Center for Global Justice presents: “El Salvador Emigration”
Center for Global Justice presents
“El Salvador Emigration”
By Jose Chencho Alas
Mon, Mar 13, 11am
While Mexico has large numbers of citizens working and living in the US on a per capita basis, El Salvador has a larger share of its people who have immigrated to the US due to poverty and violence. Under Trump’s “anti-immigrant program,” large numbers of these people will be forced to return to those conditions. Why they left and what can be done once they return will be explained by Salvadorian peace activist, Chencho Alas, whose work in small villages helps the people live a more economically and environmentally sustainable life.
A former Catholic priest, Chencho has preached and practiced liberation theology since the 1980s. Currently the director of the Foundation for Sustainability and Peacemaking in Mesoamerica, he fundraises in the US but works in Central America and southern Mexico promoting sustainability and peace. As a peace activist, he has received awards in recognition of his dedication to human rights and to preserve peace in El Salvador during the violent aftermath of its civil war.
At his talk, Chencho will have copies of the English edition of his recently published book, Land, Liberation and Death Squads, A Priest’s Story, Suchitoto, El Salvador, 1968–1977. Previously, little had been written about this period, so the book adds to our understanding of the past and present in El Salvador. The author recounts his conflicts with local and national authorities on behalf of campesinos’ rights, for which he was kidnapped and tortured. Chencho tells these stories with the characteristic humor of the Salvadoran people.
The Center for Global Justice welcomes you to meet the author and discuss the current situation in El Salvador and the US vis-à-vis the current immigration crisis.