Vieques Support Campaign backs rally for Venezuela Dec. 18 in NYC

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Tue Dec 17 20:01:23 MST 2002


From: "us_navy_out mail at viequessupport.org
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 19:20:40 -0000
Subject: [VSCampaign] Critical Situation in Venezuela!
(Message courtesy of the VSC)

Critical Situation in Venezuela!

Rally in Support Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution
Coordinated with Actions Nation-wide Press Conference/Rally in support of
the democratically elected government of the Bolivarian Republic of
Venezuela!

Where: Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 7 East 51st Street
Between Madison and 5th Avenues in New York. When: Wednesday, December 18,
2002 at 12PM noon. Bring: Pots and Pans to Bang for Justice!

Opposition forces in Venezuela and their confrontations will only lead to
more violence and possibly result in the overthrow of the progressive,
democratically elected government of President Hugo Chavez Frías. Please
join us as we, the
Venezuela Solidarity Committee in NY (VSCNY), send off our second delegation
to Venezuela in support and solidarity with the people and their Bolivarian
Process.

We are asking all allies and supporters of peace, justice, and democracy to
come out and show your support at this very critical time. This Press
Conference/Rally will be in conjunction with other rallies of solidarity
throughout the US and the world, including San Francisco, Chicago,
Washington DC, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Paris, France.

Venezuela Solidarity Committee in NY (VSCNY) is calling on allies and
advocates of democracy and justice to do the following:

1. Press Conference/Rally in support of the democratically elected
government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela!

Where: Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 7 East 51st Street
Between Madison and 5th Avenues in New York. When: Wednesday, December 18,
2002 at 12PM

2. Oppose United States intervention in Venezuela.

3. Oppose the opposition's efforts to destabilize the
government, including the corporate media's distorted coverage of events.

4. Support the governmental and international efforts to dialogue with the
opposition within the framework of the Constitution.

ACTIONS TO TAKE NOW:

*** Call on US State Department to strengthen its position against the
opposition's tactics of non-cooperation and destabilization.

Secretary of State Colin Powell -
202-647-5291, Secretary at state.gov

Special Envoy to the Western Hemisphere
Otto J. Reich - 202-647-5780

Assistant Secretary of State J. Curtis Struble -
202-647-8386 *** Call the Carter Center for Human Rights to support their
efforts to promote democracy in Venezuela.

Jimmy Carter, The Carter Center -404-420-5108, carterweb at emory.edu

To sign up to the Venezuela Solidarity Group list serve to keep up to date
with news and information regarding Venezuela and solidarity work in support
of the Bolivarian Revolution, please send a email to
vsglist-subscribe at yahoogroups.com orvscnylist-subscribe at yahoogroups.com

BACKGROUND ON THE CURRENT SITUATION

Venezuela is currently experiencing the longest sustained general strike in
its history. This strike has been coordinatedby the richest sectors of
Venezuelan society, some of whichbriefly overthrew the democratically
elected government of President Hugo Chávez in a violent coup on April 11th
of thisyear, and some of which have publicly called for similar
unconstitutional measures in the current conflict.

On April 11, the head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce was installed as
head of the coup government, which was immediately recognized by the US
government. In fact, US diplomats met several times with opposition leaders
in the months leading up to the coup, suggesting knowledge of subsequent
events.

Furthermore, US government monies were sent to opposition groups in the year
preceding the coup. The State Department's Office of the Inspector General,
in its evaluation of US involvement in the April coup, wrote that these
actions may have "been seen [by the coup plotters] as lending support to
their efforts, notwithstanding our ritualistic denunciations of undemocratic
and unconstitutional means."

The Bush Administration and the Organization of American States (OAS) must
declare that there would be no normal commercial and diplomatic relations
with a coup-installed government, and that they will not use intervention in
the affairs of the democratically elected government of Venezuela.
For more information on Venezuela, go to
http://www.zmag.org/venezuela_watch.htm

For more information on how you can get involved, please contact the
Venezuela Solidarity Committee in NY at 212-6967287 or at vscny at yahoo.com
and vscny at hotmail.com

====================================================




~~~~~~~
PLEASE clip all extraneous text before replying to a message.



More information about the Marxism mailing list