Interference Archive is pleased to announce their upcoming exhibition, Resistance Radio: The People’s Airwaves, which looks at the history of radio as a medium for grassroots movements and their organizing work.
A much-needed and very informative meeting took place in Fort Greene on Tuesday June 18, as several Brooklyn For Peace members gave a report back from their recent trip to Venezuela. It was “much-needed” because of the slanted and one-sided reporting on events in that country presented by U.S. mainstream media.
Ann Fawcett Ambia and Keith Brooks along with Stanley Kaster were part of a delegation which attended an international housing conference in Caracas from April 26 to May 5, 2019. In putting the record straight, the story they gave was very different from the one presented here by the mainstream media, not to mention the hostile statements made by the Trump administration.
The talk was accompanied by a slide show which showed scenes very much in contrast with the coverage in the U.S. media. Photos taken by Ambia showed large crowds peaceably gathered to support the Bolivarian government of Nicolás Maduro on May Day, the day after the botched coup attempt by upstart Juan Guaido who Trump and some countries have rushed to support and to proclaim as president of the country.
Pointing out that Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves (nationalized under Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez), they suggested that was one of the main reasons behind U.S. support for displacing Maduro, i.e. a desire to bring those oil riches under control of the United States.
Ambia and Brooks also disputed the portrayal of Maduro as a vicious dictator. They witnessed open discussion and criticism of the government taking place in the streets and gathering places and noted that there was no attempt to curtail it by government forces. They also pointed to the fact that a great majority of mass media is controlled by opposition forces and has been allowed to continue to operate, hardly the hallmark of a repressive regime. The drastic shortages of food and medicine were not obvious to them as they observed shops and restaurants in the capital but acknowledged that people have left the country and that there are shortages in the countryside. This is to be expected, they said but laid the blame on the severe sanctions that have been put in place by the United States, something that is totally missing in reports in the NY Times and other mainstream sources who blame the misdeeds of the Maduro government instead.
The most important thing that U.S. progressives can do to help the Venezuelan people is to look for ways to get out the truth which is being hidden by news media here. And regardless of what any of us might think of the present government, it’s most important that we oppose U.S intervention by either sanctions or overt military action, both of which are illegal under international law.
Your phone call needed!!
On April 30, 2019, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced H.R. 2407, the “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act,” a bill prohibiting U.S. taxpayer funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel.
This legislation was introduced in the previous Congress and had 30 co-sponsors, but none from New York.
We need to change that this time around! Please call your representative in Congress to ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor of this bill. Let us know that you called; email email@example.com
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As we seem dangerously close to overt war in Iran and Venezuela, our phone calls to Congress are important.
Speak up to prevent new, unconstitutional, unacceptable, unauthorized wars.
Please call Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and your representative, re these two important bills:|
**Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019 (S.1039 in the Senate and H.R.2354 in the House) (Gillibrand has signed on to S.1039; Velazquez has signed on to H.R. 2354: Please thank them!
**Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act (S.J.Res.11 and H.R.1004). Clarke and Velazquez have signed on to H.R. 1004: Please thank them!)
Congressional switchboard: 202-224-3121
If you can’t get through to Washington, call the local office. Contact info here.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you called
We continue to the danger of U.S. military action against Venezuela, on the background of longstanding economic warfare and sanctions against the elected government of Nicolas Maduro.
Pick up the phone! Call Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and your Congressional representative. Urge them to speak out against using either sanctions or military action to support the coup attempt. Demand that they sign on to S.J.Res 11 and H.R 1004, prohibiting unauthorized military action against Venezuela.
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121. If you can’t get through to Washington, call the local office. (Click here for phone numbers.)
Please let us know that you called! Email email@example.com
You can also sign this petition calling on Congressional representatives to support HR 1004, to prevent military intervention in Venezuela. Clarke and Velazquez have already signed on as co-sponsors. Please modify text in the petition to thank them!)
Read This Open Letter to the United States.
The open letter—signed by 70 scholars on Latin America, political science, and history as well as filmmakers, civil society leaders, and other experts—was issued on Thursday, January 24, 2019, in opposition to ongoing intervention by the United States in Venezuela.
A Call for Clear Heads on Venezuela:
How To Criticize Maduro While Opposing U.S. Regime Change
by Alejandro Velasco (In These Times March 11, 2019)
Check out Peace Action’s post on Venezuela C
On Feb 28, 2019, Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez introduced Resolution 747 to the NY City Council, criticizing the bloated Pentagon war budget and its terribly negative impacts on NYC residents.
BFP joined many others in a Press Conference on the steps of City Hall. Now we need to pressure all 50 councilmembers to sign on as co-sponsors to Res. 747, urging the Council to take action and hold hearings on the impact of lopsided spending that overwhelmingly favors weapons and war instead of urgently-needed social programs.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you called, and who your councilperson is.
Sponsored by a growing network of groups under the banner of MOVE THE MONEY-NYC
Email email@example.com if you’d like to add your organization as a co-sponsor as this campaign goes forward (Press conference was only the first step!)