Take Action in Solidarity with El Salvador!
The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, relies on the police and military to override democratic legislative decisions and to intimidate political opponents all in the name of consolidating his own power.
The United States has a long history of complicity in systematic human rights abuses carried out by Salvadoran military and police forces, often in order to uphold economic models that privilege corporate interests and exploit workers and natural resources. The same is true in Honduras and Guatemala.
In December 2020, we successfully pushed the Congress to restrict Foreign Military Financing to El Salvador, and maintain those restrictions for Guatemala and Honduras. But it's just the tip of the iceberg.
The U.S. Congress should immediately cease military and police funding as well as funding to bolster private corporations and to facilitate natural resource extraction in Central America.
Send a message to your representative and senators in Congress calling for bold changes in U.S. policy towards the region, especially as the Biden administration pushes for increased funding for repressive military and police forces and devastating economic “development.”
Following the February 28 legislative, municipal and Central American parliamentary elections in El Salvador, two women candidates from the leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN). Daniela Genovés, candidate for the Legislative Assembly and Karina Sosa, candidate for the Central American Parliament, faced sexual harassment and violent threats from supporters of President Bukele's New Ideas party.
The FMLN National Women's Secretariat stated: “This is yet another example that the confrontational and hateful language and discourse initiated by the President of the Republic ... is being replicated by his followers at all levels, leading to a climate of greater insecurity and violence. It shows that the president's fans ... believe they've won the right to violently attack women and anyone who thinks differently from them.”