Speaking Event: Venezuela - Elections & U.S. Interventionism
Join the Center for Political Education and the Bolivarian Circle of Northern California for a dialogue and audio-visual presentation with Venezuelan activists Benjamin Mast and Carolina Morales. Benjamin is a documentary filmmaker and philosopher who just returned from Venezuela, where he has participated in various social movements, such as the Our America Project and the April 13th Movement. Carolina is a community organizer in San Francisco’s queer & trans communities as well as a teatrera revolucionaria.
On April 11th, 2002 Venezuela’s oligarchic elite financed by the US government attempted a coup against President Chávez. Despite the coup plotters’ best attempts, Chávez was returned to power two days later through a popular uprising with support from sectors of the military. The saying,” For every 11th, there is a 13th” became a popular slogan among Chávez’s supporters, indicating that for every attack by the right-wing, left forces will triumph.
Venezuela currently finds itself in yet another crossroads with Chávez’s death, setting the stage for new presidential elections on April 14th pitting former Vice President and current interim President Nicolás Maduro against opposition candidate and coup participant Henrique Capriles. Much evidence exists that the US government is looking for ways to take advantage of the current situation to move things in its favor. Venezuela’s grassroots social movements, which grew in breadth and strength under Chávez’s government, are bracing themselves for an increasingly turbulent and unpredictable environment. Increased vigilance of US imperial meddling and solidarity with Venezuela’s grassroots will be essential in the coming months.
This is a bilingual event. Interpretation will be provided between English & Spanish.
Suggested Donation of $5 - $10 at the door.
No one turned away for lack of funds.