Join Us

Volunteer Opportunities and MEMBERSHIP:
Annual membership dues are $15.
Make checks payable to FoLA.

Fill out the membership form and mail your information with your payment to:
6336 Sandchain Rd.
Columbia, MD. 21045.


Do you want:


  • Human rights to be central to U.S. foreign policy?


  • To stop violations of human rights?


  • To end weapons sales in the hemisphere?


  • To promote economic policies that will end poverty and benefit all people?


  • To protect workers’ rights?


  • To encourage fair trade?


  • To safeguard the environment?


  • To promote peace with justice?

Then, you need to join Friend of Latin America! 


Mission Statement


Friends of Latin America 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 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

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

      José Martí


      Cuban poet, author, patriot, national hero


“It is better to die on one’s feet than to live on one’s knees.”

      Emiliano Zapata

      1883 – 1919

      Mexican revolutionary, champion of agrarianism


“This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities. We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. . .  We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.”

      Oscar Romero


      Archbishop of San Salvador, 1977 – 1980


“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: ‘This is not just.’ It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America and say: ‘This is not just.’ The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.”

      Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

      1929 – 1968

      Head of SCLC, winner of Nobel Peace Prize 1964




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  • Here’s $15.00 for my annual membership dues.

Make your check payable to FoLA and mail to:

6336 Sandchain Road

Columbia, MD 21045


Please call me; I want to:

  • attend regular meetings
  • help with events
  • visit, phone, or send letters to Congress
  • join in civil or political actions


Call me about my interest in:








Friends of Latin America began 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.

Friends of Latin America











VOLUNTEERING Opportunities:

  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Help with events
  • Make phone calls to let others know about events and emergencies
  • Visit, phone or send letters to Congress
  • Participate in civil or political actions

Mail the filled out form to:
Leslie Salgado
6336 Sandchain Rd.,
Columbia, MD. 21045


2 thoughts on “Join Us

  1. Hi Leslie!
    Do you remember me? I am Sergiu Serban, your friend from SHA, bridge design. We were in a friends circle with Buu and Farzad. My email is or text/call me at 703 349-9478. I hope to hear back from you!

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