[News] Historic Venezuela Event in San Francisco

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Dear Friends:

I hope you will make a special point to come out to a major event next week 
in solidarity with Venezuela. Nora Castañeda, active participant in the 
Bolivarian Revolution and head of the Women's Development Bank of Venezuela 
which funds reforms to benefit poor families and communities, will be 
speaking in SF next Thursday. Joining her will be Dolores Huerta as well as 
Danny Glover, who just returned from visiting Venezuela as part of an 
African-American delegation organized by TransAfrica. So please come out 
and pass the word! The announcement which follows is in English and Spanish.

Holly
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NORA CASTAÑEDA: "CREATING A CARING ECONOMY IN VENEZUELA"
Thursday, January 29, 7pm
St. Boniface Church auditorium, 133 Golden Gate Avenue
(between Jones & Leavenworth, near Civic Center BART), San Francisco

Come stand with the people of Venezuela determined to defend their 
'peaceful and democratic revolution'
Nora Castañeda was appointed by President Hugo Chavez to head the Women's 
Development Bank of Venezuela when he agreed to women's demand for a bank 
as a way of funding reforms to benefit the poorest families and 
communities. She says: "The economy must be at the service of human beings, 
not human beings at the service of the economy. We want to create an 
economy based on cooperation and mutual support, a caring economy." Like 
the great majority of Venezuelans including their president, Ms. Castañeda 
is of African and Indigenous descent.  She is a remarkable woman in a 
remarkable time, one of great economic and social change. Ms. Castañeda was 
instrumental in drafting the new Venezuelan constitution, which stands 
against discrimination of all kinds and recognizes that housewives create 
added value and must be compensated with social security.
Come hear Ms. Castaneda speak about the popular movement that passed one of 
the most advanced constitutions in the world, and reversed a coup returning 
their kidnapped president to power. Venezuela is the world's 5th largest 
oil exporter; yet 80% of the people live in poverty.  They elected 
President Chavez to reclaim the oil revenue so they could tackle poverty 
and corruption. Literacy, healthcare, housing, land rights, etc., have all 
leapt ahead. At the recent Summit of the Americas, Venezuela has played a 
key role in  bringing together opposition to the proposed Free Trade 
Agreement of the Americas, and to US interference in Latin America.
Ms. Castañeda's US tour is coordinated by the Global Women's Strike (GWS).

Event sponsors include actor and activist Danny Glover, who was recently in 
Venezuela, Hari Dillon, President Vanguard Foundation, Dolores 
Huerta,United Farm Workers Union and others will participate in the event. 
Supervisor Ammiano has put forward a resolution to declare January 29 Nora 
Castaneda Day in SF.  Selma James, London based widow of CLR James, author 
of "Black Jacobins", and international coordinator of the Global Women's 
Strike (GWS) and Nina Lopez of the GWS Bolivarian Circle/UK will provide 
introductory remarks and translation.
Sponsors include the Venezuelan Embassy; Vanguard Foundation; KPFA; Dolores 
Huerta; Hon. Tom Ammiano; Danny Glover; Ed Asner; Hari Dillon; Gus Newport; 
St Boniface Church; Venezuela Solidarity Group; Presente!Marin; Sister 
Bernie Galvin - Congregation of  Divine Providence; SF Organizing Project; 
Tri-Valley CAREs; International Action Center; College of Marin Students 
for Social Responsibility; American Friends Service Committee; Rainbow 
Grocery Cooperative.
Endorsers include: Chiapas Support Group; Food First; Global Exchange; 
National Lawyers Guild; Marin Peace and Justice Coalition; Public Citizen 
California; Coalition on Homelessness; La Raza Centro Legal & SF Day Labor 
Program; ADC-SF; Al-Awda.

Childcare*Wheelchair accessible*Spanish-language translation
Donation sliding scale: $5-$25 or more. No one turned away.
All proceeds will go to grassroots women's projects in Venezuela.
For more information call/fax 415-626-4114, email 
<mailto:sf at crossroadswomen.net>sf at crossroadswomen.net
GWS website <http://www.globalwomenstrike.net>www.globalwomenstrike.net

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NORA CASTAÑEDA: "CREANDO UNA ECONOMIA SOLIDARIA EN VENEZUELA"
Jueves, 29 de enero, a las 7pm
Iglesia de San Boniface en el auditorio, 133 Golden Gate Avenue, SF
(entre Jones & Leavenworth, cerca Civic Center BART)
Vengan a apoyar el pueblo venezolano resuelto en la defensa de su 
'revolución pacifica y democrática'.

POR FAVOR CIRCULEN A SUS LISTAS DE EMAIL
Nora Castañeda fue nombrada por el presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez 
encabezar el Banco de Desarrollo de la Mujer cuando él respaldó la demanda 
de las mujeres por la creación de un banco como método de financiamiento de 
reformas para el beneficio de las familias y comunidades más pobres. Ella 
dice: "La economía debe estar al servicio de los seres humanos, no los 
seres humanos al servicio de la economía. Queremos crear una economía 
basada en la cooperación y el apoyo mutuo, una economía solidaria."
Como la gran mayoría del pueblo venezolano y su presidente electo, la Sra. 
Castañeda es de descendencia africana e indígena. Es una mujer 
extraordinaria que vive en un tiempo extraordinario -un tiempo de grandes 
cambios económicos y sociales.  La Sra.  Castañeda fue instrumental en 
redactar la nueva constitución venezolana, que condena todo tipo de 
discriminación y reconoce que las mujeres amas de casa crean valor agregado 
y deben tener compensación dentro de la seguridad social.

Vengan a oír hablar la Sra. Castañeda sobre el movimiento popular que 
paso  una de las constituciones mas adelantadas del mundo, y derroto un 
golpe regresando al poder su presidente que había sido secuestrado. 
Venezuela es el quinto exportador mundial de petróleo, sin embargo 80% de 
su población vive en la pobreza.  Votaron al Presidente Chávez para 
reclamar el ingreso petrolero y así eliminar la pobreza y la corrupción. 
Desde entonces se han logrado grandes avances en la alfabetización, 
sanidad, vivienda, el derecho a la tierra. En la reciente Cumbre de las 
Américas, Venezuela jugo un papel clave en unir  a la oposición al ALCA y a 
la interferencia estadounidense en América Latina.
La gira de la Sra. Castañeda de EE.UU. esta coordinada por la Huelga 
Mundial de Mujeres (HMM)

Patrocinadores del evento actor e activista Danny Glover, quien estaba 
recientemente en Venezuela, Hari Dillon, Presidente Vanguard Foundation, 
Dolores Huerta, United Farm Workers Union, Gus Newport, gerente de la 
estacion KPFA y otros participaran en el evento. Supervisor Ammiano ha 
propuesto una resolucion para declarar el 29 de enero el dia de Nora 
Castañeda en San Francisco. Selma James, viuda de CLR James, autor de 
"Black Jacobins", y coordinadora internacional de la HMM y Nina Lopez, del 
Circulo Bolivariano de la HMM en Inglaterra acompanaran a la Sra. Castañeda 
con introducciones y traducciones.
Patrocinadores: Vanguard Foundation; KPFA; Dolores Huerta; Hon. Tom 
Ammiano; Danny Glover; Ed Asner; Hari Dillon; Gus Newport; St. Boniface 
Church; Venezuela Solidarity Group; Presente!/Marin; Sister Bernie Galvin - 
Congregation of  Divine Providence; SF Organizing Project; Tri-Valley 
CAREs; Intl Action Center; College of Marin Students for Social 
Responsibility;American Friends Service Cttee; Rainbow Grocery Cooperative.
Endosan: Chiapas Support Group; Food First; Global Exchange; National 
Lawyers Guild; Marin Peace & Justice Coalition; Public Citizen California; 
Coalition on Homelessness; La Raza Centro Legal & SF Day Labor Program; 
ADC-SF; Al-Awda.
Cuidado de niñas/os  l  Accesible para sillas de ruedas l  Traducción
Donación: $5-$25 o mas. Nadie será rechazado.
Ganancias dedicadas a las mujeres en Venezuela que construyen apoyo mutuo.
Para mas información, contacten: Tel/fax 415-626-4114,
Email: <mailto:sf at crossroadswomen.net>sf at crossroadswomen.net
Web: <http://www.globalwomenstrike.net>www.globalwomenstrike.net


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