Hands off Venezuela
On Saturday, March 16, thousands of people will march in Washington, D.C. against the Trump administration's effort to engineer a coup in Venezuela. The aggressive policy against Venezuela repeats the ugly pattern of wars for regime change in the oil-rich countries of Iraq and Libya. National Security Advisor John Bolton is reading from the same script, declaring a "troika of tyranny" in Latin America (like the "axis of evil") as a precursor for regime change first in Venezuela, and then Cuba and Nicaragua. Trump has always said that the "mistake" of the Middle East wars was that the U.S. didn't "take the oil."
It is time to condemn the latest example of the "Monroe Doctrine," which the U.S. government has used for over two centuries to repeatedly invade Latin America and Caribbean, control its politics and extract its resources.
The White House aims to overthrow the government of President Nicolás Maduro and replace him with Juan Guaidó. Guaidó is a U.S.-trained operative who was unknown to the vast majority of Venezuelans before he proclaimed himself president — at Vice President Mike Pence's urging. Although Guaidó has the backing of Trump, the CIA, and the Republican and Democratic Party leaderships alike, huge numbers of Venezuelans have marched to reject this coup and defend their independence.
The march has been endorsed by the following Green organizations and individuals:
Greater Boston Chapter of the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts
Green Party of New Jersey
Green Party of Santa Clara County
Green Party US Peace Action Committee
Massachusets Green Rainbow Party
Monmouth County Green Party
Dr. Jill Stein, 2016 Green Party presidential candidate
Dr. Jared Ball, Prof. of Communication Studies, Morgan State Univ., past candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination
Ajamu Baraka, National Organizer, Black Alliance for Peace, 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate
Eugene Puryear, Stop Police Terror Project, past candidate of the DC Statehood Green Party
Margaret Flowers, Co-Coordinator, Popular Resistance
Kevin Zeese, Co-Coordinator, Popular Resistance
Jon Flanders, Troy Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Madelyn Hoffman, New Jersey Peace Council
Theresa El-Amin, Southern Anti-Racism Network