Ben Linder, 27, a young mechanical engineer from Portland, had lived in Nicaragua for four years and was helping to build a small hydroelectric plant in the town of El Cua that would provide the town with electricity for the first time. On April 28, 1987, he and two other Nicaraguan men were just beginning their day's work on the project when they were ambushed and killed, execution-style, by US government-funded "contras" who were part of a secret Reagan administration policy to overthrow the popularly elected government of Nicaragua.
There are three events coming up this month to celebrate his life and work:
Thurs., 4/5: They Can Cut All the Flowers, But They Can Never Stop the Spring. A film about the life, work, death and funeral of Linder presented by PCASC's Bolivarian Media Exchange. 7 pm. Liberty Hall, 311 N Ivy St., near Fremont and N. Vancouver.
Sat., 4/21: Ben Linder Work Brigade. A work party to build a bridge in Forest Park to commemorate Ben Linder. 9 am. Forest Park. Phone 503-757-1803 for details.
Fri., 4/27: An Evening to Remember Ben Linder And Learn How His Work Continues. 7 pm. First United Methodist Church, SW 18th & Jefferson. Phone 503-777-6513 or 503-284-5774.