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April 11, 2013 Letter on Venezuela to Ambassador of the United States of America Susan Rice

NOTE: THIS LETTER WAS NOT WRITTEN BY JAMES COCKCROFT BUT BY ACTIVISTS IN NEW YORK – SIGNATURES ARE STILL ARRIVING
April 11, 2013 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations

Susan Rice

Today is the 11th anniversary of the coup d’état of 2002 that briefly removed the democratically elected president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías, with the support of the United States government. Millions of Venezuelans poured into the streets to reinstate their rightful president. The same forces that deposed Hugo Chavez Frias 11 years ago are at this moment destabilizing the Venezuelan political atmosphere, discrediting the electoral process and threatening to not recognize the electoral results.

At this moment, the United States government of Obama will continue to funnel millions to these anti-democratic forces, while making vitriolic statements that undermine the democratic process in Venezuela. Furthermore, the private media in Venezuela and abroad is doing its best to sow dissent among the Venezuelan people about an electoral system that Jimmy Carter described as “the best in the world.”

The people of Venezuela will honor the last will of President Chavez by overwhelmingly voting this coming April 14 for Nicolas Maduro for President. The Venezuelan people clearly remain committed to the process of fundamental democratic change that benefits the masses of poor working class and peasantry no matter what. The Venezuelan government holds accountable former US diplomats Otto Reich and Roger Noriega of conspiring general violence.

On Sunday, April 14th, Venezuelans will go to the polls to choose their new president, and we demand that the results of this election be respected. We oppose any U.S. intervention in the Venezuelan elections, and insist that the Obama administration stand against the destabilization efforts currently underway in Venezuela and immediately recognize the rightful winners of Sunday’s election.

We do not want another Pinochet or a policy of extermination as experienced by Central American countries. We do not want any interference in the affairs of Venezuela. Venezuelan is a sovereign nation and must be respected.

U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!

End U.S. Interventionism in Latin America!

Respect the election results of the Venezuelan People on April 14th!
Ramsey Clark, an American lawyer, activist and former public official. He worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, which included service as United States Attorney General from 1967 to 1969, under President Lyndon B. Johnson. He supervised the drafting and played an important role in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Civil Rights Act of 1968.
Charles Barron, Council member of New York City. He has represented Brooklyn’s 42 District on New York City since 2001. Former Black Panter.
Don Rojas, Former Editor in Chief of Grenada’s national newspaper The Free West Indian. He served as press secretary for Prime Minister Maurice Bishop from 1981–1983
Fred Magdoff, emeritus Professor of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont in Burlington and a director of the Monthly Review Foundation.
George Ciccariello-Maher Professor of political science at Drexel University
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan Co-Chair, National Lawyers Guild International Committee
James Cockcroft, Author, Lecturer, Poet
Suzanne Ross, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Teresa Guitierrez, Human Rights Activist.
Answer coalition
Bolivarian Circle Alberto Lovera NYC
International Action Center NYC
Houston International Action Center
Pastor, Luis Barrios Professor of political science at John Jay College
Pastor, Danilo Lachapel
Latin-American Committee
Haiti Liberte
Heather Wolford Master's Candidate, International Studies and Public Administration Graduate Fellow, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) University of Oregon
Frente Unido DR
Alianza Pais (Ecuador)
Black Panter Party
Sisa Pakari Centro Laboral