Seattle CISPES 30th Anniversary Celebration

Event Information
Sun, 2010-12-05 19:00 - 23:00
Washington Hall
143 14th Ave (14th & Fir)
Seattle, WA
United States

Sunday, Dec. 5th, 5-9PM / Washington Hall, 143 14th Ave. (14th & Fir)

CISPES - Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador - is turning 30! ¡Que viva la solidaridad internacional!

program at 6pm / salvadoran dinner / wine & beer / video, photos, memorabilia / music & dancing /

$10-$30 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

Over the past 30 years, Seattle CISPES has fought alongside the Salvadoran people for human rights, self-determination, and social justice in both El Salvador and the U.S. Please join us on December 5th to commemorate 30 years of solidarity and struggle, share our collective history, and be inspired by the grassroots, social justice organizing that continues making waves in El Salvador and here in Seattle. ¡La lucha continua!

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FBI spying on CISPES


1985 June

As early as 1981 the FBI had begun to spy on CISPES, and later Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests revealed that it had become a major surveillance operation by 1985, spinning off into 178 separate investigations involving all 59 FBI field offices probing 1,330 organizations.

The large domestic spying operation had the goal of “breaking” CISPES. Agents infiltrated committee meetings, spied on demonstrations, and harassed people at their fulltime, non-CISPES, jobs. Break-ins and thefts targeted offices and the cars and homes of activists. The names of more than 100,000 activists ended up in the Bureau’s ‘terrorist databank’. Paid spy Frank Varelli infiltrated Dallas CISPES, under instructions to de-legitimize CISPES by seducing the nuns who were lead organizers in the committee.