Resisting the Right-wing Offensive: Lessons from El Salvador's Grassroots

Thursday, November 2, 2017 (All day)
Norma Patricia Ramos Castro of the Popular Resistance Movement (MPR-12) discusses El Salvador's environmental activist network and the importance of the upcoming 2018 and 2019 elections. 12:30pm, Burk Hall, Room 352. 4pm, Humanities Building, Room 286. Free.
Latin American Studies Program, Latina/o Studies Department
Juanita Darling
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Growing up in the working-class San Salvador suburb of Mejicanos, which has a long and radical history of organizing for justice, Ramos Castro quickly became part of that tradition, even as she studied at University of El Salvador, where she graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 2014.

Through her organizing with the Council of Marginalized Communities, Ramos Castro became involved in working with the Popular Resistance Movement- October 12 (MPR-12). Founded in 2002 as a social movement coalition during the fight against the approval of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, it continues to fight.

The MPR-12 has played an important role in the recent historic prohibition of all metallic mining in El Salvador, fought for the human right to water, and joined a movement of agricultural cooperatives that are struggling to reclaim food sovereignty in El Salvador. Popular education schools are at the root of MPR-12 organizing.

The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador is the host for Ramos Castro’s U.S. speaking tour.