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Don White Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) Collection

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Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN)



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Collection Overview

Title: Don White Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) Collection, 1980-2007Save to your list.

ID: URB/CISPES

Primary Creator: White, Don (1937-2008)

Extent: 14.46 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Administrative Records, 1980-2006

    Subseries A: Los Angeles Subregion, 1981-2006

    Subseries B: National, Regional, and Other Chapters, 1980-2004

Series II: Program and Event Files, 1981-2007

Series III: Research Files, 1980-2007

Series IV: Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), 1980-2006

Date Acquired: 00/00/2010

Forms of Material: Audio recordings, Paper records, Photographic material, Video recordings

Languages: Spanish;Castilian, English

Abstract

Don White was a board member and leader of the activist organization, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) in Los Angeles, where he coordinated and participated in numerous rallies, demonstrations, fund-raisers, delegations, congressional visits and civil disobedience actions demanding an end to U.S. intervention in El Salvador and Central America. The collection consists mainly of CISPES administrative and program records from national, regional and local levels. Also included is information collected by White on El Salvador, Central America, and other activist and community organizations focused on Central American and Salvadoran issues.

Biographical Note

Don White was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Washington on April 18, 1937. He attended the College of the Pacific with a degree in Political Science, and attended post graduate classes at American University.

White moved to Los Angeles in 1963, where he taught history at Irving Junior High School until his retirement in 1997. He was heavily involved in activism for educational and international causes, including the United Teachers of Los Angeles, the National Lawyers Guild Legal Observers, and the Southern California Fair Trade Network. He became interested in Central American causes in 1976, when he traveled to Guatemala for a month to perform relief work in the wake of a devastating earthquake. This was the first of many trips to Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, where he participated in fact-finding missions and delivering material aid where needed.

White joined the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) shortly after its founding in 1980, leading the Echo Park Chapter and serving as an organizer and Board Member of the Los Angeles Subregion. In these roles White coordinated and participated in protests, rallies, and other civil disobedience actions in addition to raising money and material aid for those affected by the conflicts in Central America. He was heavily involved in the sanctuary movement to provide refuge to undocumented migrants from Central America, establishing fair trade with Central American countries, and supporting peace efforts for all countries.

CISPES is a national grassroots solidarity organization, founded in 1980 by conventions in Los Angeles and Washington, DC to oppose U.S. government intervention and aid in the Salvadoran Civil War and to support the revolutionary forces of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN). CISPES worked to achieve this goal through campaigns and protests aimed at raising public awareness in America of the civil war in El Salvador, pressuring Congress to end military aid, raising funds to send material aid to people in El Salvador, and promoting Salvadoran worker's rights. CISPES continues today in their mission, through promoting the economic rights of underdeveloped countries around the world.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Don White Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) Collection mainly consists of organizational records and other items related to Don White’s work as an organizer, board member, and chapter leader for the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES). Also included in the collection are materials collected by White that document other activist groups and movements related to El Salvador and Central America, as well as information about important historical and cultural issues in El Salvador. Materials in the collection are written in both English and Spanish. The collection is divided into four series: Administrative Records (1980-2006), Program and Event Files (1981-2007), Research Files (1980-2007), and Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) (1980-2006).

Series I, Administrative Records, consists of materials that document the operation and administration of CISPES on a national, regional and local level. The series is arranged in two subseries: Los Angeles Subregion (1981-2006), and National, Regional, and Other Chapters (1980-2004). Subseries A, Los Angeles Subregion, contains the administrative records of the Los Angeles Chapter of CISPES, which also served as a subregion of the national organization. Items in the subseries include meeting minutes, correspondence, fundraising materials, financial documents, and essays written by Don White for the Los Angeles Chapter on various topical issues. Subseries B, National, Regional, and Other Chapters, consists of administrative records from the national office of CISPES, regional offices, and various local CISPES chapters. Items in the subseries include annual reports, bylaws and articles of incorporation for CISPES, information on the organization and structure of CISPES, correspondence, fundraising materials, staff training materials, various publications produced by CISPES, meeting minutes, press releases, media packets, informational mailings sent out to chapters, files from legal cases, security information, and items from national and regional CISPES committees. Files in the series are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series II, Program and Event Files, consists of items documenting local and national campaigns, conferences, protests, and other events and efforts produced or endorsed by CISPES. Files in this series include national and regional conference proceedings, protest planning materials, event fliers, petitions and lobbying materials for Congressional bills related to El Salvador, photographs, and planning information for large-scale organizational efforts such as delegations to El Salvador, speaking tours, documentaries, and national campaigns. Files in the series are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series III, Research Files, consists of items collected by Don White that relate to the history and politics of Central America as well as other activist and community organizations focused on Central American and Salvadoran issues. Items in the series include event fliers, correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, activist organization newsletters, information on El Salvador and other countries, posters, press releases, ephemera, and audiovisual recordings. Files in the series are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series IV, Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), consists of items produced by the FMLN, a coalition of five guerilla organizations supported by CISPES that fought as revolutionaries against the Salvadoran goverment and evolved into a legitimate political party in El Salvador. Items in the series include correspondence, bulletins and newsletters, press releases, brochures, interviews with commanders and other members, conference proceedings, information on FMLN radio stations, ephemera and photographs. Files in the series are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Alexis Stoumbelis

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.


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[Series I: Administrative Records, 1980-2006]
[Series II: Program and Event Files, 1981-2007]
[Series III: Research Files, 1980-2007]
[Series IV: Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), 1980-2006],
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Series I: Administrative Records, 1980-2006Save to your list.
Subseries A: Los Angeles Subregion, 1981-2006Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: Business CardsSave to your list.
Folder 2: Caption Contests with CISPES Related ItemsSave to your list.
Folder 3: Chapter Contacts, 1982 December 22-1990 August 7Save to your list.
Folder 4: Chapter ContactsSave to your list.
Folder 5: Chapter Meetings, 1983-2001Save to your list.
Folder 6: Chapter Retreat, 1982-1991Save to your list.
Folder 7: Chapter Steering Committee, 1988-1999Save to your list.
Folder 8: CISPES Organizing in Los Angeles by Hugh Byrne, 1982 November 1-1984 February 15Save to your list.
Folder 9: CISPES v. Century City Shopping Center and Marketplace Lawsuit, 1981-1989Save to your list.
Folder 10: CISPES v. Century City Shopping Center and Marketplace Lawsuit, 1989-1999Save to your list.
Folder 11: Chapter Retreat, August 1990Save to your list.
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1983-1999Save to your list.
Folder 13: Correspondence, 2000-2006Save to your list.
Folder 14: Don White Correspondence, 1985-1999Save to your list.
Folder 15: Don White Correspondence, 2000-2005Save to your list.
Folder 16: El Salvador Maquila Project MeetingSave to your list.
Folder 17: Financial Materials, 1981-2005Save to your list.
Folder 18: Fundraising - LA Chapter, 1988-1991Save to your list.
Folder 19: Fundraising - LA Chapter Monthly Budgets, 1989-1990Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Income and Expense RecordsSave to your list.
Folder 2: Letterheads and Blank FormsSave to your list.
Folder 3: Letters to the Editor about Kenneth Freed - Los Angeles Times, 1988-1989Save to your list.
Folder 4: Letters to Sustainers, 1982-1990Save to your list.
Folder 5: Letters to Sustainers, 1990-1997Save to your list.
Folder 6: Los Angeles CISPES Bulletin / Newsletter, 1989-1996Save to your list.
Folder 7: Los Angeles CISPES Bulletin / Newsletter, 1996-1998Save to your list.
Folder 8: Los Angeles Subregional Conference, 1981-1984Save to your list.
Folder 9: NotesSave to your list.
Folder 10: NotesSave to your list.
Folder 11: Speakers Bureau, 1984, January 5Save to your list.
Folder 12: Sub-Regional Coordinating Committee, 1983-1984Save to your list.
Folder 13: Sub-Regional Executive Council Meetings, 1981-1982Save to your list.
Folder 14: Sub-Regional Executive Council Meetings, 1983 January 1-1983 April 7Save to your list.
Folder 15: Sub-Regional Executive Council Meetings, 1983 May 1-1983 December 18Save to your list.
Folder 16: Sub-Regional Executive Council Meetings, 1984-1986Save to your list.
Folder 17: To Do List, 2002Save to your list.
Folder 18: "White Papers" by Don White, 1983-1986Save to your list.
Subseries B: National, Regional, and Other Chapters, 1980-2004Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 19: Action Alerts, 1986-1991Save to your list.
Folder 20: Action Alerts, 1992-1995Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: Action Alerts, 1996-2002Save to your list.
Folder 2: Activist Biographies, 1994-1998Save to your list.
Folder 3: Activist Information SheetsSave to your list.
Folder 4: Activist Information SheetsSave to your list.
Folder 5: Activist QuestionsSave to your list.
Folder 6: Ad Hoc Refugee Organizing Committee, 1982 March 14Save to your list.
Folder 7: CISPES Analyses of Issues in El Salvador, 1987 July 14-January 1998Save to your list.
Folder 8: Annual Reports, 1988-1991, 1999, 2004Save to your list.
Folder 9: Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, August 1981, 1987-1991Save to your list.
Folder 10: Basic Information on CISPES, 1988-1994Save to your list.
Folder 11: Bay Area CISPES, July 1995-February 1996Save to your list.
Folder 12: BLOB Task Force, 1992 March 2Save to your list.
Folder 13: Boston CISPES, 1981 April 9-1981 May 11Save to your list.
Folder 14: Calendars, September 1985-May 1996Save to your list.
Folder 15: Campus Committees, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 16: Chapter Contact InformationSave to your list.
Folder 17: Chapter Dues Proposal, 1982Save to your list.
Folder 18: Chapter Evaluations and Membership DriveSave to your list.
Folder 19: Chicago CISPES, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 20: Chicano-Latino CaucusSave to your list.
Folder 21: CISPES History, October 1983Save to your list.
Folder 22: Correspondence, 1984-2001Save to your list.
Folder 23: Correspondence Log, 1986-1988Save to your list.
Folder 24: Echo Park CISPES, 1982-1988Save to your list.
Folder 25: Echo Park CISPES - "Death Flights" Campaign, December 1981-August 1984, 1987 July 29Save to your list.
Folder 26: El Salvador Alert! - U.S. CISPES, 1984-1987Save to your list.
Folder 27: El Salvador Watch - CISPES Publication, 1992-1995Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 1: El Salvador Watch - CISPES Publication, 1996-2004Save to your list.
Folder 2: FBI CISPES Investigation CISPES Lawsuit, 1988 November 21-1990 May 1Save to your list.
Folder 3: FBI CISPES Investigation - CISPES Mailing, 1983 July 2-1988 April 6Save to your list.
Folder 4: FBI CISPES Investigation - CISPES Mailing, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 5: FBI CISPES Investigation - CISPES Mailing, 1989 January 3-1989 July 15Save to your list.
Folder 6: FBI CISPES Investigation - CISPES Press Packet, 1987 March 1Save to your list.
Folder 7: FBI CISPES Investigation - Correspondence, 1988 June 27-1990 May 10Save to your list.
Folder 8: FBI CISPES Investigation - FBI Documents, 1981-1984Save to your list.
Folder 9: FBI CISPES Investigation - FBI Documents, 1984-1985Save to your list.
Folder 10: FBI CISPES Investigation - Frank Varelli, 1987Save to your list.
Folder 11: FBI CISPES Investigation - General Information, 1981-1989Save to your list.
Folder 12: FBI CISPES Investigation - House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights Hearing, February 1987Save to your list.
Folder 13: FBI CISPES Investigation - News Articles, 1984-1989Save to your list.
Folder 14: FBI CISPES Investigation - Press Releases, 1984 January 31, 1988 January 27Save to your list.
Folder 15: FBI CISPES Investigation - Senate Select Committee on Intelligence CISPES Hearing, September 1988Save to your list.
Folder 16: FBI CISPES Investigation - Selected FBI Documents, September 1983-June 1985Save to your list.
Folder 17: Fundraising - Correspondence, 1989-1991, 1995 December 21Save to your list.
Folder 18: Fundraising - General Materials, 1983-1990Save to your list.
Folder 19: Fundraising - General Materials, 1991Save to your list.
Box 5Save to your list.
Folder 1: Fundraising - General Materials, 1983-1995Save to your list.
Folder 2: Fundraising - Grant Applications, 1987 October 1, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 3: Fundraising - Phone Banks, 1986 January 17, 1989-1991Save to your list.
Folder 4: Fundraising - Phone Service Campaign, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 5: Fundraising - Proposals, 1989 December 4-1990 August 8Save to your list.
Folder 6: How - to Documents, 1982-1989Save to your list.
Folder 7: Human Rights Information Packet, May 1986Save to your list.
Folder 8: Human Rights Reports, 1986-1989Save to your list.
Folder 9: Human Rights Summary, November 1989Save to your list.
Folder 10: Information Updates, 1986-1992Save to your list.
Folder 11: CISPES Informational BrochuresSave to your list.
Folder 12: Internal Education Committee, 1984 March 15Save to your list.
Folder 13: Labor Task ForceSave to your list.
Folder 14: Legislative Task Force, 1982 November 21Save to your list.
Folder 15: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Caucus, November 1993-1994 October 21Save to your list.
Folder 16: Long Beach CISPES, 1980-1982Save to your list.
Folder 17: Mailings to Chapters and Other Organizations, 1980-1981, 1985 July 12-1986 August 2Save to your list.
Folder 18: Mailings to Chapters and Other Organizations, 1986-1988Save to your list.
Folder 19: Los Angeles Valley College CISPES, 1982 February 24Save to your list.
Folder 20: Mailings to Chapters and Other Organizations, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 21: Mailings to Chapters and Other Organizations, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 22: Mailings to Chapters and Other Organizations, 1991Save to your list.
Box 6Save to your list.
Folder 1: Mailings to Chapters and Other Organizations, 1992-1997Save to your list.
Folder 2: Media Committee, 1982 November 21Save to your list.
Folder 3: CISPES Media Packet, 1981 February 3-1982 January 23, 1989-1990Save to your list.
Folder 4: CISPES Membership Packet, 1983 November 16Save to your list.
Folder 5: Midwest Region Report, September 1998Save to your list.
Folder 6: National Administrative Committee Meetings, 1989-1990, 1993 December 9, July 1997Save to your list.
Folder 7: National Administrative Meetings, 1988-1999Save to your list.
Folder 8: New York CISPES, 1982 November 8, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 9: Newspaper Articles on CISPES, 1982-1991Save to your list.
Folder 10: Notes on Various CISPES ChaptersSave to your list.
Folder 11: Oakland / Berkeley CISPES, 1982Save to your list.
Folder 12: Orange County CISPES, 1997Save to your list.
Folder 13: CISPES Organizing, 1991 January 7, 1998 April 14Save to your list.
Folder 14: Organizer Training Materials, January 1984-1989 July 9, 1995 July 5-1998 November 17Save to your list.
Folder 15: Pasadena CISPES, 1981 September 1-1982Save to your list.
Folder 16: Personnel Policies and Job Announcements, 1985, 1991-2000Save to your list.
Folder 17: Political Action Committee, June 1984 -  November 1984Save to your list.
Folder 18: Political Education / Chapter Development Committee, 1989 July 22-1990 February 14Save to your list.
Folder 19: Press Releases, 1980, 1984, 1988 April 15-1989 November 9Save to your list.
Folder 20: Press Releases, 1990-2002Save to your list.
Folder 21: Religious Liaison Committee, 1983 February 11-1984 March 1Save to your list.
Folder 22: San Diego CISPES, 1986 September 1Save to your list.
Folder 23: San Salvador CISPES, 1993 June 30, 1993 July 18Save to your list.
Folder 24: Seattle CISPES, 1995, 1996 February 10Save to your list.
Folder 25: Security Incidents, April 1982-1991 January 25Save to your list.
Folder 26: Solidarity Without Borders: CISPES Resources for Multicultural Outreach, 1993 March 3Save to your list.
Box 7Save to your list.
Folder 1: Southwest Region - Administrative Committee Meetings, 1985 June 14-1990 March 20Save to your list.
Folder 2: Southwest Region - Administrative Materials, 1983-1984Save to your list.
Folder 3: Southwest Region Correspondence, 1984 May 7-1987 June 25, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 4: Southwest Region - FMLN Informational Packet, 1989 October 9Save to your list.
Folder 5: Southwest Region - Fundraising, 1982, March 1991Save to your list.
Folder 6: CISPES Southwest Region Monthly Newsletter, 1981Save to your list.
Folder 7: Southwest Region - Office Work Plans and Evaluations, 1989-1991Save to your list.
Folder 8: Southwest Region - Reports to the National Administrative Committee, December 1986, August 1989Save to your list.
Folder 9: CISPES StructureSave to your list.
Folder 10: Student Commission, 1987 July 5-1989 March 31, 2007 July 14Save to your list.
Folder 11: Training and Teach-ins, 1990 June 11Save to your list.
Folder 12: Twin Cities CISPES, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 13: Western States Regional Training, Retreats, and Meetings, January 1987, 1995 July 7-1998 November 18Save to your list.
Folder 14: Westside CISPES, 1981 November 14-1982, November 1986Save to your list.
Folder 15: Viewpoints - CISPES Discussion Bulletin, 1986, 1990 December 18-November 1992Save to your list.
Folder 16: Viewpoints - CISPES Discussion Bulletin, 1994-June 1997Save to your list.
Box 23Save to your list.
Folder 1: Tampa, Florida CISPESSave to your list.
Box 24Save to your list.
Folder 1: Annual Reports, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 2: Newspaper Advertisement for CISPES, 1981 February 3-1989 June 2Save to your list.

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