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LYNNE STEWART IN DIRE HEALTH

A LETTER FROM BOB LEDERER:

Ralph Poynter told me the following very sad news last night, and has authorized me to distribute it publicly: Our beloved People’s Champion (and WBAI Local Station Board member) Lynne Stewart suffered a major stroke last Wednesday, the latest complication from the cancer that has now spread throughout her body and invaded her brain. She is resting comfortably at home and is not in pain, but can only speak sporadically. Her doctor has said she does not have much time left.

Ralph and Sister Betty Davis are of course taking good care of her, as are her doctor-daughter Zenobia Brown and long-term friend of 63 years Virginia Gernes. Ralph welcomes your emails (at ralph.poynter@gmail.com). Because of the high expense of Lynne’s ongoing care, Betty has launched an online fundraising campaign. (Link: https://www.generosity.com/emergencies-fundraising/financial-appeal-for-lynne-stewart-health-crisis. Please donate generously.

I learned all this minutes after Ralph accepted an award for Lynne at a major public event by the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, which honored a large group of lawyers and doctors who have supported U.S. political prisoners. As we know, for years Lynne went out of her way to provide strong representation to a pantheon of dedicated radical activists facing prison — before she herself suffered a similar, cruel fate.

Let’s all send Lynne, Ralph, & Betty our hugs, love, and best wishes for this final journey. Such a heroic fighter — Lynne, we love you!

P.S. Ironically, her latest stroke occurred hours after a New York Times article (link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/nyregion/lynne-stewart-lawyer-for-omar-abdel-rahman.html?emc=eta1&_r=1) appeared based on an interview with her, which noted that she had survived three years beyond the compassionate release granted her (on Dec. 31, 2013), following a statement by her prison doctor that she would not likely survive beyond 18 months: Ms. Stewart said in a 12-page handwritten letter to the judge in 2013: “Isolated, in hospital, as I now am, I have time to contemplate life and death. I do not intend to go ‘gently into that good night,’ as Dylan Thomas wrote. There is much to be done in this world. I do know that I do not want to die here in prison — a strange and loveless place. I want to be where all is familiar — in a word, home.” This is a fitting reminder of that people’s victory three years ago, brought about by Lynne’s will of steel, Ralph’s indefatigable barnstorming, and the movement’s rallying behind her.

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A Reply To The Trump Administration & Their Attack On Tareck El Aissam

INTERNATIONAL CONCERNED FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

The following is a detailed, clear, and powerful response by Executive Vice President Tareck El Aissam to the US attack on him personally for extensive drug dealing and financial activities in violation of US law published on p. A5 of the New York Times, 2/22/17. In the process, El Aissam unequivocally denies the charges against him and counterattacks the US with violation of international law, interfering with Venezuelan internal affairs in order to criminalize the government of Venezuela, and of mendacious character defamation of himself, the Vice President of a country the US has repeatedly attacked with economic sanctions, alliances with internal enemies of the goverment, etc. etc.

This is a very important challenge to the lies that are being disseminated by the US and its proganda machines in preparation for further hostile attacks against Venezuela. Too many, even on the Left have accepted the NY Times/US Imperialism version of reality. Hopefully this detailed response by the V. President of Venezuela, will be read by thousands of US citizens who will recognize that this is an attempt to win the support of the people of this country in a continued war against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

PUBLIC LETTER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Mr. Steven T. Mnuchin
Washington, D.C.

I write to you as a Venezuelan citizen and in my capacity as Executive Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on the occasion to reply to the issuance of sanctions against me by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) last Tuesday, February 13th.

First, in your capacity as OFAC Authority you have been deceived by political sectors, lobbyists and stakeholders in the U.S. whose essential interest is to prevent that the United States and Venezuela restore their political and diplomatic relations on the basis of mutual recognition and respect.

These stakeholders not only lack any evidence to demonstrate the extremely serious accusations against me, but they also have built a false-positive case in order to criminalize –through me– the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a country that is decidedly waging a war on transnational drug trafficking business.

You should be aware that when I headed the public security corps of my country, in 2008-2012, our fight against drug cartels achieved the greatest progress in our history and in the western hemisphere, both in terms of the transnational drug trafficking business and their logistics structures. During those years, the Venezuelan anti-drug enforcement authorities under my leadership captured, arrested and brought 102 heads of criminal drug trafficking organizations not only to the Venezuelan justice but also to the justice of other countries where they were wanted. From these 102 captured drug lords, 21 were promptly deported to the USA and 36 to Colombia, in accordance with the requests made by the authorities of each country and in compliance with the international agreements on the fight against organized crime, facts formally acknowledged by the US and Colombian authorities.

Between 2005 and 2013, the seize of drugs by the Venezuelan authorities averaged 56.61 tons per year, which is a far higher figure than the 34.94 tons per year averaged in the six preceding years, when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was operating in Venezuela. This figure shows by itself the lack of commitment of DEA to fighting drugs trafficking, and upholds the very well documented assertion of the connections between that U.S. Agency with the criminal drug organizations. In addition, Venezuela has always been recognized by the United Nations as a drug-free territory.

The extraordinary progress made by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the fight against drugs trafficking – which I directed in my capacity as head of the public security corps– was acknowledged by international organizations, such as the United Nations Organization (UNO), and appears from the records in the archives of the Judicial bodies of the United States and Colombia, which countries also acknowledged the efforts that I headed against organized crime, which is unprecedented in our hemisphere.
Further to the firm determination to face international drug trafficking mafia, President Nicolas Maduro enacted a law in 2012 enabling the interdiction of any drug-trafficking aircraft violating the Venezuelan airspace. Thanks to this modern legal instrument, Venezuela has destroyed, disabled or brought down over 100 aircrafts belonging to the drugs transport structure from Colombia and neighboring countries illegally flying over our territory.

Venezuela is waging an all-out war against drugs because it is a cross-border crime against humanity, and because such fight is a shared responsibility, as members of the international community.

Venezuela also fights drug cartels because our country and our people are victims of drugs trafficking, particularly of the powerful Colombian illegal drugs industry, the main supplier of the drug that floods the streets of the United States and Europe.
You would need to investigate further before endorsing such false and reckless accusation, crafted by bureaucrats and anti-Venezuelan stakeholders, which sets a dangerous precedent in the relation between sovereign nations.
The decision of 120 countries to reject these illegal measures adopted against Venezuela, clearly demonstrates that this unilaterally decision is a serious error of the US Administration, contrary to international law.

But beyond any political and geopolitical considerations, OFAC’s decision constitutes a serious violation against my human rights and seriously damages my dignity and honor. I have led my personal, professional and political life in my country, which I love deeply and to which I devote my life through a political project whose supreme objective is the happiness of our people, equality and social justice. I have no assets or accounts in the United States or in any country of the world, and it is both absurd and pathetic that an American administrative body –without presenting any evidence– adopts a measure to freeze goods and assets that I do not own at all. The intended sanctions, approved by the head of OFAC, on the very day of his confirmation as Secretary of the Department of the Treasury, are illegal and in violation of International Law. Acting ex officio and without any evidence, as an extraterritorial police and without having powers to do so, is a format that violates the entire international human rights system, whose doctrine prevails in the world.

Paradoxically, whereas a governmental office dares to accuse, with no evidence, people anywhere in the world –as recognized by the international organizations and academic research– the “war on drugs” has failed all over the planet and especially in the U.S territory. Today more drugs are brought into the United States than ever before, while a corrupt and legal powerful financial structure legitimizes and recycles dirty money from this international illegal activity, which deprives thousands of American young people of their life and future.

The United States owes the world and their own People a reflection on the resounding failure of their fight against drugs. In the country where the so called “war on drugs” has been implemented as a unilateral strategy, the drug cartels today are stronger than ever; the production of illegal drug has multiplied, bringing about economic losses and, more importantly, more loss of human lives. How many chiefs of criminal drug organizations have been captured by the U.S in its territory? How many banks and tax havens have been closed down by the U.S. for supporting this gigantic illegal business and crime against humanity? Even though the U.S. claims an extraterritorial power to certify, accuse and punish people and countries, it has failed to ratify any of the international treaties concerning this sensitive issue.

The United States must rethink on this matter and rectify, particularly as to the application of policies and measures that are clearly against the international law; aggressive and unfair in the realm of human rights; in addition, they are dangerous for the international relations and unconstitutional in the light of the U.S Constitution itself.

The U.S. should rectify by recognizing that only through joint, transparent and honest cooperation between the States, the fruits the international community and world citizens look forward in the fight against this world calamity can be harvested.
I am a Venezuelan citizen, I am a Bolivarian and a Latin- American. I am fully convinced of the ideals of independence, justice and freedom for which our liberators gave their lives and I am willing to submit to the same fate in the defense of our sovereignty, our Homeland and our People.

Tareck El Aissami
Executive Vice President
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

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WATER IS LIFE: FROM FLINT TO STANDING ROCK TO PA. PRISONS

INTERNATIONAL CONCERNED FAMILY & FRIENDS OF MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

WATER IS LIFE: FROM FLINT TO STANDING ROCK TO PA. PRISONS

MARCH 1st NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION DEMANDING CLEAN WATER IN PA PRISON’S

Since August of 2016, Mumia Abu-Jamal and other Inmates at the State Correctional Facility in Mahanoy, Pennsylvania, have been plagued with unsafe drinking and bath water.

For several months now, inmates have complained about brown, oily water in both the showers and the faucets of their cells. This has been an on-and-off problem from August 2016 to this very day. One of the inmates at SCI Mahanoy, Lorenzo Cat Johnson, when asked of the matter, stated that one week the water seems good and another week, when run, the water seems to go from the color gray to the color brown.

As recently as last week in a conversation with MOVE Political Prisoner Edward Africa, Eddie was asked what he did for water and he stated that he obtained his water from a hot water filter that was on his cellblock. So other than the alternative to obtain a little water from a hot water filter, men are being forced to shower and wash in brown water. Eddie stated that the only time inmates can get bottled water is when they are on a visit in the visiting room. All the while, prison staff are being provided bottled water at SCI Mahanoy and are being told not to drink the water because it’s unsafe.

Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is suffering from a very serious skin condition due to Hepatitis C, is required to take specialized baths in the prison infirmary, but has not been able to take these baths due to the water hazard. Grievances have been filed on this matter, but to no avail–the water situation has not been resolved.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

On March 1, 2017, we are calling for a National Day of Action aimed at both Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel.

The power is in the hands of the people; the only way to make these officials respond is through massive public pressure, so we are upping the ante.

From 9 am to 12 noon, we are calling on people to call, fax, and tweet the office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

(P) (717) 787-2500
(F) (717) 772-8284
(Twitter) @Governor Tom Wolf

From 1 to 3 pm, we are calling on people to call, email, and tweet Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel.

(P) (717) 728-2573
(Email) Ra-crpadocsecretary@pa.gov
(Twitter) @john e Wetzel

These Are the Demands:

(1) Inmates at SCI Mahanoy are provided immediately with clean water both for their bathing and other personal needs.

(2) An environmental Protection Agency testing of the water at both SCI Mahonoy and SCI Frackville.

(3) Bottled water be provided immediately to inmates in all Correctional Facilities across Pennsylvania.

Let’s keep the pressure on to get clean water for the men and women across Pennsylvania’s state prisons.

International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home
Workers World Party
The International Action Center
The Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC)
The MOVE Organization
Philadelphia Coalition for Real Justice

For more info, people can go to http://www.freemumia.com.

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A Little Help For A Brother?

Censorship, distortion of truth, racism, sexism, religious intolerance, mental slavery, war profiteering, fanning the flames of suicidal ignorance & hatred, obscene profiting on imprisoning those who refuse to meekly obey the dominant culture… is this what the United States is about?

The following is just one example of the state of our penal system, a system that profits on torture yet pretends to take care of the innocent. We have distorted the concept of justice and built a system of judicial brutality. Don’t just blame the cops, blame everyone who keeps this system in place:

FROM NYC JERICHO MOVEMENT
Jalil has submitted a request to Gov. Cuomo requesting commutation of sentence to time served, as the parole board is obviously biased. A fair and just parole hearing is impossible for Jalil and our other NY State political prisoners.

Jalil has been in the SHU since December 6th for teaching Black History – a course approved by the administration. He’s taught Black History for almost 2 months, now teaching about the 1960’s, anti-Vietnam War movement and the Black Panther Party.

Jalil was written up because the authorities didn’t like what he was teaching, so he was placed in the SHU with 5 charges.

This is part of an ongoing program to censor Jalil, which escalated this year after he beat charges for writing a letter to an outside organization and was denied newspapers from the outside.

From Jalil”

“As you know, I have been suffering intense harassment, first messing with my mail, trying to put me in SHU for writing to I Am We Prison Advocacy Network, then denying me receipt of The Militant newspaper, now succeeding by taking comments out of a 1 and a half hour lecture and cobbling them into a narrative to fit rule violations, removing them from the original context and intent. Given the recent NY Times newspaper articles exposing the racist practices of both disciplinary hearings and parole board decisions, it is apparent the harsh penalty in this case coincides with the findings of the NY Times articles.

“In this regard, it is important that folk know this seemingly unrelenting harassment is consistent with the NYS Correctional Officers Association’s alliance with the PBA’s opposition to my release on parole. With the growing and mounting campaign to persuade Gov. Cuomo to grant my application to commute the sentence, these entities are mounting a campaign to thwart any possibility for success at the parole board. We must vigorously condemn this disciplinary sanction and demand that it be reversed. But just as importantly, we need to further expose the racist nature of the disciplinary process and correctional guards/administrators persistent efforts to prohibit my release on parole.”

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Too many of us are concerned with attaining a bigger house, a more expensive car, nicer clothes & jewelry, more entertainment and more luxurious vacations. We’re looking for another promotion and a bigger paycheck. We take what we have for granted and want more. Too much doesn’t seem to be enough. We have been programmed to see what the obscenely wealthy have and to want the same. How often do we look at the less fortunate – especially those who stand up for what they believe in, speak truth to the powerful & corrupted and lose everything for it?

Including their freedom.

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The Campaign To Bring Mumia Home

By Johanna Fernandez

Dear Friends of Mumia,

I’m writing on behalf of the Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal to ask if you might help us in an emergency. The Committee is the official fundraising venue for Mumia’s legal defense today. It has been raising funds, quietly, since Mumia was facing execution in the ‘90s.

The Committee was initiated and led by Frances Goldin, Mumia’s literary agent. She is 93 years old today and continues to be actively involved in this work. Our letters are reviewed and signed by Angela Davis. Our efforts focus exclusively on Mumia’s legal defense, and on the few occasions when we’ve deemed that raising funds for other projects was critical to Mumia’s safety, our letters have explicitly outlined our thinking.

Since Mumia fell ill, we have been behind on payments to Mumia’s lead health attorney and we need to raise funds – quickly. Would you consider making a donation and identifying one or two others who might do the same?

A Word on Mumia’s Condition
Although the symptoms of his Hep C condition wax and wane, he is much improved since his near death crisis two years ago. That moment was harrowing and having been in the center of it, I can truly tell you that the movement saved his life.

Heidi Beghosian, former executive director, National Lawyers Guild, and I had been concerned about Mumia’s declining health two years ago, and we happened to visit Mumia the morning that he collapsed in the infirmary. At that moment, we called his family, identified the hospital to which he had been taken, then drove there to make our presence known.

Since Mumia fell ill, we have been behind on payments to Mumia’s lead health attorney and we need to raise funds – quickly. Would you consider making a donation and identifying one or two others who might do the same?
We alerted the movement, and dozens joined us at the hospital that evening. The next day we held a press conference at the hospital to which surprisingly the Philadelphia mainstream media showed up. The conditions under which Mumia was hospitalized were horrendous and we visited the hospital daily.

After these dramatic days, when we realized that Mumia was in danger of dying, we went into emergency mode for several months. This included identifying outside doctors to visit him, taking out an ad in the New York Times, mobilizing the movement and testifying in court about what we saw.

We even took Mumia’s hair sample covertly to be tested at an outside laboratory. It was our doctor, not the hospital physicians, who in the end diagnosed Mumia with Hep C and made the connection that his terrible skin condition was a symptom of that disease. In this moment of crisis, Pam Africa’s experience was indispensable.

The Legal Situation and Our Request for Funds

As you know, his attorneys, primarily Bob Boyle, scored an unprecedented legal victory in Mumia’s Hep C health suit. On Jan. 7, a federal judge, Robert Mariani, in an unprecedented decision, ordered that Mumia be treated with the 95 percent effective cure rate antiviral medicines within 21 days. He condemned the barbarity of the DOC’s (Department of Corrections’) Hep C protocol, and his opinion establishes the groundwork for the treatment of the 7,000 others with Hep C in the Pennsylvania prisons.

The Pennsylvania DOC is fighting this all the way to hell. On the 10th day after the ruling, right before the Martin Luther King holiday, the DOC attorneys filed a stay and a notice of appeal in the 3rd Circuit District Court of Appeals.

Our legal filings are voluminous. Bob Boyle has been working for two years at reduced legal fees, and we are behind on payments. He has literally had to borrow money to stay afloat. We’ve also put in some personal funds, and are sending out another appeal to our members, but we need an infusion of $25,000 in the next week.

His attorneys, primarily Bob Boyle, scored an unprecedented legal victory in Mumia’s Hep C health suit. The Pennsylvania DOC is fighting this all the way to hell.
Thanking you in advance for your consideration.

All the best,

Johanna Fernandez, Ph.D.

Johanna Fernandez, Ph.D., is a professor of history at Baruch College (CUNY,) coordinator of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, member of the Committee to Save Mumia Abu Jamal, and writer and producer of the acclaimed film, “Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.” She can be reached at jfernandez1202@gmail.com.
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Legal Particulars
Federal Judge Robert Mariani presided over Mumia’s health suit. Judge Mariani granted Mumia his claim of deliberate indifference, meaning that Mumia won the preliminary injunction for immediate treatment. The judge ordered that a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) doctor must see Mumia within 14 days of his Jan. 7 ruling and instructed that treatment begin seven days after that – in other words, within 21 days of the ruling.

But on the 10th day after the ruling, right before the Martin Luther King holiday, the DOC lawyers filed a challenge to the judge’s ruling. They filed “a stay,” which essentially asked the judge to halt all legal actions and proceedings. The DOC attorneys also filed a separate notice of appeal that made known their intention to appeal the decision in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which is the court immediately below the Supreme Court.

Here are the different scenarios that can emerge.

If Judge Mariani denies the stay and upholds his original decision, the DOC can seek a stay from the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. This would happen in advance and separately from the DOC’s full appeal in that court. If the 3rd Circuit grants the stay, the appeal process could take two to three months, even if “expedited.” If the 3rd Circuit denies the DOC’s request for a stay, Mumia basically wins because it would mean that the injunction must be carried out, meaning that MAJ gets the drugs.

If Judge Mariani grants the DOC’s request for a stay, Mumia’s attorneys can ask the 3rd Circuit to vacate (overturn) the stay; however, it would be unlikely that the 3rd Circuit would do so since they would take Judge Mariani granting the stay as an indicator that he feels his ruling would not withstand an appeal. We then would have to litigate the appeal in the 3rd Circuit Court, again a two to three month process.

Profile of the Attorneys Litigating Mumia’s Health Suit
Bret Grote is a young attorney and the founder of the Abolitionist Law Center in Pittsburgh. He was the only lawyer willing to file a preliminary injunction to get Mumia immediate treatment after he fell ill. All the attorneys with whom we consulted argued that the case was impossible to litigate and win. Shortly after Bret Grote filed the motion, the movement recruited Bob Boyle to join Bret Grote.

Bob Boyle is one of the most noted and accomplished attorneys representing political prisoners today. He is comparable to Len Weinglass in his political analysis of these cases. Bob Boyle

litigated the Lynne Stewart case, which led to her compassionate release;
litigated the case of Black Panther Dhoruba Bin Wahad and secured his freedom;
secured the release of Black Panther Marshall Eddie Conway, who spent close to 43 years in prison;
overturned in appellate court the 75-year sentence of Mohammed Al-Moayad, who was convicted of providing material support to Hamas.
How to Donate
Please mail your tax-deductible check payable to National Lawyers Guild. On the memo line, be sure to write: “For Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Defense.”

Mail your check directly to Johanna Fernandez, 158-18 Riverside Drive W., Apt. 6C-50, New York, New York 10032.

Please forward this email far and wide and let’s make the raising of $25,000 a reality.

“Prison is a second-by-second assault on the soul, a day-to-day degradation of the self, an oppressive steel and brick umbrella that transforms seconds into hours and hours into days.”
-Mumia Abu-Jamal

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Bloody Violence among Prisonerz Resultz in Security Lockdown at the Eastham-Administrative-Segregation Unit, Texas — Update

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Congressional Letter Supporting Trump Attack On Democracy In South AMERICA

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: cbalbertolovera@gmail.com

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:

https://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/sites/ros-lehtinen.house.gov/files/02.08.2017%20Ros-Lehtinen%20and%20Menendez%20Letter%20to%20the%20White%20House.pdf