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El Salvador: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Wednesday, September 20, 2023
6:30 pm
UnBar Cafe, 12635 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, 44120

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You can learn more about our partner organization US-El Salvador Sister Cities here.

In addressing gang violence, El Salvador has become a world leader in imprisonment. Vast numbers of innocent people are jailed in the process. Over 67,000 people are incarcerated in El Salvador right now. This is the second highest per capita carceral rate in the world, surpassed only by the US. 
Come hear a report back from a panel of organizers who’ve been collectively stewarding relationships of solidarity for over 100 years, about the context of US policy, and from IRTF members’ recent CIS delegation to El Salvador. These are issues that intersect with environmental, racial, social, gender, migrant justice and more. Our struggles must be rooted locally in grassroots communities and must also be internationally connected. The lives of future generations, Mother Earth, and all living beings depend on it. 

Our conversation will be held at UnBar Cafe, 12635 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, 44120. We will talk about what's happening and what can be done to stop it. Sandwiches, soups, salads, beverages and baked goods are available for purchase.
Adela Zaya Hernandez, Director of International Partnership and Programs in Central America and the Caribbean
Susan Barnish, Program Director, COAR Peace Mission
Erica Ewing, longtime IRTF volunteer, recently in El Salvador
Mary Ober, owner of Revy Fair Trade, working with El Salvadoran artisans since 2009 
Moderator: C Stonebraker-Martinez, IRTF Co-Director

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Cleveland Peace Action Education Fund and IRTF-InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia