“One just principle from the depths of a cave is more powerful than an army” – José Martí

Friends of Latin America began as Howard County Friends of Central America in the early 1980s as the local expression of a national movement opposed to U.S. military intervention in Central America. This work has continued and has evolved through the years.

We monitor U.S. policies in Latin America, provide public education, promote citizen participation, and advocate on behalf of marginalized people of that region. Our hope is that our efforts will help improve governmental and corporate policies in order to support justice, peace, bottom-up democracy, and self-determination.

We support the efforts of other local and national organizations that work for peace and justice in the U.S. and abroad.

Mission Statement

Friends of Latin America (FoLA) promotes awareness, activism, and social responsibility in the United States for more just relationships with Latin America.

To fulfill its mission, FoLA:

  • Presents educational programs
  • Connects visiting Latin Americans with U.S. officials and the media
  • Exposes human rights violations and any U.S. involvement in them
  • Educates and informs officials on Latin American relations
  • Participates in nonviolent demonstrations
  • Explores how U.S. policies in Latin America are linked to injustices here at home
  • Advocates that international lending agencies fund sustainable development
  • Promotes fair trade
  • Responds to emergencies
  • Promotes sister communities
  • Raises funds to support progressive grassroots efforts

FoLA meetings are held on a monthly basis. For more information or to find out the location, please e-mail cuba_is_hope@comcast.net

Friends of Latin America is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. The opinions expressed in the links to other websites do not necessarily reflect the views of FOLA or its members.


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