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Successful meeting with Jorge Martin in Vancouver

On Tuesday 9th May the Jorge Martin speaking tour stopped in Vancouver, Canada. 85 people packed into the room to hear Tamara Hansen (Coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba) and Jorge Martin (International Secretary of the Hands Off Venezuela Campaign) speak at a forum titled “Hands Off Venezuela and Cuba!”

"Hands Off Venezuela" welcomes Chávez in Vienna

President Chávez arrived in Vienna yesterday, May 11, ahead of the EU-Latin America summit which takes place today. However, Hugo Chávez will not only be speaking with Europe's "high society" and political leaders. He will also be speaking to the workers and youth of Austria. Last night around 200 activists welcomed him with a militant "¡Rumbo al socialismo!" – "Forward to socialism!"

Jorge Martin Speaks in Edmonton, AB

On May 4th 2006, Jorge Martin, Hands Off Venezuela International Campaign Secretary, spoke in Edmonton, Alberta as a part of his speaking tour in Canada and US. This event was jointly organized by the New Democratic Youth of Alberta (NDYA) and Fightback (www.marxist.ca).

QUEBEC: Hands off Venezuela takes to the streets in Montreal

“You need to get out of here now or these people will kill you.” This was the earnest and forceful advice given my friends and I about three minutes after we arrived at Montreal's Venezuelan consulate on August 15, referendum day in Venezuela. There were only three of us - my roommate Albert with his camera, Macdonald, a pro-Chavez activist, and I - waiting to be joined by a group of others who shared our views on events in Venezuela. Our intention was to demonstrate support for pro-Chavez voters, signs in hand. (September, 2004)

Ontario Federation of Labour passes resolution endorsing Hands Off Venezuela

The Ontario Federation of Labour, which represents over 700,000 workers, unanimously passed a resolution in support of Venezuela at its November 21st – 25th convention. This success is the culmination of several months of organizing activity by Hands Off Venezuela activists in Canada and is an important step forward for the Venezuela solidarity movement. (by Hands Off Venezuela Canada)


Hands Off Venezuela endorsed by the North and South Okanagan Labour Councils

Following some major successes in both Alberta and Ontario (including the recent endorsement by Canada’s largest regional trade union federation, the Ontario Federation of Labour), Hands Off Venezuela has begun making inroads in the British Columbia Labour Movement. The campaign was endorsed last week by both the North Okanagan Labour Council and the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council. Both Councils made generous donations and committed to further support the campaign, by hosting a film screening in the case of the South Okanagan, and by taking the campaign back to their respective union locals in the North. (by Hands Off Venezuela Canada)


Marxism, parliament and the Venezuelan Revolution -- Venezuela after the elections... what now?

Prior to the Venezuelan elections there were clear indications that elements within the oligarchy were planning a coup or even possible assassination of Chavez. The opposition parties boycotted the elections as part of this plan to destabilise the country. They failed miserably. The Bolivarian parties have now total control of the National Assembly. They could mobilise the masses while at the same setting in motion all the legal procedures to abolish capitalism once and for all. But will they do this? To vacillate now, to attempt a compromise, would mean giving the opposition a dangerous advantage. (by Alan Woods)

Eye-witness report from ALCASA: Workers' control unfolding in Venezuela

ALCASA is an aluminium plant in Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela. It is being run under cogestion, formally speaking workers’ participation. But when you take a closer look what we see is that in practice the workforce is moving more and more towards genuine workers’ control. Managers are elected and do not get higher wages than those they had before becoming managers, and so on. It confirms that the Venezuelan workers are in the vanguard of the world revolution. (by Andreas Bülow)

Trade-union elections in ALCASA - Campaigning for revolutionary class struggle policies

Trade union elections have been taking place in the ALCASA aluminium plant in Venezuela. Different tendencies are struggling for positions within the union. The CMR, Revolutionary Marxist Current, has been actively involved. Here an eyewitness report, written just before the elections, shows how revolution and counter-revolution are facing each other even at this level. We will shortly publish the results and an analysis of the situation in the plant. (by Andreas Bülow and Hermann Albrecht in Venezuela)

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