Thursday, March 13, 2014
Stand against unjust & unsound economic warfare against Bolivarian Venezuela
"2 New bills in Congress: Sanctions against Venezuela"
2014-03-13 message from Alliance for Global Justice:
As we feared, advocates of "regime change" in Venezuela, buoyed by the nearly unanimous passage of anti-Venezuela resolutions in both houses of Congress, are now pushing for bills that would require sanctions to be placed against the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro. This is an extremely dangerous situation that could quickly escalate. Supporters of peaceful relations between our two countries are starting from a deficit position to confront the lies and disinformation that have created a false perception about the Venezuelan reality. The progressive press, by its inattention to the advances that the Bolivarian Process has gained for the poor majority in Venezuela, is equally responsible for the current dangerous situation. Below are links to two alerts issued by the Alliance for Global Justice in recent days and a link to a Huffington Post article by Dan Kovalik. Please use the information to contact your two Senators and Representative to let them know that you oppose sanctions and continuing efforts funded by US "democracy promotion" funds to break the constitutional order to overthrow the democratically elected government in Venezuela. Make clear that you expect an answer, and particularly with Democrats, make clear that your support for them in the next election will be strongly influenced by their position on this issue.
By Mr. MENENDEZ (for himself, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Nelson, and Mr. Kirk):*
S. 2142 <http://www.cq.com/bill/113/S2142>. A bill to impose targeted sanctions on persons responsible for violations of human rights of anti-government protesters in Venezuela, to strengthen civil society in Venezuela, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
By Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN (for herself, Mr. Diaz-Balart, Mr. Sires, Mr. Salmon, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. DeSantis, Mr. Deutch, Mr. Garcia, Mr. Bilirakis, and Ms. Frankel of Florida):
H.R. 4229 <http://www.cq.com/bill/113/HR4229>. A bill to seek international sanctions against the Government of Venezuela with respect to foreign persons responsible for or complicit in ordering, controlling,
or otherwise directing, the commission of serious human rights abuses against citizens of Venezuela, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.