CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County College Student Peace Action Network, MCC Student Life and Crystal Lake’s Friends of Chilama will host a seminar, “U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities,” at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room B166 at the college, 8900 Route 14.
Speakers from U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities will discuss the situation in El Salvador and the Salvadoran social movement as part of the October speaking tour with community leader Esmeralda Villalta.
Speakers will discuss community organizing strategies and how to show solidarity with the Salvadoran people as they defend their human and environmental rights.
Villalta has been working with The Association for the Development of El Salvador, a grassroots organization made up of more than 300 rural communities, for the past 13 years. She is the coordinator of the association’s regional team in the department of San Vicente and a member of the association’s national board whose work has focused on training community leaders, natural disaster preparedness and women’s and youth organizing.
Alexandra Early, Estela Garcia and Tanya Cole are the translators of the tour and coordinators for the Sister Cities network, which links 17 cities across the U.S. with organized communities in El Salvador as part of a movement of solidarity.
The event is free and open to the public.
For information, call the MCC Student Life Office at 815-455-8550.