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

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

NJ Decides – One or Two Buses to March 16 March for Latin American Peace


Contribute or reserve your seat for March16:
https://fundly.com/hands-off-venezuela-march-on-dc-march-16?fbclid=IwAR3xCSsfdbWQdVDg2olV2-P0041RQHLZ2x45KhNyaWSickH4XxpDycGxsRs  


This Saturday, March16, thousands will descend on Washington DC to demand NO U.S. War, no coup, no intervention, no interference, no slaughter against the nation and people of Venezuela.  As of now about 60 NJ residents are signed up for transportation to this historic event.  The timing could not be better for this important protest.

The US continues to escalate its warfare targeting the nation and people of Venezuela.  In the past few days:

There have been about 5 consecutive cyber attacks on the Venezuelan electric grid causing about 2 dozen deaths already, perhaps more.  The US CYBERCOMM within the US Deparment of Defense has finger prints all over these terrorist acts of war.  Within minutes of one of the attacks, Florida Senator Marc Rubio was tweeting threats to Maduro.  Guaido, the self anointed ‘wannabe’ who is trying to call himself president was stating that the electric will again be available when Venezuelan President Maduro is removed from power.

The US has started to threaten sanctions on India for purchasing oil from Venezuela.

The US has issued a travel warning on Bahamas which has opposed the US attempt to intervene in Venezuela and is threatening all nations that continue to relate with the constitutional government in Venezuela.

The New York Times has confirmed initial reports in much of the foreign press on February 23 that the “Maduro burned the US aid” was a totally staged and false incident – that it was actually US supported apparent mercenaries that set the aid on fire.  The US media had run with that for 3 weeks as a false story.

Another US news source has reported that a battalion of militia or mercenaries was ready to infiltrate into Venezuela had the aid trucks gotten through on February 23.

So the timing is right and the question is this – is NJ capable of funding and filling a second bus to this historic event.  


It is risky just a few days before the event to invest in an additional bus reservation.  Unfortunately given the pressing economic times, many participants are waiting until the last minute to reserve their slot, contribute and make their commitment to participate.

In order to assess if we can double the NJ participation, we need two things quickly – funders and participants – and while those sets intersect – they are not necessarily all the same set of people.

I am getting a lot of reservations now from folks taking advantage of the discounted and subsidized seats on the bus.  Thus I am confident that we can likely fill all or most of the 2nd bus.  There is one participant who has arranged for 11 people to participate – so a few more astute organizers like that and we can easily make this happen.

Funds on the other hand seem not to be flowing much the last couple of days – and that can be the deciding factor.  There are many who are asking to hold seats but have yet to hit the contribution which is making it more difficult to decide on a second bus.

So the way this will work is -

We will continue to urge folks to reserve and contribute – now toward a second bus.  Should a second bus not be arranged, contributors and reservation holders will have the option either to have the funds refunded or to use the funds toward the March 30 Hands Off Venezuela / NO to NATO! March – also on Washington DC – we are arranging transport to that also.  Also if a full bus can not be funded we could apply for a smaller van or mini bus.

https://fundly.com/hands-off-venezuela-march-on-dc-march-16?fbclid=IwAR3xCSsfdbWQdVDg2olV2-P0041RQHLZ2x45KhNyaWSickH4XxpDycGxsRs 

ARE THERE ANY SIGNIFICANT DONORS WHO ARE WILLING TO OFFER $100 - $200 - $500 - $1000  – AS DONATION OR AS A SHARED RISK WITH THE IDEA THAT YOU WOULD RECOUP IT ASSUMING SEATS ARE RESERVED BUT COULD LOSE PART OF IT SHOULD THE ADDITIONAL BUS NOT BE FULL.  TEXT OR CALL 908-881-5275.

The nature of arranging transportation to national marches is most people decide at the last moment so it is hard to make concrete plans around additional transportation.

With the current threat level – with US military carrying our Cyber bombardment of the Venezuelan infrastructure, increasing sanctions, moving toward an embargo or blockade, threatening Venezuela’s allies, being exposed in contrived manufactured incident, one after another - -

WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION – MOVE BEYOND POSTING ON FACEBOOK ABOUT IT AND GET OUT IN THE STREETS!

Cast your vote wisely as to whether we should secure additional transportation!

https://fundly.com/hands-off-venezuela-march-on-dc-march-16?fbclid=IwAR3xCSsfdbWQdVDg2olV2-P0041RQHLZ2x45KhNyaWSickH4XxpDycGxsRs

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Deeper Level of Interaction Needed for Success of March 16 / 30

REGISTER / SUPPORT THESE MARCHES - TODAY - RIGHT NOW!

I think I figured out part of the challenges of organizing participation in March 16 and March 30 Antiwar marches in Washington DC. I have been organizing buses since the early 80s.  We used to sort of all fan out and sell seats and collect cash or checks. There was a coordinator - often me.  Other towns and groups also had coordinators and participatory bus organizing mechanisms.
But it seemed like the effort was more collective where people would call with 2 seats, 4 seats, a bunch of seats, half a bus . . .
But now folks seem to think the job is done because they see it circulating in social media. The personal touch for a mass mobilization seems a little amiss.  Right now it seems like less of a group effort as far as recruiting and pitching and getting folks to commit on the personal level.
My reach is being repressed / downgraded by Facebook now - I am absolutely sure of it by the lack of success of the information I am sharing - so circulation help is needed. That is DEFINITELY HURTING my ability to pull these activities together without more help = including with sharing - targeted sharing - on Insta / Twitter / MeWe. Media outreach.
More importantly - we need to talk to each other. Internet wise - phone wise - at meetings - when we see people - more personal touch by more people. In box and follow up is better than a random post to your feed. It's sales - it really is but we do need to market the importance of these activities to the point where people agree enough to participate or support. We need more folks actually advocating for the participation and support.
We need funds - and we need riders. The more the bus is funded, the less funds needed from the rest of the riders so that is less of an impediment for more participants.
If we are building a movement - we should be able to fund as much transportation as people willing to go. That would be massive. Not that its all about paying bus companies - and i get that - but these two marches - March 16 and 30 - are a challenge to us to see if we are WILLING TO SHOW UP AGAINST THE THEFT AND
SLAUGHTER OF A NATION - VENEZUELA!
So the people have to decide - are we going to make this happen - big - or are we going to let imperialism add another notch in the bloody CIA coup stick.
So it would be awesome if folks started asking around - with more of a personal touch - about both participation and financial support - organizations should suggest how they are going to make their presence felt in DC among the anti-war and anti-imperialist forces. What are your organizational goals for the day and how are you going to multiply the antiwar message delivered in DC by your presence.
The burden is upon us now - are we going to make these marches happen and how can we make them more effective?
And please DO make some sort of commitment if you can - participatory or financial - or promotional if you can not get there - or all of it and more.

Green Party of NJ Letter of Support for March 16 Hands Off VZ!


Dear Green Party Members and Friends,

The Green Party of NJ is supporting and participating in two upcoming national marches in Washington, D.C. to oppose the US coup-plotting toward Venezuela and to oppose NATO’s role in endless US war-making. The first one is on Saturday March 16 and the second one on Saturday March 30.  We are working with our movement partners #NJAntiWarAgenda, NJ Peace Council, Hands Off Venezuela, NJ and others toward mobilizing a NJ bus to each of these events.

We need to make as strong a statement as possible now -- first to show our ongoing opposition to regime change operations in Venezuela (each country has the right to self-determination) and to bring to light NATO’s history of death and destruction, while calling for its elimination. If there is war in Venezuela, this will be the first time NATO operations will extend to Latin America. The U.S. could use Colombia, a global partner of NATO, as a launch pad into Venezuela.

We encourage our members to participate in or to join one or both of these marches. This is a dangerous time!  If you can not attend - or even if you can - we encourage those who are able to contribute toward the transportation costs of both buses so that others who are available to march but caught short on the transportation costs can also participate.

To make your arrangements or to contribute, click on this funding site and make your contribution.  

You should also text to 908-881-5275 to explain which march you are contributing to (or either or both) and how many seats you would like to reserve.  You can also ask any questions about the logistics etc.

The suggested costs per seat are $50, $40 for discounted and other lower cost options for subsidized are available.  Please do not consider any financial limitation in deciding whether you can participate in the demonstrations on March 16 and/or March 30.

We also would appreciate if those with media contacts would send the press release (at link below)  to whatever media lists you may have. If possible, please follow up with them to encourage them to cover these organizing efforts against war and for peace in Latin America.
https://njnouswarinme.blogspot.com/2019/03/nj-anti-us-coup-protesters-headed-to.html

Please also continue to share the funding link and the press release links in your social media outlets, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

If you have any questions at all, be encouraged to contact Madelyn Hoffman 973-876-1023 or Bob Witanek 908-881-5275.

Please forward this e-mail to any colleagues who might be interested.

Sincerely,
Theresa Markila
Green Party of New Jersey
She, her, hers
On Behalf of the Coalition

Saturday, March 2, 2019

NJ Anti-US Coup Protesters Headed to Washington DC on March 16!


NJ Anti-US Coup Protesters Headed to Washington DC on March 16!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: BOB WITANEK 908-881-5275 Madelyn Hoffman at 973-876-1023.

Facebook Event

After a more than half a dozen protests around NJ as part of nearly 150 protests in the U.S. and internationally to oppose US threats and aggressions toward the nation and people of Venezuela, NJ residents are joining forces for a march on Washington DC on Saturday, March 16.  

Transportation is being provided to the national march which will culminate at a rally in front of the White House by NJ Anti War Agenda in coordination with the Hands off Venezuela NJ national coalition.  The suggested donations for a round trip to the Washington DC protest are $50 full cost, $40 discounted. There are also subsidies available down to $20.

The bus will leave 7 am from Lincoln Park in Newark with a 7:30 am pick up in New Brunswick New Jersey.  The bus is scheduled to return around 10 – 10:30 to those locations.

Contributions are also being sought for those who can help participants eager to march but without financial means.  You can arrange your participation as well as support the transportation costs of others at this funding link:

According to Bob Witanek, a founder of NJ Anti War Agenda as well as Hands Off Venezuela – NJ, “The US is teetering dangerously toward direct military intervention to seek its goals of regime change in Venezuela. Its initial efforts to achieve a coup in Venezuela have gone wrong on many counts:

The inability to get support from the United Nations Security Council and from the Organization of American States.

Opposition from Caribbean nations organization CARICOMM.

The attempt to force Venezuela to accept so-called “humanitarian aid” into Venezuela on February 23 turned into a fiasco with an amateurish stage managed scene along the Colombia-Venezuela border

Refusal of international aid agencies to participate in the aid scheme which they see as an attempt to foment US intervention.

Statements from Brazil, Colombia and the European Union stating that they will not participate in US military actions against Venezuela.

The complete lack of support for any coup from within the Venezuelan armed forces in spite of US planted stories that they were in talks with officers within those forces.

The majority of the nations of the world including almost all of Asia and Africa and including Russia, China, India, Cuba, Bolivia and Mexico are working to oppose US intervention.

The capturing of weapons being smuggled into Venezuela by the armed forces.

However with all of those failures, the US is still pressing forward with air force surveillance along the coast, a military build up in the Caribbean, a continued offensive to try to drum up flagging international support and organizing of anti-Venezuela operations in Colombia and Brazil.  Cuba has also reported US special forces being mobilized in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean locations.”

Witanek states that the US and all of Latin America are in a “dangerous predicament at the brink of a major regional war that will bring massive death and destruction to Latin America and the Caribbean.”

For this reason, the organizations he has co-founded have joined a national effort for a march on the White House in Washington DC on March 16 an event called by the ANSWER Coalition.

According to Witanek, “There is a new wind blowing in the US and throughout the world.  This latest threat of US war is bringing together forces throughout the nation and world.  In Colombia and Brazil, the people are working to organize opposition to support those governments are giving to coup plans.  This march will come at an opportune time to issue a resounding NO to any attempt for the US to bring war, the deaths of tens of 1000s and ultimate destruction to Venezuela.”

NJ residents who oppose war will have a second chance this month to march in Washington,  D.C. on March 30 to oppose NATO and US warfare facilitated by NATO. At least one NJ bus will deliver NJ participants to that event. This 2nd event will be organized by the U.S. Peace Council and the NJ Peace Council, chaired by Madelyn Hoffman. Said Hoffman, “The blatant , arrogant and illegal coup attempt is the first foray of NATO into Latin America. Colombia is a global partner of NATO and would be used as a launch pad for U.S. troops to move into Venezuela. While Colombian leadership may be willing, the people are not. We need a strong one-two punch to show that the people oppose U.S. efforts to start another war.” Arrangements for transportation to that march can be made through the same
link .

Those interested in participation, can register and arrange payment at this link or call or text Bob Witanek at 908-881-5275 or Madelyn Hoffman at 973-876-1023.

Camden area is organizing vans and car pooling and readers can connect with that effort by contacting Michael Scheinberg (https://www.facebook.com/michael.scheinberg.9).