ABN reports: Over 120,000 youngsters from 133 countries are expected to be present at the XVI World Youth and Students Festival to take place in Venezuela from August 9-15.

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Hands of Venezuela (HOV) Toronto’s Alex Grant delivered a successful address at a Latin American solidarity evening in Hamilton, Ontario on July 8. Organized by the McMaster University Socialist Movement, “The Struggle for Sovereignty in Latin America,” featured speakers on Guatemala, Columbia, Cuba, Haiti and Venezuela.

The goal of the evening was to increase awareness of the political situation in these Latin American countries and outline what Canadians can do to show their support. The meeting was held at the local 1005 Steelworkers hall in Hamilton. Hamilton is known informally as “Steeltown,” due to its status as home to some of the largest steel refineries in North America. The steelworkers are currently embroiled in a struggle to protect their pensions.

Lisa Valenti of Pastors for Peace gave a moving address about her group’s efforts to provide goods from throughout North America to Cuba. She encouraged the 60 people assembled to show their support at a border crossing at the Peace Bridge in Niagara Falls on August 1. “You can join a caravan at any point. We’re very flexible,” Valenti said, when asked how to join their movement.

Sheny Rodriquez and Andy Altilia spoke about efforts to increase equality for women in Guatemala. “The statistics are that 1 woman dies every day.” Programs geared to increase awareness in Guatemalan woman are currently running in the Latin American country.

Larry Wells, a spokesperson from the Oakville Labour Council, spoke about the “Killer Coke Campaign,” in Columbia. More trade unionists are killed in Columbia than in any other country and Coca Cola is one of the leading offenders. Jamila Ghaddar spoke on behalf of the McMaster University Socialist Movement and presented a short address on the Canadian and American backed coup in Haiti as well as including some historical information.

HOV’s Alex Grant presented a short history of the events in Venezuela and emphasized the importance of supporting the revolution. The current movement in Latin America provides a unique and powerful opportunity to provide support and solidarity while the revolution is going forward rather than after a defeat, as was the case in Chile and Nicaragua.

There was an opportunity to ask questions afterwards. When the panel was asked what prevented people from becoming more active, Grant answered that “fear, was the reason for paralysis in most countries. “Nothing is more successful than success and that is why Venezuela is so dangerous to the Imperialists. It’s a positive example,” he said.

After the event, people had the opportunity to meet and discuss. There was a good deal of interest in the HOV information table, with a number of people signing up to show their interest and support. The information provided on Venezuela garnered more than $100 in sales. There are currently plans in place to hold a showing of “Venezuela Bolivariana” at McMaster University in the new academic year. The DVD was one of the top sellers at the event. There was also talk of presenting HOV at a Steelworkers union meeting in the near future.

The evening, which included buffet and information tables, capped off with music and live Latin dancing.

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The World Festival of Students and Youth will take place this August 7-15th in Caracas, Venezuela. The theme of this festival is international, anti-imperialist solidarity. That is a very fitting theme for a festival taking place in Caracas.

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On July 5th, Venezuela's Independence Day, British Member of Parliament John McDonnell, who is also the Honorary President of the Hands Off Venezuela campaign, tabled two Early Day Motions. One of them recognised the advances made by Venezuela's Bolivarian governent and the other urged the US to extradite Posada Carriles (see When is a terrorist not a terrorist?) to Venezuela.

We ask all supporters of the Hands Off Venezuela Campaign to write to your MPs asking them to sign these Early Day Motions numbers 487 and 488. You can find out who your MP is and write to him or her through the House of Commons website

This is the full text of the motions and a link to the House of Commons website where you can check how many MPs have signed it: 


EDM 487


McDonnell, John

That this House recognises, on this Venezuela Independence Day, the advances made by the democratically-elected Bolivarian government of President Hugo Chavez in the fields of education, health care, land reform and Latin American integration; and congratulates the Hands Off Venezuela Campaign for the work it has carried out to spread information about Venezuela and the role of the Chavez government.



EDM 488


McDonnell, John

That this House urges the United States Administration to extradite Luis Posada to Venezuela where he escaped from prison whilst on trial for the terrorist crime of blowing up a Cuban airline killing 73 people; and is concerned that recently declassified United States Administration documents have identified Posada as a CIA operative.


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The U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Campaign, San Francisco Labor Council, and Open World Conference have invited Stalin Perez Borges of the Venezuelan UNT (National Union of Workers) for a series of meetings in California between September 22 and October 2, 2005.

Stalin Perez Borges will be speaking at ILWU Local 34 hall, 4 Berry St., SF, on Sunday Sept. 25th at 3 pm.

ILWU Local 34 Hall is located next door to SBC Park.
Use the "N" line of Muni toward SBC Park.
For more information about the event call

The UNT was founded in August 2003 as the response of democratic trade unionists in Venezuela to the fact that the unelected and illegitimate leadership of the CTV had supported and participated in the military coup in April 2002 and the bosses' lockout in December 2002. The UNT has now become the main trade union organization in Venezuela and is actively participating in the struggle for workers' control and co-management which it has already achieved in state-owned companies like Alcasa and Cadafe and recently nationalized ones like Venepal and CNV.
stalinperezborges01.jpg (53229 bytes)Stalin Perez Borges is one of the national coordinators of the UNT. He comes from the UTIPC (Union de Trabajadores de la Industria Procesadora del  Cigarrillo) [Union of Workers of the Cigarette Processing Industry], the  union at the big Filtrona cigarette filter factory in Valencia. He has been  a long time union leader in Valencia was a member of Fetracarabobo  [Federation of Workers of the state of Carabobo], and is a founding member of the UNT. With decades of experience in the trade union movement, Borges became one ofthe main trade union leaders in the industrial state of Carabobo. He played a key role in the struggle against the coup in April 2002, and the bosses' lock out of December 2002.
These meetings are aimed at promoting a wide ranging discussion about the situation facing the labor movement as well as other important developments in Venezuela.  Trade unionists and human rights activists in this country need to know the truth in order to effectively defend the struggle for trade union freedoms and justice in Venezuela.
We invite all Hands Off Venezuela supporters in California, across the United States and around the world to support this important initiative.  We hope Stalin Perez Borges' visit to California will be the first in a series of exchanges between Venezuelan and U.S. trade unionists. To make this visit possible, we are launching a fund raising drive to cover the many expenses we will incur.  Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Letters of support for Stalin Pérez Borges' visit are also appreciated and can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The SF Bay HOV committee will be holding a series of local meetings and fundraisers in preparation for this important visit.  More details on these meetings and events featuring Stalin Perez Borges will be made available regularly on this site.   Please contact the US HOV campaign for more information.

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