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December 01, 2007

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James Jordan

***PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY***

AN URGENT CALL TO ACTION FROM THE VENEZUELA SOLIDARITY NETWORK

www.vensolidarity.net Email us at [email protected] Call us at 202-544-9355 or
520-243-0381

SHOUT OUT FOR VENEZUELA: NOVEMBER 30TH THROUGH DECEMBER 7TH
TELL CONGRESS: NO US SPONSORED COUP ATTEMPT IN VENEZUELA

Venezuela is under direct threat!!! New evidence has been uncovered about plans to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela, and even to assassinate its president, Hugo Chavez. The time for American citizens who favor justice
and non-intervention to spring into action is not the day after a coup, but the days before!

The Venezuela Solidarity Network is calling on Solidarity and pro-Democracy activists to participate in the NOV. 30 THROUGH DEC. 7TH SHOUT OUT FOR VENEZUELA!

DEMAND THAT CONGRESS:

1) Intervene to stop US violations of Venezuelan sovereignty by the State Department and the CIA;

2) Respect the electoral decisions of the Venezuelan people;

3) Investigate recent evidence of a US sponsored and directed plot to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela;

We are urging solidarity and pro-Democracy activists everywhere to call, email, and/or visit your members of the House and Senate and the US State Department and demand that there be NO US SPONSORED AND FUNDED, CIA DIRECTED, COUP ATTEMPT AGAINST THE PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA. We are urging people outside the US to contact US Embassies and Consulates. Please email AND call Congress. While emails alone are less effective, emails combined with phone calls and/or visits to Congressional and other government offices are a powerful strategy to get the word out.

SAMPLE EMAIL TO CONGRESS (CUT, PASTE, AND SEND!):

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives/United States Senate
Washington DC 20515

Dear Representative/Senator (last name)

I am writing you to express my urgent concern about plots already underway to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela—plots which are being coordinated with sectors of the US government. Most distressing is the recent uncovering of a memo from CIA Officer Michael Middleton Steer to the CIA Director General Michael Hayden outlining details of “Operation Pliers”, an effort to interfere in the Dec. 2nd vote on constitutional reforms in Venezuela, and to encourage a coup against the Venezuelan government. The memo indicates that as much as $8 million dollars, funneled through USAID, have been given by the US government to finance the opposition’s campaign against the reforms. The memo details strategies for interfering with and discrediting the vote, and calls for steps to be taken that would lead to an overthrow of the Venezuelan government, including support provided from US military bases in Curacao and Colombia.

This is just one piece of evidence recently uncovered indicating preparation for a US sponsored coup. Others include CNN briefly showing a picture of President Chavez with a caption, which read, “Who killed him?” Supposedly it was a technical error. There have also been reports that at a recent rally a laser pointer appeared on Chavez’ chest and head, and recently a cache of weapons and US military uniforms were found at a private residence in Caracas.

There is one fact that every Congressperson and every citizen in the United States of America needs to know: democracy is alive and well in Venezuela. Whether we like it or not, the current government of Venezuela is an elected and popular government. Its elections have been certified by a number of international bodies, including the Carter Center, the Organization of American States, the European Union, and the NAACP. Any attempt by the US to support an overthrow of the Venezuelan government would be interpreted by the world as an assault against democracy and an abandonment of democratic principles.

I am writing to demand that you, as a representative of the people, take action NOW to contact the CIA, the State Department, USAID, and the Bush administration and let them know that another US sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela is unacceptable. Furthermore, I am writing to demand that a Congressional investigation be undertaken regarding this memo and other violations of Venezuela’s sovereignty.

Here are some informative links that will help you better understand the current situation in Venezuela.

Regarding the current US sponsored threats to Venezuelan democracy:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stan-goff/the-cia-plan-to-destabili_b_74557.html
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7475

For accurate information about the Constitutional Reforms:
Democracy Still Alive and Well in Venezuela,
http://www.cepr.net/content/view/1366/45/
What is Venezuela's Constitutional Reform Really About,
http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/2890
Venezuela's Constitutional Reform: An Article by Article Summary
http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/2890

Sincerely,
(Your name and address)

HOW TO CONTACT YOUR SENATOR, REPRESENTATIVE, AND THE WHITE HOUSE

CALL THE CAPITOL SWITCHBOARD TOLL FREE AT:

1-800-828-0498
1-877-210-5351
1-800-614-2803
1-866-340-9281

To Email Your Representative or Senator (plus other detailed contact info):

http://vensolidarity.net/category/take-actions/

For a quick list of Senator contact info:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.ttTO
CONTACT THE STATE DEPARTMENT:
202-647-4000
To email the State Department:
www.state.gov

TO CONTACT THE WHITE HOUSE:

202-456-1111/202-456-6213
Or email President Bush at
[email protected]

ALSO, KEEP THIS DATE OPEN:
March 14-16, 2008, Symposium on What the US Left Needs to Know About Venezuela, in Washington DC
ONE MORE THING YOU CAN DO TO HELP BUILD A US BASED MOVEMENT IN SOLIDARITY WITH VENEZUELA:
More than ever, there is a pressing need for an organization that is dedicated to building a locally based, nationally organized grassroots movement in solidarity with Venezuela. The necessary role of resisting intervention and Empire Building right in the belly of the beast cannot be overstated.
Yet in these “critical times”, the fact is that the Venezuela Solidarity Network is in “critical need”. Without going into detail, the reality is that if we don’t get a lot of financial support very soon, it’s possible the VSN just won’t make it….
If you think that the following are worthwhile--
· Organizing an Emergency Response Network so that we are ready to mobilize resistance to US intervention in Venezuela at a moment’s notice;
· Sending out twice monthly action alerts to counter provocations against Venezuela;
· Organizing symposiums and conferences to educate and inform solidarity activists;
· Sponsoring days of solidarity that are locally based and nationally connected;
· Sending US citizens to Venezuela to learn about the good things going on there and to come back and work to change US policy

--then, please, contribute what you can to make sure we can keep doing the good work we do. To contribute go to:
http://vensolidarity.net/donate/


yo

Re: JJ

Uh, you know writing letters to congress(men) people does absolutely nothing.
You seem to be under an illusion you live in a democracy.

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