Emergency National Days Actions for Venezuela, Jan. 20-26

List of actions: http://www.iacenter.org/venezuela/jan-2013-actions/

New York City:

Wednesday, Jan. 23

11-1pm Yo Soy Chavez Rally at the Venezuelan Consulate

Wear Red

51st St between 5th Ave & Madison in Manhattan

For more info: 212-633-6646 iacenter.org

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Buffalo, NY

Saturday, January 26

1:00 PM
ELMWOOD & BIDWELL
Endorsed by Burning Books, International Action Center, and Latin American Solidarity Committee

Los Angeles Action:

What: Press Conference/Rally
Where: Downtown Federal Building – 300 N. Los Angeles St.
When: 12 Noon on Thursday Jan. 24th
Contact: Harriet Tubman Social Justice Center (323) 306-6240

Philadelphia, PA

Jan. 29, 7pm
Forum in solidarity with Chavez & the Bolivarian Revolution
IAC, Tony Montiero, activist, MOVE & others
Calvary Church
Call Berta Joubert Ceci 267-257-7742

Tucson Event
Venezuela: Truth and Lies
January 25, 2012 – 6:00-8:00pm
Jon Miles/George Petit Room
Pima County Housing Office
801 W Congress, Tucson
For more info: 520-243-0381.

Alliance for Global Justice is responding to the Call for Emergency National Days Actions for Venezuela, Jan. 20-26 by organizing this teach-in and dialogue on Friday, Jan. 25. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ health crisis, which prevented him from attending his own inauguration on Jan. 10, has brought forth a flood of lies and misinformation from right wing opponents to the incredible changes won by Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution under his presidency. The US media propagates the most incredible distortions of the situation in Venezuela, and right-wing Venezuelans in the US have called for demonstrations on Jan. 22 calling for US intervention.

So what are the facts and what are the lies concerning Venezuela? AfGJ Venezuela experts James Jordan and Chuck Kaufman will lead off a discussion on Jan. 25. Bring your own questions and opinions and let’s have a lively two hour discussion of the Venezuelan reality, what advances in Venezuela would benefit us in the US, and what we can do to support the Venezuelan people and oppose US.

Atlanta, Ga
Film Showing.  For details: atlantaiac@aol.com or call 404-627-0185

Detroit, MI
Thursday, Jan. 31
7pm
Night of Solidarity with Venezuela & the Bolivarian Revolution
Venezuelan Consul General Jesus Rodriguez-Espinoza, Guest Speaker
Garage Cultural Center of Art & Creativity
3439 Livernois Ave.
For more info: 313 – 680 – 5508

Boston

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 5 pm

Venezuelan Consulate

545 Boylston St. Boston, Ma

Local Sponsors: International Action Center, Boston Bolivarians, Proyecto Hondureño, Chelsea Uniting Against the War , Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front. (List in formation)

For More Info: iacboston@iacboston.org, Boston Bolivarians   508-577-4661

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North Carolina Student Power Union

http://studentpowernc.org/

The universities reflect and replicate the broader social relationships of society. Whether it’s in the classroom or the workplace, those in power do everything they can to keep us divided by using racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of institutionalized oppression. We believe that if we ever hope to build a movement that can win real change in our universities and society, we must build unity and fight against all forms of oppression. Those who experience oppression must be in the leadership of our movements. We work to unite with any and all groups — on the campuses and in the community — who are working to build a grassroots movement for social change.

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Chicago, Jan. 20: Anti-War Activists to Protest Patrick Fitzgerald

Sunday, January 20

3:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Hotel

151 East Wacker Drive

Fitzgerald is a Bully –
End the Grand Jury Investigation of Anti-War Activists

Patrick Fitzgerald will be the commencement speaker at John Marshall Law School’s graduation and will receive an honorary degree.  Praise from the college for his “distinguished” career ignores the underside of his years in Chicago:  a history of bullying and witch hunts.   In fact, Fitzgerald has played a leading role in the U.S. government’s undermining of civil liberties during the so called “War on Terror.”

Marshall’s press release about Fitzgerald’s “high-profile investigations and prosecutions” fails to mention the 23 anti-war and international solidarity activists who in 2010 were subjected to dawn raids of their homes by over 70 armed agents.  Fitzgerald convened a grand jury in 2009 under the pretext of investigating “material support for foreign terrorist organizations,” and together with the FBI, sent undercover officers to infiltrate and spy on the anti-war groups.  The prosecutor in his former office, Barry Jonas, continues the investigation to this day, despite an outpouring of support for the activists from faith leaders, labor unions, and a dozen members of Congress.

The Marshall administration also ignores Fitzgerald’s prosecution of Abdelhaleem Ashqar and Palestinian American Muhammad Salah, in which Fitzgerald’s office presented evidence extracted from Salah through torture in an Israeli prison.

With the case of Aaron Swartz, the net activist who committed suicide last week under intimidation by Boston’s US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, there is growing awareness of this bullying by prosecutors.

In Illinois, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has been exposed for bullying tactics in the prosecution of the NATO 5, young men entrapped by undercover cops before the NATO protests last May.  She has piled on terrorism charges, demanded excessive bail, and then left them in terrible conditions in Cook County Jail for nine months, to coerce them into pleading guilty.

In addition, Barry Jonas was the prosecutor in the case of the Holy Land Five, in which leaders of a Muslim charity were convicted of providing material aid to terrorism, and sentenced to many decades in prison based on the secret testimony of an agent of the Israeli state.

John Marshall Law School shouldn’t honor bullies like Fitzgerald, Ortiz, Alvarez or Jonas.

Call in day:

Call Dean John Corkery, 312.987.2352 this Friday, January 18

Tell him not to honor Pat Fitzgerald

Sponsors:  Committee Against Political Repression, Coalition to Protect People’s Rights, US Palestinian Community Network

More info: http://www.stopfbi.net/

At March on Wall Street South press conference in Charlotte, North Carolina August 31, 2012.

At March on Wall Street South press conference in Charlotte, North Carolina August 31, 2012.

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