I will observe the 2006 Venezuelan presidential elections with the Bolivarian Circle of Boston.
I returned to Venezuela on August 13-18, 2004 as an observer with the Venezuela Information Office for the referendum on Hugo Chavez's presidency. My blog reports on events as they happened, and here are my photos. Here are stories I wrote for The Monitor and the Network Institute for Global Democratization on the referendum, as well as a longer and more detailed essay. Here are my photos.
I also travelled to Caracas for the Primer Encuentro Internacional de la Resistencia y Solidaridad de los Pueblos Indígenas y Campesinos (October 11-14, 2003).
I first visted Venezuela from August 5-16, 2003 with a delegation organized by the Venezuela Solidarity Group. The Venezuela Solidarity Group formed in the spring of 2002 and is a network of North American activists who support democracy and equitable development in Venezuela through education and people to people solidarity. This delegation is intended to deepen our understanding of the Bolivarian Revolution and to continue to build solidarity with the people of Venezuela.
VSG opposes any intervention by the U.S. Government in the internal affairs of Venezuela and supports Venezuela’s right to follow an alternative path towards social and economic justice. It applauds the heroism of the Venezuelan people in defeating both the military and economic coups of 2002. It opposes the tactics of the Venezuelan opposition and their illegal efforts to oust the democratically elected government of Hugo Chavez and subvert the mandate of the Venezuelan people. Today Venezuela is an inspiration because of its their commitment to a participatory democracy based on the principles of social and economic justice. As the U.S. wages war and denies international law, Venezuela is working towards international cooperation and building unity, especially in the global south.
Venezuela Solidarity Group documents