Grassroots Action to Oppose US Intervention

The United States government has a long and heavy-handed history in El Salvador. During the country’s civil war (1980-1992), the United States supported the Salvadoran military in its brutal repression of the popular movement that was fighting for democracy, peace and economic justice. With US funds, training and equipment, the Salvadoran military and security forces murdered 80,000 civilians during the 12-year civil war.

Since the war ended, the US government has continued to intervene in El Salvador. Members of the US government have overtly and covertly supported the Salvadoran elite and the right-wing political parties that serve their interests, including through elections. The United States government continues to drive an economic agenda that benefits transnational corporation at the expense of working people, labor right, the environment and democracy.  

In 2009 and 2014, the Salvadoran people elected presidents from the leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN). Since 2009, the Salvadoran government has made historic investments in universal healthcare and education and promoted a people-centered development model.

Through our local chapters, CISPES mobilizes across the country to oppose US economic, political and military interventions that violate the democratic will and self-determination of the Salvadoran people.

Meet some of the sustainers who power our work!

"I am a CISPES supporter because continuing to fight for social justice and a more people-centered country means continuing the dream and sacrifice of thousands of my fellow Salvadorans who died for that vision.” - Padre Carlos, New York City

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Feminists gather in 2019 outside a criminal court in San Salvador, demanding release of a Evelyn, a woman incarcerated under El Salvador's abortion laws and later freed due to feminist advocacy and grassroots struggle. Photo credit: CISPES.

Protesters gather in Plaza Libertad, San Salvador, endpoint of the September 15, 2022, marches. Sign to the right reads: "Out with the dictatorship." Photo credit: Bloque de Resistencia y Rebeldía Popular.

Banner hangs in El Salvador with text: "Bukele kills El Salvador's democracy."

Banner hangs in Berkeley, California, with text: "Bukele kills El Salvador's democracy." Photo credit: Diáspora Democrática en Resistencia y Nación Salvadoreña en el Exterior.