Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Protest Friday 5pm Outside Booker Event Against VZ Coup Attempt

Cory Booker Handed Over Newark’s Public Schools to Wall Street…Now He Wants to Do the Same with Venezuela’s Oil

Hands Off Venezuela!

End the Sanctions and All Forms of US Intervention!

No to Coups, No to US, Brazilian or Colombian Military attacks on Venezuela!

February 13, 2019
For Immediate Release
Hands Off Venezuela/New Jersey
Jay Arena (English and Spanish) 504-520-9521

Friday, February 15
5 -6:30 PM
35 Edison Pl., PJ Ryan’s at the Rock
Newark, NJ

Hands Off Venezuela/New Jersey, a coalition of immigrant, labor, socialist, peace and civil rights groups from across New Jersey, will gather outside Senator Cory Booker’s $1,000 a plate Presidential Fundraiser to demand an end to the US sanctions and all attempts to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela. “We are part of a growing national and international movement to demand that Trump and his Democratic party collaborators, like Cory Booker, end the sanctions, which are really weapons of mass destruction, and other schemes to over throw the democratically elected Venezuelan government,” said Bob Witanek of Hands Off Venezuela/New Jersey.

Cory Booker’s slogan for his 2020 presidential campaign is “When we join together and work together — we will rise together.” But working together with the criminal Trump regime, and the long-time war monger, the senior Senator from New Jersey, Robert Menendez, will not result in the US and Venezuelan people “rising together”. And Booker, far from condemning the attacks of Trump and Menendez, is working with them to further the demonization of the Venezuelan government, paving the way for an invasion, as he smears the democratically elected government as “alarming on many levels. “What is alarming is that the US is now threatening another war, and carrying out murderous sanctions, that have wrought mass destruction and misery from Iraq and Afghanistan, to Nicaragua and Honduras,” said Newark activist Karl Schwartz.

The real concern of the Republicans and Democrats, and their corporate paymasters, is getting hold of Venezuela’s oil and other natural resources. “Cory Booker has a track record of working to hand over public resources, such as Newark’s Public Schools and the City’s water, to his hedge fund backers, and this is their agenda in Venezuela as well” pointed out long time Newark public school teacher and union activist, Avram Rips.

Hands Off Venezuela/New Jersey calls on Booker for an end to these attacks, and for a redirection of resources to rebuild our crumbling and disappearing public schools, housing, hospitals, mass transit, and fix our lead contaminated water-pipes, among other crises affecting working people in Newark and across the US and world.



  1. Mainstream media obediantly backs the US regime-change effort in Venezuela.
    - Alan Macleod / Venezuela Analysis

    (VA) — The latest extraordinary chapter in the bizarre world of Venezuelan politics is playing out before our eyes. After winning the 2018 presidential elections, Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated in January.

    But after the Inauguration, the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó — a man whom, at the time, less than 20 percent of the country had even heard of — declared himself to be President.

    Guaidó (who was not on the 2018 presidential ballot) was immediately backed by the governments of the U.S. and U.K., with Vice President Mike Pence stating, “Nicolás Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power. He has never won the presidency in a free and fair election, and has maintained his grip of power by imprisoning anyone who dares to oppose him.”

    Our mainstream media alleged the election in Venezuela was a travesty, the “coronation of a dictator,” according to The Independent. Other major outlets called them “heavily rigged,” “the fortification of a dictatorship” and a “farce cementing autocracy.” The Miami Herald called them “fraudulent,” a “sham,” a “charade” and a “joke” in one column alone.

    ▪ Conversely, the idea of a “sham election” in Venezuela was flatly refuted by every international election observation organization monitoring the elections, many of whom produced detailed reports attesting to their exemplary organization and implementation.

    There were a number of prominent international observers monitoring the 2018 elections, including former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero, who said he “did not have any doubt about the voting process” and the ex-President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, who declared the “impeccably organized” elections proceeded with “absolute normalcy.”

    But you would have been hard pressed to find any acknowledgment of this in Western media outlets.

    ▪ The Trump administration shows its true hand. Since Maduro’s swearing-in, the US has been openly championing regime change in the country.

    John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Advisor, has described Venezuela as a business opportunity.

    “It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies really invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela,” he said.

    With clear parallels to the build-up to the Iraq War, Bolton also labeled Venezuela as belonging to a “troika of tyranny” and recently suggested sending Maduro to Guantanamo Bay.

    At the same time, the U.S. has ramped up its sanctions on the beleaguered nation, in spite of pleas from the UN to do the opposite. The Human Rights Council formally condemned them, noting they made the crisis far worse. One Special Rapporteur declared them a possible “crime against humanity”.

    In addition to US sanctions, the U.K. government has blocked the transfer of Venezuela’s gold out of the Bank of England after it declared Guaidó its legitimate leader.

    ▪ The US Media dutifully backs President Trump's pretense of “democracy promotion and protection of human rights".

    The Washington Post, for example, applauded the administration’s actions, urging it to tighten the sanctions while claiming Guaido had given hope to the people of Venezuela.

    Furthermore, the media ignores the opinions of everyday Venezuelans. Eighty-six percent are against military intervention and 81 percent disagree with the current sanctions, according to a recent local poll.

    Perhaps there’s a ulterior motive to the mainstream media’s uniform approach in delegitimatizing Maduro’s regime: to undermine and attack the rise of socialist-inspired ideas back home.

    When it comes to key issues such as foreign policy, the charade that the media cares about impartiality and truth withers away to reveal its true role in serving the powerful.