For those of you in the DC area, Salvadoran Magistrate Sydney Blanco will be speaking at an event hosted by the Salvadoran Lawyer’s Association and the Salvadoran-American Initiative for Democracy in El Salvador at St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church in Hyattesville, MD tonight from 5:00 – 8:00.
Magistrate Blanco has been a judge in El Salvador for over 15 years, and currently serves on the country’s highest Constitutional Court. He and three other magistrates are currently embroiled in a constitutional crisis in El Salvador, which many believe to be the worst institutional conflict in El Salvador in a generation. For background information you can read our previous blog posts here, here, here, and here.
In a press conference earlier in the week, Magistrate Blanco said that he came to the DC area to visit family and friends, and to get away from the stress he has endured since the crisis began over a month ago. He makes it clear that while he is not hear to lobby around the issue, he is happy to speak to those who are interested.
No matter your position on Decree 743, we recommend going to hear Magistrate Blanco tonight from 5-8.
Here is the invitation we received:
Los invito a participar en un foro muy importante para informar a nuestra comunidad Salvadoreña-American del area de Maryland, Virginia, y DC.
Tenemos la oportunidad de escuchar la ponencia que dará el Magistrado Sidney Blanco en un foro comunitario sobre la actual crisis de gobernabilidad que El Salvador está enfrentando. Desde la firma de los Acuerdo de Paz, hemos venido avanzando y fortaleciendo los procesos democráticos. Pero ahora..¿qué significa el Decreto 743 para el futuro de la democracia Salvadoreña, la transparencia institucional, y la independencia jurídica?
Who/Quien: Magistrado Sidney Blanco de la Sala de lo Constitucional de la Corte Suprema de Justicia
When/Cuando: Viernes 15 de Julio de 5 a 8 p.m.
Where/Donde: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 5901 36th Ave, Hyattsville MD 20782
Salvadoran Lawyers Association (SLA) and
Salvadoran-American Initiative for Democracy in El Salvador
I want to invite you to participate in an important event for our Salvadoran American community in the MD-DC-VA area.
You will have the opportunity to hear a presentation by Salvadoran Supreme Court Judge, Magistrado Sidney Blanco, at a community forum on the current governance and constitutional crisis that El Salvador is now facing. What does passage of legislative Decree 743 mean for the future of El Salvador’s democratic processes, transparency in governance, and an independent judiciary?
Hope to see you there! Espero verlos a todos!
Ana Sol Gutiérrez