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Stop Trump’s “Humanitarian” Intervention in Venezuela!

The Trump administration, with the complicity of governments and political leaders of all stripes, is stepping up its intervention in Venezuela, trampling upon this nation’s sovereignty and self-determination in the guise of so-called “humanitarian aid.”

Who can accept such hypocrisy!

The U.S. government — under George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and now Donald Trump — promoted a failed coup attempt against Hugo Chávez (2002), imposed sanctions that deny Venezuela access to hard currency with which to purchase basic foods and medicines, prevented medicines from reaching Venezuela[1], demanded strict foreign debt repayment (under threat of even stiffer sanctions), and funded economic destabilization and sabotage of the economy by the private sector … all with the aim of starving a proud nation into submission to impose “regime change.”

UN Rapporteur Alfred de Zayas, in a March 3, 2018 report to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, exposed this hypocrisy. “Countries that continue to wage economic war on Venezuela have no right to scream ‘humanitarian crisis’ because they themselves are part of the problem. … The U.S.-European Union sanctions have caused untold numbers of deaths, mainly of children and the elderly, and must be condemned as a crime against humanity.”

Trump has now tightened the sanctions and seized the assets of Citgo and PDVSA in a barely disguised effort to take over Venezuela’s massive oil resources on behalf of U.S. multinational corporate interests.

The convoy of “humanitarian aid” at the border of Venezuela and Colombia is nothing more than the means through which the U.S. government, with proxy forces like Brazil and Colombia, is readying to overthrow a democratically elected president and reverse a political process that has been viewed by Washington as “an unacceptable alternative economic model for the Americas,” to quote what former President Richard Nixon said to justify U.S. support for the coup in Chile that overthrew President Salvador Allende.

We, the undersigned unionists and activists in the United States, oppose the ongoing coup attempt to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro. We denounce this “humanitarian aid” hoax, which is but a means to prepare a direct military intervention in Venezuela. The U.S., the European Union and all the governments that have bowed to U.S. pressures have no right to speak of “humanitarian crisis” or to parade as purveyors of “humanitarian aid” when they have caused the shortages of foods and medicines through their sustained economic war on Venezuela.

  • Stop Trump’s “Humanitarian Intervention”! 
  • U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!
  • Respect the Sovereignty and Right to Self-Determination of the Venezuelan People!

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Endnote:

1) In his March 3, 2018 report, UN Rapporteur Alfred de Zayas explains that the Colombian government had refused in 2017 to deliver anti-malaria medicines that had been ordered by Venezuela to halt an outbreak of malaria in that country, an action, he added, that was not condemned by the international community. The Venezuelan government had to order these medicines from India at predictably higher prices, further draining its foreign-currency reserves.

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Initial Endorsers

(all organizations and titles listed for id. purposes only)

Nancy Wohlforth
Secretary-Treasurer Emerita
OPEIU
Washington, DC
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Katherine Black
Co-convenor
US Labor Against the War
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
* * * * *
Donna Dewitt
President Emeritus
SC AFL-CIO
Communications Workers of America
Orangeburg, South Carolina
* * * * *
Berthony Dupont
Editor
Haiti Liberté
Brooklyn, New York
* * * * *
Nnamdi Lumumba
State Organizer
Ujima People’s Progress Party (Maryland)
Baltimore, Maryland
* * * * *
Saladin Muhammad
Retired UE International Rep
Co-coordinator of the Southern Workers Assembly.
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
* * * * *
Gene Bruskin
NWU/UAW
Silver Spring, Maryland
* * * * *
Michael Eisenscher
National Coordinator Emeritus
US Labor Against the War (USLAW)
Oakland, California
* * * * *
Jim Lafferty
Executive Director Emeritus,
National Lawyers Guild, L.A.
Los Angeles, California
* * * * *
Nick Brana
Founder and Executive Director
Movement for a People’s Party
Washington, DC
* * * * *
Carol Ehrle
Political Director
Movement for a People’s Party
San Mateo, California
* * * * *
Kali Akuno
Organizer
Cooperation Jackson.
Jackson, Mississippi
* * * * *
Ralph Schoenman
Editorial Board member
The Organizer Newspaper
Co-producer, Taking Aim
Vallejo, California
* * * * *
Alan Benjamin
Editorial Board member
The Organizer Newspaper
San Francisco, California
* * * * *
Mya Shone
Editorial Board member
The Organizer Newspaper
Co-producer, Taking Aim
Vallejo, California
* * * * * *
Milie Phillips
Steering Committee
Labor Fightback Network
Oakland, California
* * * * *
Haldon C. Sutton
1st vice president
SW Florida UAW Retired Workers Council
North Port, Florida
* * * * *
Michael Carano
Teamsters Local # 348, retired
Tallmadge, Ohio
* * * * *
Al Rojas
Vice President
Sacramento LCLAA (AFL-CIO)
Sacramento, California
* * * * *
Desiree Rojas
President
Sacramento LCLAA (AFL-CIO)
Sacramento, California
* * * * *
Tom Sodders
Corresponding Secretary
Labor Education and Arts Project (LEAP)
Cleveland, Ohio
* * * * *
Thomas Bias
National Secretary
Labor Fightback Network
Flanders, New Jersey
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David Walters
IBEW 1245 Ret.
Pacifica, California
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Carole Seligman
Co-editor, Socialist Viewpoint
San Francisco, California
* * * * *
Don Bechler
Chair
Single Payer Now
San Francisco, California
* * * * *
Chris Kaihatsu
RedMarx
Chicago, Illinois
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Tim Stinson
Socialist Organizer
Eugene, Oregon
* * * * *
Linda Ray
Delegate from SEIU 1021
San Francisco Labor Council
San Francisco, California
* * * * *
Gabriel Chang
Political activist
Berlin Township, New Jersey

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