Join the next solidarity brigade to Venezuela


Richard Moore

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Join the next solidarity brigade to Venezuela

Lisa Macdonald
3 August 2007

Planning is well underway for the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network¹s sixth
brigade to Venezuela, to be held from November 23 to December 3, and 
registrations are open to everyone interested in this unique opportunity to 
witness firsthand a revolution in the making.

The Venezuelan people, led by George Bush¹s arch-enemy, President Hugo Chavez, 
have this year taken over more workplaces, set up more cooperatives, established
hundreds of free public education and health programs, organised their 
neighbourhoods and taken big steps towards exercising ³popular power² at every 
level of their society. Brigade participants will visit occupied factories and 
public educational and health institutions, see participatory democracy at work 
in the communal councils and people¹s banks, and speak to government and 
grassroots organisations about their struggle to create ³socialism for the 21st 

This brigade will also include a special focus on indigenous issues. Indigenous 
activists from Australia, Aotearoa (NZ) and possibly North America will be 
joining the brigade, and the itinerary will include visits to indigenous 
communities, and meetings with indigenous people¹s organisations.

Accommodation, transport and English translation in Venezuela will be organised 
for participants. For more information, including accounts and photos of 
previous brigades, visit , or email . Registrations close on August 31.

If you¹d love to join a brigade to Venezuela but can¹t afford the cost right 
now, you could enter the AVSN¹s guessing competition. For $10 per ticket, you 
could win a place on the brigade with your airfares and accommodation in 
Venezuela fully paid. Tickets can be bought on the website, or send your name 
and address and how many tickets you want to .

From: Australian News, Green Left Weekly issue #720 8 August 2007.

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