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THE DOOR IS OPENED TO PRESIDENTIAL RE-ELECTION IN EL SALVADOR

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On Friday, September 3, the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador, through its Constitutional Chamber, issued a surprising resolution that opened the door for the reelection of President Bukele for the period 2024 – 2029. This resolution orders the Supreme Electoral Tribunal to comply with this new mandate and allows the sitting President to participate in the electoral contest for the second time.

The Constitution of El Salvador establishes the prohibition of sitting presidents from holding a second term. In the first paragraph of Article 152, that the person who has held the Presidency for more than six months, consecutive or not, during the immediately preceding period may not be President; however, Bukele has been maneuvering to find a way around this ban.

Last May, he managed to get the new Legislative Assembly to dismiss the magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber and the Attorney General, excusing himself in arguments without legal support. The new law states that the Legislature is empowered to take such decisions, but only after following a procedure based on specific grounds established in the Constitution.

However, these types of illegalities were possible thanks to the fact that the Legislative Assembly is made up of a majority of deputies from Bukele’s party and aligned with the interests of the president. It is important to note that this election was obtained through illegitimate and undemocratic actions, and with a disproportionate electoral campaign, in which the New Ideas party concentrated more than 70% of its spending on publicity, not to mention the use of public resources for electoral purposes.

Although this resolution establishes that: “allowing the sitting President to seek a second term, does not imply de facto that he will be elected, it only implies that the people will have among their range of options the person who at that time holds the presidency, and it is the people who decide whether to place trust in him again or whether to opt for a different option.”

However, it is clear that if he were to compete for new presidential reelection, Bukele would have an extraordinary advantage over any contender, because he has the entire governmental ideological apparatus and abundant state resources.

To many, what’s most disturbing is that this resolution signifies a new violation of the Constitution with no consequences because the government has no significant opposition, nor institutional counterweights.

An article by investigative journal El Faro entitled “Salvadoran Democracy is in a Coma“, states that: “We are witnessing the end of the Republic and its replacement by an undemocratic family clan that uses the state for its own benefit. But for Bukele and his circle to achieve their ends, they must rely on a slew of dishonorable, opportunistic, and corrupt officials and bureaucrats who operate at their behest, as well as on a citizenry blinded by propaganda.”


SE ABRE LA PUERTA A LA REELECCIÓN PRESIDENCIAL EN EL SALVADOR

La Corte Suprema de Justicia de El Salvador, a través de la Sala de lo Constitucional, en una sorpresiva resolución, emitida la noche del viernes 3 de septiembre, abrió la puerta a la reelección del presidente Bukele para el período 2024 – 2029. La resolución ordena al Tribunal Supremo Electoral que acate que una persona que ejerza la Presidencia de la República y no haya sido Presidente en el periodo inmediato anterior participe en la contienda electoral por segunda ocasión.

La Constitución de El Salvador prohibe la reelección presidencial, en su artículo 152, literal primero, se establece que no podrá ser Presidente el que haya desempeñado la Presidencia de la República por más de seis meses, consecutivos o no, durante el período inmediato anterior; sin embargo, Bukele ha venido maniobrando para encontrar la forma de obviar esta prohibición. 

En el pasado mes de mayo logró que la nueva Asamblea Legislativa destituyera a los magistrados de la Sala de lo Constitucional y al Fiscal General, excusándose en argumentos sin sustento jurídico. La ley establece que la Asamblea Legislativa está facultada para tomar este tipo de decisiones, pero siguiendo un procedimiento basado en causas específicas establecidas en la misma Constitución. 

Sin embargo, este tipo de ilegalidades fueron posibles gracias a que la Asamblea Legislativa está conformada por una mayoría de diputados del partido de Bukele y alineada con los intereses del presidente. Es importante señalar que esta elección se obtuvo a través de acciones ilegítimas y antidemocráticas, y con una campaña electoral desproporcionada, en la que el partido Nuevas Ideas concentró más del 70% de su gasto en publicidad, sin mencionar el uso indiscriminado de recursos públicos para fines electorales.

Con la resolución del 3 de septiembre, los 5 magistrados impuestos por la Asamblea Legislativa, dejan en evidencia que están alineados a los intereses del Presidente, aunque la misma resolución establece que: “el permitir la postulación del Presidente para competir de nuevo por la presidencia, no implica de facto que este llegue a ser electo, implica únicamente que el pueblo tendrá entre su gama de opciones a la persona que a ese momento ejerce la presidencia, y es el pueblo quien decide si deposita nuevamente la confianza en él o si se decanta por una opción distinta.”

No obstante, es claro que de competir para una nueva reelección presidencial, Bukele tendría una extraordinaria ventaja sobre cualquier contendiente, porque dispone de todo el aparato ideológico gubernamental y de abundantes recursos estatales.

Por otra parte , esta resolución, significa una nueva violación de la Constitución, sin la posibilidad de que hayan consecuencias, pòrque práctiamente el gobierno no tiene una oposición significativa, ni contrapesos institucionales, pues, así como lo afirma el períodico El Faro, en un artículo reciente: “La democracia salvadoreña, está en coma”

En dicho artículo se afirma: “asistimos a pasos agigantados al fin de la República y su sustitución por un clan familiar antidemocrático que utiliza el Estado en su beneficio. Pero para que consigan sus objetivos son necesarios funcionarios y burócratas indignos, oportunistas o corruptos que operen a su favor, y una ciudadanía cegada por la propaganda. 

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Returning to our Solidarity Planning

The Voices’ Annual Board of Directors meeting is a space to evaluate our work and strategize what’s to come. It is also a wonderful occasion for us as staff to get to know our board members on a deeper level. After more than a year of exclusively connecting via everyone’s favorite video conferencing program, it was decided that the time had come to meet face to face.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit down with Sheryl, an ESL teacher at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in D.C., who for the past 23 years has been unflaggingly helping adult immigrants – many of them Salvadorans- to reach their potential here in the U.S.

I asked her about her decision to join the board, and she reminisced on her first delegation to El Salvador with VOICES back in 2017:

By that point, I already had so much affinity for my Salvadoran students and the Salvadoran people, and I had also been actively working to raise my own awareness around racism, classism, and immigration.

Then I went on a Voices’ delegation, which opened my eyes and helped to confront the Salvadoran narrative I had long held in my mind. You see, up until then, I had mainly only heard the testimonies of those who fled or left El Salvador for whatever reason, not of those who stayed behind.

I remember being so impacted by the young community leaders, who were fully committed to staying and vigorously working to improve societal conditions so that future generations don’t feel the need to migrate.

Even under “normal” circumstances, that type of dedication would’ve been admirable, but at that time, things were far from normal on the contrary things were downright toilsome. But Voices as an organization never faltered in their support.

I’m honored to be on the Board and in a position to learn more and offer more support to our students at Carlos Rosario.”

 

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Trágica temporada de lluvias en Centroamérica

Normalmente la temporada de lluvias en Centroamérica, comienza en mayo y termina en octubre, este año inició y finalizó con tragedia. En los meses de mayo y junio El Salvador sufrió los severos impactos de dos tormentas tropicales consecutivas, Amanda y Cristóbal, que ocasionaron 30 personas fallecidas, cientos de casas destruidas, puentes dañados, calles obstruidas por deslizamientos de tierra y miles de familias evacuadas y llevadas a albergues improvisados.

La tragedia se repitió la noche del jueves 29 de octubre. Debido a las intensas lluvias una fuerte corriente de agua, lodo y gigantescas rocas bajó desde la parte alta del volcán de San Salvador y arrastró árboles y viviendas a su paso. El alud rebasó una autopista hasta llegar a una quebrada que cruza por la comunidad Los Angelitos, del municipio de Nejapa, al norte de San Salvador. en donde sepultó decenas de viviendas y causó la muerte de nueve personas.

El desastre en Nejapa ocurrió a solo tres días de la llegada del Huracán Eta a las costas de Centroamérica, Eta arremetió con furia en la región. Su paso fue devastador donde se reportaron más de 150 personas fallecidas y un número similar de desaparecidos, además de heridos, casas destruidas, bienes materiales perdidos en un ambiente desolador para miles de familias. 

Por si eso fuera poco, a solo una semana después el Huracán Iota completó la desgracia con un saldo de 38 personas fallecidas y considerables daños materiales. 


Las pérdidas que ocasionan estos eventos, no ocurren únicamente por la intensidad de las lluvias o la fuerza de los vientos. Cuando el fenómeno se combina con la pobreza y la consecuente vulnerabilidad en la que vive la población, surge el desastre. Por ejemplo, en la comunidad Los Angelitos de Nejapa, los estudios de suelo y riesgo dicen que nadie debería vivir en ese lugar y sin embargo, estaba habitada por unas 100 familias, que llegaron ahí empujadas por la pobreza.

Igual o peor es la pobreza en la que viven las comunidades de la costa atlantica de Honduras y Nicaragua, pobreza que también se evidencia en las imágenes de las comunidades indígenas de Guatemala sepultadas e inundadas por el Huracan Eta.

Otro factor que incide es la forma como desde las instituciones gubernamentales se enfrenta la situación, si la acción es preventiva o si las acciones únicamente se concentran en atender las consecuencias. Los escenarios futuros indican que el cambio climático continuará impactando la región, ojalá la dolorosa experiencia de este año ayude a diseñar verdaderos planes de gestión de riegos y sistemas efectivos de protección civil que funcionanen de forma articulada para toda Centroámerica.

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Trágica temporada de lluvias en Centroamérica 

Normally the rainy season in Central America begins in May and ends in October, this year it began and ended with tragedy. In the months of May and June, El Salvador suffered the severe impacts of two consecutive tropical storms, Amanda and Cristóbal, which caused 30 deaths, hundreds of houses destroyed, damaged bridges, streets obstructed by landslides and thousands of families evacuated and taken away. to makeshift shelters.

Tragedy repeated itself again on the night of Thursday, October 29. Due to the intense rains, a strong current of water, mud and gigantic rocks came down from the top of the San Salvador volcano and dragged trees and houses in its path. The avalanche crossed a highway until it reached a ravine that crosses the Los Angelitos community, in the municipality of Nejapa, north of San Salvador, where it buried dozens of homes and killed nine people.

The disaster in Nejapa occurred just three days after the arrival of Hurricane Eta to the coasts of Central America, which devestated the region, where more than 150 people died and a similar number of disappeared, in addition to countles injuries, destroyed houses, and material goods lost in a desolate environment for thousands of families.

As if that were not enough, just a week later Hurricane Lota completed the disaster with a death toll of 38 people and considerable material damage. 

The losses caused by these events do not only occur due to the intensity of the rains or the strength of the winds. When the phenomenon is combined with poverty and the consequent vulnerability in which the population lives, disaster arises. For example, in the Los Angelitos community of Nejapa, soil and risk studies say that no one should live in that area and yet it was inhabited by about 100 families, who arrived there driven by poverty.

Equal or worse is the poverty in which the communities of the Atlantic coast of Honduras and Nicaragua live, a poverty that is also evident in the images of the indigenous communities of Guatemala buried and flooded by Hurricane Eta.

Another factor that has an impact is the way in which government institutions deal with the situation, if the action is preventive or if the actions are only focused on addressing the consequences. Future scenarios indicate that climate change will continue to impact the region. Hopefully this year’s painful experience will help to design true risk management plans and effective civil protection systems that work in a coordinated manner for all of Central America.

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Agroecology in the Bajo Lempa, a Diario Co Latino article

The following write-up from Diario Co Latino has been translated into English below.

Foto Diario Co Latino/René Estrada

Alternativas de producción colectivas y amigables con el medio ambiente

Por Gloria Silvia Orellana
@GloriaCoLatino

Los chiles verdes dulces inundan las manos de Clelia Luna y Oswaldo Ortiz, quienes junto a un grupo de jóvenes de la Comunidad “Amando López”, en el cantón La Canoa, Usulután, le apuestan a una respuesta esencial en la alimentación familiar, como la agroecología, desde un marco de prácticas amigables con el medio ambiente y libre de agrotóxicos.

“Somos un grupo de jóvenes que venimos trabajando en colectivo, desde hace dos años, que nos ha permitido marcar algunas pautas y nos ha llevado a trabajar en la legalización de la “La Hermandad Acuicola”, bajo los rubros de producción de hortalizas, a través de Casa Maya (invernadero), cultivos al aire libre como el plátano y con la producción de peces como tilapia y sambo”, explicó Ortiz.

Cada 16 de octubre, se conmemora el Día Mundial de la Alimentación, que busca dar reconocimiento y rendir tributo a aquellas personas que trabajan la tierra para producir los alimentos que a diario consumen las familias, en millones de hogares y en el marco de la pandemia del coronavirus, son considerados héroes y heroínas.

Con una “casa maya”, que se encuentra en el terreno de Clelia, y un suelo enriquecido con bokashi (abono orgánico) que optimiza una producción con cero agroquímicos en las legumbres, al no utilizar pesticidas contra las plagas en los cultivos, estos jóvenes, ofrecen cosechas sin rastros tóxicos, “a veces estamos cortando (chiles) y podemos tomar uno y comerlo sin preocupación que estén contaminados”, manifestó Luna.

El Bajo Lempa se constituye en un campo fértil que sirve de frontera a dos ecosistemas tan diferentes y ricos en nutrientes como los componentes orgánicos de la tierra y las propiedades del mar, en una costa que se extiende en 320 kilómetros, a lo largo del país, que al aportar sus diversidades biológicas, enriquecen la zona.

Voces en la Frontera, una organización sin fines de lucro, que ha acompañado diversas iniciativas de las comunidades padre “Amando López” y padre “Octavio Ortiz”, que repoblaron la zona, luego de la firma de los Acuerdos de Paz, en 1992, procedentes de Colomoncagua, Honduras, quienes han destacado a lo largo de su historia por su grado de organización social y visión del trabajo colectivo.

José Oswaldo Ortiz agregó que esta iniciativa de cultivos de legumbres, más allá de los cereales tradicionales como el maíz y frijol, les ha servido durante la pandemia por el COVID-19, como un fortalecimiento a las dietas familiares y, psicológicamente por las relaciones de amistad y trabajo que se dan en el proyecto que impulsan en la comunidad.

“Aquí trabajamos hombres y mujeres, produciendo chiles, tomates, cebollines, pepinos y rábanos, los que compartimos entre todos los compañeros pasada la cosecha. Porque no estamos -pensando- en la lógica del mercado, sino en producir alimentos para la familia, de allí el tema de la hermandad y la cooperación. Es un esfuerzo constante, trabajar en colectivo -sabemos muy bien- no es fácil, pero a nosotros nos ha funcionado y creemos que es porque pertenecemos a la misma comunidad y somos de la misma generación, lo que nos ayuda a encontrarnos y coincidir en pensamiento”, acotó Ortiz.

Los veintiséis jóvenes que integran La Hermandad Cooperative han definido solo la producción de legumbres para el uso familiar. Mientras, el plátano y producción de peces, es para la venta abierta, que señalaron lo ofrecen a un precio módico, al precio del mercado ambulante o municipal.

“Creemos que las ganancias que se puede llevar el coyote (intermediario al mercado), es mejor dejarlas aquí, además, este tipo de personas cuando nos compra la producción establece un precio. Y que creemos no es el justo. Así que, es más fácil venderlo localmente.

De plátano tenemos 1,400 cepas establecidas en una manzana y media de terreno, que da tres cosechas, y claro la laguna con los peces, todo esto es sostenible para dar un cambio a la agricultura tradicional. Es un cambio y ahora, como comunidad estamos tratando de conservar la flora y la fauna”, explicó.

En la Comunidad padre “Octavio Ortiz”, Adolfo Orellana, muestra con orgullo los ayotes cosechados junto a su milpa, el espacio de su terreno se ha convertido en un vergel en donde conviven cultivos de frijol, ñame, mora, maíz, frijol, tomates, pepinos, malanga, ocra y otras legumbres, que considera, una alternativa para la alimentación familiar. Así como, árboles frutales.

“Esta es una respuesta al Cambio Climático, aunque algunos piensen, que vendrá, puedo decirle que ya lo vivimos y que estamos ya, sometidos a sus efectos; entonces, debemos buscar alternativas y cultivar las plantas según se presentan los efectos. Si hay mucha agua (inundaciones) quedémonos con la malanga (tubérculo) que resiste el agua, porque se puede podrir la hoja, pero abajo queda esa raíz que tiene sabor a papa y es alimenticia. Y si hay mucho calor el coco es una alternativa también para tener alimentos, así también, tenemos el ñame, que está enterrado en la tierra y tiene muchas proteínas”, opinó.


Collective and environmentally friendly alternativeS TO FOOD PRODUCTION

By Gloria Silvia Orellana
@GloriaCoLatino

Sweet green chilies flood the hands of Clelia Luna and Oswaldo Ortiz, who, together with a group of young people from the Amando López Community, in La Canoa canton of Usulután, are betting on an essential alternative to family nutrition, Agroecology, which is a framework of practices that are environmentally friendly and pesticide-free.

“We are a group of young people who have been working collectively for two years, which has allowed us to set some guidelines and has led us to legalize “La Hermandad Acuicola” as a producter of vegetables, bananas and fish such as Tilapia and Sambo, from a “Casa Maya” (greenhouse),” Ortiz explained.

Every October 16, World Food Day is commemorated, which seeks to recognize and pay tribute to the people who work the land to produce the food that millions of families consume on a daily basis. Since the coronavirus pandemic began many have considered these workers heroes.

With their “Maya house”, which is located on Clelia’s land, and a soil enriched with “bokashi” (organic fertilizer) that optimizes production with zero use of agrochemicals, these young people are yielding crops without toxic traces. “Sometimes when we are harvesting (chili peppers) we can take one and eat it without worrying that they are contaminated,” said Luna.

The Bajo Lempa offers fertile land that serves as a border between two very different ecosystems, both rich in nutrients like organic soil components and properties of the sea, set along a 320 kilometers stretch of coastline.

Voices on the Border, is a non-profit organization that has accompanied various initiatives, many like this one, of Amando López Community and it’s neighbor Octavio Ortiz Community, which in 1992 after the signing of the Peace Accords repopulated the area from Colomoncagua, Honduras. Since then, both communities have excelled throughout its history due to their degree of social organization and vision of collective work.

José Oswaldo Ortiz added that this initiative of legume crops, beyond traditional cereals such as corn and beans, has served them during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a strengthening of family diets and, psychologically, for the relationships of friendship and work that are given in the project that they promote in the community.

“Here we work, both men and women, producing chili peppers, tomatoes, scallions, cucumbers and radishes, which we share among one another after the harvest because we are not -thinking- in the logic of the market, but in producing food for our families, hence the themes of “brotherhood and cooperation. It is a constant effort, working collectively – we know very well – is not easy, but it has worked for us and we believe it’s because we belong to the same community and we are from the same generation, which helps us to come together and coincide in thinking,” Ortiz said.

The twenty-six young people who make up La Hermandad Cooperative have decided that legumes be produced exclusively for families. Meanwhile, the banana and fish production is open for sale, which they pointed out is offered at a reasonable price, at the street or municipal market price.

“We believe that because of the profits that the coyotes (intermediary to the market) can take once they bring it to market and establish a price is not fair, it’s better to sell it locally. We have 1,400 banana vines in one and half manzana (2.55 acres), which yields three annual harvests, and of course the lagoon with the fish, all of which is sustainable and helping us change traditional agriculture. The change is happening and now, as a community, we are trying to conserve flora and fauna,” he explained.

In the Octavio Ortiz Community, Adolfo Orellana proudly shows the ayotes harvested next to his milpa, his land has become an orchard of beans, yams, blackberries, corn, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, taro, okra and other legumes, which he considers an alternative for family meals. He also has fruit trees.

“This is a response to Climate Change, although some think that it is far off, I can tell you that we are already living it and that we are already being subjected to its effects, so we must look for alternatives and cultivate crops as the effects occur. For example, if there is a lot of water (floods), let’s stick with the taro (tuber) that resists water, because the leaf can rot, but below it is that nutritional root that has a potato flavor . And if it is very hot, the coconut is also an alternative to other foods, we also have yams, which is buried in the earth and provides a lot of proteins, “he said.

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World Day of Non-use of Pesticides

Today was the World Day of Non-use of Pesticides and the Mesa por la Soberanía Alimentaria aka Bureau for Food Sovereignty held a press conference, to once again denounce the indiscriminate use go Agrotoxins in El Salvador. It was led by Doris Evangelista, a member of the Mesa along with a family who shared their story.

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Rosalía Grande López has lost three out of four sons to renal failure, and Oscar, her 4th son, is currently struggling with the disease and almost lost his battle with it two years ago. Rosalía’s house sits in the middle of sugar cane fields, in San Luis Talpa, a muncilaplity with some of the highest rates of chronic renal failure in El Salvador, a disease predominantly found in rural areas where people produce the country’s food supply.

“Sadly,” Doris reminds us, “Rosalía’s heartbreaking story is similar to thousands of other families, from Acajutla to La Union.”

She reads the press release; the facts seem unbelievable…

  • Renal failure is the number one cause of hospital mortality in Salvadoran men.
  • Worldwide, agrotoxics kill 335 million people/year, that’s 40 deaths/ hour.
  • Monsanto, and five other countries, control 60% of the global agrotoxic market.

The public health system in El Salvador is free and provides dialysis treatments and medications to patients with the disease, however the majority of these public hospitals don’t have the necessary equipment and/or medication and therefore are unable to provide the prescribed treatments for all their patients.

Oscar is prescribed two dialysis treatments weekly, but usually the hospital runs out of medication, meaning it can only perform one a week, leaving Oscar to either pay $25-$50 extra a week for medication, or forgo the second treatment, which consistently is his only option.

In El Salvador, even though laws exists, even though the health ministry has demonstrated a strong correlation between agrotoxicos and renal failure and their use has been denounced by both the Human Rights Ombudsman and the United Nations, thousands of people continue to suffer and die as transnational corporations like Monsanto enjoy profits in the billions.

The Mesa is “very concerned that the use of agrochemicals is seriously affecting water, soil, biodiversity, the local economy and food sovereignty throughout the country.” Their concerns seem justifiable, especially with the large-scale sugar cane industry boasting that 2020 will prove to be their best harvest ever.

“They will applaud while we suffer,” lamented Doris, before concluding the conference with a shout out to government institutions and civil society to come together and strategize a campaign against Big Sugar, “because this” she says, “is also about the right to life.”


ComunicadoSV_Día mundial del no uso de pesticidas (en español).
Video breve (en español).
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MOVIAC Marches to Promote Agroecology in El Salvador


 

The organizations that make up the Movement of Victims Affected by Climate Change and Corporations (MOVIAC), took to the streets of San Salvador alongside environmental activists to create awareness about the negative impacts the indiscrimate use of Agrochemicals has on the health and safety of El Salvador.

According to MOVIAC, “Agroecology brings together sustainable and ancestral agricultural practices in order to unify the relationship between nature and humans and guarantee food saftey.”

Farmers, families, educators, leaders, young and old, marched together towards the Legislative Assembly to present a proposed law for the promotion of Agroecology, as a way to mitigate the impacts of climate change. They were met by senior government officials on the environmental committee and were able to submit the documents.

 


 

LEER MÁS↓

Diariocolatino: Propuesta de Ley de Fomento de la Agroecologia sera Presentada la Semana Proxima
DiarioLibre: Exigen Ley para Impulsar la Agroecologia en El Salvador y Prohibir Pesticidas
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CISPES– 100 Days of Nayib Bukele in El Salvador: Social Movement Perspectives

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When Nayib Bukele was inaugurated as El Salvador’s new president on June 1, the ceremony—open to the public for the first time—was, like several other opening gambits of the new administration, more symbolic than substantive. Held outdoors in the historic center of downtown San Salvador just blocks from the bustle of street vendors and the wheeze of city buses, the event was squarely on brand with Bukele’s populist messaging and widely promoted as the first glimpse of a “new era” of governance in El Salvador: inclusive, accessible, and transparent.

However, as Bukele marks his first 100 days as president and the substance of his administration begins to take form, Salvadoran popular movement organizations warn that far from any “new ideas” (for which Bukele’s party, Nuevas Ideas, is named), Bukelismo signals a return to the all-too-familiar neoliberal program of wealth reconsolidation and acquiescence to empire, albeit rebranded in the populist, “post-ideological” rhetoric of our times.

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About the author: The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) is a grassroots solidarity organization that has been supporting the Salvadoran people’s struggle for social and economic justice since 1980.

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2019 Board of Directors Delegation Highlights

Voices on the Border staff couldn’t do what we do without the confidence and support of our amazing U.S. Board of Directors. They are a diverse cadre of talented people with historical links to El Salvador and each year they come they strengthen these familiar bonds of solidarity, the very reason for VOICES’ existence. Below are some of the highlights from this year’s delegation held in January.

In San Salvador:

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In Morazán :

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In the Bajo Lempa

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At the end of the delegation we took a detour and hiked in Cerro Verde, an extinct Volcano in Santa Ana.

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CLICK HERE to read what one board member wrote.