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Successful end to Jorge Martin U.S. Tour
Monday, 21 May 2007

On May 19 th the Providence, Rhode Island Hands Off Venezuela campaign held the final event in Jorge Martin's Canadian / U.S. speaking tour. Around 25 local workers, students and other activists came to the event which took place at the D.A.R.E. (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) office.  

JM in RIJorge gave a 45 minute long presentation on the Venezuelan revolution. He explained the turning point that the December 3rd 2006 election played as it marked the overwhelming support the masses have given to the Bolivarian revolution. He also detailed how the interests of the workers, the urban poor, and peasants are opposite of those of the oligarchy and the imperialists, and how this conflict is bringing the living debate about socialism to the forefront. Jorge gave many examples of the capitalists in Venezuela subjecting the whole of the country to a dire situation simply for the sake of private profit: creating food shortages, leaving fertile land idle, not developing an national rail system, lack of housing and many other cases where the people were secondary to profit. He closed the presentation with an appeal to the people who attended to join in the defense of the Venezuelan revolution, to get involved in the HOV campaign, but also as US workers and youth to begin to look down the road toward the American revolution as the only way to really make the Venezuelan and any other revolution truly safe from imperialist intervention.

After the presentation there was time for questions, comments, criticisms etc. and while there weren't any criticisms, there were very many excellent questioned asked. One in particular was raised was "of failed revolutions that have taken place in Central America and what lessons could be learned?" Jorge explained several of the factors that led to the defeat of these revolutions, and one important one that applies to the Venezuelan revolution: the need to take it to its natural conclusion, that is to finish the revolution by expropriating the social and economic power the oligarchs and imperialists hold and transfer it to all of society under democratic control by the masses.

The mood of the room was extremely upbeat  at the end of the meeting; everyone began to discuss further and more informally ask Jorge more questions. Many of the people who attended bought HOV materials, DVDs, and literature. As well, several people expressed interest in helping to build the campaign locally. After the event a number of HOV members and others went out to a local restaurant for more discussion.

The next local HOV event is:

A film showing of "Five Factories"
(Click here for a downloadable flyer for this event)

Thursday May 31st   7pm
At the Rochambeau Library  
708 Hope St, Providence     
(Take the #42 bus toward Pawtucket)

To get more info or to join the local campaign contact:
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