 we began a campaignof human rights advocacy focused on Honduras. As the repression against workers, campesinos, students, feminists, activists and members of the gay community has increased since the coup, we have coordinated both with CRIPDES and the MPR-12 in order to support the struggle for democracy and human rights in Honduras.
We are working in solidarity with the people of Honduras as they struggle to restore democracy to their country and ensure human rights, and to pressure the U.S. government to stop promoting the repressive security measures and militarization of Central America.