CISCAP, the Committee in Solidarity with the Central American People, was a local, volunteer-based grassroots organization, founded in 1982. CISCAP has changed its name to LASC, Latin America Solidarity Committee. LASC has one full-time staff person, 30 very active members, over 100 volunteers, over 200 dues-paying members and a mailing list of more than 600. LASC works to educate the community, raise funds for material aid projects, build grassroots opposition to U.S. military intervention, and generate pressure for a more just U.S. policy toward Central America, Mexico, and Cuba.
LASC’s work includes tabling at local events, bringing touring speakers to Eugene, providing educational forums, counteracting media disinformation, raising funds through concerts, benefit dinners and other activities, and carrying-out marches, demonstrations and leafleting. LASC also coordinates a phone tree to pressure congress on important legislative issues at key times and to respond to human rights abuses in Central America, Mexico, and Cuba.
While our tax dollars have bought death and destruction in Central America, human needs here in Eugene and the United States have gone unmet. Citizens in this country are in desperate need of healthcare, decent schools, housing, and jobs. However, rather than meet the needs of its own citizens, the U.S. government chooses to intervene in Central America, Cuba and Mexico because it is profitable to U.S. interests. LASC advocates funding human needs in the U.S., not militarism in Central America and Mexico.
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