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Just peace -Venezuela solidarity

With threats against Venezuela and an encirclement of US and allied military, there is an appeal to prevent a military invasion of Venezuela. Here is a letter for wide circulation, which you may share.

Letter in Support of Mediation in Venezuela, not Sanctions

We urge the United States and Canadian governments to immediately remove their illegal sanctions against Venezuela and to support efforts at mediation between the government of Venezuela and the nonviolent segments of the political opposition.We, the undersigned organizations and individuals in the US and Canada, support hemispheric relations based on respect for the sovereignty of all peoples of the Americas. We are deeply concerned by the use of illegal sanctions, whose effect falls most heavily on the poorest and most marginal sectors of society, to coerce political and economic change in a sister democracy. We have seen since the 1990s that sanctions serve only to impoverish ordinary families and destabilize public order. We cannot cite a single case where sanctions had a positive impact.Polls in Venezuela show that the large majority of Venezuelans oppose sanctions, regardless of their opinion of the Maduro government. Sanctions merely complicate efforts by the Vatican, Dominican Republic, and other international actors to mediate a resolution to the deep polarization in Venezuela. Moreover, sanctions undermine efforts of the democratically elected government and Constituent Assembly to address critical economic issues and determine their own political destiny.Despite the high-minded rhetoric of officials in Washington and Ottawa, it is not a genuine concern for democracy, human rights, and social justice that drives the belligerent interventionist posture towards Caracas. From President Obama’s admittedly untrue presidential decree that Venezuela represents a national security threat to the United States, to UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s declaration that Venezuela is “an increasingly violent narco-state” that threatens the world, the use of hyperbole in diplomatic situations seldom contributes to peaceful solutions on the world stage.It is no secret that Venezuela, unlike Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Egypt, or Saudi Arabia, is targeted for regime change by the US precisely because of Venezuela’s leadership in resisting US hegemony and the imposition of the neoliberal model in Latin America. And of course, Venezuela holds the largest oil reserves in the world, attracting more unwanted attention from Washington.The US and Canada tried and failed to use the Organization of American States (OAS) to build a bloc to hypocritically evoke the Democratic Charter against Venezuela. Recently, Luis Almagro, the rogue Secretary General of the OAS, went so far as to publicly support the swearing in of a parallel Supreme Court unconstitutionally appointed by opposition legislators and allowed them to use the OAS headquarters in Washington DC for their ceremony – without the approval of any OAS member state. Almagro has thereby delegitimized the OAS, emboldened the most extreme and violent elements of the Venezuelan opposition, and side-lined efforts at mediation.The US-Canadian sanctions represent a cynical use of coercive economic power to attack a nation that is already dealing with hyperinflation and shortages of basic commodities. 

While said to be in the name of advancing democracy and freedom, the sanctions violate the Venezuelan peoples’ basic human right to sovereignty, as outlined in the UN and OAS Charters.We call on the political leaders of the United States and Canada to reject overheated rhetoric and to contribute to the search for real solutions to Venezuela’s political and economic problems. We urge the US and Canadian governments to rescind their sanctions and support the mediation efforts being pursued by the Chancellor of the Dominican Republic Miguel Vargas, the President of Dominican Republic Danilo Medina, former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Vatican, and supported by a growing number of Latin American nations. 

Escribir a las direcciones indicadas para agregar su organización a esta lista. 
Please write to the emails at the bottom if you want to support this campaign:cbalbertolovera@gmail.comkaufman.chuck@gmail.comSigned so far:
Danny Glover, Citizen-Artist
Jerry Dias, President, UNIFOR
Mike Palecek, National President, Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Peter Knowlton, General President, United Electrical Workers
Estela Vazquez, Executive Vice President,1199 SEIU
Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, Archdiocese of Detroit
Cindy Sheehan, Cindy's Soapbox
Dan Kovalik, Counsel, United Steelworkers Union
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, President, National Lawyers Guild 
Raul Burbano, Program Director, Common Frontiers 
Blase Bonpane, Director, Office of the Americas
Larry Birns, Director, Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Gerry Condon, President, Board of Directors, Veterans for Peace
Tiana Ocasio, President, Connecticut Labor Council for Latin American Advancement Leah Bolger, Coordinator, World Beyond War
Alexander Main, Senior Associate for International Policy, Center for 
   Economic and Policy Research
Berthony Dupont, Director, Haiti Liberté Newspaper
Kim Ives, Journalist, Haiti LibertéClarence Thomas, ILWU Local10 (retired)
Claudia Lucero, Executive Director, Chicago Religious Leadership Network  
     on  Latin America (CRLN)
Phil Berrigan, Baltimore  Memorial Chapter Veterans For Peace
David W. Campbell, Secretary-Treasurer, USW Local 675 (Carson, CA) 
Alice Bush, retired Northwest Indiana Division Director SEIU Local 73 
Teresa Gutierrez, Co-Director International Action Center
Heide Trampus, Coordinator, Worker to Worker, Canada-Cuba Labour Solidarity Network 
The Cross Border Network (Kansas City)
Antonia Domingo, Pittsburgh Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
David Swanson, Director of World Beyond War
Chuck Kaufman, National Co-Coordinator, Alliance for Global Justice
Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, co-directors, Popular Resistance
Matt Meyer, National Co-chair, Fellowship of Reconciliation
Rev. Daniel Dale, Christian Church(Disciples of Christ), 
Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America Board of Directors
Michael Eisenscher, National Coord. Emeritus, U.S. Labor Against the War 
Dr. Paul Dordal, Director, Christian Network for Liberation and Equality 
William Camacaro, Venezuela activist National Network of Cuba
James Early, Articulation of Afro Descendants in Latin America and the 
Gloria La Riva, Coordinator, Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee
Rick Sterling, President, Task Force on the Americas
Dr. Sharat G. Lin, former president, San Jose Peace and Justice Center
Stansfield Smith, Chicago ALBA Solidarity
Alicia Jrapko, U.S. coordinator, International Committee for Peace, Justice 
   and Dignity 
Michael Bass, Convener, School of the Americas Watch-Oakland/East Bay
Alfred L. Marder, President, US Peace Council
Patricio Zamorano, Academic and International Affairs Analyst
Diana Bohn, Co-coordinator, Nicaragua Center for Community Action
Joe Jamison, Queens NY Peace Council
Nino Pagliccia, Spokesperson, Frente para la Defensa de los Pueblos Hugo
Miguel Figueroa, President, Canadian Peace Congress
CodePink Houston
Heide Trampus, Coordinator, Worker to Worker, Canada-Cuba Labour 
  Solidarity Network 
Rochester Committee on Latin America
Dan Shea, National Board, Veterans For Peace
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)Houston 
Peace and Justice Center Rights Action (U.S. and Canada)
Rochester Committee on Latin America
Cliff Smith, business manager, Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, Local 36 Monica Moorehead, Workers World PartyDr. Pamela Palmater - Mi’kmaq lawyer Chair in Indigenous Governance Ryerson University Mary Hanson Harrison, President Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, US Section (WILPF US)
Celeste Howard, Secretary, Women's International League for Peace and 
Portland Branch (Oregon)
Barbara Larcom, Coordinator, Casa Baltimore/Limay;
President, Nicaraguan Cultural Alliance 
Frederick B. Mills, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Bowie State University
Maude Barlow, Chairperson, Council of Canadians 
Barby Ulmer, Board President, Our Developing World 
Mario Galván, Sacramento Action for Latin America 
The Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War
Hector Gerardo, Executive Director, 1 Freedom for All
Jorge Marin, Venezuela Solidarity Committee
Frederick B. Mills, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Bowie State University
Maude Barlow, Chairperson, Council of Canadians
T.M. Scruggs, University of Iowa, Professor Emeritus
Lee Artz, Professor, Media Studies; Director, Center for Global Studies,Purdue
   University Northwest
Dr. Jack Rasmus, Economics Dept., St. Marys College, Moraga, CA
Jack Gilroy, Friends of Franz & Ben www.bensalmon.org
David Bacon, independent photojournalist
Dr. Jeb Sprague-Silgado, University of California Santa Barbara
Kim Scipes, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology, Purdue University NorthwestFrank Pratka, Baltimore-Matanzas Association/Maryland-Cuba Friendship Coalition 

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