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Calendar of Grassroots Solidarity Actions
Calendar of Grassroots Venezuela Solidarity Actions
Tuesday, 14 March 2006

As part of doing local outreach to build the Emergencey Response Network (ERN) , and following on the success of the December 2, 2005 international day of action to mark the anniversary of the Monroe Doctrine, the Venezuela Solidarity Conference held in Washington, DC on the weekend of March 4-6, 2006, approved a Grassroots Calendar of Actions in order to coordinate solidarity activities around the country and around the world.

There are four main dates proposed for coordinated international action, with several other dates of interest included for those who wish to organize further activities.

The first action is:

April 11-19, 2006
WEEK OF ACTION TO COMMEMORATE THE REVERSAL OF THE APRIL 2002 COUP AND VENEZUELA'S STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE: April 11 is the anniversary of the 2002 U.S.-backed coup against the democratically-elected government of Hugo Chavez. By April 14, in an unprecedented example of the power of the grass roots, the Venezuelan masses had reversed the coup and brought President Chavez back to power. This event marked a decisive turning point in the revolutionary process. March 19 is the anniversary of the start of Venezuela's Struggle for Independence. During this week, we will organize demonstrations, vigils, educational, and cultural activities in solidarity with Venezuela.

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For the full calendar, see below. 

For a printable version of the full calendar, click here: http://www.ushov.org/actions_calendar.pdf

We encourage all those who oppose US intervention in Venezuela to build for this and the other Calendar of Actions events. By coordinating our activities around certain key dates, we can maximize our impact on a national and international scale.

April is coming soon, but there is still plenty of time to organize a public film showing, a discussion on Venezuela, a house party to raise money for the development of the ERN, etc. on at least one of these days. In some cities, events are already being planned for several if not all of those days. Be sure to contact the local media to inform them of your events, as there is nothing better to combat the normally negative coverage of Venezuela than positive grassroots actions.

Please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to endorse the April Week of Action and to give us the details of your local events.  A list of endorsers will be available soon. 

As an aid to organizing local events, you can find a variety of excellent introductory films on Venezuela are available at: http://www.ushov.org/content/view/17/30/

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FULL CALENDAR OF GRASSROOTS VENEZUELA SOLIDARITY ACTIONS

April 11-19, 2006:  WEEK OF ACTION TO COMMEMORATE THE REVERSAL OF THE APRIL 2002 COUP AND VENEZUELA'S STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE
April 11 is the anniversary of the 2002 U.S.-backed coup against the democratically-elected government of Hugo Chavez.  By April 14, in an unprecedented example of the power of the grass roots, the Venezuelan masses had reversed the coup and brought President Chavez back to power.  This event marked a decisive turning point in the revolutionary process. March 19 is the anniversary of the start of Venezuela's Struggle for Independence. During this week, we will organize demonstrations, educational, and cultural activities in solidarity with Venezuela.

August 15, 2006:  ANNIVERSARY OF CHAVEZ' VICTORY AGAINST THE U.S.-FUNDED RECALL REFERENDUM
The 90 percent voter turnout and overwhelming rejection of the recall referendum marked another turning point in the Bolivarian Revolution.  Millions of Venezuelans made it clear that they support President Chavez and the policies he is implementing. We will organize a national day of action to defend the sovereignty of  the Venezuelan people.

December 2, 2006:  SECOND INTERNATIONAL VENEZUELA SOLIDARITY DAY
The first international day of solidarity was held on December 2nd, 2005, to mark the anniversary of the Monroe Doctrine.  Presidential elections in Venezuela are scheduled for this weekend as well. We will mobilize to reject the Monroe Doctrine, the Roosevelt Corrollary, and the Bush Doctrine. We will mobilize to send a message of encouragement and solidarity to theVenezuelan people, and to resist to U.S. attempts to buy or otherwise influence the elections. Hands Off Venezuela and Latin America!

February 4, 2007:  EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION
A massive march in Caracas on this date in 2006 highlighted the continued energy and determination of the Venezuelan people to defend their process against all aggressors.  Let's join them in activities across North America in a show of solidarity. We will organize a day of cultural and educational events to celebrate the Bolivarian Revolution. 

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OTHER DATES OF INTEREST

March 18-20th:  NATIONAL ANTI-WAR DEMOS
Organize Venezuela solidarity contingents for local and national anti-war rallies; get involved in organizing and try to get Venezuela discussed by at least one speaker.

July 4th and 5th: US AND VENEZUELAN INDEPENDENCE DAYS
Venezuela solidarity activists are encouraged to engage in local leafleting, demonstrations, and educational events urging people to Boycott Oil Wars, Buycott for Real Democracy:  Buy Citgo!!! Demands:  Respect Venezuelan Democracy and Sovereignty; Real Democracy for the USA!

July 24th:  BIRTHDAY OF SIMON BOLIVAR
The birthday of the Venezuelan-born "Libertador", who fought for the liberation and unification of Latin America, is celebrated by millions across the region.  Let's join them by organizing educational events and activities to discuss the modern relevance of Bolivar's dream.

October 12th:  DIA DE LA RESISTENCIA INDIGENA / INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE DAY
(Venezuela's renaming of Columbus Day) Venezuela solidarity activists are encouraged to participate in anti-Columbus Day activities taking place around the country; raising the question of Venezuela as a prime example of modern day resistance to imperialism in Latin America.

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Donations Needed 

Coordinating the ERN and the Calendar of Actions will require tremendous effort and collaboration by hundreds of organizations and individuals across the US, Canada, and the world. We are raising money in order to hire someone part-time to coordinate this important work. We invite you to make a donation of any amount through the Hands Off Venezuela Campaign in order to build the ERN. All donations are tax-deductible, please feel free to contact us for more information.

Donations can be sent to:

HOV
PO Box 4244
St.Paul, MN  55104

We also accept donations online at:

http://www.ushov.org/content/view/16/27/

For more information, please write us at ern@ushovorg or call (651) 373 7609.

 

 
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