1989

CARECEN_1989.jpgNingun Ser Humano es Illegal campaign begins a hunger strike on the steps of the INS Federal Building. Their demands are for the U.S. to recognize refugees and to stop U.S. intervention in El Salvador and its support of the Salvadoran military.

CARECEN and the national network of Central American Refugee Committees organize the Caravan for Peace, a nationwide campaign and tour starting in San Francisco and ending in Washington D.C. The caravan committee participates in 55 press interviews, contacts 25,000 people directly, conducts 250 presentations, visits 49 congressional and senatorial offices and generates over 1,700 emergence telexes to El Salvador. In addition, the caravan raised funds for economic aid to the refugees in Mesa Grande, Honduras.

On November 11, the Farabundo Marti Liberation Front (FMLN) launches a major military offensive in El Salvador that includes assaults against military strongholds all over the country, resulting in the FMLN occupation of half of San Salvador, the capital city. The offensive was the turning point for the negotiated solution to the civil war.

The North American public is shocked by the Salvadoran military assassination of six Jesuit priests, a housekeeper and her fifteen-year old daughter at the Universidad Centroamerica (UCA). This coupled with the March 24, 1980 military assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the killing of four North American religious women in 1980, creates a public outcry by Americans participating in the Sanctuary and Solidarity movements.

Ruth Capelle becomes Chair of the Board of Directors.

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