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Urgent Call for Solidarity Delegation to Venezuela, August 1-8, 2016

What's going on right now in Venezuela? Come see for yourself by connecting with the grassroots movements at the heart of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution.

The Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of New York invites historians, artists, videographers, writers, political analysts, and other activists who sympathize with the Bolivarian Revolution to join a delegation to Caracas, Venezuela this August. Witness:
What's going on right now in Venezuela? Come see for yourself by connecting with the grassroots movements at the heart of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution.

The Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of New York invites historians, artists, videographers, writers, political analysts, and other activists who sympathize with the Bolivarian Revolution to join a delegation to Caracas, Venezuela this August. Witness:

communities organizing themselves in the face of manufactured food shortages to grow and distribute their own food participatory democracy in action through community councils, 'comunas' and other forms of citizen organizationcommunity-run art, media, education, health and nutrition efforts alternative markets and fairs featuring homemade products and agroecologically produced foods parks, natural areas, historic sites, and other reclaimed public spaces.

The purpose of this delegation is to document the political resistance of the popular sectors to a neoliberal restoration in Venezuela in the aftermath of the parliamentary elections of December 6, 2015. In those elections the opposition coalition, Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD), won a qualified majority. The election results, however, do not reflect a popular endorsement of the MUD agenda. This electoral defeat was caused in large part by an economic and media campaign waged by powerful US-backed interests against the Maduro administration, exacerbated by a plunge in oil prices. There was also some voter abstention among a significant part of the Chavista electoral base motivated by dissatisfaction with the government's handling of the related shortages, inflation, and corruption. For this reason, there is a great deal of critique and self-critique going on throughout the entire spectrum of Chavismo with a view to correcting errors (rectificación) and relaunching (reimpulso) the Bolivarian project.

Come witness and document the efforts of the popular sectors to regroup and defend the political, economic and social rights guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution, even during a period in which a neoliberal agenda will likely dominate the legislative branch of government.

Come see the real "threat" posed by Venezuela - as living proof that another world indeed is possible. As the Venezuelan people assert, "Venezuela is not a threat - we are hope!"

Some important articles:

Statement of International Solidarity with Venezuela's Seed Law
 https://revolucionalimentaria.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/statement-of-international-solidarity-with-venezuelas-seed-law/

Venezuela Passes Law Banning GMOs, by Popular Demand
 https://revolucionalimentaria.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/venezuela-passes-law-banning-gmos-by-popular-demand/

Venezuela Takes Control of Its Border as Bogotá and Caracas Bring Their Cases to UNASUR
 http://www.coha.org/venezuela-colombia-border-dispute/

Venezuela Recognized by FAO for Halving Malnutrition
 http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/11410

Revolution, Counter Revolution, and the Economic War in Venezuela: Part I
 http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/11170

Revolution, Counter Revolution, and the Economic War in Venezuela: Part II
 http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/11171

"THE COMMUNE OR NOTHING": POPULAR POWER AND THE STATE IN VENEZUELA
 https://revolucionalimentaria.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/the-commune-or-nothing-popular-power-and-the-state-in-venezuela/

VENEZUELA TO CONSIDER BAN ON TRANSGENIC SEED
 http://www.coha.org/venezuela-to-consider-ban-on-transgenic-seed/

VENEZUELA AND THE BATTLE AGAINST TRANSGENIC SEEDS
 http://www.coha.org/venezuela-and-the-battle-against-transgenic-seeds/

When: August 1 to 8, 2016

Tentative Itinerary: Start and end in Caracas; visits to the states of Miranda and Aragua.

Cost for Activities: $900. This will cover all lodging, all ground transportation, 2 meals per day, qualified trip leaders, and Spanish-English interpretation. Additional expenses during the trip will be minimal. Airfare not included. The passages roundtrip plane to Venezuela ( From US ) are between $ 333- $430 (from New York)

To Learn more and hold a spot, email  cbalbertolovera@gmail.com. Please be in touch as soon as possible, as space for this delegation is very limited. Please allow several days for responses.

Sponsored by the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of NY.
For more information see:

Check out these articles from past delegations:

Reflections on Venezuela: Food, Health, Democracy, and a Hope for a Better World
 http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2008/magdoff040208.html

The Venezuelan Effort to Build a New Food and Agriculture System
 link to monthlyreview.org

For more information:  cbalbertolovera@gmail.com