Posted for SHARE Foundation by Partners Across Borders, St. Cloud, MN
ACTION ALERT from the SHARE Foundation,
Washington, DC Advocacy Office
Date: May 7, 2001
Dear Friends, The SHARE Foundation is delighted to co-host this week a visit to Washington, DC, by Bishop Rosa Chavez of El Salvador. Details of the itinerary and meetings may be seen below.
We would like your assistance in contacting your member of Congress, to urge them (or their foreign policy aide) to attend two events:
You may call your local office of your Representative and/or Senators to convey your request, or call directly to the Capitol Switchboard to contact your members of Congress here in Washington, at (202) 224-3121.
As always, we are very grateful for your assistance!
(Rev.) Phil Anderson Public Policy Associate
MAY 7, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INFORMATION CONTACTS: Jean Stokan, SHARE Foundation (202)
Kamy Carey, Catholic Relief Service (410) 625-2220 x 3593
Salvadoran Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez will be in Washington, D.C. May 10-13 to meet with Members of Congress, the Bush Administration, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) officials, Church officials, and the Salvadoran American community. He will report on the massive destruction caused by El Salvador's recent earthquakes, address the Salvadoran government's failure to open up reconstruction planning to all sectors of society, and seek support for a vision of justice-based reconstruction to reverse El Salvador's severe poverty. He will also call for greater U.S. funding support for earthquake reconstruction. The trip is being sponsored by Catholic Relief Service , SHARE Foundation, Washington Office on Latin America and the Salvadoran Emergency Committee, among others.
A News Conference/Brunch will be held Saturday, May 12, 10:00 at Haydees Restaurant, 3102 Mt. Pleasant St., NW, Washington, D.C. Additional media opportunities include:
Bishop Rosa Chavez served as key spokesperson for the Catholic Church following El Salvador's major earthquakes on January 13 and February 13, which left homeless nearly one-fourth of the population and caused severe damage to the already impoverished rural economy. He is Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of San Salvador and current President of the Catholic aid agency CARITAS of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Chavez has emerged as a leading voice in defense of citizen participation in post-earthquake reconstruction planning, implementation and monitoring. In March, the Salvadoran Government was urged to pursue such a participation mechanism at an international donors' meeting convened by the IDB in Madrid, but the government has not taken action to broadened participation. Bishop Rosa, who addressed the Madrid gathering, will meet with Washington-based IDB officials in charge of following up on the Madrid commitments.
Visit of Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez to Washington, DC May 9 - 13, 2001
THURSDAY, May 10:
Congressional Briefing, Thursday, May 10, 12: 30 p.m. at Rayburn Office Bldg. Rm.2255; Indiana and S. Capitol, S.W. (Please RSVP SHARE DC firstname.lastname@example.org)
FRIDAY, May 11:
Noon Ecumenical Service, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol, St., N.E. (two blocks east of the U.S. Capitol)
7:00 p.m. Salvadoran-American Celebration, St. Gabriel's Catholic School, 26 Grant Circle, N.W. (New Hampshire Ave, N.W., and Webster, near Petworth Metro Station)
SATURDAY, May 12
10:00 a.m. News Conference/Brunch will be held Saturday, May 12, 10:00 at Haydees Restaurant, 3102 Mt. Pleasant St., NW
6:00 p.m. Celebration, service, St. James Catholic Church, 3628 Rhode Island Ave., Mt Rainier, MD
VITA Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Salvador, El Salvador