Capacity Building, Climate Change, Environment, Public Health

Environmental Education in Rural El Salvador

Marco Antonio González

Over the past few months, as part of our Environmental Education Program in the Bajo Lempa, VOICES along with the help of Marco Antonio González, a professional in Biotechnology, held a series of training workshops. These workshops covered important public health topics, like this one on Solid Waste Management facilitated for the Amando Lopez community. The participants are leaders, many of them young, and they are now tasked with educating their friends, their families, and visitors to the community on the topics they’ve learned.

Educación Ambiental en el Bajo Lempa

Durante los últimos meses, como parte de nuestro Programa de Educación Ambiental en el Bajo Lempa, VOCES realizó una serie de talleres, con la ayuda de Marco Antonio González, Lic. en Ecotecnologia. Los talleres cubrieron importantes temas de salud pública como este último en comunidad Amando Lopez, Gestión de Residuos Sólidos. Estos líderes, muchos jóvenes, ahora tienen la tarea de educar a sus amigos, sus familias y visitantes de la comunidad.

Estrellita y Anastacio, 15y/o
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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. 

Historical Memory, Liberation Theology, News Highlights

La Iglesia Embellecerá a Cuatro Hombres, Asesinados por “Odio a la Fe” Durante la Guerra Civil de El Salvador

Este 22 de enero de 2022 se llevará a cabo la ceremonia de beatificación del Padre Rutilio Grande y sus compañeros Nelson Rutilio Lemus y Manuel Solórzano y tambien el Padre Cosme Spessotto. Los cuatro hombres fueron asesinados por elementos de las fuerzas armadas, al comienzo de la guerra civil.

El Padre Grande fue un sacerdote jesuita salvadoreño que abogaba por la justicia y defendía los derechos humanos, además de una figura destacada en formación prístina en El Salvador.


El Padre Spessotto, fue un sacerdote franciscano italiano que en el lapso de 26 años en San Juan Nonualco, La Paz, construyó una iglesia y fundó una escuela parroquial, que ha sido atendido por más de mil niños.

La muerte del Padre Grande conmovió profundamente al Oscar Romero, el entonces arzobispo de San Salvador y lo llevó a comenzar hablar con más fuerza sobre la represión y la violencia que el pueblo salvadoreño estaba sufriendo.


El evento especial tendrá lugar en Gran San Salvador.
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The church will Beatify Four Men, Murdered for “Hatred of the Faith” During El Salvador’s Civil War

This January 22, 2022, the beatification ceremony of Father Rutilio Grande and his companions Nelson Rutilio Lemus and Manuel Solórzano and also Father Cosme Spessotto will take place. The four men were assassinated by elements of the armed forces, at the beginning of the civil war.

Father Grande was a Salvadoran Jesuit priest who advocated for justice and defended human rights, as well as a leading figure in pristine formation in El Salvador.

The death of Padre Grande deeply moved Oscar Romero, the then Archbishop of San Salvador and led him to begin speaking more strongly about the repression and violence that the Salvadoran people were suffering.

The special event will take place in Gran San Salvador.
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delegation, News Highlights, Quarterly Report, The Board, Voices Developments

A Special Visit

Alex Salvador, a member of our Board, took time out of his home visit here in El Salvador to accompany various projects in the Bajo Lempa. These types of visits are an essential stimulant for us as staff and a way for our Salvadoran partners to share their incredible work.

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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.”

 

agriculture, Economy, Environment, Food Security, Public Health, Water/Agua

DIA MUNDIAL CONTRA MONSANTO

¡HOY y TODOS LOS DÍAS decimos NO! a las corporaciones transnacionales como #MONSANTO, que sacrifican personas por ganancias y que tienen las manos manchadas de sangre.
¡UNA NUEVA AGRICULTURA ES POSIBLE, SIN AGROQUÍMICOS NI MONOCULTIVOS!

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International Day Against Monsanto

TODAY and EVERYDAY we say NO! to transnational coroporations like #MONSANTO, who sacrifice people for profits, and who tienen las manos manchadas de sangre
A NEW AGRICULTURE IS POSSIBLE, WITHOUT AGROCHEMICALS OR MONOCULTURES!

civil war, Historical Memory, human rights, Liberation Theology, solidarity, U.S. Relations, Voices Developments

Nuestras Raíces

Nuestra organización incluye la palabra “frontera” en ella, porque nacimos en la frontera de Honduras y El Salvador, en un campo de refugiados llamado Colomoncagua.

Nuestros fundadores norteamerican@s fueron trabajadores humanitarios en el campamento, nuestros fundadores fueron médicos en plena guerra, nuestros fundadores fueron dadores de santuario, que arriesgaron sus vidas para exponer la verdad y ayudar al pueblo salvadoreño.

Ya se trate de escudos humanos, infraestructura a gran escala, legalización de tierras, financiación de bancos comunitarios … Para VOCES, todo comenzó allí. Para VOCES, el acompañamiento sigue siendo todo.

Our Roots

Our organization includes the word “border” in it, because we were born on the border of Honduras and El Salvador, in a refugee camp called Colomoncagua.

Our North American founders were humanitarian workers in the camp, our founders were doctors in the midst of war, our founders were sanctuary givers, who risked their lives to expose the truth and help the Salvadoran people.

Whether it’s human shields, large-scale infrastructure, land legalization, community bank financing … For VOCES, it all started there. For VOCES, accompaniment is still everything.

COVID 19, human rights, News Highlights, Youth Development

Great Music for a Great Cause!

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It’s that time of year again for Voices on the Border’s Solidarity Concert!

 Last year, we surpassed our fundraising goal of $2,000, and this year we hope to do the same. We will be fundraising to pay the amazing bands that will be performing and to support a Sexual Health Peer Education program run by adolescents and young adults in the rural department of Morazan.

 

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¡Es esa época del año nuevamente para el Concierto Solidario de Voces en la Frontera!

El año pasado, superamos nuestra meta de recaudación de fondos de $2,000 y este año esperamos hacer lo mismo. Recaudaremos fondos para pagar a las increíbles bandas que se presentarán y para apoyar un programa de educación de pares sobre salud sexual dirigido por adolescentes y adultos jóvenes en el departamento rural de Morazán.

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