Newly elected Congressman Adriano Espaillat, the first Dominican-American member of Congress, has usually shown a sense of morality and sanity on issues in his political life. He was formerly a member of the NY State Assembly and NY State Senate and seems to be a good choice to fill in for the retired Charles Rangel in representing the people of Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood and a small portion of the Bronx.
However, there is one choice he recently made that is causing concern among his constituents as well as among people who don’t limit their compassion to randomly decided borders. He added his name to a Congressional letter that provides “legitimacy” to the psychopathic, control-obsessed Trump administration to step up Washington’s attack on the democratically-elected Venezuelan government.
While the masses see the heavy-handed warmongering of this dictatorial regime in oil producing nations in the Middle East, few people are paying attention to their attacks on democracy in this hemisphere.
The following is an e-mail from the MumiaNYC website requesting help in demanding Congressman Espaillat to remove his name from this letter. While this e-mail is aimed specifically at the people of Congressman Espaillat’s district and calls for attending an action today (February 10, 2017) in NYC, the end of the e-mail provides the names of the other members of Congress who have signed the letter. We all need to do our part to help in the struggle against tyranny and imperialism:
FROM: William Camacaro, leading Venezuelan activist in NYC.
Subject: Urgent! Protest Congressman Adriano Espaillat’s attack on Venezuela.
In his first high profile action as recently elected congressman, Representative Adriano Espaillat has aligned himself with some of the most reactionary and interventionist individuals in the US Congress in attacking Venezuela.
Does this really represent the interests and needs of his constituents or of the cause peace and justice?
The congressional letter (Feb. 8, 2017), co-signed by Congressman Adriano Espaillat, provides political cover for the Trump administration to step up Washington’s attack on the Venezuelan government at a time when the Vatican, UNASUR, and the UN are supporting the path of dialogue and peace to address the political conflict and economic crisis in this South American nation. The letter, using fake news to defame Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami, calls on President Trump to exacerbate an already devastating economic war against Venezuela by invoking regulations “to ensure that U.S. companies do not inadvertently engage in business directly with any corrupt regime entity in Venezuela . . . .”
The action asked for in this letter, combined with Obama’s Executive Order against Venezuela, renewed on March 4, 2016, would seriously damage an already ailing economy. If Espaillat really cared about “the well-being of the Venezuelan people” and the “stability of Venezuela” he would not be consorting with the enemies of the Bolivarian revolution but support the efforts of the Maduro administration to improve public security, go after corruption, increase domestic agricultural production and fortify a growing alternative food distribution network.
Does Congressman Espaillat not realize that some New Yorkers have benefited from fuel subsidies provided by the late President Chavez and now the much-maligned President Maduro?
Is he not concerned with seeing his name associated with Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz Balart, the most conservative wing of the Republican Party that together with the White House have been attacking our communities?
Does he not realize that the current US intervention in Venezuela follows a long history of similar intervention in Latin America, such as in Chile, Guatemala, and his own native land, the Dominican Republic, where US troops landed in 1965 to overthrow a progressive government and replace it with “its man”?
Venezuela has never gone to war with another country since its independence; has extended an olive branch to the Obama and now the Trump administration; has no military bases outside its borders; has declared the region a zone of peace; and has been a major broker in the Colombia peace accords that helped bring the longest running war in the hemisphere to an end.
We urge our friends and allies to express prompt and collective strong opposition to our newly elected congressman Adriano Espaillat’s endorsement of a letter that urges the White House to impose additional sanctions against Venezuela . Join us today at the New York office of Congressman Espaillat.
WHEN: Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST
WHERE: Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building
163 West 125th Street, 3rd Floor
just east of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard (Seventh Avenue)
New York, NY 10027
Bring your colorful signs saying “No Sanctions against Venezuela”
We demand that Congressman Espaillat remove his name from the letter calling for US intervention in Venezuela.
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Congressman Espaillat to demand that he remove his name from the letter calling for US intervention in Venezuela
Harlem Office: (212) 663-3900
Washington, DC Office: (202) 225 4365
Letter from 34 members of the United States Congress requesting sanctions against Venezuela to the White House. Here is the letter: