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22 May 2010

Morning Star - Venezuelan Socialist United Party (PSUV) members Katy Jaimes and Elias Chacon are currently touring Britain to build solidarity with the Bolivarian revolution and the movement of occupied factories in Venezuela.

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12 May 2010
On Saturday May 22nd come and hear speakers from Venezuela and discuss the latest events surrounding the Venezuelan Revolution, including the PSUV congress, Chavez's appeal for a Fifth International, the setting up of a Bolivarian militia, factory occupations, the forthcoming national assembly elections and the situation in Latin America in general.  

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08 March 2010

“I’m a woman with a new life since the Bolivarian Revolution knocked on my door,” said Pielrroc Montenegro, Maracaiban by birth and Andean by tradition, with glazed eyes full of nostalgia and gratitude.

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02 April 2007

 Sanitarios Maracay is a ceramics factory in Venezuela currently occupied by its workforce. The factory is being run under workers control through a system of general assemblies and committees. The workers took over the factory in November 2006, when the owner, a known coup-plotter, abandoned it. They want the factory nationalised and run under workers' control.

This occupation is only one of several taking place in Venezuela at this time. President Chávez has declared himself in favour of nationalisation and introduced experiences of workers control, as shown by the expropriation of Venepal (a paper factory) and CNV (a valve factory) in 2005, but the process is difficult and bureaucratic and can take time. In the meantime the workers of Sanitarios Maracay need practical help to maintain the occupation.

This is an extremely inspiring struggle, part of the push of ordinary working people taking their futures into their own hands, the true significance of the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.

Hands Off Venezuela has linked up with the workers at Sanitarios Maracay to provide solidarity and practical help for their struggle. We are writing to ask if we could come to one of your meetings to raise the issue. We have some very inspiring (very short!) videos shot by members of a recent delegation of Hands off Venezuela who visited the factory in December, which would be worth showing.

Useful support for the occupation includes: donations, messages of solidarity, arranging meetings to show the video and discuss the situation, petition signatures (online petition)

If you would like a member of Hands off Venezuela to come to your meeting to make a short presentation about the dispute, please contact us. Alternatively we have attached a model resolution and if you do not have time for a speaker, perhaps you would present this resolution to a meeting.

For further information, please see the Hands off Venezuela website. ( www.handsoffvenezuela.org). To arrange a speaker, in Britain, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or ring Julian Sharpe - 07714125419. For other countries, use the Contact Us form.

Find out more about the struggle of Sanitarios Maracay workers:

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21 July 2006

Name: Hands Off Venezuela Campaign

Objectives: The objectives of the campaign are to:

  1. Give full support to the Venezuelan Revolution, which has repeatedly proved its democratic credentials, in its struggle to liberate the oppressed of Venezuela.
  2. Defend the Revolution against the attacks of imperialism and its local agents, the Venezuelan oligarchy.
  3. Support the new trade union confederation, the UNT, as the legitimate voice of the workers' movement.
  4. To counteract the media distortions and lies about Venezuela and mobilise the maximum support for the above aims.

Membership: HOV is a broad-based, grass roots solidarity campaign operating in over 30 countries. In Britain, membership will be open to all who accept the objectives of the campaign and who pay the annual subscription or affiliation fee.

Structure: The HOV is made up of individual members, groups and affiliated organisations, which will be represented at the annual conference (AGM). The campaign will encourage the setting up of HOV groups locally. The annual conference will elect a steering committee to oversee the development of the campaign. The steering committee will elect officers to run the day to day work of HOV, who will report back regularly to the committee. Voting at conference will take place on the basis of one member one vote. HOV groups and affiliated organisations will be eligible to send motions to the AGM.

Conference will have the power to amend the Constitution by majority vote. Special conferences may be called at the discretion of the national steering committee or at the request of the majority of the membership.

14 July 2006

The Hands Off Venezuela Campaign, which is a broad-based campaign, was established to generate awareness about Venezuela within the labour and trade union movement and among young people. Our main task is to promote the social gains of the Bolivarian Revolution and mobilise public opinion against imperialist aggression towards Venezuela.

The basic aims of the Campaign are to:

  • Give full support to the Venezuelan Revolution, which has repeatedly proved its democratic credentials, in its struggle to liberate the oppressed of Venezuela.
  • Defend the Revolution against the attacks of imperialism and its local agents, the Venezuelan oligarchy.
  • Support the new trade union confederation, the UNT, as the legitimate voice of the workers' movement.
  • To counteract the media distortions and lies about Venezuela and mobilise the maximum support for the above aims.

Hands Off Venezuela organises public events, film shows, speaking tours, delegations to Venezuela of trade unionists and youth, provides news and information about the latest events and promotes solidarity and links both in Britain and internationally within Venezuela.

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To get your trade union or other organisation affiliated, here are the recommended affiliation fees:

National trade union: £500

Regional bodies: £250

Branches / trades councils: £50

Others: £25

These are the affiliation fees for individuals:

Waged: £7.50

Unwaged: £5.00 (suggested)

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