Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) To NPR Radio Affiliate WDET: Stop Slandering People’s Venezuela and President Maduro!

Sent to radio station WDET Feb. 21, 2019

To Whom It May Concern,

Upon service of this letter, you are hereby given notice of our intent to picket your office every Friday evening. Your office, as a syndicated member of National Public Radio, has promoted numerous lies and distortions about the legitimate government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela designed to sway public opinion and legitimize the U.S. government’s attempts to bring about regime change.

We, as representatives of poor and working people, emphatically reject the coverage promoted on your station slandering the legitimate president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. In the interest of the observation of international law and the right of all nations to sovereignty within their own territory, we ask that the residents of Michigan be given access to another narrative with respect to Venezuela. In reality, the people of Michigan and of Detroit have much more in common with the people of Venezuela than the people seeking to overthrow the government of Venezuela.

To that end, we, the undersigned, request that your offices provide us with airtime to tell an alternate story about Venezuela. As a publicly-funded non-profit, your offices have a responsibility to the public above and beyond any responsibility to corporate donors, most especially companies such as Enbridge and Koch Industries who have a vested interest in the de-nationalization of the Venezuelan oil industry.

The people of Michigan have a right to the truth that public radio services ought to uphold. Please respond with any correspondence to this email–you can expect to see us this Friday.

Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)

Feb. 22, 2019 Protest at WDET: Viva Venezuela: Protest WDET’S Misinformation And Propaganda

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December 12 Movement Stands in Solidarity with Venezuela

By B.D.

Over 100 people gathered outside the US Mission to the United Nations on Monday, Feb. 4 for a rally called by the Dec. 12 Movement in solidarity with the people of Venezuela against the Trump regime’s attempted takeover of their country. Chants of “People of the world unite, Venezuela is our fight!” and “Down with imperialism, power to the people!” barraged the Embassy. Speakers at the rally included Pam Africa of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal, Viola Plummer and other leaders of the Dec. 12 Movement, former political prisoner Tarek Haskins and representatives of New York’s Haitian community.

A statement handed out by December 12 members declared:  “We are here because U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo has finally told the truth ― the U.S. wants control of Venezuela’s oil. “We are here because the U.S. wants to steal oil, discredit socialism and carry out regime change in Venezuela ― then on to Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba.
“We are here because as African people we’ve benefited from the subsidized oil that Venezuela provided our communities in the U.S., in the Caribbean and in Africa.”


December 12 Venezuela

March 17, 2019 Rally: No Bolsonaro in DC! Oppose the Global Far Right!

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Rally: No Bolsonaro in DC! Oppose the Global Far Right.

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Greetings fellow anti-fascist!

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 has emboldened organized white nationalists and fascist gangs to take to the streets across the United States. These groups have organized attacks on immigrants, Muslims, Jews, people of color, LGBTQ folks, organized workers, and leftists in Charlottesville and across the US, and have encouraged individuals to engage in violent hate crimes. There is an urgent need to work together to stop the alarming rise of the ultra-right and fascists.

On March 18-20 neo-fascist and newly elected president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro will arrive in Washington DC for a two day meeting with Donald Trump. The meeting of two heads of State from the largest economies and populations in the western hemisphere serves to bring undue legitimacy to both the Trump and Bolsonaro administrations. Currently we are experiencing a global rise of the far right based on nationalist rhetoric including scapegoating immigrants, Islamophobia, anti-worker policies and continued attacks on the oppressed and vulnerable. These attacks are happening both in the streets and inside governments. People of good standing must take it upon themselves to resist this global rise, DC United Against Hate recognizes the need to oppose fascism and far right hate both locally and internationally.

On March 17th DC United Against Hate a coalition of socialist organizations, anti-fascist activists, progressives and others call for a rally to oppose Bolsonaro’s visit to DC. We also wish show support and solidarity with those in the international community resisting far right governments and those who support these governments. The same weekend there will be actions and demonstrations around the world to recognize March 16th as a International Day of anti-fascism. We stand with our Brothers and Sisters around the world who recognize the fascist threat and are determined to build links with our allies throughout world.

The rise of racism and the far right represents a grave danger for the vast majority of the population. We will never be able to resolve the different social problems we face unless we defend the unity of ordinary people in the face of the attempts of racists and fascists to divide us.

But we have also seen a rise in resistance in the U.S., with demonstrations against the alt-right and neo-Nazis hate events often shutting them down, limiting their audience, demoralizing their new recruits, and bringing in more anti-fascists into struggle. The situation is still urgent, and the potential for our resistance is much bigger.

On or around 16 March 2019 there will be coordinated mass anti racist demonstrations in Austria, Britain (London, Glasgow and Cardiff), Catalonia, Spain, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Australia, Canada, Brazil and the U.S. (New York and Washington DC).

We are dedicated to a broad movement to bring as many together as possible in opposition to the far-right. We would like to see more mobilizations in the spirit of the 40,000 who marched against the Alt-Right in Boston, 2017, the 250,000 on the #Unteilbar (indivisible) demonstration in Berlin in October, and the quarter of a million against Trump in London in July of 2018.

We need to build broad movements to continue and develop this opposition. Join together March 17 from 12:30 – 3:30 pm at Lafayette Square directly north of the White House for a rally and demonstration in solidarity with actions around the world as well as oppose Jair Bolsonaro’s meeting with Donald Trump.

#AllAgainstFascism #OneWorldNoRacismNoFascism

Madison, Feb. 23, 2019: NO U.S. WAR ON VENEZUELA!

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U.S. Hands Off Venezuela! Rally

12 NOON – 2 P.M., Wisconsin State Capitol. State Street Steps

#23Feb Weekend of International Actions

Demanding “regime change,” this administration is laying siege to Venezuela. Washington’s deepening of sanctions, a form of economic warfare, is solely aimed at worsening an ongoing crisis in order to impose powers in Caracas favorable to US interests. US actions have served only to deepen political divisions and decrease the likelihood of a peaceful solution, as they increase hardships and suffering of the common people.

Venezuela has world’s largest known oil reserves. And that fact has more to do with US demands for “regime change” and threats of further intervention than any concerns for “democracy” or “freedom” and the “defeat of tyranny.”

US efforts to overthrow the present government will only serve to further weaken any prospects for a peaceful, democratic resolution to the crisis and leave a bitter legacy in keeping with the long history of US intervention in the region.

The revival of “Yankee imperialism” at its worst must immediately be brought to a halt. People here in the US must once again come together to counter Washington’s aggression, overt and covert, in Venezuela and elsewhere in Latin America — the necessary precondition for peace, true democracy, and security. Join in opposition and voice demands for an end to US intervention and violations of Venezuela’s national sovereignty.

JOIN US! Bring signs, banners, and your friends!

-U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!
-NO to a “Regime Change” Coup!
-NO to sanctions, oil embargo and economic warfare!
-NO to military intervention by the U.S. and its regional proxies!

Endorsed by:
Womens’ International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) -Madison; Madison Socialist Alternative; Industrial Workers of the World -Madison; Party for Socialism and Liberation – Madison; Veterans for Peace, Chapter 25 – Madison; Family Farm Defenders; Peregrine Forum; Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars; International Socialist Organization – Madison; Democratic Socialists of America -Madison; White Rose Anti-Fascist Forum; Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, 4 Lakes Green Party; Union De Trabajadores Immigrantes (UTI); International Marxist Tendency – Madison; Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement. More to follow…

Racine, Feb. 23, 2019: U.S.: Hands Off Venezuela!

COME TO OUR PRESENTATION THIS SATURDAY 11AM.   Dick Kinch will do the part on the US history of interventions, and John Heckenlively will present on Venezuela with slides from his 2010 trip there. It is at the
DR JOHN BRYANT CENTER—–601 21st, Racine 53403 (park in the lot behind the Center), 
11-12:30 presentation, followed by a light lunch. Invite your friends.
Adelante!  Forward!  Elaine Marie Kinch, Racine Coalition For Peace & Justice