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Report: Jorge Martin in NYC
Thursday, 22 May 2008

On May 20th, the Hands Off Venezuela campaign [HOV], the Workers International League [WIL] and the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of NYC co-sponsored a discussion on Revolutionary Latin America, which focused on Venezuela.  Meeting at the headquarters of SEIU 1199, the two speakers were Marcos Garcia, labor attache from the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC and Jorge Martin from the international Hands Off Venezuela Campaign.

Jorge Martin and Marcos Garcia

Marcos explained how he was trying to make links with the US Labor Movement, to counter the lies about Venezuela prevalent in the US media.  Marcos also provided a short history of the Venezuelan labor movement and explained the situation today.

Jorge explained the role of the international HOV campaign.  Jorge then discussed the main events of the Venezuelan Revolution since 2002.  Jorge examined the dangers facing the Venezuelan Revolution and how the Revolution needs to be completed.  The meeting then opened up for discussion.

Martin Sanchez, Consul General for Venezuela in Chicago, and Omar Sierra, Consul General for Venezuela in Boston were also present and participated in the discussion.

There were 23 people in attendance.  $84 was collected to help pay for the expenses of transporting Jorge from Europe to North America and around the USA and Canada on his speaking tour.  Unfortunately, the large universities:  City University, Columbia, NYU and Fordham have all closed for the summer, otherwise more students would have certainly been present.

HOV in NYC is committed to more public meetings in the future and taking these meeting to the union halls, colleges and working class neighborhoods throughout
the metropolitan area.

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