Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Struggles to Uproot Violence, Militarism and Injustice in Latin American and the Caribbean

The Struggles to Uproot Violence, Militarism and Injustice
in Latin American and the Caribbean
Saturday, November 2, 2019, 1 – 4 pm
Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Jaime Herrera, 973-277-2098        Bob Witanek, 908-881-5275

Constituents of various Latin American and Caribbean nations will be coming together to head up a panel discussion on November 2, 1 - 4 pm at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church to discuss
“The Struggles to Uproot Violence, Militarism and Injustice in Latin American and the Caribbean.”

This panel discussion event will feature perceptions of advocates of the the struggles of Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, Haiti, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil and possibly other nations,  Speakers will provide a brief overview of the struggles of these nations, the peoples demands, the obstacles, root causes, including the role of the United States and multinational corporations in the plight of these nations.  Latin America and the Caribbean is experiencing a reinvigoration of the popular movements to challenge exploitation by foreign nations and businesses/.


According to organizers, the purpose of the educational event is to build  “mutual support and possibly new connections and alliances among sectors that have common interests and common goals.”

Speakers will include:  Lulu Garcia of A Call to Action on Puerto Rico, Rep of Comite Roque Dalton, FMLN (El Salvador), Aleandro Jaramillo of COSECHA (on topic of US war on migrant diaspora),  advocates of struggle from Ecuador, Colombia, Haiti, Honduras, Bolivia, Mexico and potentially others.  Co-sponsoring organizations include #NJAntiWarAgenda, NJ Hands Off Venezuela,  Colombia Solidarity,  Comite Roque Dalton FMLN, A Call to Action on Puerto Rico, NJ Peace Council.

According to the flier for the event:

Latin America and the Caribbean is experiencing a reinvigoration of the popular movements to challenge exploitation by foreign nations and businesses.  This educational event will build  mutual support and possibly new connections and alliances among sectors that have common interests and common goals.”

According to Bob Witanek of NJ Anti War Agenda, one of the event’s organizers, “The United States is pushing Latin American and Caribbean nations toward allowing the land natural resources of their nations to be developed for the benefit of multinational corporations and in doing so, trampling the rights of the Indigenous and ignoring the  needs of the extremely impoverished masses of people.  The US is also promoting militarism and repression leading to violence and resurgence of death squad enforcement of US designs.  Meanwhile US is pushing Latin nations toward a major war with Venezuela and other nations that could engulf the entire continent of South America and the Caribbean.”



For more information, please call 908-881-5275 (for English) or 973-277-2098 (for Spanish).

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Open letter to all Teachers and Administrators Unions at NJ Public and Private Schools, Including Colleges / Leadership and Ranks:


Open letter to all Teachers and Administrators Unions at NJ Public and Private Schools, Including Colleges / Leadership and Ranks:

SEE PRESS RELEASE AND EVENT LINK AFTER LETTER
THU SEPT 12 9PM SCOTT HALL 221,
COLLEGE AV, RU, NEW B, NJ


The speech and academic freedom rights of all faculty, administrators and students across the state of NJ are threatened by a companion set of proposed NJ law that will, among other things, define questioning “Israel’s right to exist” as an act of “Anti-Semitism” and will go so far as to criminalize a whole set of opinions that are part of the normal discourse when discussing US foreign policy.  The laws proposed are so wide ranging and  so vague as to cast a legal cloud over any legitimate discussion on US war and peace in NJ schools.  The sanctions proposed are draconian and there is even reference to criminal penalties including fines and incarceration.

The proposed law
NJ (S4001/ NJ A5755)  has widespread bipartisan support including the sponsorship of NJ Democrat Senate Kingpin Sweeney.  I invite you to see for yourself what is in this repressive legislation that could come to the floor this fall: 


https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S4500/4001_I1.HTM?fbclid=IwAR0j9En15NQPYi28dWO2PxMURcmaiUF6x5Nz0-SWQnjmnMIX4ZXCrcVBWys 


The question for faculty, staff, administrators, members of unions and organizing graduate students, for students, members of student organizations that address current issues, student unions, etc. - do you recognize the detrimental impact this proposed law could have on your profession, on student participation, on the curriculum, on the careers of faculty with a history of being outspoken on US foreign policy issues, across the board on the over all atmosphere on college campuses and in public and private schools?

Everybody’s job will be at the whim of a potential smear under this repressive legislation.

We invite all levels of participation from union members, leadership and those organizing campus and school unions.

There are many ways to participate:


1. First and foremost - read the proposed bill linked above and the statements about the bill.

2. There will be organized events at Rutgers Newark and New Brunswick and likely other campuses, representation of union officials, or members for identification purposes, as well as rank and file organizations and organizing committees are encouraged to issue statements and participate in the panels / speak out events.

3. Take a formal position in your local or committee and send it to the state and national urging them to join in the statement, as well as copy to entire NJ Senate, Assembly, Governor and candidates in 2019 for Trenton Senate and Assembly positions.

4. Conduct classroom discussion, organizational discussion and other educational efforts and join in opposition to US war escalations - to show that these kinds of laws will not prevent peace organizing on colleges and in schools.

Please text 908-881-5275 if interested in engaging in any of the above proposed actions or if you have other ideas as to how to best stop this.

In struggle against imperialism and against this NJ repressive law proposal!

Stop
S4001/ NJ A5755!

Bob Witanek 908-881-5275

Facebook group: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2796238433736499/

More links to information from this article: 

http://njnouswarinme.blogspot.com/2019/07/antiwar-organizing-could-soon-be-crime.html


TEACH IN TO OPPOSE "REPRESSIVE" NJ PROPOSED NJ S4001
THU SEPT 12 9PM SCOTT HALL 221,
COLLEGE AV, RU, NEW B, NJ

FACEBOOK LINK: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/488356271724456/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT BOB WITANEK 908-881-5275


Several student, faculty and community organizations are coming together to "put a stop" to attempts to pass what they are calling "repressive" NJ S4001 that conflates opposition to Israeli policies to anti-Semitism and attempts to impose punitive measures for presenting discussions that cast criticism on Israel and its policies and US relations with Israel.

The opponents of the bill, sponsored by NJ Democrat Senate strong man Sweeney, believe passage of the bill will have a chilling impact on the ability to hold "open and honest" consideration of US foreign policy as regards relations to Israel as well as hamper efforts to offer "solidarity to the Palestinian people."

One of the organizers, Rutgers Alumnus Bob Witanek recently wrote a letter calling upon teachers unions on campuses and in public schools to work together toward the defeat of the measure.

Sherry Wolf of AAUP at Rutgers has stated that an "Academic Freedom Committee" has formed and this group will also take up opposition to the bill.

Opponents of this measure will present a short "teach-in" on the topic, Thursday, September 12, at Scott Hall 221 at 9pm.

It will feature presentations by Wassim Kanaan of American Muslims for Palestine, NJ Chapter, Mazhar Syad. a Rutgers MA recipient who was engaged in the successful effort oppose Condolezza Rice's receipt of an honorary degree and serve as keynote speaker in 2014 graduation ceremony to protest her role in the US war on Iraq and Bob Witanek who protested CIA at Rutgers in the 1980s  and more recently in 2018.  Others invited including the organizations Anakbayan, Students for Justice in Palestine, Rutgers AAUP and the Academic Freedom Coalition, among others.

Pizza will be available at event.

For more information, call or text 908-881-5275

Friday, July 19, 2019

Antiwar Organizing Could Soon be a Crime in NJ! #NJANTIWARAGENDA Text 908-881-5275


NJ elected officials of both the Democratic and Republican parties in the NJ Senate and Assembly have introduced bills (NJ S4001/ NJ A5755 ) that would virtually outlaw and criminalize criticism of the policies of Israel (and US policies coordinating with Israel) at NJ college campuses and in NJ public schools.

Under the headline RESOURCES below there are many links with ways you can support the effort to protect our right to dissent in NJ.

The pretext for this extremely repressive proposed law is the false premise that criticism of Israel is “anti-Semitic” – and the proposed law proscribes sanctions and even potential criminal penalties for such activity.  I will leave the debunking of that false narrative to others more qualified (see the resources below)– for my part I will focus on:

THE DETRIMENTAL AFFECT THE PROPOSED LAW WOULD HAVE ON ORGANIZING AGAINST WAR, IMPERIALISM AND IN FAVOR OF HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY IN NJ

This proposed law is a clear broad side attack on NJ students, teachers, faculty and staff's first amendment rights to free speech.  Students have a right to express their opinions, to learn about and support grass roots democracy and actions to introduce legislation.  It sends the wrong message to the youngest generation who - if this law passes - will find these rights infringed upon as they try to find their political voices.

To be clear, by proposing to outlaw criticism of Israel, NJ legislators would also be outlawing criticism of the US policy of SUPPORT for Israel.  The US is a WAR PARTNER of Israel in every corner of the globe.  (e.g. Central America )  The US also has ties to Israel domestically in the wall construction on the US southern border and in training US police departments.  All of these activities link US policy to Israel and this proposed piece of repressive legislation could also be used to disrupt and forbid advocacy opposing those Israel related policies.

This proposed law could create a pretext  to undermine antiwar organizing on NJ college campuses and in NJ public schools.  US relations with and support for Israel underpins US Middle East policy.  An effective antiwar movement obviously must challenge the entire war operation especially regarding US war operations in the Middle East.  This law if enacted could make administrators on colleges and in public schools feel compelled to challenge students, faculty and staff that attempt to raise opposition to US war in the MIddle East and elsewhere.  It will also provide an umbrella for pro-war forces to complain to administrators about anti-war activities using the proposed law as the basis.


A movement that aims to effectively challenge US foreign policy MUST engage the students and faculty at the high school and college levels.  The National Security State takes pains  to undermine the success of such an organizing effort.  In 2018, Rutgers University, through its Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence, partnered with police, Homeland Security, other US government agencies and academics to sponsor a forum entitled “Fighting HateWhile Preserving Freedom” that outlined the partnership between the National Security State and academia toward those goals.  The event was met with protests which I helped coordinate on behalf of #NJANTIWARAGENDA  with endorsement of Anakbayan Rutgers and expert coordination by two lead campus organizers.  This proposed law is the follow up step to implement the repressive ideas that were promoted at the Rutgers event.

If this law is passed in NJ –  administrations at colleges and at public schools will “err on the side of caution.”  If there is advocacy in the schools that touches even tangentially to any issue regarding Israel, administrations – not looking for trouble or that are already a captive asset of government agency  – will forbid the activity.  Students who could potentially play a pivotal role in advancing efforts to effectively advocate against war will end up having their yearning to participate crushed.

The struggle against imperialism and war has to center on the issue of Middle East peace.  Central to lasting Middle East peace is an end to Israel occupation of Palestine and the recognition of the humanity of Palestinians.  So there can be NO effective movement against war without advocacy for the cause of Palestine.  A law preventing mention of these topics creates a major obstacle to the struggle against US war.

Any coalition seeking to unify against war and imperialism and to advocate for Palestinian rights needs to converge the efforts of those in the US committed to those goals with people of all of the nations that are either under attack and oppressed by a partnership between the US, Israel and other partners including UK, KSA, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, many other nations and entities.  Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims play a critical role in every coalition on college campuses and in our communities not only on international issues but around domestic issues that impact everybody’s day to day lives. This proposed law aims to fracture these coalitions thus undermining our effectiveness and any potential success - around all of our fronts of struggle.  I would take it a step further to venture that this law if passed and implemented will virtually shut down any and all effective dissent in NJ.

Therefore the call goes out to all those that oppose US war, imperialism and stand in favor of human rights for Palestinians – we have no choice but to destroy this initiative of the US National Security State (NJ S4001/ NJ A5755 )  The proposed law would provide a mechanism to repress our opposition.  In the process, it could  destroy the lives of students and teachers through false smear and criminalization of our legitimate and necessary organizing.

In addition to lobbying in every way possible the NJ Assembly, Senators and the Governor of NJ – which could include when they show up in our communities - to defeat this repressive proposed law, let us proceed to do precisely the kind of organizing this proposed law aims to disrupt and prevent.  Let us put together the best organized college and high school effort this state and even this nation has ever seen – combining advocacy against war and imperialism, for human rights and liberation of Palestinians with the total defeat of this repressive proposal. We must not only defeat this repression bill, but defeat it so thoroughly that NJ legislators never try to dredge it back up from the cesspool into which it must be rendered.  And as we win the battle against this repressive effort, we will use the momentum to prevent US warfare and further the cause of justice and liberation for Palestinians. 

If you are interested in connecting with others to organize at an event at or near college campuses or public schools please send a text to 908-881-5275.  Follow the links below for many ways to get further involved in this struggle to save our right to dissent in the state of NJ  and also to render a solid defeat to this repressive initiative of National Security State and Israeli Defense Force.

SAY NO to National Security State and Israeli Defense Force ideological hegemony on NJ campuses and in NJ public schools!  And let’s stop the state to state spread of these dictatorial laws.  (Similar laws have passed in Florida and South Carolina.)

RESOURCES

This page from CAIR – NJ allows you to write a letter every 24 hours to your NJ Senator and Assembly members::

This is a letter drafted by the coalition of groups with legal input from Palestine Legal followed by their announcement of this effort:


Here is a Facebook group dedicated to stopping this repressive proposed law:

These are some of the articles that have been published on this situation:




Here is a copy of the Senate version of the proposed law:

Meanwhile in a related development Rep. Ilhan Omar and others have introduced a bill to protect our right to support BDS nationally:

Here is a petition in support of the Omar initiative.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

NJ Mobilizes for Saturday DC Embassy Protection / Thursday Newark Rally

NJ Residents will be headed to DC to do support work outside the Venezuelan Embassy this weekend.

This will be the third week in a row a group of NJ residents headed to DC to do "Embassy Protection Duty" at the Venezuela Embassy in Washington DC.

The embassy has been surrounded by dozens of armed police from probably a half a dozen federal, state and local police forces .

Additionally, surrounding the building, are a CIA trained group of Venezuelans and possibly others, supporters of Juan Guaido - who self proclaims to be interim president - in a US attempt to foment a coup de tat against the nation and people of Venezuela.  The obviously well funded and highly organized group has surrounded the embassy and attacked anyone that tried to bring in food to the invited guests - which now number 4 still residing in the embassy.  The electricity has been shut off as has been the water.

Invited guests of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela have been staying in the embassy providing protection from its illegal seizuer of the embassy building, which is the property of the elected Venezuelan Government, by the United States through a combination of police and mob action..

As of now, there is one vehicle going down from Newark, NJ leaving Saturday 5/18 8 am - returning Saturday to NJ around 9pm.  For details, text 908-881-5275/

Another vehicle leaves New Brunswick 5/18 8 am (Sears back parking lot) for 9pm Saturday return.  For details text 908-881-5275. Another vehicle leaves Collingswood 9am and returns 7pm. For details text 908-881-5275.
We are arranging more connections so contact 908-881-5275 if you might have interest - texting details if possible though voice is also ok.  If you are willing to drive and can take passengers also text to same number.

THURSDAY 2:30 PM, MAY 16
NJ RESIDENTS TO DELIVER EMBASSY PROTECTION LETTER TO SENATORS BOOKER AND MENENDEZ


1 Gateway Center, Newark, NJ 07102

NJ residents are set to hand in the letter from the Embassy Protectors Collective of their offer to leave the Venezuelan Embassy under a Protectors Agreement for corresponding embassies between US and Venezuela at the offices of Senator Menendez and Senator Booker.  They will rally outside from 2:30 - 3:30 and then bring the letters into the offices of the two U.S. Senatrors.

All are encouraged to join and participate in this message of solidarity and peace with the Embassy Protection Collective and the Venezuelan people and people of all of Latin America. 


PROPOSAL FOR NATIONAL MARCH POSSIBLY MAY 25

While not decided, it was discussed on a conference call a possible national march on May 25, even if the Venezuelan guests have been evicted or have left - especially if the embassy was not put under protected status as is being requested by the guests.

Protection supporters have been responding on an emergency basis for weeks on end.  The idea would be to have an event of a more participatory character - with more organized transportation and organized participation.


If you are interested in helping to make that happen, Text or call 908-881-5275.

NIGHTLY VIGIL / PROTESTS OUTSIDE VENEZUELAN EMBASSY (FROM ANSWER)

Daily vigils from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1099 30th St. NW, Washington D.C.

We urge everyone who can to join daily mobilizations to prevent the illegal seizure of the Venezuelan embassy by supporters of the U.S.-backed coup and protest the siege imposed on embassy protectors by a right-wing mob that has assembled outside. With the full cooperation of the Secret Service, the coup supporters have blockaded food and other essentials needed by members of the Embassy Protection Collective who are living inside the building as invited guests of the legitimate government of Venezuela.
The mob has already carried out numerous acts of physical violence as well as hurling racist, sexist and anti-LGBTQ abuse. But this has only strengthened the resolve of the embassy protectors. What is most needed now is a show of force on a daily basis by all those who believe in Venezuela's right to determine its own destiny and oppose the U.S. war machine.
ANSWER Coalition organizers and volunteers have been participating in this historic effort for the past month. We want to thank everyone who has traveled long distances to join us here in Washington, D.C. at different times during the past month. We want to thank those who have been able to remain and help create a sustained presence. This has been a fantastic example of cooperation with support from numerous organizations and individuals who have come together in opposition to the Trump administration's brazen efforts to violate international law, impose crippling economic sanctions, topple an internationally-recognized sovereign government and drag the United States into another war -- this time in Latin America. We can all make the difference by working together.

HOW NJ BANNER LED TO THE FELLING OF TREES - CINCO DE MAYO AT THE VENEZUELAN EMBASSY

A group of 4 NJ residents traveled to Washington DC to support the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective.

I guarded our banner for 6 hours outside the Venezuelan embassy - first thing the next morning, Secret Service chopped down 2 trees including the one the banner is attached to!



This PROVES that our hanging this banner - WAS A THORN IN THE SIDE to imperialist monsters that want to slaughter thousands of Venezuelans!

The banner says:

NJ Says HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!
RESCIND GUAIDO!
END SANCTIONS!
NO US WAR IN LATIN AMERICA!


I mourn for the trees - - and soon if the US continues in this direction it could be 10s of 1000s to a million or more Venezuelans - 40,000 already died through the economic warfare of sanctions according to a recent report - that follow the fate of these two trees whose only crime is being across from the Venezuelan embassy under the siege of a CIA coup - for having supported a message making demands to abandon Golpista Guaido, to end the sanctions and avoid US war in Latin America.

Video from May 5 when El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido was played from Embassy followed by 50 youth marching up to join our protection rally: 

https://www.facebook.com/NJRevRad/videos/2262825337366909/


Though the Water and Lights are Off
The CIA Surrounds the Embassy
Wont you please come to DC 
To End this fascist siege!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

DC - VZ Embassy - NJ Transportation - May 10 - 12 - 908-881-5275 to GO!

NJ Residents will be headed to DC to do support work outside the Venezuelan Embassy this weekend.

If you are interested in traveling as a passenger or you are willing to drive - please text the details to 908-881-5275.  I will update this article as the details come in.

As of now, there is one vehicle going down from Brick Township, NJ leaving Saturday 5/11 8 am - returning Sunday to NJ around 9pm.  For details, text 732-616-1751.

Another vehicle leaves New Brunswick 5/11 8 am (Sears back parking lot) for 9pm Saturday return.  For details text 732-766-0107.


On Wednesday May 8, the Secret Service had the electric company shut off the electricity to the embassy and the US government is collaborating with a horde of right wing supporters of the CIA backed coup effort that are surrounding the building and physically assaulting anyone trying to bring food to the Protectors.


PROPOSAL FOR NATIONAL MARCH MAY 18 (OR 25?) (TENTATIVE)


We need a NATIONAL MARCH on the Venezuelan Embassy - march around and around the block - force in 1 ton of food - and build an OCCUPY kind of presence to challenge the CIA backed marauders that are working with cops and Secret Service to attempt to starve out the guests of the Venezuelan Embassy.  Text or call 908-881-5275 if you are interested in helping to organize this.

NIGHTLY VIGIL / PROTESTS OUTSIDE VENEZUELAN EMBASSY (FROM ANSWER)

Daily vigils from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1099 30th St. NW, Washington D.C.

We urge everyone who can to join daily mobilizations to prevent the illegal seizure of the Venezuelan embassy by supporters of the U.S.-backed coup and protest the siege imposed on embassy protectors by a right-wing mob that has assembled outside. With the full cooperation of the Secret Service, the coup supporters have blockaded food and other essentials needed by members of the Embassy Protection Collective who are living inside the building as invited guests of the legitimate government of Venezuela.
The mob has already carried out numerous acts of physical violence as well as hurling racist, sexist and anti-LGBTQ abuse. But this has only strengthened the resolve of the embassy protectors. What is most needed now is a show of force on a daily basis by all those who believe in Venezuela's right to determine its own destiny and oppose the U.S. war machine.
ANSWER Coalition organizers and volunteers have been participating in this historic effort for the past month. We want to thank everyone who has traveled long distances to join us here in Washington, D.C. at different times during the past month. We want to thank those who have been able to remain and help create a sustained presence. This has been a fantastic example of cooperation with support from numerous organizations and individuals who have come together in opposition to the Trump administration's brazen efforts to violate international law, impose crippling economic sanctions, topple an internationally-recognized sovereign government and drag the United States into another war -- this time in Latin America. We can all make the difference by working together.

CINCO DE MAYO AT THE VENEZUELAN EMBASSY

A group of 4 NJ residents traveled to Washington DC to support the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective.

I guarded our banner for 6 hours outside the Venezuelan embassy - first thing the next morning, Secret Service chopped down 2 trees including the one the banner is attached to!



This PROVES that our hanging this banner - WAS A THORN IN THE SIDE to imperialist monsters that want to slaughter thousands of Venezuelans!

The banner says:

NJ Says HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!
RESCIND GUAIDO!
END SANCTIONS!
NO US WAR IN LATIN AMERICA!


I mourn for the trees - - and soon if the US continues in this direction it could be 10s of 1000s to a million or more Venezuelans - 40,000 already died through the economic warfare of sanctions according to a recent report - that follow the fate of these two trees whose only crime is being across from the Venezuelan embassy under the siege of a CIA coup - for having supported a message making demands to abandon Golpista Guaido, to end the sanctions and avoid US war in Latin America.

Video from May 5 when El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido was played from Embassy followed by 50 youth marching up to join our protection rally: 

https://www.facebook.com/NJRevRad/videos/2262825337366909/


Though the Water and Lights are Off
The CIA Surrounds the Embassy
Wont you please come to DC 
To End this fascist siege!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Please Help Demand NO to Combat BDS Votes by Booker, Menendez, NJ Congressional Reps

Please Retweet the following to NJ's Senators and Congress members urging them to vote NO on the unconstitutional Combat BDS laws.

Also please sign the petition at this link.





Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Protest NATO aggression around the world/Hands Off Venezuela" demonstration, this Saturday, March 30, in Washington, D.C.

"

POP Members, Friends & Comrades in Struggle,

By now you should have received in your email the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) leaflet for the "protest NATO aggression around the world/Hands Off Venezuela" demonstration, this Saturday, March 30, in Washington, D.C.  The purpose of this memo is to recruit you to be part of a POP contingent in this important historic mobilization.  Trump is aggressively organizing imperialist allies and subordinate lackeys to form an international constituency for military invasion, regime change and subversion of the Bolivarian Revolution, Venezuela's striving for socialism and popular benefit of the world's largest petroleum reserves, which are coveted by Imperialism, led by U.S. Imperialism.  Those of us in the belly of the imperialist beast, who  cherish freedom; uphold the  right of self-determination for oppressed nations, former colonies and dependent countries; struggle for Black Liberation; and oppose imperialism must do all in our power stay the hand of US  intervention into  Venezuela.  Already, economic, political and cyber attacks have been mounted by the US to destabilize the country and to undermine the legitimately elected (by 67% of the vote) government of President Nicolas Maduro.  WE MUST NOT STAND BY! WE MUST ACT!!!

POP resolved to stand with Venezuela and against Imperialism, led by US Imperialism; to stand with the Afro-descended Venezuelans and against Trump and his white -supremacist minions; and to stand with the workers and peasants of this South American country determined to reject return to the Monroe Doctrine," whereby The USA asserted that the entire Western Hemisphere is the backyard of the US and subject to its domination.  Saturday's demo is an important opportunity to translate our resolution into action.  When delegates of the sponsoring coalition recently met with President Maduro, he emphasized how important is an anti-war movement in the USA.  we can and should join our allies in building that movement and uphold our responsibility to Venezuela and the International Working Class, as anti-imperialists in this country.

Our member and ally, Bob Witanek has reserved a bus that will leave Lincoln Park, Newark at 7:00AM on Saturday.  Roundtrip seats are $50 (sliding scale based on ability to pay).  On behalf of our organization, Vice Chair Adams has advanced $200 that will hopefully be reimbursed by sign-ups for Saturday.

We will speak from the platform; be represented on the lead banner; and have been invited to serve as marshals and march organizers, if we have volunteers.  

Attend:

Thursday's POP celebration of Women's history Month and sign up for DC or call Larry Adams at: 201-294-0046.

LET'S GET ON THE BUS and demand: "HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!

Sincerely,

Larry Adams
Vice-Chair of External Affairs

People's Organization for Progress