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    ~~~~ ALL OUT AGAINST CAFTA! ~~~~~~ ALL OUT TO SUPPORT THE SALVADORAN PEOPLE! ~~~~~~~~ ALL OUT FOR SOCIAL & ECONOMIC JUSTICE!
    Message 1 of 30 , Dec 20, 2004
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      ~~~~ ALL OUT AGAINST CAFTA!
      ~~~~~~ ALL OUT TO SUPPORT THE SALVADORAN PEOPLE!
      ~~~~~~~~ ALL OUT FOR SOCIAL & ECONOMIC JUSTICE!
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Join us in front of the Salvadoran Consulate on
      Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 12 noon to protest the
      passage of the CENTRAL AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
      [CAFTA] in the National Assembly of El Salvador.
      Join us to mobilize our forces to defeat CAFTA in
      the U.S. Congress early next year.

      When? Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004 --- 12 noon
      Where? Salvadoran Consulate at Wilshire & Normandie
      3450 Wilshire Blvd.
      Who? The Salvadoran community, CISPES, and scores of
      organizations opposing CAFTA and the FTAA.

      We will also protest the violent repression of the
      Salvadoran people who came out into the streets to
      protest their government's support of CAFTA.
      ========= PROTESTS AROUND THE WORLD ON TUESDAY... in
      London, in Australia, in New York City, in Washington,
      D.C...scores of cities...AND HERE IN LOS ANGELES~
      ------- MORE INFO: 909-645-1061----------------
      --- Bring signs, posters, banners opposing CAFTA---
      CISPES OFFICE: 323-852-0721

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      CISPES
      Committee In Solidarity With The People of El Salvador
      8124 West 3rd Street L.A. Ca. 90048
      323-852-0721
      Founded: 1980 - 23 Years of Solidarity




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      ~~~ Companer@s of the Movement!~~~~~ ~~~ You Are Invited! ~~~ Please attend a discussion and strategy planning meeting around DEFENDING THE BOLIVARIAN
      Message 2 of 30 , Dec 20, 2004
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        ~~~ Companer@s of the Movement!~~~~~
        ~~~ You Are Invited! ~~~
        Please attend a discussion and strategy planning
        meeting around DEFENDING THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION OF
        VENEZUELA and DEFENDING THE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED
        PRESIDENT OF VENEZUELA!

        ==== The Peace Center======
        == Tuesday, December 21, 2004 ==
        ==== 7:00 p.m. 8124 West 3rd Street ====

        The Peace Center is on West 3rd Street four blocks
        west of the intersection of Fairfax and West 3rd. The
        building is near West 3rd and Crescent Heights.
        Some parking in the back...it is the only "covered
        lot" in the alley behind 8124.
        ==================================================
        VENEZUELA IS UNDER ATTACK! DID YOU SEE THE RECENT
        L.A. TIMES EDITORIAL?! DEFEND VENEZUELA!
        More information: 323-852-0721

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        8124 West 3rd Street L.A. Ca. 90048
        323-852-0721
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        ====== All groups and organizations who oppose globalization which punishes the poor!==== A city-wide meeting to strategize the defeat of CAFTA, the Central
        Message 3 of 30 , Jan 18, 2005
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          ====== All groups and organizations who oppose
          globalization which punishes the poor!====

          A city-wide meeting to strategize the defeat of CAFTA,
          the Central American Free Trade Agreement. It targets
          the Central American countries and the Domincan
          Republic!

          WE CAN DEFEAT IT!
          WE CAN STOP CAFTA!
          WE CAN RESPOND TO THE APPEAL OF CENTRAL AMERICA!

          ~~~~ When? Wednesday evening, January 19, 2005
          6:30 p.m.
          Where? CARECEN, the Central American Resource
          Center. 2845 West 7th Street near Hoover....going
          east on Wilshire, turn right on Hoover across from
          Lafayette Park and go one block to 7th..turn right and
          CARECEN is right there...
          ~~~~~ This is a productive working meeting making
          concrete plans to defeat CAFTA! Please do join us...


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          8124 West 3rd Street L.A. Ca. 90048
          323-852-0721
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          {Disregard the earlier post referring to a meeting at UTLA.. it was determined to be an innocent mistake by a trusted and veteran activist. The message below
          Message 4 of 30 , Jan 26, 2005
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            {Disregard the earlier post referring to a meeting at
            UTLA.. it was determined to be an innocent mistake by
            a trusted and veteran activist. The message below is
            THE IMPORTANT ONE!}

            ====DEFEND HUGO CHAVEZ!===DEFEND VENEZUELA!====
            =====DEFEND THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUATION OF VENEZUELA!=

            A city-wide planning meeting will be held to
            organize a mass mobilization to support the people and
            the government of Venezuela. All are welcome! This
            is a critical moment in the history of the Bolivarian
            Revolution of Venezuela!

            When? Thursday, February 3, 2005 --- 7:00 p.m.
            Where? Echo Park United Methodist Church
            1226 North Alvarado at the corner of Alvarado
            and Resevoir.... one long block north of the corner of
            Alvarado and Sunset on Alvarado.
            ~~~~ Please recruit trusted individuals and groups to
            be a part of this planning~~~~~~~~ Venezuela is under
            attack and U.S. intervention is escalating.~~~~~

            =====
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            8124 West 3rd Street L.A. Ca. 90048
            323-852-0721
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            ~~~~~ At the end of this article is an announcement of a city-wide planning meeting to mobilize to defend Venezuela. U.S. intervention against Venezuela is
            Message 5 of 30 , Jan 26, 2005
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              ~~~~~ At the end of this article is an announcement of
              a city-wide planning meeting to mobilize to defend
              Venezuela. U.S. intervention against Venezuela is
              escalating. Please see the announcement at the end of
              the Petras article and please attend the planning
              meeting... don white CISPES-LA~~~~~~


              January 25, 2005

              The Granda Kidnapping Explodes
              The US / Colombia Plot Against Venezuela
              By JAMES PETRAS

              A major diplomatic and political conflict has exploded
              between Colombia and Venezuela after the revelation of
              a Colombian government covert operation in Venezuela,
              involving the recruitment of Venezuelan military and
              security officers in the kidnapping of a Colombian
              leftist leader. Following an investigation by the
              Venezuelan Ministry of Interior and reports and
              testimony from journalists and other knowledgeable
              political observers it was determined that the highest
              echelons of the Colombian government, including
              President Uribe, planned and executed this onslaught
              on Venezuelan sovereignty.

              Once direct Colombian involvement was established, the
              Venezuelan government demanded a public apology from
              the Colombian government while seeking a diplomatic
              solution by blaming Colombian Presidential advisers.
              The Colombian regime took the offensive, launching an
              aggressive defense of its involvement in the violation
              of Venezuelan sovereignty and, beyond that, seeking to
              establish in advance, under the rationale of "national
              security" the legitimacy of future acts of aggression.
              As a result President Chavez has recalled the
              Venezuelan Ambassador from Bogota, suspended all
              state-to-state commercial and political agreements
              pending an official state apology. In response the US
              Government gave unconditional support to Colombian
              violation of Venezuelan sovereignty and urged the
              Uribe regime to push the conflict further. What began
              as a diplomatic conflict over a specific incident has
              turned into a major, defining crises in US and Latin
              American political relations with potentially
              explosive military, economic and political
              consequences for the entire region.

              In justifying the kidnapping of Rodrigo Granda, the
              Colombian leftist leader, the Uribe regime has
              promulgated a new foreign policy doctrine which echoes
              that of the Bush Administration: the right of
              unilateral intervention in any country in which the
              Colombian government perceives or claims is harboring
              or providing refuge to political adversaries (which
              the regime labels as "terrorists") which might
              threaten the security of the state. The Uribe doctrine
              of unilateral intervention echoes the preventive war
              speech, enunciated in late 2001 by President Bush.
              Clearly Uribe's action and pronouncement is profoundly
              influenced by the dominance that Washington exercises
              over the Uribe regime's policies through its extended
              $3 billion dollar military aid program and deep
              penetration of the entire political-defense apparatus.
              Uribe's offensive military doctrine involves several
              major policy propositions:

              1.) The right to violate any country's sovereignty,
              including the use of force and violence, directly or
              in cooperation with local mercenaries.

              2.) The right to recruit and subvert military and
              security officials to serve the interests of the
              Colombian state.

              3.) The right to allocate funds to bounty hunters or
              "third parties" to engage in illegal violent acts
              within a target country.

              4.) The assertion of the supremacy of Colombian laws,
              decrees and policies over and against the sovereign
              laws of the intervened country.

              The Uribe doctrine clearly echoes Washington's global
              pronouncements. While the immediate point of
              aggression involves Colombia's relations to Venezuela,
              the Uribe doctrine lays the basis for unilateral
              military intervention anywhere in the hemisphere.
              Uribe's doctrine is a threat to sovereignty of any
              country in the hemisphere: its intervention in
              Venezuela and the justification provides a precedent
              for future aggression.

              Colombia's adoption and implementation of the
              extraterritorial policy as part of its strategy of
              unilateral intervention is not coincidental, as the
              Colombian security forces have been trained and
              advised by US and Israeli secret agencies. More
              directly, through its $3 billion dollar military aid
              program Washington is in a command-and-control
              position within all sectors of the Colombian state and
              thus able to determine the security doctrine of the
              Uribe regime. More important Uribe has been a
              long-time, large-scale practitioner of death squad
              politics prior to his ascendancy to the Presidency and
              prior to receiving large scale US aid. By borrowing
              the Bush Doctrine from his patron-state, Uribe has
              internationalized the terror practices which he has
              pursued for the past 20 years within Colombia.

              Prior to the recent spate of high profile trans-border
              kidnapping (Trinidad in Ecuador, Granda in Venezuela),
              the Uribe regime has engaged in frequent
              interventions, kidnapping and assassinating popular
              leaders and soldiers from bordering countries, and
              providing material and political support to would-be
              'golpistas', especially in Venezuela. Dozens of
              Colombian refugees fleeing marauding death squads have
              been pursued into Venezuela and killed or kidnapped
              over the past three years by Colombian paramilitary
              and security forces. Six Venezuelan soldiers were
              killed by Colombian security forces in an
              "unexplained" incident. More recently, in 2004, over
              130 Colombian paramilitary forces and other irregulars
              were infiltrated into Venezuela to engage in terrorist
              violence � to trigger action by Venezuelan-US
              coup-makers. Shortly thereafter Colombian security
              forces and the US CIA intervened in Ecuador to kidnap
              a former peace negotiator of the FARC, Colombia's
              major guerrilla group.

              What is new and more ominous is that the Uribe
              regime's de facto policy of extra-territoriality has
              been converted into a de jure strategic doctrine of
              unilateral military intervention. Colombia no longer
              pretends to be engaged in a "covert" selective policy
              of violating other countries sovereignty but has
              publicly declared the supremacy of its laws and the
              right to apply them anywhere in the world where it
              unilaterally declares its case for national security.
              Colombia's gross violations of Venezuelan and
              Ecuadorian sovereignty is a policy clearly endorsed
              and dictated at the highest levels of the Colombian
              state � exclusively the prerogative of President Uribe
              � and endorsed at the highest level of the US
              government by its principal diplomatic spokesperson in
              Colombia, Ambassador Woods ("We endorse Uribe's action
              100%"). The 'Granda incident' is not simply an
              isolated diplomatic incident which can be resolved
              through good faith bilateral negotiations. The
              kidnapping is part of a larger strategy involving
              preparations � ideological, political and military �
              for a large-scale, political-military confrontation
              with Venezuela.

              The enunciation and practice of the Uribe Doctrine has
              several purposes. One is in line with US and Colombian
              elite policy: To overthrow the Chavez regime. Chavez
              opposes the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as
              its plans to invade Iran. In Latin America, Chavez
              opposes the US-dominated Free Trade of the Americas
              Pact. Secondly the Uribe doctrine seeks to destroy
              Cuban-Venezuelan trade ties, in order to undermine the
              Cuban revolutionary government. Thirdly the Uribe
              doctrine is aimed at maintaining Venezuela as an
              exclusive oil exporter to the US � at a time when the
              Chavez government has signed trade agreements to
              diversify its oil markets to China and elsewhere.
              Fourthly, and most probably most important from the
              strict perspective of the Uribe regime's survival, the
              Colombian government is profoundly disturbed by the
              positive social impact which the Chavez welfare
              policies have on the majority of Colombians living in
              poverty, especially his newly announced agrarian
              reform, and his defense of national public enterprises
              (especially the state petroleum company) within the
              framework of free and democratic institutions. Uribe's
              austerity policies, his military and paramilitary
              forces displacement of three million peasants, his
              promotion of greater and greater concentration of
              wealth and the slashing of social services, and worse,
              the systematic long-term large-scale violations of
              human and democratic rights stand in polar opposition
              to Venezuela under President Chavez which provides a
              viable, accessible and visible alternative easily
              understood by vast numbers of Colombians who migrate
              to Venezuela. By intervening in Venezuela, by
              supporting US and its local coup-makers, Uribe hopes
              to undercut the political appeal of revolutionary
              politics, whether it takes the form of electoral,
              guerrilla and /or social movements.

              The most immediate purpose of the Uribe doctrine is to
              defeat the 20,000 person guerrilla armies which
              control or influence half of Colombia's territory. The
              purpose of the recent interventions is to pressure
              neighboring governments to ally themselves with the
              Colombian death-squads in a regional campaign to
              resolve the Colombian elites internal problems � i.e.
              the decimation of the opposition to US regional
              domination. The bombastic "anti-terror" international
              propaganda campaign of the Uribe regime is an
              admission of the failure of its internal
              counter-insurgency campaign. Uribe's accusations that
              the Venezuelan State is "protecting" or "providing
              sanctuary to terrorists" is patently false. Uribe
              provides no systematic evidence. The real purpose is
              to blackmail the Venezuelan state � or its most
              malleable sectors � into abdicating their role as a
              neutral peace mediators and submitting to the dictates
              of the Colombian-US security apparatus.

              The Uribe regime has been widely recognized as one of
              the worst practitioners of state terrorism in the
              world.

              Tens of thousands of peasants, social and human rights
              activists, trade unionists and journalists have been
              murdered by the security forces � the military
              directly, or via the state financed paramilitary
              groups. Every day of every year, scores of peasants
              and critics of the regime are slaughtered. State
              terror is the defining characteristic of the Uribe
              regime and its US military advisory and military
              mission.

              Uribe who sends 130 paramilitary forces to terrorize
              Venezuela, supports a failed violent coup and then
              provides asylum and material support to the exiled
              senior members of the coup and who blatantly bribes
              Venezuelan soldiers to betray their country to
              perpetuate a kidnapping, accuses Chavez of harboring
              terrorists and calls for an "international conference"
              on "terrorism". Uribe's purpose in calling for a
              regional conference is not to discuss the state
              terrorism which is endemic to and embedded in his
              regime (with US backing), but to justify the Uribe
              doctrine of unilateral intervention and to mobilize
              other regional US clients in support of its internal
              war and to pressure the Chavez regime to subordinate
              itself to Colombia's security doctrine.

              Chavez has recognized the growing security threat
              posed by the kidnapping and has terminated
              state-to-state economic and military projects and
              recalled his ambassador from Bogot�. He has proposed
              to Uribe a bi-lateral meeting of heads of state to
              resolve differences with regard to the kidnapping and
              related incidents. But no amount of diplomatic
              maneuvering on the part of Venezuela's foreign
              ministry nor aggressive propaganda campaign by the
              Colombian security state can obviate the fact that the
              Colombian state is bent on a course of direct military
              confrontation with Venezuela.
              Implication of Uribe Doctrine

              The political and military implications of the Uribe
              Doctrine are an extreme departure from the recognized
              norms of international law and closely approximate the
              belligerent practices of imperial satraps. If all
              countries were the apply the Uribe Doctrine we would
              face a world of constant wars, conquests and prolonged
              liberation struggles throughout Latin America.

              Explicit in the Uribe Doctrine's claim to militarily
              intervene across national borders is a state of
              permanent belligerency. This policy means that every
              Latin American country must limit its sovereignty
              according to the Colombian definitions of "national
              security". This is clearly unacceptable to any
              independent country, like Venezuela, though the
              Gutierrez regime in Ecuador has accepted the role of a
              "second level client" , of the Uribe regime which in
              turn is a client of the US.

              Equally serious, the Uribe Doctrine rejects recognized
              frontiers, meaning that it arrogates to itself the
              right to cross national boundaries at will without
              consulting the countries whose borders it violates. It
              is a short step from not recognizing borders and
              national boundaries to annexing adjacent regions for
              "security" or economic reasons. Colombia has in the
              recent past (1992) nearly provoked a major war by
              sending its warships into Venezuelan waters. Uribe's
              notion of an international ideological war without
              frontiers is an exact replica of the Bush imperial
              project, translated into the Andean region. Clearly
              Uribe aspires to play a sub-imperial role in the
              Northern region of South America under US tutelage.

              The Uribe Doctrine stands as a stark rejection of all
              United Nation's principles and in violation of
              international law-which, however, has already been
              weakened by the acquiescence of most of the major
              Latin American countries in the US-led invasion of
              Haiti, the kidnapping of its elected leader (President
              Bertrand Aristide) and the presence of Latin American
              colonial occupation forces on the island.

              The Colombian threat to Venezuela's sovereignty has
              been taken by Venezuela's rightwing opposition as a
              welcome intervention. This was manifest in the
              Congressional debates following the kidnapping of
              Granda when opposition members of congress condemned
              the Venezuelan government's defense of national
              sovereignty and justified Uribe's intervention in
              Venezuela.

              Washington has provided more military aid to Colombia
              than all the rest of Latin America combined, and only
              second to Israel in the world. The US strategy
              revolves around defeating the guerrilla movement as a
              first step toward consolidating power in the Andean
              region and the upper Amazon basin. Once secured this
              region would become a springboard toward invading and
              taking over Venezuela and its oil fields. The US,
              through Uribe, has tripled the size of the Colombian
              armed forces over the past few years to over 267,000
              troops. It has vastly increased its aerial firepower
              (combat helicopters and fighter planes) and provided
              the most advanced technological weaponry to detect and
              track guerrilla movements. Yet the strategy, while
              massacring thousands of peasant sympathizers and
              displacing millions of others, has failed to gain any
              strategic military advantage over the guerrillas. As
              long as the Colombian regime is tied down by the
              guerrilla resistance, it can only play a limited role
              in any military invasion of Venezuela. For Uribe to
              engage in a US-sponsored invasion of Venezuela is a
              very risky proposition, opening a large swathe of
              territory for a guerrilla offensive

              The kidnapping of Granda is only the "dress rehearsal"
              of a larger project of escalating provocations to test
              the loyalty, discipline and effectiveness of the
              Venezuelan security system. Washington is probing to
              see how far it can push Venezuela in surrendering its
              sovereignty and control over its borders.

              Uribe and Washington's effort to drive a wedge between
              the popular resistance in Colombia and the Chavez
              government by using the "terrorist issue" as a
              political club has, in part, backfired , arousing a
              potent undercurrent of nationalist sentiment in
              Venezuela, while seriously jeopardizing important
              sectors of the Colombian economy, including elite
              classes which normally back Uribe.

              Washington and Uribe's proposal for an international
              conference to discuss the issue of terror is based on
              their knowledge that most of the Latin American
              regimes today are eager to serve US interests. During
              the previous period of sustained economic and
              political warfare against the elected Chavez
              government by the authoritarian right, Brazil's Celso
              Amorin organized a group of countries calling
              themselves "The Friends of Venezuela" made up of
              hostile neo-liberal Ibero-Americans leaders, including
              ex-Presidents Aznar of Spain and Bush of the US (who
              both supported the failed military coup), Fox of
              Mexico and Lagos of Chile (notorious free marketers)
              and, of course, Brazil which gave equal political
              standing to the Venezuelan rightwing opposition as to
              the elected government. Chavez rightly rejected the
              mediation of such "friends".

              Today Lula offers his services once again to "mediate"
              between an international aggressor and a sovereign
              country. Except for Cuba, not a single Latin American
              client regime has condemned Uribe's aggression or,
              worse, spoken out clearly in opposition to his
              doctrine of extra-territoriality. President Chavez is
              clearly aware of the pitfalls of meeting in an
              "international summit" dominated by hostile
              neo-liberal, pro-empire regimes that have already
              accepted and submitted to the Bush-Uribe
              anti-terrorist doctrine.

              Chavez is absolutely correct to counterpoise the
              notion of a bilateral forum in which the focus is on
              Colombia's intervention, where the issues of Uribe's
              policy of state terrorism could become part of the
              public debate on "terrorism". Of course, Washington
              will "advise" Uribe to refuse. Chavez could then
              advise his foreign minister to take the matter to the
              UN General Assembly as a matter of urgent importance
              of peace, security and national sovereignty. Chavez
              has already retaliated to continued US overt
              aggression by signing oil export and investment
              agreements with China, Russia, Latin America and
              Europe. Shutting off imports of Colombian agricultural
              imports could stimulate a more intensified effort to
              promote local agricultural production, push for a more
              expeditious agrarian reform and greater public
              investment in local food production.

              The kidnapping of Granda and the subverting of a few
              Venezuelan officials can serve as a wake-up call for
              the Venezuelan leadership to the real threats to
              national sovereignty which emanate from the US-backed
              Uribe doctrine. The threat is real, it is systemic and
              it is immediate. President Uribe has the backing of an
              imperial power but Chavez has the backing of the
              overwhelming majority of Venezuelans and the fact that
              they will be willing to fight to defend their land,
              their government and their right to live as a
              sovereign people. The question of Venezuelan
              sovereignty is now not simply a question of diplomatic
              maneuvers but of organizing the mass of the
              Venezuelans into becoming a military deterrent to any
              armed aggression.

              James Petras, a former Professor of Sociology at
              Binghamton University, New York, owns a 50 year
              membership in the class struggle, is an adviser to the
              landless and jobless in brazil and argentina and is
              co-author of Globalization Unmasked (Zed). He can be
              reached at: jpetras@...



              > ====DEFEND HUGO CHAVEZ!===DEFEND VENEZUELA!====
              > =====DEFEND THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUATION OF
              > VENEZUELA!=
              >
              > A city-wide planning meeting will be held to
              > organize a mass mobilization to support the people
              > and
              > the government of Venezuela. All are welcome! This
              > is a critical moment in the history of the
              > Bolivarian
              > Revolution of Venezuela!
              >
              > When? Thursday, February 3, 2005 --- 7:00 p.m.
              > Where? Echo Park United Methodist Church
              > 1226 North Alvarado at the corner of Alvarado
              > and Resevoir.... one long block north of the corner
              > of
              > Alvarado and Sunset on Alvarado.
              > ~~~~ Please recruit trusted individuals and groups
              > to
              > be a part of this planning~~~~~~~~ Venezuela is
              > under
              > attack and U.S. intervention is escalating.~~~~~


              =====
              CISPES
              Committee In Solidarity With The People of El Salvador
              8124 West 3rd Street L.A. Ca. 90048
              323-852-0721
              Founded: 1980 - 23 Years of Solidarity

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              MOBILIZE TO DEFEND VENEZUELA! ALL ARE WELCOME! DEFEND HUGO CHAVEZ! ~ DEFEND VENEZUELA! DEFEND THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION OF VENEZUELA! A city-wide planning
              Message 6 of 30 , Feb 2, 2005
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                MOBILIZE TO DEFEND VENEZUELA! ALL ARE WELCOME!

                DEFEND HUGO CHAVEZ! ~ DEFEND VENEZUELA!
                DEFEND THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION OF VENEZUELA!

                A city-wide planning meeting will be held to organize
                a mass mobilization to support the people and the
                government of Venezuela.� All are welcome! This is a
                critical moment in the history of the Bolivarian
                Revolution of Venezuela!

                When?� Thursday, February 3rd, --- 7:00 p.m.

                Where? Echo Park United Methodist Church
                � � �� ��������1226 North Alvarado at the corner of
                Alvarado
                ��������������and Resevoir.... one long block north of
                the corner of
                ��������������Alvarado and Sunset on Alvarado.

                Please recruit trusted individuals and groups to be a
                part of this planning. Intervention is escalating in
                Venezuela.����������������������������������������������������������������


                Call Don White at: 323-852-0721 or Email:
                donwhite4justice@...

                Or call Rudolf at: 626-282-9431


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                CISPES
                Committee In Solidarity With The People of El Salvador
                8124 West 3rd Street L.A. Ca. 90048
                323-852-0721
                Founded: 1980 - 23 Years of Solidarity



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                DRUMS OF INTERVENTION ARE BEATING LOUDER AGAINST VENEZUELA--- WE MUST MOBILIZE TO AVERT A WORSENING CRISIS The next meeting of CAIIV [Coalition Against
                Message 7 of 30 , Feb 8, 2005
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                  DRUMS OF INTERVENTION ARE BEATING LOUDER AGAINST
                  VENEZUELA--- WE MUST MOBILIZE TO AVERT A WORSENING
                  CRISIS

                  The next meeting of CAIIV [Coalition Against
                  Intervention In Venezuela] is this coming Thursday,
                  February 10, 2005 @ 7:00 p.m. With the U.S.-sponsored
                  escalating intervention against the democratically
                  elected government of Venezuela -- and the attacks on
                  President Hugo Chavez intensifying -- it is critical
                  we plan and organize to defend the country and its
                  democracy.

                  WHERE: Echo Park United Methodist Church located at
                  1226 N. Alvarado, Los Angeles, CA 90026. [The church
                  is one long block north of the intersection of
                  Alvarado and Sunset Blvd.]


                  ���������
                  ****VENEZUELA IS UNDER AN IMMINENT THREAT AND IS IN
                  NEED OF OUR SUPPORT TO AVOID THE OVERTHROWING OF�ITS
                  BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION, AS HAPPENED WITH THE
                  ASSASSINATION OF SALVADOR ALLENDE IN �CHILE IN 1973.

                  Increased media propaganda loaded with lies and
                  defamation against Hugo Chavez and against the
                  democratic government of Venezuela are paving the way
                  for further underming of the Chavez government.
                  JOIN THE COALITION (CAIIV): cosponsors, and
                  endorsers can be added by sending your endorsement
                  message to angostura1819@...
                  ��
                  For more information: call Don White at (323) 852-0721
                  or Rudolph at (626) 282-9431 ��

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                  8124 West 3rd Street L.A. Ca. 90048
                  323-852-0721
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                  ~~~~ The right-wing president of El Salvador--- a strong supporter of the infamous CAFTA trade agreement--- will visit Los Angeles Saturday, February 12th!
                  Message 8 of 30 , Feb 10, 2005
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                    ~~~~ The right-wing president of El Salvador--- a
                    strong supporter of the infamous CAFTA trade
                    agreement--- will visit Los Angeles Saturday, February
                    12th! President Tony Saca is here partly to promote
                    the Central American Free Trade Agreement [CAFTA].
                    ~~~~ GIVE HIM A BIG "NO TO CAFTA" RECEPTION!
                    ~~~~~~Demonstrate for the people of Central America!
                    ~~~~~~~~Stop a trade agreement which will heap more
                    misery on the people of the hemisphere!
                    ============================================
                    Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005 ---- 5:00 p.m.
                    Wilshire Grand Hotel 930 Wilshire Blvd downtown
                    ============================================
                    Bring "No to CAFTA!" signs... Bring "No to Saca!"
                    signs
                    Bring "Social & Economic Justice for Central
                    America!' signs
                    ~~~~~BIG RALLY AGAINST CAFTA AND FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE~~

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                    Committee In Solidarity With The People of El Salvador
                    8124 West 3rd Street L.A. Ca. 90048
                    323-852-0721
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                    ~~~ CISPES MAY DAY DELEGATION TO EL SALVADOR~~~~ ~~~ APRIL 23 TO MAY 4, 2005~~~ Download an application and check out more information soon at:
                    Message 9 of 30 , Feb 12, 2005
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                      ~~~ CISPES MAY DAY DELEGATION TO EL SALVADOR~~~~
                      ~~~ APRIL 23 TO MAY 4, 2005~~~

                      Download an application and check out more information
                      soon at:
                      <http://www.cispes.org/english/Delegations/index.html)

                      Come be a witness to history as we join the Salvadoran
                      social movement, progressive unions, and the leftist
                      FMLN party in their inspiring celebration of May Day �
                      International Workers Day. May 1st is more than
                      just a holiday in El Salvador; it signifies national
                      and international consciousness, conviction, and
                      solidarity. Its signifies the rallying cry
                      "The workers, united, will never be defeated!"

                      In March 2004 the right-wing ARENA party stole the
                      Presidential Elections with the help of US government
                      intervention. In December 2004 they unconstitutionally
                      ratified CAFTA, the Central American Free Trade
                      Agreement, surrounding the national assembly with riot
                      police to keep protestors out.

                      The social movement and unions are calling for our
                      solidarity NOW more than ever!

                      On this delegation we will meet with:

                      * The Popular Social Block (BPS), a coalition of
                      organizations on the
                      frontlines of the struggle against CAFTA and
                      privatization.

                      * The Women's Secretariat of the FMLN who is fighting
                      hard for the rights of women in Salvadoran society

                      * An FMLN mayor and see the alternative vision of
                      development in action

                      * And, we will participate in a wide variety of May
                      Day activities
                      organized by our partners in El Salvador including:
                      -- The BIG May Day march
                      -- A press conference where we demand respect for
                      workers rights

                      Download the application at
                      <http://www.cispes.org/english/Delegations/index.html>
                      or call our national office at (212) 465-8115 or the
                      Los Angeles office at 323-852-0721.





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                      8124 West 3rd Street L.A. Ca. 90048
                      323-852-0721
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                      ~~~~ The Coalition Against Intervention In Venezuela [CAIIV] announced this week a major march and rally to defend President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. The Los
                      Message 10 of 30 , Feb 15, 2005
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                        ~~~~ The Coalition Against Intervention In Venezuela
                        [CAIIV] announced this week a major march and rally to
                        defend President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.
                        The Los Angeles mobilization will denounce
                        escalating intervention and political attacks against
                        the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela and call for
                        international solidarity to defend the democratically
                        elected government.
                        CAIIV is inviting broad participation and inclusion
                        in the planning of this event.

                        JOIN THE COALITION THIS THURSDAY NIGHT AND HELP
                        PLAN AND MOBILIZE:
                        ~~~ When? Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005 --- 7:00 pm
                        ~~~ Where? Echo Park United Methodist Church
                        1226 No. Alvarado, one long block north
                        of the intersection of Alvarado & Sunset
                        ~~~ ALL WHO SHARE OUR VISION FOR AN INTERVENTION-FREE
                        VENEZUELA ARE WELCOME!~~~~~~



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                        8124 West 3rd Street L.A. Ca. 90048
                        323-852-0721
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                        ~~~~~~~~~CISPES IS SO PROUD AND ENTHUSIASTIC TO ENDORSE THE FUN-FILLED BENEFIT PARTY FOR CHANGE-LINKS! Let s support the movement newspaper and calendar which
                        Message 11 of 30 , Feb 16, 2005
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                          ~~~~~~~~~CISPES IS SO PROUD AND ENTHUSIASTIC
                          TO ENDORSE THE FUN-FILLED BENEFIT PARTY FOR
                          CHANGE-LINKS! Let's support the movement
                          newspaper and calendar which has done
                          SO MUCH FOR US over the years! Please attend!~~~~~
                          ===========================================
                          Please join us for a fantastic evening supporting
                          Change-Links
                          Our Progressive Community Calendar ------John Johnson,
                          Editor

                          �Party, Celebration & Fundraiser
                          Dinner - Music - Dancing � Networking - Children
                          Welcome!

                          6:00~10:30 PM
                          Sunday February 20th
                          Venice United Methodist Church
                          �1020 Victoria Avenue (near Lincoln & Venice) 90291

                          Entertainment by:

                          Ross Altman ~ Sara Messenger
                          Andy Manoff ~ Peter Dudar

                          The Superbroke Brass
                          Tin & Strings Electric Marching Band Ensemble

                          Sound system provided by Sunset Hall

                          Endorsed by

                          Blase & Theresa Bonpane of the OOA, Don White of
                          CISPES, Jim Lafferty of the Lawyers Guild, Veterans
                          For Peace,
                          Ed Asner, Mimi Kennedy, Casey Kasem, Frank Dorrel of
                          Addicted To War, Peter Dudar & Sally Marr, Code Pink,
                          �Coalition For World Peace, Action-LA, International
                          Action Center, Films For Peace, Topanga Peace
                          Alliance,
                          No More Victims, Peace & Freedom Party of Orange
                          County, Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools,
                          ANSWER,
                          LA Sound Posse, Not In Our Name, Palisadians For
                          Peace, San Gabriel Valley Neighbors for Peace &
                          Justice,
                          Ralph Cole of Justice Vision, Women in Black,
                          Americans for Democratic Action, Jerry Rubin, Peace
                          Guides,
                          Independent Media Center, Anti-Racist Action, Sunset
                          Hall, Free Will Productions, Radical Women, Pax
                          Organica,
                          Alliance For Democracy, LA Coalition in Solidarity
                          with Cuba, Coalition of Peace Vigils, Freedom
                          Socialist Party,
                          Committee of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism,
                          Center for the Study of Political Graphics, LA Greens,
                          �Global Women�s Strike, Witness For Peace SW, Global
                          Voices for Justice, SOL Foundation, & KPFK Hosts:��
                          Sonali Kolhatkar, Don Bustany, Fidel Rodriguez,
                          Margaret Prescod, Michael Benner, Eisha Mason &
                          Michael Slate

                          $15�Suggested�Donation at the�Door
                          For more information call Frank Dorrel at:
                          310-838-8131
                          If you can�t attend this party but would like to
                          support Change-Links please send a check to:
                          Change-Links
                          P.O. Box 9682
                          North Hollywood, CA 91609-1682

                          www.change-links.org ~ 818-982-1412




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                          CISPES-LA DENOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF JOHN NEGROPONTE; CALLS FOR VIGOROUS CAMPAIGN TO BLOCK CONFIRMATION The appointment of career diplomat John Negroponte by
                          Message 12 of 30 , Feb 17, 2005
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                            CISPES-LA DENOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF JOHN NEGROPONTE;
                            CALLS FOR VIGOROUS CAMPAIGN TO BLOCK CONFIRMATION
                            The appointment of career diplomat John Negroponte
                            by President Bush to be the the Director of National
                            Intelligence brings back sad and shocking memories to
                            those who were active in the Central America struggles
                            of the 1980's, while Negroponte was ambassador to
                            Honduras.
                            The appointment, on live television early Thursday
                            morning, stunned the solidarity and peace movements.
                            Negroponte was linked to human rights abuses in
                            Central America and has been dogged by credible
                            testimony that he ignored the use of torture during
                            the contra war against Nicaragua.
                            The appointment calls for Senate confirmation and
                            CISPES is suggesting phone calls to the U.S. Senate
                            calling for a no vote on confirmation. The
                            Congressional switchboard is 202-224-3121 and then a
                            request to speak to Sen. Boxer or Sen. Feinstein.
                            In addition to his work with the Nicaraguan Contra
                            army, Negroponte helped conceal from Congress the
                            murder, kidnapping and torture abuses of a
                            CIA-equipped and trained Honduran military unit,
                            Battalion 3-16. No mention of these human rights
                            abuses ever appeared in State Department Human Rights
                            reports from Honduras. The Baltimore Sun reported
                            that Efrain Diaz Arrivillaga, then a delegate in the
                            Honduran Congress and a voice of dissent, told the Sun
                            that he complained to Negroponte on numerous occasions
                            about the Honduran army's human rights abuses. Rick
                            Chidester, a junior embassy official under Negroponte,
                            reported to the Sun that he was forced to omit an
                            exhaustive gathering of human rights violations from
                            his 1982 State Department report.
                            Sister Laetitia Bordes went on a fact-finding
                            delegation to Honduras in May, 1982, to investigate
                            the whereabouts of 32 Salvadoran nuns and women of
                            faith who fled to Honduras in 1981 after Archbishop
                            Oscar Romero's assassination. Negroponte claimed the
                            embassy knew nothing, but in 1996, Negroponte's
                            predecessor Jack Binns reported that the women had
                            been captured, tortured and them crammed into
                            helicopters from which they were tossed to their
                            deaths.


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                            8124 West 3rd Street L.A. Ca. 90048
                            323-852-0721
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                            CISPES is proud and pleased to endorse and encourage participation in this outstanding study series. We have participated in the series in the past. This
                            Message 13 of 30 , Feb 22, 2005
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                              CISPES is proud and pleased to endorse and encourage
                              participation in this outstanding study series. We
                              have participated in the series in the past. This
                              in-depth analysis and study gives our work context and
                              a foundation. Please register and get involved in
                              this important study series to deepen our
                              understanding of our work in the movement. We start
                              Sunday, Mar. 6th. CISPES-L.A.


                              Studies for Global Justice invites Community, Labor,
                              Political, Environmental and Economic Justice
                              Activists to a five session study series on:


                              WORKING PEOPLE IN THE NEO- LIBERAL ERA
                              Looking for a deeper analysis of 21st century
                              capitalism

                              We live in a time of war abroad and economic attacks
                              at home. Regulations that were once supposed to
                              protect our environment, health, and safety are being
                              eroded as public health, education, and retirement
                              programs are all on the chopping block. Good jobs are
                              disappearing, wages and benefits are declining, and
                              the minimum wage is lower (in real dollars) than it
                              was 25 years ago. What's going on with working people
                              and labor in this neo-liberal era? Is this just the
                              climate of the times? Is it globalization? Is it a
                              result of conscious policies? Are there alternatives?

                              This series will examine these happenings, questions
                              and more in five thoughtful and participatory sessions
                              based on our collective experiences and readings.

                              When: �������Every other Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to
                              1:00p.m.
                              with time for mixing and refreshments
                              First session begins Sunday, March 6, 2005
                              See below for schedule.

                              Where:�������UCLA Downtown Labor Center
                              675 S. Park View, Los Angeles
                              Between Wilshire Blvd. and 7th St. just West of
                              MacArthur Park


                              �$20 fee includes registration for the series
                              and����������������
                              � a reader. (Scholarships available)���������������
                              Advance registration encouraged�due�to���������������
                              �limited space and materials.��������������
                              ����� You may register by calling (323)661-1905�
                              or mailing registration form on back.��������������
                              Checks payable to: A. Wallace��������������
                              (Please note SGJ in memo)��������������
                              Mail to: SGJ, 3910 Melrose Av., apt.� 4�������������
                              �Los Angeles, CA 90029������������

                              STUDIES FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE is a Los Angeles based
                              group of socialist minded activists that coordinates
                              study sessions on the history, nature, problems, and
                              complexities of 21st century capitalism.� Our mission
                              is:

                              *
                              To provide an inclusive and respectful space for the
                              discussion, debate, and systemic and multidisciplinary
                              analysis of capitalism that uses popular,
                              participatory, and collective learning.�
                              * To create an educational atmosphere that bridges
                              activism and study.�
                              * To encourage participants to use this learning not
                              only for their own intellectual development, but also
                              as a means for generating power for political and
                              social change in their communities and for creating
                              viable democratic socialist alternatives to the
                              capitalist system.

                              WORKING� PEOPLE� IN� THE� NEO-LIBERAL ERA
                              Looking for a deeper analysis of 21st century
                              capitalism
                              Schedule for 5-part study series:
                              March 6���������Introduction to the series and the
                              times we live in.
                              March 20��������From Laissez-Faire to Welfare
                              Capitalism, 1860-1970
                              April 3������������The Neo-Liberal Era
                              April 17�����������Impact of Neo-Liberal policies
                              May 1�������������A Global Look at Resistance
                              Strategies

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                              ------------
                              Study Group Registration Form (Please write legibly.)

                              Name_____________________________Phone (����� )
                              __________________

                              Address______________________City__________________Zip_________

                              Email_______________________________________________________

                              Organizational/Union Affiliation (if
                              any)_____________________________

                              ���������I expect to attend:� All five sessions____
                              ���������March 6___�� March 20___�� April 3___�� April
                              17 ___ May 1___

                              ���������Registration/Materials fee $20:�
                              Paid____�����������Reader given out ____

                              Checks can be made out to A. Wallace (MEMO: Studies
                              for Global Justice).�
                              Mail to: SGJ at 3910 Melrose Ave., apt.4, Los Angeles,
                              CA 90029


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                              323-852-0721
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                              ~~~~ The Coalition Against Intervention In Venezuela [CAIIV], at their meeting last night, voted to POSTPONE THE VENEZUELAN MOBILIZATION TO MARCH 31, 2005.
                              Message 14 of 30 , Feb 25, 2005
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                                ~~~~ The Coalition Against Intervention In Venezuela
                                [CAIIV], at their meeting last night, voted to
                                POSTPONE THE VENEZUELAN MOBILIZATION TO MARCH 31,
                                2005. Please be advised that the original date---
                                March 3--- has been changed to March 31! Further
                                details from the Coalition will be
                                forthcoming~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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                                8124 West 3rd Street L.A. Ca. 90048
                                323-852-0721
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                                ~~~~ If you or your organization affiliates with--- or has a relationship with--- UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE, the national mass organization which organized
                                Message 15 of 30 , Feb 26, 2005
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                                  ~~~~ If you or your organization affiliates with--- or
                                  has a relationship with--- UNITED FOR PEACE AND
                                  JUSTICE, the national mass organization which
                                  organized the mobilization at the Republican
                                  Convention, call 323-852-0721 for details of a Report
                                  Back and Discussion around the recent St. Louis UFPJ
                                  Conference. The meeting is Sunday.~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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                                  Committee In Solidarity With The People of El Salvador
                                  8124 West 3rd Street L.A. Ca. 90048
                                  323-852-0721
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