[Marxism] Union Delegation to Venezuela: Please Send Your Solidarity Messages!

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Mon Mar 29 10:07:43 MST 2004

1- Union Delegation to Venezuela: Please Send Your Solidarity Messages!

March 29, 2004

Dear Friends and Supporters of the OWC:

In one week, the Continuations Committee of the Sao Paulo Workers 
Conference Against the FTAA (held last December 12-14) will be sending 
a trade union delegation to Venezuela at the invitation of the 
coordinators of the Movimiento Continental Bolivariano. [For more 
background info on this anti-FTAA conference, please visit our website 
at http://www.owcinfo.org .]

The purpose of the delegation is to learn first-hand about the 
situation facing the Venezuelan workers and to bring the solidarity of 
the trade union movement represented at the Sao Paulo conference to the 
workers and people of Venezuela, who are facing an imminent threat of 
direct intervention by the U.S. government.

The five-person delegation includes three prominent union and political 
leaders from Brazil: Julio Turra, National Executive Director of the 
CUT trade union federation; Plinio de Arruda Sampaio, veteran human 
rights leader and historic figure in the Brazilian Workers Party (PT); 
and Luis Eduardo Greenhalg, PT Senator from the state of Sao Paulo.

Also part of the delegation are two leaders of the General Union of 
Guadeloupan Workers (UGTG): Charly Lendo and Garbiel Bourguignon.

We call on unionists and activists from the United States to send 
solidarity statements -- either personal or from your 
union/organization -- which this delegation can deliver to the workers 
of Venezuela. The delegation will be visiting factories, workplaces, 
and union halls -- and also addressing labor rallies. They would like 
to bring the solidarity message of the U.S. workers to the embattled 
Venezuelan people.

Please send your solidarity statements to Julio Turra at 
<julioturra at cut.org.br> with a copy to the OWC at 
<ilcinfo at earthlink.net>. Your messages should be sent no later than 
Friday, April 2nd.

Many thanks for your prompt attention to this request,

In solidarity,

Ed Rosario and Alan Benjamin,
OWC Continuations Committee

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