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El Salvador Election Observers - Send Off Party

Friday, February 27, 2009, 8:00 p.m. This is a benefit for a CISPES delegation to El Salvador in March to monitor the presidential elections. Visit the CISPES website for more information about the elections. The Grass Gypsys, Gary Backstrom, Dean Stevens, Chris Eastburn, Mary Casiello, Avi Jacobs, Joseph Ziemba, and more … Download the flyer and the media advisory.

CISPES Media Advisory

Committee In Solidarity With the People of El Salvador
2161 Mass Ave Cambridge MA 02140
(617) 576-1709

For Immediate Release

February 9. 2009
For More info: Lisa Fuller 617-576-1709 617-650-8138

Local Musicians Rally to Support El Salvador Fair Elections Effort Send-off Party for Local Observers Friday February 27

WHO: Local Musicians—including The Grass Gypsys, Gary Backstrom, Dean Stevens and others, as well as Bostonians traveling to El Salvador as International Observers to the March 15 presidential elections
WHAT: A send-off party fundraiser featuring diverse local musical acts along with food, drink and political education
WHERE: Encuentro Cinco 33 Harrison Ave Chinatown (Red line—Downtown Crossing; Orange Line Chinatown)

WHEN: Friday February 27 8:00 PM till Midnight

WHY: To have a good time while raising funds to help local activists travel to El Salvador to insure that upcoming historic elections are free and fair

David Grosser of Cambridge, a member of the local chapter of CISPES, the Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, has been an accredited electoral observer for every presidential vote since the end of the bitter civil war in 1992. Now, he plans to be there again when Salvadorans vote again on March 15 but this time will, he hopes, be different. All polls suggest that the FMLN, former guerillas turned leftist political party will win the presidency for the first time.

But first, local musicians, activists, delegates will gather for an evening of entertainment and fun with the goal of raising some of the travel costs of six locals who will join sixty delegates from around the US who will travel with CISPES as election monitors delegation.

It’s really important that observers be there,” Grosser said. “The ruling ARENA party, unfortunately with the full cooperation of our government, has held on to power in past elections through a potent mix of fraud, vote buying and voter intimidation. We will be there to hold the government accountable, so Salvadorans can vote their conscience and exercise their choice freely.”

We invite your coverage of this event—interviews with performers and delegates will be available as will photo and taping opportunities of the performances.


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