Witness Venezuela’s Elections This December-6, 2015

Delegation to Venezuela December 2 to 12, 2015

This December, witness one of the most important elections in the history of Venezuela, and of the hemisphere. On December 6, the people of Venezuela will exercise their right to vote in elections for deputies to the country’s National Assembly. Voters will decide whether to carry forward the Bolivarian Revolution by retaining a Chavista majority in the National Assembly or return the political intitative to the traditional elites represented by most of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD). 

The stakes are high. Venezuela has been in the forefront of regional integration and independence from U.S. hegemony and push back against the neoliberal agenda over the past sixteen years and it has supported the building of a multipolar world. It has also been a leading force, since Chavez was elected president in December 1998, against the further propogation of those free trade agreements that would compromise the public nature of human services and diminish the sovereignty of participating nations in favor of transnational corporate interests. 

Despite the current fall in petroleum prices, Venezuela has resisted austerity, declined to roll back progressive labor laws and the land reform, and increased social spending targeted to the most vulnerable sectors. For all of these reasons, this will be one of the most closely watched elections in the world. Come witness it from the inside and lend your solidarity to the people of Venezuela as they shape their own future, in the face of episodic attempts at extra constitutional regime change, escalating aggression from the US, which has proclaimed Venezuela as an “unusual and extraordinary threat” by executive order, as well as an “economic war” against the people waged by the country’s elite. 

Participants in this delegation will learn about Venezuela’s electoral process and witness participatory democracy in action through meetings with community councils and other grassroots groups in Caracas and the neighboring states of Aragua and Miranda. The group will get a first-hand glimpse of the various areas of social transformation taking place in Venezuela, despite the economic challenges, including in education, healthcare, food sovereignty, and alternative media. The delegation will also include trips to touristic sites of interest. 

Come see the real “threat” posed by Venezuela – as living proof that another world indeed is possible. As the Venezuelan people assert, “Venezuela is not a threat – we are hope!” 

For more information :

Some important articles: 

Venezuela Takes Control of Its Border as Bogotá and Caracas Bring Their Cases to UNASUR

http://www.coha.org/venezuela- colombia-border-dispute/

Venezuela Recognized by FAO for Halving Malnutrition 
 http://venezuelanalysis.com/ news/11410 

Revolution, Counter Revolution, and the Economic War in Venezuela: Part I 
 http://venezuelanalysis.com/ analysis/11170 

Revolution, Counter Revolution, and the Economic War in Venezuela: Part II 
 http://venezuelanalysis.com/ analysis/11170 

 https:// revolucionalimentaria. wordpress.com/2013/09/29/the- commune-or-no/ 

 http://www.coha.org/ venezuela-to-consider-ban-on- transgenic-seed/ 

 http://www.coha.org/ venezuela-and-the-battle- against-transgenic-seeds/ 

When: December 2 to 12, 2015 

Tentative Itinerary: Start and end in Caracas; visits to the states of Miranda and Aragua. 

Cost for Activities: $900. This will cover all lodging, all ground transportation, 2 meals per day, qualified trip leaders, and Spanish-English interpretation. Additional expenses during the trip will be minimal. Airfare not included. 
The passages roundtrip plane to Venezuela are between $ 479- $ 560 (from NYC )

To Learn more and hold a spot, email cbalbertolovera (at) gmail.com. Please be in touch as soon as possible, as space for this delegation is very limited. Please allow several days for responses. 

Sponsored by the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of NY. 
For more information see: 

Check out these articles from past delegations: 

Reflections on Venezuela: Food, Health, Democracy, and a Hope for a Better World 
 http://mrzine.monthlyreview. org/2008/magdoff040208.html 

The Venezuelan Effort to Build a New Food and Agriculture System 
 http://monthlyreview.org/ 2009/07/01/the-venezuelan- effort-to-build-a-new/

Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle NY 
e-mail: cbalbertolovera@gmail. com
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