El Hispanic News
Portland, OR — A week-long vacation in El Salvador and a job as an international election observer? All in one package?
As the special guest at the opening of CAUSA’s new Portland office on the second floor of the Left Bank Project (240 North Broadway), José Artiga made a case for the need for observers in “a country with a long history of electoral fraud.” Artiga is executive director of SHARE, a group whose stated goal is to strengthen “solidarity with and among the Salvadoran people in El Salvador and the United States in the struggle for economic sustainability, justice, and human and civil rights.”
Artiga also conjured images of scenic wonders and delicious foods. “You will have an excellent experience,” he promised. “By the end you will love El Salvador the rest of your life.”
Francisco López, executive director of CAUSA, promised that those who signed up for the March 6-12, 2012, trip would have a fun time. López is Salvadoran-American.
The SHARE brochure promised meetings with Salvadoran political analysts and government officials. Delegates will receive training as international election observers. The U.S. group will visit historical sites and learn about recent Salvadoran history.
Having mineral wealth can be a double-edged sword, Artiga said. “El Salvador has gold,” he said, “but it takes poisons to refine it. It takes a hundred years to get rid of the poison.” In the course of that century many people will die prematurely because of those poisons.
Artiga said he wanted to have observers to monitor the elections because of the tradition of electoral fraud.
For more information, visit www.share-elsalvador.org or e-mail Artiga at
The ground cost of $950 does not include airfare.
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