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Learn first hand about the reality of U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America. Join a delegation.

March 20-29, 2015 Delegation to El Salvador PDF Print E-mail

Join SOA WATCH Founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois and SOAW Latin America Liaison Brigitte Gynther in a delegation to:

Commemorate the 35th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero by joining in the celebration activities in his memory

Participate in Citizen Diplomacy effort to ask the government of El Salvador to stop sending soldiers to the SOA/WHINSEC

Learn about the achievements and challenges of the FMLN government and social movements, including efforts to address the root causes of migration and violence, as well as struggles against destructive multi-national mining and US policies. 

El Salvador is a tiny nation that has experienced enormous suffering. Over 70,000 people lost their lives in the 1980's, many at the orders of SOA graduates. Yet El Salvador is also an inspiration as an effective example of transforming a grassroots resistance movement into a successful democratic political party, resulting in the March 2014 election of former FMLN commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren to the Presidency.

The SOA WATCH movement was born from inspiration from the martyrs of El Salvador. The assassinations - at the hands of SOA graduates - of Monseñor Oscar Romero, four US churchwomen and six Jesuit priests and their aides, led Fr. Roy Bourgeois to launch his tireless struggle to close the School of the Americas thirty years ago. Today, learn about the reality of El Salvador, the struggles and the achievements, and join Fr. Roy in requesting the government of El Salvador stop sending military officers to the SOA/WHINSEC.

Cost: This fee for this delegation is $1600, which covers all meals, lodging (double occupancy), travel within El Salvador, programming, and translation. It does not cover airfare to and from San Salvador. This is a benefit delegation and proceeds will benefit SOAW's work in Central America.

Language and translation: All activities will be translated from Spanish to English and it is not necessary to have a knowledge of Spanish to participate.

Housing: Participants will be lodged in a modest but comfortable hotel in San Salvador. There will be two people per room. A single room is available for an additional fee.

Application Process: Please contact Brigitte @ soaw.org to request an application or call Mary Anne at 734-996-9390.

Travel: Participants must arrange their own travel to and from San Salvador. Please do not purchase tickets until we notify you of your acceptance. Delegates should plan on arriving on March 20th. Departures should be booked for March 29th. Each participant will be met at the airport and also taken back to the airport for their return flight. In-country travel will be arranged and provided by the delegation.

For more information and an application: Contact Brigitte Gynther at Brigitte @ soaw.org or Mary Anne Perrone at 734-996-9390 or maperrone @ ameritech.net

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