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Announcement :: International
Benefit Party for CISPES El Salvador Election Observers.
18 Feb 2009
Come chill and party with local leftys while listening to a wide variety of great live music.
CISPES Benefit Flyer.doc (54 k)
Electoral Observer Delegation Kickoff Party for CISPES (

Friday, February 27 @ 8:00pm.

Encuentro 5
33 Harrison Ave, floor 5
Boston, MA 02111

Suggested Donation: $10

Confirmed performers include:

Fluttr Effect (
The Grass Gypsys (
Gary Backstrom (
Dean Stevens (
Goli (
All of the Animals (
Chris Eastburn & members of the Family Folk Choral (
Avi Jacob (
Mary Casiello (
Joseph Ziemba

This is a benefit for a CISPES delegation to El Salvador in March to monitor the presidential elections. (

There is a need to raise money for travel costs. This is a vital time to pay attention to El Salvador and to support the grassroots people’s struggle. For the first time in history the grassroots opposition party in the form of the FMLN is poised to win the presidency. This would be an unprecedented victory for the people of El Salvador (and in Central America) who have lived through extreme suffering at the hands of our own government simply for demanding their human rights. An FMLN presidential win would diminish the control of Washington in Central America, provide a beacon of inspiration to the oppressed people in the region, and bring the tide of the Latin American Democracy movement further north.

There is an important need for international election observers as the electoral tampering and corruption is rampant.

We need to raise awareness and MONEY for the delegation. There was a huge movement of solidarity with the people of El Salvador in the US during the 80’s. It’s time to put our attention back on El Salvador.


Here’s a little background:

El Salvador is Spanish for Vietnam

El Salvador first made international headlines with the March 24, 1980 assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who had spoken out publically on the alarming human rights violations taking place through state repression of social-justice movements. With growing impunity, the U.S.-backed government resorted to massacres and death squad attacks aimed at a surging popular movement attached to a small, but growing, nucleus of armed revolutionary forces.
In 1981, Ronald Reagan rode into office determined to "draw a line in the sand" against the tide of socialist revolution in Central America. These grassroots movements where challenging the status quo that had always acted in the interests of US Corporations rather than in the interests of their own people. El Salvador became the site of the largest U.S.-backed counterinsurgency war since Vietnam. During the 12-year civil war, the U.S. government spent over $6 Billion on direct military assistance and training for the Salvadoran armed forces and police, many of these US backed forces where trained in terrorism techniques at the infamous School of Americas at Ft. Benning, GA ( The result was that 75,000 Salvadorans were killed, untold numbers were tortured and terrorized, and over 1.5 million were displaced (many to the US).

For more info check out:

Wikipedia Page on El Salvador:
"El Salvador is Spanish for Vietnam": The Legacy of the Vietnam Peace Movement
Please contact me if you are a musician who would like to perform at a benefit show or if you would like to help in any other way that you can.
In Solidarity,
Brian O’Connell
vinniechops (at)

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CISPES delegations are only about money
19 Feb 2009
So, you want to pretend to be a serious revolutionary by going to El Salvador as a useful idiot for CISPES. CISPES has delegations for one reason and one reason only: TO MAKE MONEY FOR THEMSELVES AND FOR THEIR PET ORGS IN EL SALVADOR. You will be overcharged, poorly treated, an exploited in their effort to suck your money out of you. CISPES is nothing more than the American agent of the FMLN. You have been asked to go because this is CISPES's biggest money making tool. If you want to be a REAL revolutionary, start here in your own country. Don't be an ugly American by pretending to be a revolutionary in a land where others have to live with your irresponsible choices.