Category Archives: Central American Solidarity Movement

Campaign to Boycott Salvadoran Coffee was part of the Grand Rapids Central American Solidarity Movement in the early 1990s

The US backed counterinsurgency war in El Salvador saw one of its darkest days in November of 1989, when Salvadoran soldiers (many of them trained at the US Army School of the Americas) murdered six catholic priests, their cook and her … Continue reading

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Archival photo from Central America Solidarity Protest in the early 1980s Grand Rapids

(Thanks to Barb Lester for sharing this photo.) As we have written in the past, there was a lively Central American Solidarity movement in Grand Rapids in the 1980s that lasted well into the 1990s. Those who organized in the … Continue reading

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Twenty Five Years Ago Grand Rapids Responded to the Murder of Priests in El Salvador

Twenty Five years ago, on November 16, 1989, Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J., Ignacio Martín-Baró, S.J., Segundo Montes, S.J., Juan Ramón Moreno, S.J., Joaquín López y López, S.J., Amando López, S.J. and their housekeeper Elba Ramos, and her 15 year-old daughter Celina … Continue reading

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Street Theater was a common tactic in the Grand Rapids Central America Solidarity Movement

Street Theater has been a tactic used by social movements for decades as a means to dramatize the message of a particular campaign. Much of the modern day street theater can be linked to the work of Brazilian artist Augusto … Continue reading

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Music was a tool in the Grand Rapids Central America Solidarity Movement

Last week we posted a piece about how political cartoons were used as a means to raise awareness about the struggle for justice in Central America in the 1980s & 90s.  This week we draw attention to how music played … Continue reading

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Political Cartoons were also part of the Grand Rapids Central America Solidarity Movement

(This article is part of two separate projects – The Central American Solidarity Movement and the Indy Media Movement in Grand Rapids) There were all types of resistance to US policy in Central America in the 1980s. As we have … Continue reading

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Analyzing the Grand Rapids Press was a tool for the 1980s Central American Solidarity Movement

(This is another posting on the 1980s Central American Solidarity Movement in Grand Rapids, which will be part of a larger project.) In the 1980s, the Reagan Administration was obsessed with countering the revolutionary movements in Central America. At the … Continue reading

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