|July 2015 Delegation to Venezuela with the Marin Task Force on the Americas|
July 4-11, 2015
Venezuela is facing challenging times. In the past two years the nation has collectively faced the death of their beloved leader, Hugo Chavez; a crippling rash of violent riots orchestrated by extreme opposition elements openly seeking the overthrow of a democratically elected president; and finally, a collapse of the global price of oil – the source of 90% of Venezuelan’s income. As the nation rolls up its sleeves to re-boot national production and overcome shortages of food and basic supplies complicated by economic sabotage by powerful economic cartels, the response of the Obama administration has been to declare that Venezuela is a threat to US National Security, allowing the US government to impose immediate sanctions and threatens more.
The reaction within and without Venezuela has been a thunderous rejection of Obama’s executive decree. In one day, over 2 millions of citizens, including many members of the opposition, poured into the streets and plazas to sign a petition asking Obama to rescind his decree. All the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean, including UNASUR, CELAC and ALBA, have raised their voices in unity to reject a decree that threatens US/ Latin America relations. The US military budget is more than 239 times that of Venezuela, a country that has never been at war with any other nation. On the contrary, dozens of neighboring countries have been able to develop massive social programs thanks to Venezuela’s numerous subsidized oil programs. Venezuela has been a key force in the promotion of regional collaboration, leading to numerous political, economic and social agreements among the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Venezuela has raised the standard of living for all its citizens.
Come to Venezuela to find out for yourself if Venezuela is a threat, an inspiration, or something in between. Join Venezuelans in celebrating their Independence Day on July 5th as they remind the US government that they – not President Obama – will continue to choose the leaders and system that works for them. Meet the people of the Bolivarian Revolution – officials of the national and communal governments, judiciary and electoral system. Meet the press. Tell them that Obama’s decree does not represent you! Meet with members of the opposition. See what the media actually is saying. Is there censorship? Are people going hungry, losing social security benefits?
Independence Day Delegation: Travelers to Venezuela are now required to obtain a $30 travel visa from a Venezuelan Consulate.
The estimated cost of the delegation is
$1000, subject to change. The delegation is sponsored by the Marin Task Force on the Americas and co-sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild, Alliance for Global Justice, and School of Americas Watch.
Sanare Extension: A 3-4 day extension is being considered for those who would like to visit Lisa Sullivan’s retreat center in Sanare (department of Lara).
5525 Illinois Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20011