Press Release:El Salvador ‘s Two Biggest Gangs Call A Truce
|WHAT:||El Salvador ‘s Two Biggest Gangs Call A Truce
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|WHEN:||Monday May 28th, 2012 at 10:00 A.M.|
|WHERE:||La Placita Olvera
535 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
International community Base Organizations, Clergy, Gang Interventionist, individuals have come together in support of the peace process, Bishop Fabio Colindres and Former El Salvador Congressman Raul Mijango have mediated truce with two of the El Salvador biggest gangs; MS13 and 18th Street gangs.
Angela Sambrano, Board Member, Centro Cultural Techantit and CARECEN L.A.
Hector Verdugo- Associate Executive Director, Homeboy Industries
Luis Rodriguez-Activist and author of “Always Running Gang Days in L.A.”
Aqeela Sherrills-Director of Resources for Human Development California
Paule Cruz Takash, City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission
Aquil Basheer-Executive Director, Maximum Force Enterprises
Enrique Hurtado-Executive Director, Aztecs Rising
Alex Sanchez- Executive Director, Homies Unidos
Mario Matute-Secretario general Del Movimiento Social Y Político De Salvadoreños En El Exterior.M.P.I.
|WHY:||The 1992 El Salvador Peace Accords ended a devastating decade long civil war. Signed between El Salvador’s Armed Forces and the FMLN guerrilla fighters, the country looked forward to peace, rebuilding and prospering. Unfortunately, no one could predict the devastating impact that mass deportation of people from the U.S. to El Salvador would have on the transnational community. El Salvador did not have the social or economic infrastructure to help people transition from war time to peace time nor did it have the resources to help recently arrived deportees. The disenfranchisement of young people and gang-identified youth has resulted in high levels of crime, growth of gangs, and unemployment.
This March, two of the largest gangs in El Salvador called a truce. They have acknowledged all the pain they have