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“This was an issue that was a moral imperative … it was a very bad thing that the American government was involved financially and militarily in El Salvador.” - Billy Feitlinger, Madison Alder 1982

New Oral History about the Beginnings of MASCP sponsored by Madison Public Library  


 Welcome to the Madison Arcatao Sister City Project (MASCP) website. MASCP is the organization in Madison Wisconsin, USA that facilitates the official sister city relationship between Madison and Arcatao, El Salvador, a small town in the mountains on the border of El Salvador and Honduras. Read on to learn about our history, current activities and how you can get involved.

The 2024 MASCP Trip to El Salvador


The 2024 MASCP trip to El Salvador is scheduled for June 9-16, 2024- Sunday to Sunday. The theme this year is water quality, water rights and what in the world sugar cane production has to do with water and environmental quality in El Salvador?


To explore these areas, we’ll be talking with social justice activists in San Salvador, visiting the organized southern community of Las Anonas where sugar cane is produced and of course, renewing friendships in Arcatao where our sister city is fighting to retain control of their water and avoid privatization.

We’ll be exploring El Salvador, too. Some options are hiking El Boqueron, the volcano outside San Salvador, visiting Shicali Cerámica, a pottery workshop in El Salvador and exploring St Romero’s home, chapel and meditation garden. Join the group now and help plan our itinerary!


As usual, we’ll be traveling with US El Salvador Sister City staff member, Zulma Tobar, who will be making all our travel, housing and activity arrangements in El Salvador.


Interested? Have questions? Want more information?

Come to our annual informal gatherings/reunions!

Where: Finca Salvadoran Cafe, 2500 Rimrock Rd #105

Dates: January 20, February 17, March 16

Time: 10 AM-12 PM


Friends of MASCP, past travelers to El Salvador, curious about MASCP, lovers of great coffee and pupusas? You are all invited to these gatherings! See you there!

Our Latest Posts

For 36 years we have learned from our sisters and brothers in our sister city of Arcatao the harrowing experiences of war. We have learned about killing, destruction of homes and hearts, forced fleeing, families broken apart by disappearance of loved ones and so many other ravages of war. 


There is much similarity between Ukrainians fighting valiantly for their right to self determination, democracy and territorial integrity and our sister and brothers in El Salvador, Palestine and Syria fighting for the same--all against those with massive wealth, power and formidable armies.


People to people solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Arcatao demands that we stand with the people of Ukraine as they resist the larger forces of killing and destruction by oppressive powers.


¡Los pueblos unidos jamás serán vencidos! 


MASCP shares in the outpouring of grief for the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others killed by police across the country and here in Madison. People in Arcatao have shown us that any structural change requires dynamic and unrelenting community organizing.  We strongly encourage support for the organizations that are leading local protests and organizing against structural racism and police brutality. Please stay vigilant and act where you can to make structural change a reality. 

¡La lucha sigue!

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