March 16 Global #HandsOffVenezuela Rallies

The newsletter from the BAP: ‘What a U.S. Peace Delegation Learned in Venezuela’, blackallianceforpeace.com, March 16, 2019

“We mentioned last week that to gather the full range of evidence on U.S. efforts to sabotage Venezuela, a delegation of 13 leaders from peace, civil rights and women’s organizations were heading to Venezuela for five days.

The trip flying in was difficult because many airlines have refused to fly to Venezuela over perceived “danger”. Now, the trip back has been made more difficult because American Airlines refuses to fly to Venezuela. Yet this delegation found the embattled country lively and safe. While delegation members were stuck on the ground until further notice, they livestreamed yesterday.

During their five days in Venezuela, delegation members met with movement leaders and government officials, including President Nicolás Maduro Moros, who recorded a solidarity message that is posted on Twitter and Facebook.

The delegation also visited a community garden in Caracas on the invitation of Minister of Agriculture and Lands Wilmar Castro Soteldo. Delegation members were asked to plant seeds. Check out delegation member Popular Resistance’s on-the-ground videos on its Twitter feed.

You can see below Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) National Organizer, U.S. Peace Council Executive Board member and delegation co-leader Ajamu Baraka speaking to the media. Also seen are International Action Center Co-director Sara Flounders and United National Antiwar Coalition Co-coordinator Joe Lombardo. [also in the tweet in the OP]

Ajamu also did a lengthy interview with Telesur that will air next week.

After the delegation returns to the United States, it will report its initial findings at a press conference at the United Nations that will be postponed from its original March 18 date to accommodate the delegation’s travel changes.

However, the U.S. Peace Council, which organized this delegation, still plans to hold a public conference call at 7 p.m., Eastern Time, on Monday.

BAP invites all defenders of peace, social justice, international law and national sovereignty to join us on this conference call.

Please register for the March 18 public call.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Back in the United States, a BAP representative will speak at noon today at the ANSWER Coalition’s demonstration in front of the White House, in opposition to the U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Also join anti-NATO events from March 30 through April 4, which will include a BAP-organized street action and evening panel discussion on April 4.

Please consider supporting us with a generous donation. We need to raise $5,000 to cover travel, food and accommodations for our activists during this period of agitation.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Contribute to BAP’s efforts to agitate around Venezuela.

@Greg_Palast   ‘How Goldman Sachs is making bank in Venezuela’ https://youtu.be/H3QsBJkPORQ?t=28 … #HandsOffVenezuela

@PopResistance Mar 15   ‘Members of our US Peace Delegation tried to leave #Venezuela today but @AmericanAir cancelled all flights in fear of attack. The only ones we are afraid of here in Caracas is the United States.’

3 responses to “March 16 Global #HandsOffVenezuela Rallies

  1. The same Democracy Now left that cheered on Obama’s dirty wars so compromised itself that it cannot be a base of real opposition to Trump’s dirty wars.

    • welcome to the café, amigo/amiga. love ‘Democracy Now left’ some call the ‘cruise missile left’. as far as ‘so compromised itself that it cannot be a base of real opposition to Trump’s dirty wars’, you may be thinking a bit differently than i, but (and i know i’m a broken record on this, but for instance, the signatories to ro khanaa and DSA and ‘progressive’ allies to the ‘Dear secretary pompeo letter:

      https://khanna.house.gov/media/press-releases/release-khanna-leads-progressive-colleagues-call-peaceful-political-solution

      the actual text reads in part:
      “We strongly condemn the Maduro government’s actions, including repression of Venezuelan civil society, failed economic policy, the killing of unarmed protestors, disregard for the rule of law, the holding of unfair elections, and blocking {proven trojan horse] humanitarian aid from entering the country. ”

      “The Venezuelan government’s own economic mismanagement and misguided economic policies are in large part to blame for the horrific economic crisis that has unfolded in the country. Yet today Venezuelan government officials can claim that the U.S. is waging an economic war and laying groundwork for direct confrontation, which threatens chaos and mass migration from Venezuela that will be felt throughout the region. The sanctions are already hurting ordinary people and contributing to the ongoing outbound migration of hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans, which could also result in a dramatic increase in refugees to the U.S.”

      and so on, yet decry the effects the T sanctions are having on ordinary citizens, so: no military intervention, yada yada, which their supporter claim inoculates those peace candidates and electeds from criminalizing the ‘tyrannical maduro regime’.

      ah, sorry to honk on; it’s election season again, and i’m gettin’ weirded out by it at the place i cross-post. me, in the main, i like issues, not electoral politics.

      anyway, la luna bella is close to full tonight, an i hope you can see her where you are. ; )

  2. if you’ve signed up for emails on this thread, Archrevenant, i hope you’ll take a look at my current ‘‘Bolsonaro meets with Torture Haspel, Guaidoistas seize 2 VZ embassies’ march 19. is that ‘arc’ or…arch’?

    best,
    wd

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