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Venezuela is in the midst of the difficult task of constructing the path to socialism. Like any living process, it does not go forward in a straight line. It instead has advances and setbacks, mistakes and corrections. The important thing is the continuous effort of the people in propelling the construction of a fair system to once and for all supplant the violent capitalism still prevalent in Venezuela....
The International Action Center is supporting the following panels at Left Forum this year....
“No to fascism in Ukraine! No war with Russia!” was the theme of the International Action Center protest in New York’s Times Square on May 26, Memorial Day. The demonstrators’ determination to denounce U.S. aggression and the expansion of NATO into Ukraine contrasted with the general mood of the sunny spring holiday. Speakers at the rally demanded hands off the Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk and expressed solidarity with the anti-fascist fighters there. Representatives of South American liberation struggles in Venezuela and Honduras spoke, aligning with those in Eastern Europe fighting against U.S. imperialism. Anti-war soldiers denounced the Pentagon on Memorial Day and called for people to remember those murdered by fascists in Ukraine. After more than an hour in Times Square, the demonstration set off for CNN headquarters, about a mile away. Signs opposing the U.S. war machine and militant slogans got a great reception from many tourists and passersby as the demonstration moved up Broadway....
While the eyes of the world focus on the events in Ukraine, the U.S. empire is using this opportunity to intensify its plan to overthrow governments in the Latin American and Caribbean region that are leading the process for change there — Cuba and Venezuela....
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Some 260 leftist political activists from 39 countries, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean but including people from around the world, gathered in Mexico City from March 27 to 29. They joined hundreds from the hosting Labor Party (Partido del Trabajo or PT) at its 18th International Seminar. Some 100 speakers, from a broad range of left political positions, spoke on many subjects with a common thread: the danger posed by Washington’s aggressive posture toward all countries south of the U.S. border and especially toward the Bolivarian government of Venezuela....
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Progressives in Latin America and the Caribbean have put defense of the Venezuelan government and people at the top of their priorities. They showed this today when a seminar that had begun as a standard exchange of information among workers and progressive organizations from the continent and worldwide turned into a demonstration of solidarity with Bolivarian Venezuela....
In response to a call from the International Action Center, demonstrations, outreach and other actions took place in cities and areas across the United States in mid-March to demand U.S. hands off Venezuela and no U.S. intervention in Ukraine or Russia. These actions also countered the lies and distortions of the big-business-owned media regarding the situation in these areas of the world....
Confronting a barrage of pro-war propaganda, anti-war groups, low-wage workers and community activists are beginning to mobilize against U.S. war moves in Ukraine, while continuing to rally against Washington’s efforts to destabilize Venezuela’s Bolivarian government....
The International Action Center publishes here in full the statement by the United National Antiwar Coalition, which demands “U.S. Hands off Ukraine and Venezuela” and calls the U.S. government “the main instigator of the present crises in both countries.”...
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Anti-war activists rallied in New York’s Times Square in the bitter cold on Feb. 27 to protest the U.S. and European Union’s blatant intervention that is promoting fascist elements against the people of Venezuela and Ukraine. The International Action Center and Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST), a youth organization that had scheduled a regional conference here on March 2, called the action, which other anti-imperialists joined....
The bloody interventionist hand of US imperialism abounds. Whether it is in the Ukraine or in Venezuela, right-wing forces that support and want to continue austerity measures, or reverse the revolutionary progress made in Venezuela by the Chavez/Maduro administrations that benefits the workers and the poor of Venezuela are taking center stage right now emboldened by their backers in Washington....
Destroying the Ukraine government through an armed insurrection is part of a broader strategy by U.S. imperialism to colonize the former Soviet republics and encircle Russia. The right-wing forces now running Kiev would let the Ukrainian masses become debt slaves to U.S., French and German banks. Washington has escalated its global campaign of reactionary subversion from Ukraine to Venezuela. A takeover in Ukraine would bring the Pentagon and Wall Street to the borders of Russia. In Venezuela, the Bolivarian Revolution is crucial to the bloc of countries resisting U.S. imperialist domination in Latin America....
When the imperialist strategists want money, they get it. Billions of dollars have been made available for U.S.-backed crimes of sabotage, destabilization and aggressive intervention, including funds for the most reactionary fascist elements in Venezuela, pro-Nazis in the Ukraine, and for forces linked to al-Qaida in Syria....
The current violence by rightist forces opposing the Bolivarian Revolution is a continuation of the siege that began in 2001 when President Hugo Chávez approved 49 economic laws in the framework of the Enabling Law of 2001. At that time, particularly the Land Law and the Law on Hydrocarbons represented the first threat of the revolution to the economic power of the comprador bourgeoisie and its imperialist allies. This was years before Commander Chávez, who died a year ago on March 5, declared socialism as a path for the revolution....
On  May 22, with cries of “That, that, that’s the way to govern” and “They shall not return” (referring to the right-wing oligarchy’s lust for power), the first graduating class of the Jesus Rivero Bolivarian Workers University heard Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s proposal to create a Workers’ Militia in workplaces around the country....
The International Action Center joins the Alliance for Global Justice, Witness for Peace-SW, National Lawyers Guild, Boston Bolivarians, National Network on Cuba, and all the organizations in the United States who are mobilizing to defend the Venezuelan election of President Nicolás Maduro and against U.S. interference in that country....
The International Action Center joins the Alliance for Global Justice, Witness for Peace-SW, National Lawyers Guild, Boston Bolivarians, National Network on Cuba, and all the organizations in the United States who are mobilizing to defend the Venezuelan election of President Nicolás Maduro and against U.S. interference in that country....
Fascist-like elements backed by U.S. imperialism are attempting a coup against constitutional rule in Venezuela. The Venezuelan masses, other Latin Americans and progressives worldwide are standing up and saying “no” to this coup, which follows the rightist defeat in that country’s free and fair election April 14....
Right-wing elements backed by U.S. imperialism are attempting a coup against constitutional rule in Venezuela. Seven people in Venezuela have already been killed. There is a witch hunt against Cuban doctors who have made great sacrifice to provide health care there. The Venezuelan masses, other Latin Americans and progressives worldwide have stood up and said "no" to this coup, which follows the rightist defeat in that country's free and fair election April 15....
Right-wing elements backed by U.S. imperialism are attempting a coup against constitutional rule in Venezuela. Seven people in Venezuela have already been killed. There is a witch hunt against Cuban doctors who have made great sacrifice to provide health care there. The Venezuelan masses, other Latin Americans and progressives worldwide have stood up and said “no” to this coup, which follows the rightist defeat in that country’s free and fair election April 15....
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A documentary by Aleida Guevara an Oceanfilm...
The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has brought out the malicious and carnal glee of the corporate press, who report breathlessly, not only on his mortal passing, but an end to the Bolivarian Revolution.

They are the voices of their vampire, Wall Street bosses, who delight in owning more of the earth, no matter how much misery they may cause for millions....

He came from humble beginnings from among the teeming millions in Venezuelan poverty and joined the army as much to make a living as to serve the people.  He and a group of mid-level military officers staged an unsuccessful coup in February, 1992 against the corrupt regime of President Carlos Andrés Pérez. Within eight years, the man that led the coup would be elected president and Hugo Chávez would proclaim Venezuela as home of the revolutionary liberator, Simón Bolívar, who fought and prevailed against Spanish colonialists for Latin American independence early in the 19th century....
It was with profound and searing grief that our people and the Revolutionary Government learned about the decease of President Hugo Chávez Frías and are therefore preparing to pay a heartfelt and patriotic tribute to him, for he will go down in history as a Hero of Our America....
The International Action Center urges you to attend these NYC events in honor of President Hugo Chávez and in solidarity with the Venezuelan people:...
It was a special evening of solidarity with Venezuela on Jan. 31 in Detroit. With President Hugo Chávez ill and recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba, and the U.S. government working overtime with rightwing forces inside Venezuela to promote division and try to destabilize that country, Detroiters wanted to express their solidarity with Chávez, with the Bolivarian Revolution and with the masses of poor and working people in Venezuela....
Ten days of actions and meetings in the United States and other countries began on Feb. 22 in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. Its leader, President Hugo Chávez, is continuing his recovery from cancer surgery in Cuba. The postponement of Chávez’s inauguration for another term as president, attempts by the Venezuelan oligarchy to undermine the government, and bourgeois excitement at the prospect of Chávez’s demise were the impetus for the International Action Center to call these days of solidarity and demand no imperialist intervention in Venezuela....
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As a Cuba solidarity network, we lift our voices to tell Washington and the Venezuelan elite: NO to destabilization efforts in Venezuela, which we fully recognize is also aimed at Cuba's sovereignty. We say: "Hands off the Bolivarian Revolution."...
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From January 22 to January 31, activists in ten cities across the U.S. will hold various events in solidarity with Venezuela....
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets on January 10 throughout Venezuela to show their support for legally elected President Hugo Chávez as well as for the Bolivarian Revolution....
In the U.S., the solidarity and progressive movement will organize National Days of Solidarity With Venezuela to send messages of good wishes to President Chavez and to let the people of Venezuela, especially the poor and working people who most benefit from the Bolivarian Revolution know that we will not allow the Obama administration to intervene in Venezuela....
The Venezuelan people have demonstrated over and over their support and gratitude to President Chavez and clearly remain committed to the process of fundamental change in their country, no matter what. We are confident that the fundamental roots of the Bolivarian Revolution will remain strong and grow....
Jan. 10 — The people of Venezuela poured into the streets by the hundreds of thousands in the country’s four major cities today to defend recently re-elected President Hugo Chávez and his government....
On Jan. 3, as part of its regular condition updates of President Hugo Chávez following his Dec. 11 surgery, the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela alerted “the Venezuelan public of a campaign of psychological warfare unleashed by the international media regarding the health of the head of state,” as the Jan. 10 date anticipated for the oath of office for his new six-year presidential term nears....
Since Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced the recurrence of the cancer that he has been battling since 2011 and the need for additional surgery, he has been the object of world solidarity. He told the Venezuelan people on Dec. 8 that his last medical examination showed that malignant cells recurred at the site in his abdomen where he had been treated earlier. As a result, he needed a fourth operation....
During the 1990's, in Venezuela and in Latin America in general, when the poor were getting poorer and everyone's standard of living was declining precipitously, when we felt that the lights were going out and that our reasons for happiness were evaporating, Hugo Chavez provided his radiant light, the light of the people, of the liberator Simon Bolivar....
With Hugo Chavez’s historic win this October, the Venezuelan people have committed to carry forward the Bolivarian Revolution, with its advances in social equality, human rights, community power, and more. Join us this January to witness the presidential inauguration on January 10th, followed by visits to different parts of the country. One of the focuses of this trip will be food sovereignty, or how both the government and the people are taking back control of the country’s agricultural and food systems. We will also explore other areas of social transformation, including education, healthcare, and direct citizen participation in the political process. There will also be trips to beaches, parks, and other sites of interest....
With Hugo Chavez’s historic win this October, the Venezuelan people have committed to carry forward the Bolivarian Revolution, with its advances in social equality, human rights, community power, and more. Join us this January to witness the presidential inauguration on January 10th, followed by visits to different parts of the country. One of the focuses of this trip will be food sovereignty, or how both the government and the people are taking back control of the country’s agricultural and food systems. We will also explore other areas of social transformation, including education, healthcare, and direct citizen participation in the political process. There will also be trips to beaches, parks, and other sites of interest....
Information on Venezuela’s recent presidential elections....
Venezuelan president calls for mediation to end crisis while the US and other powers weigh military options....
From Dec. 3 to 5 in Tijuana, Mexico — just minutes from the San Diego, Calif., airport — a cross-section of workers from Latin America who are confronting the global crisis will meet with U.S. workers grappling with devastating challenges. Building on six previous conferences, the meeting’s aim is to grow the unity of the working class in the Americas and increase its influence — from the tip of Chile to Alaska — by sharing problems but also examining strategies to fight and win....
Cuban leaders of the Confederation of Cuban Worker s (CTC) will visit Tijuana, Mexico, a border city 15 minutes south of downtown San Diego and the San Diego Airport - U.S./Mexico border. This conference will give people from North America (the United States, Canada and Mexico) the opportunity to hear first hand from the Latinoamerican and Caribbean workers. Also, you will hear from Union leaders of Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Brazil, El Salvador, Puerto Rico and the U.S. discussing the social and labor movements in the Americas.
and coordinators of Encuentro Sindical Nuestra America have also been invited. ESNA is a new development that involves the largest and most militant labor federations throughout Latin America.
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The International Action Center has announced the formation of the Latin America-Caribbean Solidarity Committee. The committee has already begun planning a number of events in solidarity with the National Popular Resistance Front (FNRP) of Honduras....
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I have been reading some of the slogans painted on the streets, and I think those slogans of these youngsters, some of which I heard when I was young, and of the young woman there, two of which I noted. You can hear among others, two powerful slogans. One: Don’t change the climate, change the system....
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A summit of African and South American leaders convened on the Venezuelan-Caribbean island of Margarita Sept. 26-27. The gathering was a follow-up to the first Africa-South America Summit held in Abuja, Nigeria, in November 2006....
The discussion of this legal project, named Organic Law of Gender Equality, represents a further advance of your Revolution and demonstrates the wish to correct these inequalities and discriminations which for decades have plagued our societies. We understand that it is not possible to have a society with justice and equality when some of the members of that society suffer discrimination, whether it is because of their age, the color of their skin, their ethnic origins, their sex or their sexual orientation....
Cuban leaders of the Confederation of Cuban Workers (CTC) will visit Tijuana, Mexico, a city 15 minutes from the San Diego, U.S./Mexico border. This conference will give people from North America (the United States, Canada and Mexico) the opportunity to hear first hand from the Cubans about Cuba’s workers and their unions. Also, you will hear from leaders of the Venezuelan union, UNT, about the present situation of the Venezuelan revolution and the issues facing Venezuelan workers, representatives of Mexico, United States, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Haiti, the Philippines and Nicaragua discussing the social and labor movements in the Americas....
Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City on May 15th to protest the presentation of the Milton Friedman Prize to Yon Goichochea. Inside, the leader of a counterrevolutionary Venezuelan student group received the award at a lavish $500-a-plate banquet sponsored by The Cato Institute, a right-wing think tank....
With the theme "Sovereignty and Food Security: Food for Life," delegations from 15 countries met in Managua, Nicaragua, on May 7 to discuss and plan strategies to confront the serious hunger crisis that is affecting the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean....
U.S. imperialism is ramping up its military threats in Latin America and the Caribbean. On April 24 the U.S. Navy announced the re-establishment of the U.S. Fourth Fleet to increase and coordinate the U.S. military presence there. As a sign of its aggressive intent, the new commander is Rear Adm. Joseph D. Kernan, who has been head of the Naval Special Warfare Command, better known as the SEALs....
n early January, in a unilateral move, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) released two women it had been holding. Its aim was to demonstrate it was serious about wanting to negotiate a humanitarian exchange of prisoners with the Colombian government....
The Venezuelan government has promised that the recent attempts by the world's largest oil company, ExxonMobil, to steal assets that belong to the Venezuelan people will be met with stiff resistance....
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez publicly announced on Jan. 9 that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia had just sent him details of the location in their country where two women held by the FARC, Clara Rojas and Consuelo Gonzalez de Perdomo, were to be released....
The Venezuelan National Electoral Commission (CNE) early on Dec. 3 announced the results of the previous day's referendum on proposed major changes to 69 articles of the Venezuelan Constitution. The "No" vote opposing the reforms had won by a margin of less than 2 percent over the "Yes" option, which would have deepened progressive changes and ratified the reconstruction of society on a socialist basis....
The original purpose of this meeting has been completely distorted. The imposed center of debate has been a so-called reform process that overshadows the most urgent issues, what the peoples of the world claim with urgency: the adoption of measures that deal with the real problems that block and sabotage the efforts made by our countries for real development and life. ...
Venezuelan counter-revolutionaries, with the full support of the U.S. and other imperialist governments, have been attempting to use the non-renewal of Radio Caracas Television's (RCTV) broadcasting license to destabilize the popular progressive government of President Hugo Chevez....
Since 1998, when current President Hugo Chavez won a popular election in Venezuela, the U.S. government has worked tirelessly with the oligarchy in that country to overturn Chavez's presidency. Chavez was re-elected in 2000, again by a large turnout from the people....
Under the theme “Women of the World: a vital force against neoliberal globalization, terrorism and imperialist wars; for equality, social and economic justice and for peace,” more than 1,000 women representing organizations from five continents met in Caracas, Venezuela, from April 9 through 14. They were joined by thousands of Venezuelan women who hosted the 14th Congress of the Women’s International Democratic Federation....
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UPDATED Mar 7, 2011 1:00 PM
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