Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at 7 P.M.
Peace Center, 1001 E. Keefe Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
Free and open to the public (Free will monetary offerings accepted)
“Community organizing: confronting climate change and forced migration in El Salvador”
Felicia Mijango was born in 1990, in the refugee camp Mesa Grande, Honduras. Her family returned to El Salvador in 1992 to the community of Huisisilapa, San Pablo Tacachico. She has been part of the community organization since she was 14 years old. She started working as a volunteer at UCRES-CRIPDES (the Association of Unity of Rural Community of El Salvador). Being the youth organizer, Felicia worked with around 100 young leaders from 4 municipalities. Since then she has been part of the organization taking roles as women´s organizer in the region. In 2014, Felicia started her studies at the university (a major in Social work). Due to the lack of economic resources of her family, Felicia requested a scholarship to UCRES for her studies, and it was granted. Felicia will graduate at the end of 2019 as social worker. Furthermore, Felicia is a popular educator in her region. In 2018, she facilitated a popular education school in UCRES-CRIPDES, working with a group of 36 leaders of the region. Her great enthusiasm and leadership have been noticeable in the region. At the end of 2018, Felicia was elected to be the president of UCRES-CRIPDES, leading the strategic work of community organizing with more than 20 rural communities. UCRES-CRIPDES is a grassroots organization that focuses its work or organizing process in rural communities, working with women, youth and community councils.
Zulma Tobar is one of the El Salvador staff of US-El Salvador Sister Cities (https://www.elsalvadorsolidarity.org/). She works on issues of education, environmental justice, advocacy and community organizing with rural communities of El Salvador through USESSC and the Association for the Development of El Salvador, CRIPDES. Zulma comes from an organized rural community, Cinquera, one of the most tumultuous areas during El Salvador´s Civil War. She has experienced at first hand the importance of being organized for the development of a community. Zulma was a university scholarship recipient supported by the sister committee of Chicago, IL. through USESSC. She believes that community organizing is the base of every change we want to have in our society. http://www.share-elsalvador.org/cripdes.html
Sponsored by: Latin America Solidarity Committee (LASC) https://www.facebook.com/groups/LASCMilwaukee/ , Party for Socialism and Liberation – Milwaukee, Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement (List In Formation)
For more info or to schedule an interview: Babette Grunow, LASC, 414-455-8087