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SAT Venezuela report-back: Oil-workers, the grassroots & the historic referendum

GWS-inspired | 17.09.2004 15:29 | Venezuela | London

International Election Observers Selma James and Nina López (with video clips) and contribution from Identidad Bolivariana, The Netherlands. Plus documentary premiere of "The Bolivarian Revolution: ENTER THE OIL WORKERS!", followed by celebration of the referendum victory with music and refreshments.

Saturday 18 September 3-6pm at the Trinity United Reform Church, Buck St, London NW1 (level entrance, accessible toilet nearby, nearest tube Camden Town) £3 waged, £1.50 unwaged.

While British MPs resort to medieval legislation to try to impeach the prime minister for misleading the country into war, the people of Venezuela have an updated tool: their 1999 constitution uniquely gives the electorate the power to recall any elected official halfway through their term. Venezuelans used it on 15 August to reaffirm Hugo Chavez as president by 59% to 41%.

Selma James and Nina López were among over 100 international observers who visited polling stations and confirmed the election result. They will report on this unique event: the 10 million voters who queued peacefully for up to 14 hours despite fears of violence; the system that was adopted to prevent fraud; the extraordinary grassroots movement that ensured Chavez’s landslide result, and his extraordinary leadership now intent on “deepening the revolution”, strengthening our movement wherever we are.

The Bolivarian Revolution ENTER THE OIL WORKERS!

Venezuela is the fifth largest oil exporter, yet 80% of its population (mainly people of African and Indigenous descent) live in poverty. Since Hugo Chavez was elected to use the oil revenue to eliminate poverty, there have been many attempts by the white elite and their Washington friends to overthrow his government.

In these unique interviews, oil workers – women and men – tell how and why they saved their industry from a CIA-backed coup, how they see their struggle in relation to other working class people in the world, and how they are organising with the community and the military to “put the oil industry at the service of humanity”.

Available for sale at £5 each: The Bolivarian Revolution: Enter the Oil Workers! (34 mins) and Venezuela: A 21st Century Revolution (57 mins) by the Global Women’s Strike Bolivarian Circle

Contact: Global Women’s Strike Bolivarian Circle 020 7482 2496

Crossroads Women’s Centre, 230A Kentish Town Rd, London NW5 2AB

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