Oxfam Honors Activism in El Salvador

Elvis Zavela with members of the Environmental Committee of El Rodeo. Photo: Cruz Maria Gamez

Please join us at an awards event to honor Elvis Zavala, Vidalina Morales, and Cristina Starr, a delegation of grassroots activists from El Salvador. These three have been tireless in their work on behalf of their community and the people of El Salvador.

When:

Saturday, March 21, 2015
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM 

Where:

Washington Ethical Society (WES)
7750 16th Street, NW.
Washington, District of Columbia 20012

Who:

Elvis and Vidalina both live in El Rodeo, the sister community of WES.  Vidalina will be honored for her work with ADES, a community development organization with deep roots in Cabanas, while Elvis and Cristina will be recognized for their leadership of Radio Victoria, a progressive youth-led and operated community station.

All three have also been on the front lines of the struggle against foreign-owned gold mining operations that would poison the water and devastate the land. The staff of both ADES and Radio Victoria have continued their difficult work despite limited funding, extreme hardship, the murder of a number of activists opposing mining, and threats against their lives.

The benefits of their work have reached well beyond the borders of El Salvador: their unwavering devotion has been instrumental in bringing international attention to the problem of precious metal mining in developing countries worldwide.

In addition to WES, the awards celebration is co-sponsored by Oxfam America, River Road Unitarian/LATN, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), Sisters of Mercy of the Americas-Institute Justice Team and Radio Inca.

We hope you will join us in celebrating the leadership and activism of our partners, Elvis, Vidalina and Cristina.

Questions? Please contact Ross Wells (WES Global Connections) [email protected]

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