Hands Off Venezuela
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In my first BLOG after returning from the Alliance for Global Justice "End Venezuela Sanctions" delegation, my goal was to provide the most fundamental information possible about what we can do as a government and as citizens of the United States. Most people in Venezuela and the U.S. can agree on these three basics:
- no war,
- end sanctions (which are a form of deadly warfare), and
- respect the sovereignty of other nations.
The U.S. is not the boss of the world, and recent "help" from the U.S. has not helped the people of the world.
The Green Party strongly protests the arrests today of individuals inside the Venezuelan Embassy. Members of the organization Embassy Protection Collective had been staying inside the embassy since April 10, 2019, with permission of the embassy. Their objective was to help prevent a U.S. administration-aided effort by the Venezuelan opposition to take over the embassy. Several members of the Green Party were part of the organization.
No Coup! No War! U.S.Hands off Venezuela!
Protests today at Offices of Senators Booker and Menendez in Newark
THURSDAY 2:30 PM, MAY 16
1 Gateway Center, Newark, NJ 07102
From the NJ Antiwar Agenda:
Join us this afternoon and please distribute announcement widely!
At 9:30 this morning, one of the four remaining Embassy Protectors emailed "police have broken in to arrest us".
Venezuela Analysis interviewed Kevin Zeese, one of the Protectors, yesterday and posted it very early this morning, prior to the arrests.
In allowing coup supporters to lay siege to the Venezuelan embassy, D.C. Police are violating the First Amendment and District of Columbia law
At this writing, a rightwing mob of supporters of Juan Guaido, (the self-described, U.S.-named “interim president” of Venezuela, who has no legitimate, lawful claim to that office) has been blocking access to the Venezuelan embassy, located at 1099 30th St., NW, in Washington, D.C., since April 30th. This mob has been actively supported by the Metropolitan District of Columbia Police and the U.S. Secret Service (SS).
National Mobilization at the Venezuelan Embassy in DC!
The Embassy Protection Collective is calling on all peace and social justice organizations and people from all over the United States to join together next Saturday, May 18, for a massive mobilization in Washington D.C. at the Venezuelan Embassy.
The Pacific Green Party supports and urges the passage of HB 2015 because it is the right thing to do economically and morally for the following reasons:
This is the 34th day of our living in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC. We are prepared to stay another 34 days, or however long is needed to resolve the embassy dispute in a peaceful way consistent with international law.
This memo is being sent to the US and Venezuela as well as members of our Collective and allies. We are encouraging people to publish this memo as a transparent process is needed to prevent the US from making a unilateral decision that could impact the security of embassies around the world and lead to military conflict.
With the electrical power still turned off, information from inside the Embassy has been scarce. However members of the Poor People's Army staged a sit-in this morning at the offices of PEPCO, the local power company. The sit-in ended when PEPCO promised to call the Embassy Saturday to discuss the situation.
Please call the electric company PEPCO 202-833-7500 during the day or 877-7372662 24/7 to keep the pressure on.
Gerry Condon was just arrested for throwing a cucumber.
Gerry Condon, President of the Veterans for Peace, was joining with other members of the Embassy Protection Collective outside the Venezuelan embassy trying to deliver food to us inside the embassy. When they were blocked by the violent opposition Gerry attempted to throw a cucumber to me in the window.