Movements like those in Venezuela force everybody to take a stand - and the “progressive” liberal press is no exception. Simon Tisdall, in his Guardian column titled “Chavez the Bush baiter” (November 25), reveals the bias of the mainstream media towards the Venezuelan Revolution. Here we include a link to Tisdall’s column and to the letters that some readers sent to the Guardian in rejection of this biased piece of capitalist propaganda.
This is the message that 27 cities from the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom are sending to the Bush administration and the United States government on December 2 ... the First International Venezuela Solidarity Day.
SPÖ Vorarlberg (Austria) voted for the resolution put forward by the Socialist Youth (SJ) to support the Hands off Venezuela Campaign. With the passing of this resolution the SPÖ Vorarlberg expresses its solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and supports the revolutionary Venezuelan trade union, the UNT, as the only genuine militant and anti-capitalist trade union in the country.
After the CFMEU trade union, now the Australian Council of Trade Unions also passed a resolution in solidarity with Venezuela. The resolution is broadly based on the ones passed earlier this year by a number of British trade unions and finally passed unanimously at the British Trades Union Congress (see Motion 79). We hope this resolution will spread even further throughout the Australian union movement.
Hands Off Venezuela participated in two very successful events in Calgary, Alberta recently. We have been working hard to promote the ideas of the Bolivarian Revolution to workers and youth in Alberta receiving endorsements from numerous notable organizations and unions including the Alberta Federation of Labour. With a strong foothold in Edmonton the campaign has now spread to Calgary starting with two events in one week.
At its national conference in November, the anti-war Respect coalition passed the following resolution pledging solidarity with Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution and voted to affiliate to the Hands Off Venezuela campaign.
The Chavez government is already directing hundreds of millions of dollars from its windfall petroleum profits to expand social programs for Venezuela's own poor, and it has begun providing cheap oil to more than a dozen poor Caribbean nations. To the people at the Bush White House and their buddies at the Big Oil companies, sharing the wealth with those less fortunate is a dangerous idea.