NATIONAL VENEZUELA SOLIDARITY DAY: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2005

We Need Your Help to Make This A Successful Event for Real
Democracy!

To participate or get more information, send an email to:
 jpj@lasolidarity.org (jpj (at) lasolidarity.org)

The Latin America Solidarity Coalition (LASC) is calling
for a National Venezuela Solidarity Day for Friday,
December 2, 2005, the anniversary of the Monroe Doctrine. It
is time for people in the United States to come together and
demand an end to centuries of interference in the hemisphere!

SPONSORS INCLUDE: ActionLA, Alliance for Global Justice,
Bolivarian Circles-Boston, Committee in Solidarity with the
People of El Salvador, Ecumenical Program in Central America
and the Caribbean, Global Exchange, Hands Off Venezuela Campaign,
Interconnect, Marin Interfaith Task Force, Mexico Solidarity
Network, Pan African Roots, Puerto Rican Nationalist Youth,
Quixote Center, School of the Americas Watch, Turnwind.

SPONSORS STILL BEING SOLICITED!
We are asking communities and individuals to participate
in a call-in/email campaign to Congress, and to organize
local events in solidarity with the Venezuelan people and
against US interference there, throughout Latin America, and
around the world.

Our message to Congress is:
*: Stop interfering in Venezuela's elections and sovereign affairs!
*: Stop NED/USAID funding of the undemocratic opposition!
*: No more US sponsored coup attempts against elected
governments in Venezuela and Latin America!

A LITTLE BACKGROUND:
The U.S. Empire is increasingly losing its grip over Latin
America as social movements throughout the hemisphere are
rejecting neo-liberal policies and U.S. military intervention.
Venezuela is on the forefront of change as the country moves
towards a participatory democracy by redistributing power,
wealth and resources and enhancing participation of civil
society on every level.

The majority of Venezuela’s voters have shown their support for
the Bolivarian movement by three times affirming the Presidency
of Hugo Chavez, electing a Bolivarian majority in the National
Assembly, and approving a new constitution. In turn, the
US/corporate power structure and the Bush administration have
supported repeated attempts to bring down democracy in Venezuela,
including a failed military coup against Chavez led by graduates
of the notorious School of the Americas (SOA). Much of the
interference in Venezuela's democratic processes has been through
the National Endowment for Democracy and USAID. These organizations
funded groups behind both the failed coup and the illegal work
stoppages and lockouts designed to cripple the economy, and also
funded the unsuccesful effort to recall Chavez. So far the powers
of shamocracy have been unable to overcome the real democracy and
steadfastness of the Venezuelan people.

Through institutions like the SOA, the NED, and USAID, the US is
undermining democratic movements all over Latin America and the
Caribbean.. NED/USAID leaders work with anti-Cuban terrorists,
and the International Republican Institute, an NED core group,
facilitated the coup against Haiti's elected government. The
SOA has trained some of the world’s worst human rights abusers.
In the United States, such meddling by a foreign government
would be considered an act of aggression, and US citizens
accepting such support would be arrested for treason.

The same business and political leaders who are attacking
democratic choices in Venezuela and around the world are
also attacking our rights as voters and citizens right
here in the United States. The struggle for democracy is
an international struggle.

NO MORE SHAMOCRACY! GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT!