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U.S-El Salvador Sister Cities invites you to participate in its 2017 MidWest Speaking Tour.
This is the time to recognize that although El Salvador is a small country in the map, the faith and suffering have taught people to defend their territory and stand up for their rights. So, it is clear that the size of the country does not make the organization weakened.
It was in the early 2000´s when mining companies started to see El Salvador as one more of their businesses by exploring and exploiting specific places rich in metals in different parts of the country. After people and movements started to learn more of what was all about, they decided to form the so called National Roundtable against Metallic Mining in 2005. As part of the strategic plan of defending the sovereignty is when CRIPDES is recognized as an active member of “La Mesa”.
February 2017 marks the history of Cabañas as Cinquera became the first Municipality in that Department showing interest in holding a mining Consultation. Nevertheless, February 26 will be remembered as the day when Cinquera was declared the First Municipality Free of Metallic Mining in Cabañas and the fifth one in the country after the Municipalities of San José Las Flores (2014), Nueva Trinidad, San Isidro Labrador, and Arcatao (2015).
International observers witnessed democracy and and transparency during the process.
Even though the State of El Salvador won the case against the mining company, Oceana Gold, the struggle of the Salvadoran people for the defense of land and territory continues. As a way to pressure the Salvadoran government to implement a law definnitively banning mining in El Salvador, social movements together with organized communities are organizing to bring community consultations. For instance, the first three Consultations took place in 2014 in San José Las Flores, San Isidro Labrador, and Nueva Trinidad; then in 2015, Arcatao hold the fourth community Consultation. These four Community Consultations were in the department of Chalatenanngo. This year 2017, the fifth Consultation will take place in the historic municipality of Cinquera in the Department of Cabañas in February 26th .
The Church of the historic town of Cinquera. Cinquera was completely destroyed during the war by the armed forces.