With less than a week to go until the second round of voting, there is a sense of calm throughout El Salvador that would be unprecedented in elections past. Although Sister Cities is not bringing electoral observers for this second round, several other solidarity organizations will, and the Sister Cities staff and network supporters will be on the ground reporting as the day unfolds. To stay up to date on all things elections, follow this blog, created by the solidarity organizations that includes Sister Cities, CISPES, SHARE Foundation, and others, with updates posted every day leading up to the elections and on election day.Read more...
"They welcomed us with open arms. It made me see how lucky we really are, and gives me a better understanding of the culture of other places." - Rafi, age 13
"It was amazing how we made friends so quickly. Everything was so different but I loved it. It'll make me less likely to take things for granted. Taking a non-pila shower seems so high-tech!"
- Rachel, age 10
With El Salvador's second round of presidential elections just one week away, the coalition of solidarity organizations has created a website with up-to-the-moment news about the electoral context and updates from observation sites on voting day. Sister Cities is one of the organiozations that will be sending news this week and throughout the day on March 9th.
Add this link to your favorites so you can keep up with what's going on during this crucial moment in El Salvador!
By Cori Ring, Sister Cities Volunteer
For the United States government, Central America remains a key strategic region for a variety of factors, including US business interests couched in terms of ¨progress and development¨ and the continuing ¨War on Drugs¨ that provides a convenient and important justification for continued US military aid to countries in the region.
Because of the increased gang violence that has come to dominate any foreign discourse on El Salvador in recent years, there is a real threat of increased militarization thanks to the War on Drugs.Read more...
By Catie Johnston, former volunteer in San Vicente and new Sister Cities Co-Coordinator
This weekend I went down to Houston to visit my host brother. The last time I saw him he was riding into the sunset in the back of a pickup truck, leaving El Salvador to try for the American Dream. I stood beside his mom, who at 33 years old, had just put the title to her home and small piece of land on a loan so her oldest son could go to a place where he might have a future. She didn’t cry until the next day, her son’s 18th birthday, because he wasn’t with us.