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WEBINAR TONITE: Coronavirus: Time to End US Sanctions on Venezuela

When: Thursday, April 2, 2020, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: online • Boston

Lift the Sanctions Now – Stop Coronavirus

Our country’s escalating sanctions on Venezuela in the last few years has caused the death of tens of thousands of innocent civilians and led to more than 4 million refugees, according to the UNHCR.  Now, as the US tightens sanctions on Venezuela, our country is responsible for impacting that nation’s ability to fight off the coronavirus pandemic, which will lead to more death and create more refugees, thus endangering all of us, as the pandemic will spread. This policy is as immoral as it is unwise.



Kevin Young is assistant professor of history at UMass Amherst, focusing on modern Latin America. His book 'Blood of the Earth: Resource Nationalism, Revolution, and Empire in Bolivia" (2017) traces the history of Bolivian struggles over mineral and hydrocarbon resources, highlighting the complex legacies of Bolivian resource nationalism and in the process reappraising the country’s 1952 revolution and the Cold War. He is also the editor of Making the Revolution: Histories of the Latin American Left (2019), which challenges stereotypes of the twentieth-century left as urban, middle-class, and blind to the complexities of racial, gender, and national identities. His other research analyzes social movements, coalitional politics, and political power in the Andes, Central America, and the United States.

Atenea Jiménez Lemón has worked as a sociologist and organizer in Venezuelan popular movements since the 1990s. In 2009 she founded the Red Nacional de Comuner@s (National Network of Communers). Since then, the network has grown to include around 500 communes and 100 social movement organizations throughout Venezuela. She also founded the Universidad Campesina de Venezuela (Venezuelan Peasant University). She recently edited a book titled "La toparquía comunera: Concreción de la utopía" (Rule by Communes: Concretizing Utopia) (2014).  Her presentation will be pre-recorded.

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Second of four webinars on the impact of US sanctions on four nations’ coronavirus response.

March 26, 7pm: Iran – Dr. Shahin Tabatabaei and a representative of NIAC.

April 2, 7pm: Venezuala – Prof. Kevin Young (UMass Amherst) and Atenea Jiménez Lemon (National Network of Communes in Venezuela).  See more information and Click here to register

April 9, 7pm: Cuba – Lee Schlenker – International Team member with Witness for Peace, based in Havana.  Click here to register

April 16, 7pm: North Korea – Dr. Kee Park – Harvard Neurosurgeon and director of the North Korea Program of the Korean American Medical Association

Call on Congress to take action:

Sponsored by Lift the Sanctions Mass: Massachusetts Peace Action; Massachusetts Bolivia Solidarity Committee of Western Mass;  Resistance Center for Peace and Justice; Latin America Solidarity Coaliton of Western Mass; Boston Democratic Socialists of America; American Friends Service Committee; Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador; Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Common Security; PSL Western Massachusetts; Venezuela Solidarity Committee of Boston.  (Organizations please contact us to join this campaign)


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