Venezuelan solidarity in the US
Activists in the United States organised a series of events to broaden the understanding of what is happening in Venezuela, during the week of April 11-17. Documentaries on the Bolivarian revolution and the coup were shown, including screenings of the award winning documentary The Revolution Will Not Be Televised in Chicago, New Jersey, Minneapolis and Washington DC. Groups involved in organising screenings to commemorate the coup included the Association of Black Collegiates, Student Multi-Cultural Center, World Festival of Youth & Students Minnesota Local Organizing Committee, North-West New Jersey Peace Fellowship, Amanda Liberdat Bolivarian Circle and the Peace and Justice Coalition of the Prince George's County.
Journalists union supports Venezuela
On April 9, the British National Union of Journalists (NUJ) annual delegates meeting passed a motion supporting Venezuela's ‘‘revolution of the poor’‘ and offering Venezuela solidarity against any attack on its sovereignty. The motion criticised the role of the Venezuelan media is supporting the coup against Chavez and other undemocratic actions by the US-backed opposition inside Venezuela.
The motion committed the NUJ to raising the need to build solidarity with Venezuela amongst the broader trade union movement, to participate in a trade-union delegation to Venezuela, to build links with Venezuelan trade unionists and to work for these aims with the Hands Off Venezuela solidarity group.
For the full text of the motion passed, visit http://www.greenleft.org.au/.
From Green Left Weekly, April 20, 2005.