We Insist that the U.S. Back-Off from Trying to Overthrow the Venezuelan Government
In solidarity for justice, Alan Minsky for Mike F, Mike H., Dr. Bill Donna, Dan, Janis, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Staff
The events in Venezuela on Tuesday would have been farcical if they weren’t so dangerous. The Trump Administration threw all of its weight behind an attempted coup in Venezuela that sputtered out almost immediately, as the armed forces remained loyal to President Nicholas Maduro.
Now, whatever one makes of the Maduro government or the Venezuelan opposition, or however one feels about the entire two-decade long Bolivarian Revolution; we at PDA feel there is no justification whatsoever for the United States to intervene in the domestic politics of Venezuela.
We are not naive. We understand the horrible history of U.S. intervention in Latin America. We also know that invariably the U.S. has interfered on behalf of elites who were aligned with U.S. business interests and against a left-wing government or movement.
Thus, we know we have to raise our voices and stand in strong solidarity with the those that oppose any U.S. meddling in Venezuela. Enough is enough. Allow the people of Venezuela and Latin America to have true self-determination.
We salute PDA Advisory Board member Medea Benjamin, and all of Code Pink, who have put their bodies on the line to oppose U.S. intervention in Venezuela and are currently protecting the country’s embassy in Washington.
Since PDA’s inception, PDA has been on the front lines of the US Peace Movement. Sadly, this makes us unique, we’re practically the only organization operating inside one of the two major political parties that opposes foreign intervention. This makes our work even more important.
PS: If you’re willing to stand with Medea and those working the streets in DC to help insure the coup attempt does not effect the Venezuelan embassy, please let us know.