The Benson Latin American Collection

Committee In Solidarity With the People of El Salvador (CISPES), Dallas Office Records



Descriptive Summary

Creator Committee In Solidarity With the People of El Salvador
Title Committee In Solidarity With the People of El Salvador (CISPES), Dallas Office Records
Dates: 1968-1990 (bulk: 1980-1988)
Abstract Records of the Committee In Solidarity With the People of El Salvador (CISPES) from Dallas, Texas, resident Jose L. Rinaldi-Jovet. Collection primarily contains documents and news media documenting the Dallas branch of CISPES' work related to the civil war in El Salvador, U.S. government intervention in the war, the sanctuary initiative for Salvadoran refugees and the law suits related to FBI infiltration of the organization.
Accession No. 2007-20
OCLC Record No. N/A
Extent 4 linear feet
Language English andSpanish
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

In 1980, American activists formed the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), a nation-wide organization, to fight against U.S. military intervention in the Salvadoran civil war. CISPES is organized into local area committees linked by a national office based in Washington, DC. This collection includes materials from the Dallas branch of CISPES that functioned from approximately 1981 to 1990.

During the civil war in El Salvador, the military government and the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) battled for control of the country. The high levels of violence during the conflict brought thousands of refugees into the United States. CISPES and other organizations advocated for U.S. non-intervention in this and other Central American conflicts as well as the right of undocumented refugees to receive sanctuary in the U.S. Since the 1980s, CISPES's work has expanded to include campaigns against the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), government impunity for war crimes, and general vigilance of U.S. foreign policy toward the region.

CISPES is best known for the series of law suits it brought against the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the late 1980s following FBI infiltration and surveillance of the organization. Three months after the founding of CISPES, the FBI began to investigate it as a suspected terrorist organization. These suspicions were raised due to its vocal position against U.S. intervention in the conflict. The FBI infiltrator who investigated CISPES specifically targeted Linda Hajek, Director of the Dallas CISPES branch, for her high profile opinions about El Salvador and her social justice work in general. Therefore, the law suits against the FBI were also brought by CISPES in reference to the Dallas office. The collection documents the FBI infiltration and subsequent law suits, CISPES's sanctuary work in the Dallas area, and Holy Cross community initiatives for the urban poor in Dallas.


Scope and Contents Note

The CISPES collection primarily contains documents and news media documenting CISPES's work related to the civil war in El Salvador, U.S. government intervention in the war, the sanctuary initiative for Salvadoran refugees and the law suits related to FBI infiltration of the organization. At the time of receipt, the collection had no discernible order. Each folder contained categorically grouped contents, but the folders were mixed between time periods, programs and media type. The current organization of the contents attempts to group materials first by their functional purpose, and subsequently by programs and dates. The collection has been arranged into seven series: Administrative and Fundraising, Program Documents, Allied Organizations, Legal Documents, Newspaper Clippings, Collection Publications and Audiovisual Materials.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.


Index Terms

The Dallas CISPES Records are classified under the following Subject Headings:
Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador with the People of El Salvador (Dallas, Tex.)--Archives
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Civil war--El Salvador--History--20th century
Sanctuary movement--Texas--Dallas
United States--Foreign relations--El Salvador
Dallas (Tex.)
El Salvador

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Dallas CISPES Records, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.


Box and Folder Inventory

 

Administrative and Fundraising, c.1981-1990

box folder
1 1 Neighborhood Outreach Campaign, 1981-1983
2 Meeting Attendee Registries, 1982-1987
3 Mailing Lists, c. 1981
4 Inter-Religious Task Force on Latin America, n.d.
5 Sanctuary Program Volunteers, c. 1986
6 Media Contact Lists, n.d.
7 CISPES Phone Lists, 1982-1984
8 CISPES Meeting Notes, 1981-1983
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9 CISPES Meeting Agenda and Notes, 1984-1987
10 CISPES Meeting Minutes, 1989-1990
11 IRTF Registry of Recent Returnees from California, 1986
12 IRTF Meeting Minutes, 1988-1989



 

Program Documents, c. 1979-1990

box folder
1 13 HUD-Owned Housing, 1980
14 Urban Plunge, 1979-1982
15 Urban Plunge, 1983-1984
16 Comanche Peak, 1979-1980
box folder
2 1 International Christian Service for Peace, 1981-1985
2 CISPES Correspondence, 1981-1983
3 CISPES Correspondence, 1984-1987
4 CISPES Leaflets and Flyers, 1981-1987
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5 CISPES Press Releases, 1982-1983
6 Metroplex Sanctuary Committee, 1984-1986
7 Jennifer Casolo Visit, 1990



 

Allied Organizations, 1986-1990

box folder
2 8 Catholic Church Protest of Vietnam Draft, 1968-1970
9 Catholic Church Work with Mexican-Americans, 1968-1972
10 Catholic Church Work on Cambodia, 1970-1971
11 Central American Historical Institute, 1986
12 Central American Historical Institute, 1987
13 Central American Historical Institute, 1987-1988
14 Rio Grande Defense Committee, 1987
15 Assorted Flyers and Events, 1970-1990
16 Interfaith Church Work on Central America, 1986-1990



 

Legal Documents, 1976-1990

box folder
3 1 Dallas School Desegregation Decision, 1976
2 FOIA Declassified Documents regarding Armadillo Coalition, 1979
3 Correspondence regarding CISPES v. FBI, 1987-1988
4 CISPES Press Releases Regarding Trials, 1988-1990
5 Center for Constitutional Rights, 1988-1990
6 Varelli v. Flanagan, et al., 1986
7 Court Documents regarding CISPES v. FBI, 1986-1990
8 CISPES v. William Sessions, 1988-1989
9 Ridgeley v. Merchants Bank, 1988-1989
box folder
4 1 FOIA: Correspondence and Analysis, 1986-1989
2 FOIA: Declassified FBI Documents on CISPES, 1981-1983
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3 FOIA: Declassified FBI Documents on CISPES, 1983-1984
4 FOIA: Declassified FBI Documents on CISPES, 1984
5 FOIA: Declassified FBI Documents on CISPES, 1984-1986



 

Newspaper Clippings, 1968-1990

box folder
4 6 Catholic Church: Anti-Vietnam Draft, 1968-1970
7 Catholic Church News, 1983-1986
8 Comanche Peak, 1979-1980
9 General Central America, 1989-1990
10 Jennifer Casolo Visit, 1990
11 Refugee Sanctuary, 1983
12 Refugee Sanctuary, 1983-1985
box folder
5 1 Refugee Sanctuary, 1985-1986
2 CISPES v. FBI, 1986-1989
3 CISPES v. FBI (Photocopies), 1986-1987
4 CISPES v. FBI (Photocopies), January 27-28, 1988
5 CISPES v. FBI (Photocopies), January 29-31, 1988
6 CISPES v. FBI (Photocopies), February 1-10, 1988
7 CISPES v. FBI (Photocopies), February 12, 1988-1990
8 CISPES' Compilation of Photocopies regarding CISPES v. FBI, January-July 1988
9 General Latin America, c. 1980-1990
10 Miscellaneous, n.d.



 

Collected Publications, 1971-1993

box folder
6 1 U.S. Foreign Policy, 1971-1989
2 Latin America 1981-1989
3 Catholic Church News and Activities, 1976-1990
4 Inter-Religious Task Force on Central America 1983-1986
5 Analysis of CISPES v. FBI, 1985-1992
6 Alert!, December 1986-January 1988
7 Alert!, February 1988-February 1989
8 Alert!, March 1989-September 1991
9 Granma International, June 1992-September 1993
10 Miscellaneous, 1990



 

Audiovisual Materials, c. 1980-1987

box folder
6 11 Photographs, n.d.
box folder
7 1 Photo Slides "Central America: Roots of the Crisis" by Dallas Inter-Religious Taskforce, n.d.
2 Photo Slides "Roots of the Crisis II" n.d.
3 Photo Slides "Basta Ya", n.d.
4 User Guides to AV Resources, n.d.
5 El Salvador Another Vietnam (umatic tape), n.d.
box folder
8 1 Choices of the Heart Part I, n.d.
2 Choices of the Heart Part II, n.d.
3 El Salvador, Frontline PBS (VHS cassette), n.d.
4 El Salvador: Revolution or Death? (VHS cassette), n.d.
5 El Salvador: Revolution or Death? (Betamax cassette), n.d.
6 El Salvador: The Struggle for Democracy (VHS cassette), n.d.
7 The New Underground Railroad (VHS cassette), n.d.
8 ¡Que Viva!: Labor in El Salvador by the Seattle Labor Committee on Central America (VHS cassette), c. 1987
9 Radio Venceremos: Tiempo de Victoria / A Time for Victory" (VHS cassette), n.d.
10 Part I: Phil Donahue Show with The Donovans, Robt. White, Steven Bosworth, Part II: Charlie Clements, North American M.D., Working with FMLN, Part III: Marta Alicia Rivera, ANDES, 21 Junio (VHS caseette), n.d.
11 Analysis of Salvador #1 by Peg Healy & Heather Foote-Wola (audio cassette), December 15, 1980
12 Analysis of Salvador #2 by Peg Healy & Heather Foote-Wola (audio cassette), December 15, 1980
13 ¡Basta Ya! by the Resource Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico (audio cassette), n.d.
14 Mayan Revolutionary Music, n.d.
15 Roots of Crisis (audio cassette), n.d.
16 Central America: Roots of Crisis, Revised (audio cassette), 1983