Dream of a Free CountryPrimary Artist: Annie Johnston, Photograph by Steven Cagan

Created: San Francisco, 1984

Medium: Offset printed.

Dimensions: 13.25 x 26.80

This event was part of a US wide campaign to provide funds to support the women’s associations in El Salvador and Nicaragua. The Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) was fighting a national liberation war against the US backed military government in El Salvador. Women made up 40% of the FMLN. They were commanders, fighters, doctors, and teachers. The FMLN established the Salvadoran Women’s Association (AMES) in order to facilitate women’s empowerment.

In 1979 the Sandinistas established the Nicaraguan women’s association (AMNLAE) which established childcare centers, health brigades, community laundries, dining rooms, and set up job training programs for women in non-traditional fields.  In 1981, the governing Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) in Nicaragua was fighting a war against counter-revolutionary groups (CONTRAS) directed by the CIA. Despite being under attack by the US, the Sandinistas slashed illiteracy by 80%, distributed 1.7 million acres of land to 31,000 families, and made healthcare a right. By 1984, the FMLN had formed six women’s associations throughout Nicaragua to provide political education, self-defense training, and teach women new job skills, as well as building centers for caring for refugee children.


Image: A photograph of young women at a rally in support of the FMLN in El Salvador.

Words: Benefit for the Women’s Associations of Nicaragua and El Salvador, New Release! Dream of a Free Country A Message from Nicaraguan Women & Updates and slides from Nicaragua,

Color: green ink on white paper

Event Date: Friday, November 30, 8:00 pm, 120 Latimer Hall, UC Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) and Saturday, December 8, 8:00 pm, New College, 777 Valencia, San Francisco CA

Event Sponsors: Women-to-Women Material Aid Campaign for AMES and AMNLAE, and International Solidarity at UC Berkeley.


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