Nigeria’s Social Movements Express Solidarity with Venezuela

Source:  TeleSUR
February 19 2018

nigeria solidarity with venezuelaVenezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza visits labor unions and
student groups in Abuya, Nigeria’s capital city. | Photo: @jaarreaza

The visit is the first stop of a diplomatic tour in Africa, with the aim of strengthening relations in solidarity with supportive countries in the continent.

Nigeria’s social movements expressed their solidarity with the South American country Monday as Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza was visiting labor unions and student groups in Abuya, Nigeria’s capital city.

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Continues ‘South-South Dignity Tour’ With Nigeria Visit

During the visit, a Nigerian doctor who studied in Venezuela thanked the nation for training five doctors and 14 agronomists.

Arreaza said to the representatives of social movements that “there will be elections in Venezuela and the people will decide our peaceful future.”

“The international media will say that elections strengthen a dictatorship — this is when social movements must fight for the truth,” he added.

Earlier that day, Arreaza met with Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, as part of his South-South Dignity Tour in Africa.

Onyeama expressed Nigeria’s solidarity towards the electoral process in Venezuela, along with opposition to U.S. and EU sanctions.

The oil-producers signed “strategic” agreements to “create education capacities and developing human talent”  between the two countries, as well as to strengthen dialogue and cooperation.

Venezuela delivers 2 million homes

The meeting was held in the Nigerian Foreign Ministry headquarters, with the presence of the ambassadors of Cuba, Syria and Palestine in solidarity with the Bolivarian country, as well as Venezuelan diplomatic personnel in Nigeria.

The visit is part of a bigger tour that Arreaza started on Feb. 1, which has included visits to Cuba, Belize, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Surinam and Nicaragua.

Brazilian Social Movements Turn Out In Show of Support for Venezuela

Source: TeleSUR
Published 1 September 2017

brazil supports venezuela.jpgStudents from 83 organizations and 42 countries, gathered in Brazil last
month, in solidarity with Venezuela. | Photo: Twitter / @MST_Oficial

“We want to position ourselves, to put, above all, the anti-fascist and anti-imperialist struggle that unifies us,” said the event’s organizers.

Social movements in Brazil have turned out to show solidarity with Venezuela, demonstrating in Sao Paulo in support of Venezuela’s sovereignty and its democratic process.

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The Brazilian Committee for Peace in Venezuelaorganized the event, calling on “the people of Brazil to cooperate in the defense of democracy and self-determination of Venezuelans, their right to live in peace and to define their own destiny.”

In a statement, the committee announced, “We want to position ourselves, to put, above all, the anti-fascist and anti-imperialist struggle that unifies us.”

“The Brazilian Committee for Peace in Venezuela’s event begins.”

Social movements and political parties including the Landless Workers Movement (MST), Popular Front Brazil and People Without Fear have been attending the rally.

“What is happening in Venezuela is an offense … both externally, international, imperialist and interventionist, as well as internally, in the opposition, which has carried various acts of violence,” said Paola Estrada, from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America.

Other speakers publicly denounced actions targeting Venezuela by the U.S. government, including the sanctions announced last week, as well as threats of military intervention made earlier this month by the U.S. President Donald Trump.

“Ex-Chancellor Celso Amorim is present (at our event). Amorim was Foreign Minister of Itamar Franco under the two Lula governments, and Defense Minister (under) Dilma Rousseff.”

“At the moment when the fascist Trump speaks of ‘military options’ against our neighboring nation, we cannot hesitate to defend the peace of the Bolivarian revolution,” said the founder of the Barón de Itararé Center for Studies in Alternative Media, Altamiro Borges.

Gathering of Social Movements and Political Forces “FOR PEACE, UNITY AND THE INTEGRATION OF OUR AMERICA”


V-Cumbre-Celac.jpgThe social and popular organizations, including trade unions, peasant, youth, student and organizations of solidarity with the peoples in Dominican Republic, call to all organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean to the Meeting of Social Movements and Political Forces “For Peace, Unity and the Integration of our America”

The Meeting of Social Movement and Political Forces will take place prior to the Fifth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and the Caribbean (CELAC). The purpose of the event is to raise our voices against imperialism, to demand sovereignty and self-determination and to defend peace, unity and the integration of our great country. The event will provide a space to reaffirm the popular mobilization and solidarity with all just causes that we defend.

As a result of the discussions that we will engage in, a statement will be issued and will be delivered to the presidents attending the V Summit of the CELAC, as our contribution to the preservation of the principles of community and as a contribution to peace, unity and the integration of our America.

Articulación Nacional Campesina

Justicia Climática

Comité Solidaridad con Venezuela

Movimiento Caamañista

Confederación Nacional Unidad Sindical-CNUS

Centro de Solidaridad para el Desarrollo de la Mujer, CE MUJER

Frente Estudiantil Flavio Suero-FEFLAS

Movimiento de Mujeres Trabajadoras

Asociación Nacional de Enfermería-ASONAEN

Fuerza de la Revolución- FR

Cloc-Via Campesina

La Multitud

Confederación Nacional Mujeres  del Campo-CONAMUCA

Partido Comunista del Trabajo- PCT

Juventud Caribe

Fundación Francisco Alberto Caamaño

Campaña Dominicana de Solidaridad con Cuba-CDSC.

Unión Trabajadores Cañeros- UTC

Fundación Máximo Gómez

Gathering of Social Movements and Political Forces
For the Integration and Unity of Latin American and the Caribbean

When:  January 23 and 24
Place: Pedro Mir Library, Autonomous University

Contact: Ivan Rodriguez
Phone. 809-962-5026


Monday, January 23

9:00 a.m.  Welcoming and general introduction of the meeting.
10:00 a.m. Panel (3):

  • Topic: The sovereignty of the peoples of our America
  • Topic: Human rights for all men and women
  • Topic: Peace, unity and the integration of Latin American and the Caribbean

12:30 p.m. Lunch
3:00 p.m.  Approval of the Declaration in support of CELAC
8:30 p.m.  Cultural Gala

Tuesday, Janurary 24

9:30 a.m.  Solidarity Event

Brazil Social Movements Planning General Strike for November

Source:  The Real News Network

The Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) and others are ramping up opposition to the coup government, says the MST’s Ana Moraes

What is the MST?

Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) in Portugueseis a mass social movement, formed by rural workers and by all those who want to fight for land reform and against injustice and social inequality in rural areas.

The MST was born through a process of occupying latifundios (large landed estates) and become a national movement in 1984.  Over more than two decades , the movement has led more than 2,500 land occupations, with about 370,000 families – families that today settled on 7.5 million hectares of land that they won as a result of the occupations. Through their organizing, these families continue to push for schools, credit for agricultural production and cooperatives, and access to health care.

Currently, there are approximately 900 encampment holding 150,000 landless families in Brazil.  Those camped, as well as those already settled, remain mobilized, ready to exercise their full citizenship, by fighting for the realization of their political, social economic, environmental and cultural rights.

The Friends of the MST (FMST)

The Friends of the MST (FMST) is a network of individuals and organizations that support the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) in the struggle for social and economic justice while securing respect for human rights. The FMST works to build solidarity and educate the public in the US and English-speaking world in order to raise the international profile of the MST. The FMST has a direct relationship to the MST and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.

Cuba calls for strengthening strategies to confront imperialist intervention in the region

Source:  Granma
June 10 2016

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, called on the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (Alba-TCP) to strengthen strategies to confront imperialist intervention and coup plots on the continent, according to AVN

by: AVN |

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The Alba-TCP Political Council denounced the media campaigns against leftist governments. Photo: AVN

Caracas.— Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, June 8, called on the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (Alba-TCP) to strengthen strategies to confront imperialist intervention and coup plots on the continent, according to AVN.

Social movements to defend progressive movements

In his comments, during the Alba-TCP Political Council meeting to discuss common strategies to defend the region, PL reported, Rodríguez likewise called on social movements to defend progressive governments facing attacks orchestrated by foreign powers, as is the case in Venezuela, which was subjected to an attempt by the Organization of American States (OAS) to justify intervention via the application of the bloc’s Inter-American Charter, as well as Brazil, where a parliamentary coup and media campaign are currently underway against the country’s legitimate President, Dilma Rousseff.

In his remarks, broadcast by teleSUR, the Cuban Foreign Minister emphasized the timeliness of Alba’s mobilization given the escalating right wing offensive taking place across the region.

Mobilize to confront imperialist intervention

He stressed that in these circumstances, it is the Alba-TCP Political Council’s responsibility to mobilize popular and political movements, revolutionary and progressive forces, trade unions,campesinos, and intellectuals to confront imperialist intervention, coups, and neoliberalism.

As reported by AVN, the Cuban diplomat explained that to do so, regional unity and the gains achieved by the continent in international organizations such as the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must be consolidated.

No one can beguile Cuba

“Latin America and the Caribbean have changed, we are no longer, nor will we be, the backyard of the United States, we will not allow for the return of the carrot and the stick and I repeat that no one can beguile Cuba, which is still under blockade and whose territory in Guantánamo is still occupied, while attempts are made to isolate Venezuela,” he stressed.

Threatened by the U.S. government and national oligarchies

In this regard, he added that the region is at present threatened by the U.S. government and national oligarchies, who, for lack of popular support, “Again resort to coups to reverse sovereignty over our natural resources, our policies of independence and social development.”

During his speech to the Council, Rodríguez noted that the continent’s history will be defined in the current battle of Venezuela against constant threats, and reaffirmed Cuba’s solidarity and the deep bonds between the two nations.

History being decided in the battle in Venezuela

“The history of Latin America and the Caribbean is being decided in this battle, here in Venezuela, we will all defend, whatever the price, the legacy of (Hugo) Chávez and Venezuela will continue to have in Cuba a sister nation ready to share the same fate,” he said.

Support from St. Kitts

petrocaribe 1.jpgSaint Kitts and Nevis Senior Foreign Service Officer, Samuel Berridge, also stated his country’s support for the Bolivarian Republic and highlighted the progress made during the past 17 years, thanks to agreements such as Petrocaribe, and the services provided to the peoples through different social missions.

“We are encouraged by the model of social cohesion in Venezuela,” Berridge stated, while expressing support for dialogue initiatives promoted by the national government, accompanied by the support of UNASUR.

“Saint Kitts and Nevis is supportive of the government and people of Venezuela and is committed to ensuring the onset of a new era of economic growth and development in Venezuela. Venezuela is an important member in our hemisphere, the country is of no interest to us weakened and will be of no benefit to Alba or the rest of the hemisphere,” he emphasized.

The dark decades of neoliberalism

Delcy Rodriguez 6Meanwhile the Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, condemned the media campaigns against leftist governments in the region, which seek to set the stage for imperialist aggression.

“The peoples do not want to go back to the dark decade of neoliberalism, they do not want to be politically, economically, financially suppressed and subjugated and handed over to the International Monetary Fund,” she said.

Maduro:  the need to create a common strategy

Nicolas Maduro 15According to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the main topic of discussion at the meeting was the need to create a common strategy for the defense and freedom of our revolutionary processes.

Meanwhile, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Guillaume Long, highlighted that the union of the ALBA-TCP countries is necessary to address and counter the effects of the global right in their attacks against the region.

The Minister of the Presidency of Bolivia, Juan Ramón Quintana, also condemned any attack against Venezuelan democracy on behalf of his country.

New Venezuelan Revolutionary Congress Formed

Source: TeleSUR
January 24 2016

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President Nicolas Maduro called for renewed debate among Venezuela’s progressives in the wake of the National Assembly elections in December. | Photo: Archive

Venezuela’s social movements are meeting to discuss the future of the Bolivarian revolution.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has announced the establishment of a committee to oversee the creation of a revolutionary assembly Saturday.

The assembly will bring together the country’s progressive social movements and socialist politicians to reinvigorate the Bolivarian Revolution, according to the president.

Later Saturday, Maduro oversaw the first meeting of an interim committee, which will lead to the creation of the broader people’s congress, being called the Congeso de la Patria, or congress of the homeland.

Saturday afternoon 100 people were sworn-in to the committee,  and will be in charge of mobilizing Venezuelans into the local assemblies, starting Sunday.

Four main things to be discussed

Venezuelan vice-president Aristobulo Isturiz said people will discuss four main things; new forms of organization, building a new cultural hegemony, building a new productive economic model, and diversifying methods of struggle.

The congress “can’t be a just closing ourselves in to debate, it has to take up public spaces and use all the different cultural and communication mechanisms (that we have).”​

The committee is the result of weeks of community and grassroots social movement meetings across Venezuela. After meetings are held around the country, a national congress will be held on April 13.

Maduro called for renewed debate among Venezuela’s progressives in the wake of the National Assembly elections in December. The right-wing Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) won a majority in the National Assembly.

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“What we need is strengthened diversity of the grassroots,” said Maduro in the wake of the December election results.

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Evo Morales at COP21: Capitalism is the Biggest Climate Threat

Source:  TeleSUR
30 November 2015

evo morales at cop21.jpgBolivian President Evo Morales advocates for system change in order to effectively address climate change at the Paris Cop21 climate summit. | Photo: ‏@jmkarg

The Bolivian president brought with him to the Paris climate talks a plan written by social movements to save “Mother Earth.”

Bolivian President Evo Morales once again blamed capitalism for environmental destruction, during his speech during the opening plenary of the COP 21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, France.

Morales called capitalism “the formula that has destroyed our species” and delivered a manifesto to save Mother Earth and life.

“On behalf of the social movements, I came here to raise the proposals agreed to at the last Climate Summit II held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, last October.”

He added that “today we have a unique and historic responsibility with Mother Earth. Let us express our concern for the dramatic effects of climate change that threaten Pachamama.”

Source:  Evo Morales at COP21: Capitalism is the Biggest Climate Threat