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actions & protests | labor m19 2006

M19 Labor Feeder March

"End the war in Iraq. Hands off Venezuela."

Sunday, March 19th, from 1 to 2pm, labor activists, members of a recent delegation to Venezuela, students, and others will rally at the Federal Building to denounce US intervention in Iraq and Venezuela. This event will be a "Feeder" March to Sunday's Peace Rally. Luis Primo, a leader in Venezuela's largest labor federation—the National Workers' Union, will be the keynote speaker.
Portland Labor for Peace and Justice
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Press Advisory
Contact: Megan Hise
March 14, 2006
503-705-7477


Labor activists, recent delegates to Venezuela, and Venezuelan labor leader to rally Sunday, demanding "End the war in Iraq. Hands off Venezuela."

Sunday, March 19th, from 1 to 2pm, labor activists, members of a recent delegation to Venezuela, students, and others will rally at the Federal Building to denounce US intervention in Iraq and Venezuela. This event will be a "Feeder" March to Sunday's Peace Rally. Luis Primo, a leader in Venezuela's largest labor federation—the National Workers' Union, will be the keynote speaker.

In addition to speaking out against the war in Iraq, speakers will condemn the possibility of US intervention in Venezuela. In recent months,
hostilities between the US and Venezuela have dramatically increased, with Condoleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, and Christian televangelist Pat Robertson making threatening statements against Venezuela's democratically elected President Hugo Chavez. Pat Robertson called for Chavez' assassination, while Condoleeza Rice promoted building a "united front" against Venezuela.

In January, dozens of Portlanders traveled to Venezuela to learn about the revolutionary process and to attend the 6th Annual World Social Forum. Jamie Partridge, Organizing Chair of the National Association of Letter Carriers, participated in the delegation. "Venezuela demonstrates that another world is possible. We in the US have an obligation to prevent our government from squashing this great
experiment in workers' democracy."

The delegation met with representatives of the National Workers' Union, who strongly condemned US involvement in the coup briefly ousting President Chavez in 2002. One of the Union's leaders, Luis Primo, will be in town as part of a nationwide solidarity tour and will be speaking at the rally at the Federal Building and at a public event later that night.

Labor's anti-war rally will start at 1pm at the Federal Building at 3rd and Jefferson and converge with the larger Peace March at 2pm. For more information contact Megan Hise with the Cross Border Labor Organizing Coalition, 503-705-7477.

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