The registration deadline for the Australia Venezuela Solidarity Network's
(www.venezuelasolidarity.org) 2007 May Day Brigade to Venezuela has been
extended to March 14. Inserted below is an email notice that we hope you can
send out in the next day or so to everyone in your email address books and
all political e-lists you are subscribed to.
The itinerary for the brigade is now being put together (it looks very
exciting!). There are contact details for more information about the brigade
at the end of the notice below.
AVSN national coordinating committee
*Please forward widely*
*Join the May Day solidarity brigade to **Venezuela**!*
Registrations close: March 15, 2007
"Any Australian worker who has a chance to visit Venezuela should grab the
opportunity with both hands. The Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela offers a
genuine alternative to a world in which the market rules and profits always
come before people. It is inspiring people in Latin America and beyond to
believe that `another world is possible'.
"Being part of a brigade makes it possible to meet the workers who are
reshaping their workplaces in this new environment. Many are involved in the
democratic renewal of their unions, after many years of corrupt leadership.
Others are creating cooperatives, with government support, to reopen and
operate idle factories closed by bosses. The energy and enthusiasm for
change that is benefiting workers in Venezuela is truly inspiring."
- *John Cleary, former Electrical Trades Union organiser, Victoria*
The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network (AVSN) is organising a 2007 May
Day solidarity brigade to Venezuela for trade unionists and all others
interested in seeing first-hand the unfolding revolution in that country.
On May 1 last year, more than 1 million people joined the May Day
celebrations in Caracas, Venezuela. Since then, Venezuela's working people,
led by George W. Bush's arch-enemy, President Hugo Chavez, have 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 ``popular power'' in their country.
The Australian brigade will run from April 30 to around May 9. Participants
will meet with workers' organisations, visit occupied factories, educational
institutions and a range of community organisations, and speak to government
and social organisations about the radical changes being implemented by the
The itinerary includes time in the capital, Caracas, and in regional
Venezuela, so participants can witness popular control and management of
both urban and rural workplaces. A highlight of the brigade will be joining
the huge national workers celebration on May 1.
In the last two years, the AVSN has organised four solidarity brigades to
Venezuela, involving more than 120 participants. These study/solidarity
tours have been exciting and inspiring experiences for the *brigadistas*,
and are invaluable for helping progressive people in Australia better
understand and build solidarity with Venezuela's struggle for a ``new
socialism of the 21st century''.
Accommodation, transport and English translation in Venezuela will be
organised for participants, and the AVSN can help you book your travel to
and from Australia. The total cost, including return international airfares,
is around A$5500-6000.
*The deadline for registering for the May Day 2007 brigade is March 14.*
If you are interested in being part of this inspiring and educational
experience, please phone John Cleary on 0407 500 839 or Fred Fuentes on 0432
333 806, or email brigades@...
. Brigade registration
forms and more information are at http://www.venezuelasolidarity.org