Venezuela: Long Lineups to Sign for Peace

Source:  TeleSUR
February 11 2019

venezuelans line up forpeace.jpg“You are not going to tell me that they are paying me, I am here because I want
to be here, because I feel, because I am grateful” affirmed one of the signatory
citizens before the question if they came to sign for something in return.

It’s Sunday Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. on Bolivar Plaza in Caracas, the main square of the Venezuelan capital and the heart of the city’s downtown. The lines of people signing for peace reaches 220 people, but the lines go fast. There are several notebooks that would become part of a letter sent to the United States and signed by, what the government expects to be 10 million Venezuelans. This is the fifth day of signature collection.

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced a nationwide collection of signatures Monday, Feb. 4 to defend peace in Venezuela and to demand that the US government cease and desist its interventionist actions and their attempted coup against the nation.

Posts to collect signature were opened in all states of the country starting Feb. 6, which has reached universities, jobs, cultural centers and other spaces in order to encourage voluntary participation from those who want to be a part of this declaration, with the principal points located in the main square of each city.

The one in Caracas is no exception. On Monday, the heart of downtown held its sixth day of signature collection without a break from the large numbers. There were stages set up where musical ensembles of different types of music like Llanera, Joropo and Salsa play daily, and symphony orchestras, plays, and recitals of popular singers such as Ali Alejandro Primera who played Sunday, held performances.

“Hands off Venezuela”

Right at the foot of the great statue of the Great Liberator Simón Bolívar, which crowns the center of the square that bears his name, a long table is arranged with around seven open notebooks to be signed. Volunteers guard the queue and guide people to where they should go. Each one of the sheets of the signature books has the phrase “Hands off Venezuela” stamped on top. The signatories must write down their name, their identity card, their telephone and their signature. And then they either leave or wander around the square, at the edges of whatever presentation is going on that the time.

They aren’t paid anything, nor do they get any benefits for signing. The volunteers who help to manage the lines of people aren’t given any gifts or even recognition. When questioned by a Spanish citizen in a video, people waiting in the queue defended their actions as a commitment to the Bolivarian Revolution.

There is still no fixed date for closing the signature collections, since people continue to arrive every day, to leave their mark on history along with the other thousands of Venezuelans who have already signed. The high influx of people means the government will likely achieve their goal of ten million signatures.

National March on Washington, Saturday, March 16: HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!

February 1 2019

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NOTE:   Sign the petition HERE to tell your elected officials NO US-ENGINEERED COUP In Venezuela!

“People Of The U.S., I Ask For Your Support To Reject The Interference Of Donald Trump’s Government In Making My Homeland A Vietnam In Latin America. Don’t Allow It!”  President Nicolas Maduro, January 31, 2017.

Saturday, March 16, 12pm
White House, Washington, D.C.

Sign On As An Endorser Here!

On Saturday, March 16, thousands of people will march in Washington, D.C. against the Trump administration’s effort to engineer a coup in Venezuela and a new devastating war there. The aggressive policy against Venezuela repeats the ugly pattern of wars for regime change in the oil-rich countries of Iraq and Libya. National Security Advisor John Bolton is reading from the same script, declaring a “troika of tyranny” in Latin America (like the “axis of evil”) as a precursor for regime change first in Venezuela, and then Cuba and Nicaragua. Trump has always said that the “mistake” of the Middle East wars was that the U.S. didn’t “take the oil.”

It is time to stand up and with a clear voice say NO to the newest example of the “Monroe Doctrine,” which the U.S. government has used for over two centuries to repeatedly invade Latin America and Caribbean, control its politics and extract its resources.

The White House aims to overthrow the government of President Nicolás Maduro and replace him with Juan Guaidó. Guaidó is a U.S.-trained operative who was unknown to the vast majority of Venezuelans before he proclaimed himself president — at Vice President Mike Pence’s urging. Although Guaidó has the backing of Trump, the CIA, and the Republican and Democratic Party leaderships alike, huge numbers of Venezuelans have marched to reject this coup and defend their independence.

On March 16, the people of the United States will come together to say:

  • U.S. hands off Venezuela!
  • NO to the coup — the U.S. does not have the right to select other country’s leaders!
  • NO to the sanctions, oil embargo and economic war on Venezuela that aims to cause suffering for ordinary people in the country.
  • NO to intervention and war from the U.S. and their proxies in the region.

Initial signers:

  • ANSWER Coalition
  • CodePink
  • Black Alliance for Peace
  • Alliance for Global Justice
  • Popular Resistance
  • Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee
  • Haïti Liberté
  • International Support Haiti Network
  • Popular Education Project
  • Abby Martin, journalist, The Empire Files
  • Dr. Jill Stein, 2016 Green Party presidential candidate
  • Dr. Jared Ball, Prof. of Communication Studies, Morgan State Univ., imixwhatilike
  • Medea Benjamin, activist and author, CodePink
  • Cindy Sheehan, activist and author, Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
  • Berthony Dupont, Director, Haïti Liberté
  • Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, constitutional rights attorney
  • Max Blumenthal, journalist
  • Ajamu Baraka, National Organizer, Black Alliance for Peace
  • Mike Prysner, Iraq War veteran, producer, The Empire files
  • Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, author
  • Dr. Anthony Monteiro, Saturday Free School
  • Dr. Jodi Dean, author, Prof. of Political Science, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  • Gloria La Riva, National Coordinator, Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee
  • Kim Ives, journalist
  • Anoa Changa, host, The Way With Anoa
  • Dan Cohen, journalist and filmmaker
  • Chuck Kaufman, National Co-Coordinator, Alliance for Global Justice
  • Eugene Puryear, Stop Police Terror Project
  • Jeanette Charles, International Solidarity Liaison, Venezuela Analysis
  • Lucas Koerner, Editor and Analyst, Venezuela Analysis
  • Margaret Flowers, Co-Coordinator, Popular Resistance
  • Kevin Zeese, Co-Coordinator, Popular Resistance
  • Dan Kovalik, author and human rights lawyer
  • Mahdi Bray, National Director, American Muslim Alliance (AMA)
  • Brian Becker, National Director, ANSWER Coalition

    Sign On As An Endorser Here!