Garnered by a frenzy of democratically charged delegates, SHARE and several other solidarity organizations have been busy at work educating more than 200 International Observers on issues such as; democracy, food sovereignty, literacy, human and LGBTQI rights.
Delegates have spent time learning about the history of SHARE as well as its current projects and focuses via various mediums, for example: a group of young people, from MPR-12(connect info) put on a short skit depicting SHARE´s role in accompanying the Salvadoran people while they struggled during the armed conflict. This morning, SHARE delegates attended a forum with the three primary Vice Presidential candidates from the FMLN, ARENA and UNIDAD. Later this afternoon, the delegates will begin their in-depth elections observation training.
But the most exciting and significant is yet to come: Election Day. The delegates will disperse throughout the country to assure a fair and democratic process. They will observe various sites in San Salvador, including two of the largest voting centers in the city. Other groups will go to Ahuachapán, San Jorge, and Tacachico to monitor the voting process. All observers will make frequent call-ins to SHARE´s office team who will then consolidate the information into a report for the TSE (The Supreme Electoral Tribunal) just twenty-four hours after Election Day. On February 4th, SHARE and the other solidarity organizations will present their findings to the public at a press conference.
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MICHIGAN PEACE TEAM (MPT) SENDS TEAM OF FOUR TO THE WEST BANK
Citizens of the West Bank report that the presence of MPT members is effective in decreasing violence in the region.
West Bank; April 8, 2008: A four member team of the Michigan Peace Team, ages ranging from 26 - 69, has arrived in the Occupied West Bank. The team will be working with Palestinians, Israelis and other Internationals to promote nonviolent conflict resolution. MPT’s violence reduction team is prepared to engage in a variety of nonviolent methods to de-escalate potentially volatile situations. Team members accompany Palestinian children to school and shepherds to their fields (both of which are in danger of being attacked by extremist Israeli settlers), and act as international observers at military checkpoints. Additionally, they join with other Israelis, Palestinians and other Internationals in demonstrating against the Separation wall Israel is constructing on Palestinian land. On March 13, 2008, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Islamic Summit in Dakar and relayed that violence against unarmed Palestinian citizens continues to escalate. He said that Israel’s disproportionate and excessive use of force against the Palestinians has led to a large number of civilian casualties, including children. "Israel has to comply with the law and international legality and show restraint. We condemn the Israeli attacks on Palestinian peoples," he said. Michigan Peace Team was founded in 1993. It provides trainings in active nonviolence designed for the specific needs of the participants, and deploys peace teams into places of conflict (both domestically and internationally) to reduce violence. MPT convenes, supports, and participates with local peace action groups and gatherings, and mentors individuals seeking experience with international tams in places of conflict. It also educates the public to the vision and practice of active nonviolence. MPT has deployed peace teams into areas of potential violence around the world. XXX
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