[Pnews] The Spirit of Black August in Solidarity with Venezuela

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  The Spirit of Black August in Solidarity with Venezuela

By The Upstate Chapter of Northeast Political Prisoner Coalition - 
September 4, 2018

/The spirit of Black August moves through centuries of Black, Indian and 
multi-cultural resistance. It is an emblem of the spirit of freedom. /

/Black August has many markers throughout the long history of resistance 
in the Americas./

-- Mumia Abu Jamal

Black August is a rising tide that lifts all boats in its course. Rooted 
in the Black Radical Tradition, Black August embodies an anti-racist, 
anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, feminist and internationalist legacy 
and is home to legendary struggles such as the Haitian Revolution. In 
the African revolutionary spirit of signalling the death of slavery 
through the Americas and the rest of the world, we call on all 
organizations fighting for justice to continue this struggle to defeat 
the vestiges of colonialism and present-day US imperialism.

We, the Upstate Chapter of Northeast Political Prisoner Coalition, are 
an organization comprised of activists, community organizer, teachers, 
students and former Political Prisoners/Prisoners of War. We are 
dedicated to freeing Political Prisoners as well as ending Mass 
Incarceration in the United States. We witness the US neoliberal 
capitalist system carry out vicious assaults on public education, health 
care, public transportation, social housing, regulation of corporations, 
trade union rights and other essential and just programs that benefit 
the laboring classes everyday in the United States. However, the United 
States is waging this same assault in all the Americas and the world.

Venezuela is a critical battleground under siege by US imperialism. 
Venezuelans are directly facing US aggression parallel to the racist 
violence and destabilization happening in Black and Brown poor 
communities here at home.

History has proven that US empire is willing to intimidate, impose, 
invade and destroy lives in the name of its so-called democracy. In the 
scheme of neoliberal globalization, there is no room for governments 
like Venezuela’s which seeks to advance its independence. US empire 
makes much less room for those who have determined their path is 
socialism, communist -- simply, not capitalist. This is why Venezuela is 
a threat.

The majority, Black and Brown working class in Venezuela do not want a 
US model. The people are fighting everyday against these attacks in 
their collectives, cooperatives, communes and grassroots social 
movements. The Bolivarian State, a revolutionary government determined 
to human rights and guaranteeing a life with dignity and happiness for 
all stands with its people. The Venezuelan people support their 
President Nicolás Maduro and are manifesting their vision for 21st 
Century Socialism.

However, mainstream corporate media reports diligently to suggest 
otherwise. But, from behind the headlines, we have to ask ourselves, 
does the United States really want to help Venezuelans or, does the 
United States want Venezuelan oil and other resources?

In Venezuela’s case, it is clear that the main objective of US empire is 
to plunder all the oil wealth. Venezuela is home to the world’s largest 
known reserves. Moreover, Venezuela has repatriated all of its gold and 
houses more than a dozen of the rarest minerals essentially for high 
grade military weapons and technology.

If this weren’t the case; Why did the US implement economic sanctions 
blocking key imports like food and medicine? Why did global capital 
orchestrate an economic war? Why did the US, Venezuelan opposition and 
political allies condemn the presidential elections even before they 
took place? Why was there an assassination attempt on Maduro’s life? Why 
have 45’s lackeys like Pence and Haley travelled to Latin America to 
bribe and intimidate other countries in support of a military coup d’état?

These are the questions we must ask. The answers to these questions 
reveal the United States’ continued imperial investment in expansion, 
exploitation and war. Our movements in solidarity with Venezuela must 
defend the people’s right to self-determination and their state’s 

As Black August comes to an end, Venezuela remains firmly in our hearts 
and in our hands as we labor for love, justice and freedom. We hold the 
spirit of self-determination close and continue to fight for our vision 
in the name of liberation.

We must denounce the assassination attempt on President Nicolás Maduro’s 
life. We must condemn the illegality of US economic sanctions against 
Venezuela. We must stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in 
Venezuela. We must believe in Venezuela’s vision to change the world and 
defeat US empire.

The fight goes on. US imperialism will continue to discredit and 
destabilize Venezuela’s legitimate, democratic and popular process 
through street violence, economic blockades, planned corruption, 
military intervention and media manipulation campaigns. Our movements 
must remain vigilant. Venezuelans have a right to decide how they govern 
their nation, manage their resources and tread forward.

In solidarity,

The Upstate Chapter of Northeast Political Prisoner Coalition

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