By Jim Hogson*
Vidalina Morales, a member of the board of a United Church partner in El Salvador, is part of the “Water is More Precious Than Gold” cross-Canada speaking tour. On behalf of El Salvador’s “mesa” of community groups, she’s talking about the struggle in her country to ban metals mining.
By Jane Brett:
Friday morning, 15 March 2013. Unfortunately, the previously arranged breakfast at the Legislature with Member of the Legislative Assembly, Rob Fleming (Environment critic), was cancelled very late on Thursday, preventing other arrangements for that time slot. Instead, Vidalina, Rhina, Magdalena and Jane started the morning with breakfast at the café on the Dallas Road waterfront above the dive shop. The coastal fog was so dense we couldn't even see the end of the breakwater, much less the usually dazzling 180 degree view of the Olympic Mountains across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We chose a warm spot on the deck where we could see the pilot boats –also the site of the visit (and protest) last year of the Chilean “torture ship,” the Esmeralda.
By Theresa Wolfwood
Vidalina joined 17 Victoria activists at a potluck supper in Victoria last night. She spoke about her family, her community and the importance of the struggle to keep metal mining out of El Salvador and to save its rivers from contamination.
We were privileged to be with this intelligent, determined, courageous and committed woman. When she left, a light went out in our home. Thanks for giving us these precious hours together.
Photo Story by Grace Draper
Getting ready for our event- lots of tabling, coffee-drinking, and of course, conversation
At 7pm, Ross White from Cadboro Bay United Church welcomes everyone.
By Cory Greeless
At noon today, March 13, 2013, Vidalina Morales spoke to the Environmental Law Club of the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
An audience of university students, social justice activists, and community members listened attentively to Vidalina's remarks about mining in El Salvador.