National March on Washington: Hands off Venezuela! No coup, no sanctions, no new U.S. war!

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Saturday, March 16, 12pm
White House, Washington, D.C.

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On Saturday, March 16, thousands of people will march in Washington, D.C. against the Trump administration’s effort to engineer a coup in Venezuela and a new devastating war there. The aggressive policy against Venezuela repeats the ugly pattern of wars for regime change in the oil-rich countries of Iraq and Libya. National Security Advisor John Bolton is reading from the same script, declaring a “troika of tyranny” in Latin America (like the “axis of evil”) as a precursor for regime change first in Venezuela, and then Cuba and Nicaragua. Trump has always said that the “mistake” of the Middle East wars was that the U.S. didn’t “take the oil.”

It is time to stand up and with a clear voice say NO to the newest example of the “Monroe Doctrine,” which the U.S. government has used for over two centuries to repeatedly invade Latin America and Caribbean, control its politics and extract its resources.

The White House aims to overthrow the government of President Nicolás Maduro and replace him with Juan Guaidó. Guaidó is a U.S.-trained operative who was unknown to the vast majority of Venezuelans before he proclaimed himself president — at Vice President Mike Pence’s urging. Although Guaidó has the backing of Trump, the CIA, and the Republican and Democratic Party leaderships alike, huge numbers of Venezuelans have marched to reject this coup and defend their independence.

On March 16, the people of the United States will come together to say: 

  • U.S. hands off Venezuela! 
  • NO to the coup — the U.S. does not have the right to select other country’s leaders!
  • NO to the sanctions, oil embargo and economic war on Venezuela that aims to cause suffering for ordinary people in the country.
  • NO to intervention and war from the U.S. and their proxies in the region

Signers:

  • ANSWER Coalition
  • CodePink
  • Black Alliance for Peace
  • Alliance for Global Justice
  • San Francisco Central Labor Council
  • Popular Resistance
  • Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee
  • Haïti Liberté
  • International Support Haiti Network
  • Popular Education Project
  • Abby Martin, journalist, The Empire Files
  • Dr. Jill Stein, 2016 Green Party presidential candidate
  • Dr. Jared Ball, Prof. of Communication Studies, Morgan State Univ., imixwhatilike
  • Medea Benjamin, activist and author, CodePink
  • Cindy Sheehan, activist and author, Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
  • Berthony Dupont, Director, Haïti Liberté
  • Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, constitutional rights attorney
  • Max Blumenthal, journalist
  • Ajamu Baraka, National Organizer, Black Alliance for Peace
  • Mike Prysner, Iraq War veteran, producer, The Empire files
  • Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, author
  • Dr. Anthony Monteiro, Saturday Free School
  • Dr. Jodi Dean, author, Prof. of Political Science, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  • Gloria La Riva, National Coordinator, Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee
  • Kim Ives, journalist
  • Anoa Changa, host, The Way With Anoa
  • Dan Cohen, journalist and filmmaker
  • Chuck Kaufman, National Co-Coordinator, Alliance for Global Justice
  • Eugene Puryear, Stop Police Terror Project
  • Jeanette Charles, International Solidarity Liaison, Venezuela Analysis
  • Lucas Koerner, Editor and Analyst, Venezuela Analysis
  • Margaret Flowers, Co-Coordinator, Popular Resistance
  • Kevin Zeese, Co-Coordinator, Popular Resistance
  • Dan Kovalik, author and human rights lawyer
  • Mahdi Bray, National Director, American Muslim Alliance (AMA)
  • Brian Becker, National Director, ANSWER Coalition
  • Arab Americans for Syria
  • Baltimore Peace Action
  • Canadian Peace Congress
  • Chicago ALBA Solidarity
  • Clínica Martín-Baró (San Francisco, CA)
  • Eastern Massachusetts Pride at Work, AFL-CIO
  • Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice - Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (Canada)
  • Green Party of New Jersey
  • Int'l Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity
  • International Action Center
  • Internationalist Students' Front at GW
  • Jamaica Patriotic Movement
  • Labor Fightback Network
  • Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO) - Vancouver, Canada
  • Monmouth County Green Party
  • Movimiento 26 de Abril-Puerto Rico
  • Office of the Americas
  • Peace Action of San Mateo County
  • Pittsburgh Anti-Imperialist League
  • RootsAction.org
  • Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
  • San José Peace and Justice Center
  • Seattle Anti War Coalition
  • Seed the Commons
  • Socialist Coalition of North Georgia
  • Socialist Rifle Association
  • Task Force on Americas
  • Tennessee Activist Coalition
  • The Peace House, OKC
  • Unidad Latina en Accion
  • Veterans For Peace
  • Veterans For Peace Chapter 099
  • Veterans For Peace Chapter 89 Nashville
  • Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
  • Washtenaw Reds
  • WNC 4 Peace
  • Women In Black Lancaster
  • Coleen Rowley (Apple Valley, Minnesota)
  • Dominic Moulden (Washington, DC)
  • Elaine Kinch (Racine, WI)
  • Walter Lippmann (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Ann Wright, Retired US Army Colonel and former US diplomat*
  • Arnold Matlin, Rochester Committee on Latin America*
  • Carolyn/Tom Horvath/Leonhardt, Hope House of Prayer*
  • Corry Hughes, For the People, By the People Indivisible North Country NH*
  • Danilo Udovicki, University of Texas at Austin, associate professor School of Architecture*
  • Gar Smith, Environmentalists Against War*
  • Gerry Condon, President, Veterans For Peace*
  • Jim Lafferty, Executive Director Emeritus of the National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles*
  • Johnny Achi, Co-Founder Arab Americans for Syria*
  • Jon Flanders, Troy Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO*
  • Madelyn Hoffman, New Jersey Peace Council *
  • Valerie Robinson, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor*

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