"I don't believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is vertical, so it's humiliating.
Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other and learns from the other. I have a lot to
learn from other people."
- Eduardo Galeano
Solidarity is the most beautiful act that embraces the struggles from people to people
to reach human dignity, and with it sovereignty of the people around the world. The
Salvadoran communities have gone through brutal realities since the very beginning
of so-called “Discovery of America”, and recently with the economy models, such as
neoliberalism (In the same way, this cruel barbarity has prevailed in every country
throughout America. It´s important to point out that there are some countries that
have already started to break that chain of oppression). We know that the current
economy model are affecting the vast majority of the dispossessed. It doesn’t matter
your location in this world, but if you are not one of the owners of the multinational
businesses, in some way you are affected negatively by this economy model.
It is in this way that U.S-El Salvador Sister Cities has been joining efforts for more
than 30 years as alternative to work in partnership with small rural communities in El
Salvador. Through these partnerships, which began in 1986 as a citizen-based
response to the U.S. intervention in El Salvador’s civil war, Sister Cities members
work to develop economic and social justice throughout El Salvador and in their own
communities in the U.S.
Nowadays, the U.S. committees and their sister communities share political and moral
solidarity, and strategy and advocacy for common struggles for peace and justice. We
each have much to share and much to learn.
These are some ways of showing solidarity from people to people in Sister Cities:
Phone calls/Video calls
Send letters /banners
Advocacy work in US cities/Visiting communities in ES