Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
Topic: Organized Rural Communities of El Salvador on Free Trade and Immigration
How do free trade policies and neo-liberal economics effect the economy and people of El Salvador? How does free trade effect immigration? How do free trade policies effect the agricultural economy in small rural communities?
Bernardo Belloso is a National Directive Council Member of the Association of Rural Communities for the Development of El Salvador, CRIPDES. CRIPDES is the largest rural grassroots movement in El Salvador which coordinates the organizing, education and mobilization of over 300 rural communities spread through seven provinces of El Salvador.
Jose Heriberto Orellana Franco is a Directive Council Member in the community of Carasque (the Sister City of Bangor), one of the strongest CRIPDES-organized communities in the department of Chalatenango.