USESSC — U.S. El Salvador Sister Cities. This is the organization I am working with. They facilitate community-to-community relationships between the US and El Salvador that promote social justice in both countries. Austin’s sister city is Guajoyo, located in the San Vicente region of El Salvador.
CRIPDES — Association for the Development of El Salvador. Their current mission is to strengthen organizing in rural communities as they fight for an economically, politically, and socially just society. On a day to day level, CRIPDES works with local community councils and international and Salvadoran organizations to support women´s empowerment, youth organizing, political participation, advocacy and the defense of the environment.
CORDES — Foundation for Cooperation and Community Development of El Salvador. This organization came out of CRIPDES as the more project-oriented branch. They work on things like microenterprise, cooperatives, agricultural initiatives, etc.
MPR-12 — Movement of Popular Resistance October 12th, so named because on October 12 2002, in response to CAFTA, countries all the way from Mexico down to Panama joined forces for a region-wide closure of all borders. They let people through, but did not permit the passage of any goods. This massive mobilization marked the beginning of what is a grand collaboration of the following entities: COREDES, CCM, FES, CONFRAS, PROVIDA, and various unions. Each part has its specific goals, but together they work towards the shared goal of mobilizing the country to have the needs and ideas of the pueblo represented in government and in decisions that affect the country.
CCM — Committee for Marginilized Communities, they work with urban communities surrounding San Salvador, specifically with youth in areas of gang prevention, education, and mobilization.
PROVIDA — is the entity that works to improve health, access to water, and issues related to climate change in El Salvador.
Equipo Maiz — translates to “Corn Team”, their main goal is popular education through workshops and a series of publications. The three areas of focus are historic memory, gender, and economic literacy. They have some really fantastic publications that put complex concepts in very digestible terms. They are short, to the point, and illustrated.