After hearing a 19th-century African-American song, Dr. Maya Angelou has never forgotten one important lyric: God put a rainbow in the clouds. Watch as Dr. Angelou shares how she honors those who employed kindness to help her, and find out how, she says, we can all “be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud,” no matter who they are. For more on #masterclass, visit http://bit.ly/1ZQfeZO
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On Friday, March 16, 2023, Camilla Saab made an urgent call to the world to denounce the dire health condition of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, which endangers his life.
In July 2021, the Working Group against Torture and several UN rapporteurs expressed their concern about the irreparable deterioration of Alex Saab’s health condition.
Let us recall that in Cape Verde, on July 7, 2021, after many refusals, Alex Saab was visited by his family doctor, who, in his report, detected a worrying health condition of the Venezuelan official, especially because Saab is a stomach cancer survivor. The doctor diagnosed: anemia, anorexia, diabetes mellitus type 2, hypothyroidism, hypertension, and high risk of thromboembolic disease, including pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. In addition, he highlighted that a high infection by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori was found in his blood, and an endoscopy identified bleeding from the digestive tract that could mean a recurrence of cancer. Saab’s lower left molar was found broken due to the beatings received during the torture, and access to proper medical care was recommended. However, he was never allowed to receive treatment.
Subsequently, the treating physician issued, on September 9, 2021, a new report highlighting the need for patient Alex Saab to receive specialized medical care and asked the authorities of Cape Verde to consider the need to preserve the health and life of Alex Saab. Cape Verde did nothing in this regard.
Alex Saab arrived in the United States, kidnapped for the second time on October 16, 2021, and from that moment until today, he has not received any medical attention according to the primary diseases that had been reported, ignoring the call of the UN rapporteurs. Alex Saab is in the Federal Detention Center in Miami, and his prison situation is even worse than in Cape Verde: he has not been allowed family visits. He has not seen his wife and children, who have also been victims of persecution by the U.S. authorities and their allies, for more than two years and eight months.
Alex Saab has also not been allowed consular visits, a human right of every prisoner deprived of liberty. The U.S. State Department has yet to respond to the Venezuelan State’s request to grant him a consular visit, as established in Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
In the medical reports made in July, Alex Saab’s doctor had already informed that they had identified bleeding from the digestive tract, which could mean a cancer recurrence. Now, it is highly alarming to learn that Alex has been vomiting blood for weeks, and despite having reported it to the U.S. authorities, there is still a lack of medical attention at the prison. Why has the U.S. not bothered to treat him?
Everything indicates that the lack of medical attention is part of a State policy, as was his illegal arrest. Do U.S. authorities want Alex Saab dead? Why, then, the insistence on not providing him with medical attention and not allowing his doctor to visit him?
Everyone knows that the truth is on the side of the Venezuelan diplomat, and sooner or later, the United States must release him, but they are taking more time than usual. Could it be that they are waiting for his illnesses to develop further?
We, the #FreeAlexSaab Movement, hold the U.S. Government responsible for diplomat Alex Saab’s life and what may happen to him during his illegal detention.
– We ask that the International Committee of the Red Cross to be present at the Federal Detention Center in Miami-USA.
– We urge the High Commissioner of the UN Human Rights to take action and denounce this violation of the human rights of the Venezuelan diplomat illegally detained in U.S. territory.
– We request the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, as the highest defender of International Law, to make an announcement on this case, which constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and human rights.
– We demand immediate freedom for Alex Saab Moran, the Venezuelan diplomat kidnapped in the United States. We urgently require a humanitarian, political, and diplomatic solution to this unjust situation.
It is time to move forward. We urge the U.S. Government to sit down and reach an agreement. Venezuela has shown to be open to finding a solution.
Join us for a weekend of creating art in support of greater funding in the state budget for Wisconsin public schools. We will be painting banners, screen printing posters, and assembling other pieces in preparation for the coming two-year Wisconsin state budget battle. MPS Art Teachers have designed most of the work being used in this art build. No art experience is necessary. We will find a task for everyone who joins.
Why are we organizing an art build?
Milwaukee Public Schools and district across the state have faced a decade of underfunding and our schools are in crisis. Our state legislature is sitting on an unprecedented $7.1 billion budget surplus while our public schools face growing staff shortages and dwindling resources that adversely affect our students and communities. Educators who remain face overwhelming workloads, stagnant salaries, and pay inequity. Well over 3,000 MPS workers have signed a petition calling on our state’s elected leaders to pass a budget that prioritizes public education and our state’s children. The budget surplus has created a critical opportunity to re-invest in our public schools and public opinion polls have shown urban, rural, and suburban voters all support increases in compensation for educators. We intend to seize this moment through a variety of actions including a community art build to unite every district across the state and help engage the public through political education while sharing our story, demands, and aspirational solutions.
Join us on Saturday or Sunday or both days to help. The art build will take place at South Division High School in Milwaukee, 1515 W. Lapham Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Art Build Schedule: Saturday, April 15: 10am – 8pm Sunday: April 16: 10am – 5pm