I have been reading a number of recounts about the civil war in El Salvador, including Carceles Clandestinas by Ana Guadalupe Martinez, Nunca Estuve Sola by Nidia Diaz, and Revelaciones de un guerrillero y líder revolucionario salvadoreño by Jose Luis Merino. In these recounts, the authors explain in detail the social, economic, and political conditions that led to the civil war.
After having spent time in El Salvador I am quite concerned because the social and economic conditions that led to the civil war in have not significantly changed since the signing of the Peace Accords. The narratives of these authors are still quite relevant to present-day El Salvador. The conditions that they describe are still evidenced today. The economic and social situation in El Salvador is critical and the conditions that led to the civil war in El Salvador are still evidenced in the everyday lives of Salvadorans. Salaries are low. Unemployment is rampant. Workers are for the most part a subservient class.
Given the situation in El Salvador, it is important to raise a flag about the situation and call for a more just world. Another world is indeed possible, as the World Social Forum mantra goes.
I never really got this slogan, because I once saw structures as being very solid and inescapable. However, I am now a firm believer that the world is what we make of it. We can change the direction of world politics. However, we are beyond the phase of awareness. People in developed countries know that most of the world does not enjoy the same privileges, but action has to accompany this awareness. We are now at an action stage, where activism actually refers to actively participating (making personal changes) so that the situation in the world is improved.
I know that my post might sound light vacuous rhetoric. However, in the next few days I will take it upon myself to describe some of the changes that can take place in the West and significantly improve the situation elsewhere.