Cambridge, MA and San José las Flores, El Salvador
Save the date - 2 generations of Salvadoran popular movement leaders celebrate 25 years of sistering - 25 Years of Struggle - 25 Years of Solidarity
The Cambridge-Las Flores Sister City Project proudly hosts 2 generations of popular movement leaders Felipe Tobar, mayor of Las Flores and Ana Navarrete, city council president With Zulma Hernandez CRIPDES leader focused on women’s empowerment and political and youth organizing. Estela Garcia US/El Salvador Sister City coordinator and organizer
Music, testimonials, food, celebration, reflection and inspiration and surprise notables from Cambridge and El Salvador.
Felipe and Ana will be in Cambridge for a week of recognition for the 25th anniversary.
Other highlights include:
Tuesday, October 9: Screening of excerpts featuring Ana from the 1992 documentary "If the Mango Tree Could Speak" and the current work-in-progress with film maker Pat Goudvis.
Thursday October 11: Small gathering with Ana, Felipe – raising funds for the innovative elder care project in Las Flores.
Monday, October 15, Cambridge City council appearance and dedication of monument
The struggle for dignity, peace, the right to land and sovereignty in El Salvador is embodied in the community of San José Las Flores – boldly and defiantly repopulated in 1986 in the midst of the US-backed war. Since 1986, the people of Las Flores have built a community where education, health care, housing, livelihood and political governance extend to every person. A leading force in the popular movement, the people of Las Flores have stood against the neo-liberal threats to privatize El Salvador and successfully held off the mining interests seeking to exploit their lands. They have stood with other organized communities and movements in El Salvador and international solidarity efforts including partnering as a sister city with Cambridge in 1987.
Tax deductible donations: to IPC c/o Hoffman, 67 Pleasant St. Cambridge 02139
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