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NEWSFLASH - Venezuelan Labor Activist in St. Louis, Missouri THIS weekend (November 4 and 5)
Thursday, 02 November 2006
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The Hands Off Venezuela Campaign and the Workers International League are pleased to announce that Miguel Campos, an activist with Venezuela's FRETECO (Revolutionary Front of Workers in Occupied and Worker-controlled Factories) will be in St. Louis, MO, this weekend (November 4 and 5) to speak at the National Rank and File Conference organized by the Labor Action Coalition.  Workers from throughout the Midwest, including locked out and striking trade unionists will be in attendance.

Campos will be speaking on the trade union and factory occupation movement throughout Latin America and in Venezuela in particular.  The experience of workers' co-management and control in Venezuela is rich in lessons for all working people. He will also have the latest information on the upcoming Panamerican Gathering in Defense of Rights, Land Reform and Industries to be held December 8-10 in Joinville, Brazil.  We are building support for this important continent-wide conference and are working to send a delegation of U.S. workers.

For more information on FRETECO, the Panamerican Gathering, or to arrange an interview with Campos while he is in the U.S., please write This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call John Peterson at 651-373-7609. 

Donations are urgently needed to cover the costs of this important visit from Venezuela.  To make a donation, please visit

The National Rank and File Conference will be held at American Postal Workers Union Hall (1717 Broadway in St. Louis).  Registration begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, November 4th. ($10 at the door - no one  turned away for lack of funds). For more information on the St. Louis conference, call Tim at (314)795-2762.

Stay tuned for further information on Campos' visit and for reports on the National Rank and File Conference.

In Solidarity,

U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Campaign
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