The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador
, based in Washington, D.C., is a national activist organization with chapters in various cities in the United States. CISPES supports the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front
and the progressive social movement in El Salvador
CISPES was founded in 1980 in opposition to the U.S. aid (funding and political support) to the Salvadoran military and government during the Salvadoran civil war
. CISPES opposed the politics and the actions of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance
(ARENA) and its leader Roberto D'Aubuisson
during the Salvadoran Civil War
, and continues to oppose the policies that ARENA implements.
Since the end of El Salvador's civil war in 1992, CISPES has worked with the FMLN and with Salvadoran popular movement organizations (unions, women's groups, peasants groups, etc.) in opposition to economic policies of free trade
such as the Central American Free Trade Agreement
(CAFTA). CISPES organizes delegations to visit with El Salvador's left wing activists as well as organizing delegations to monitor Salvadoran elections for potential fraud or political manipulation.
CISPES was a target of two highly controversial FBI investigations during the 1980s, as documented in the book Break-Ins, Death Threats and the FBI
by Ross Gelbspan (ISBN 0-89608-412-4).
From August to December 1981 the FBI conducted a 3-month inquiry (something less than an investigation) into... Read More