March 16, Los Angeles: Rally and March – US Hands Off Venezuela!

Saturday, March 16
2:00 pm
Pershing Square
Los Angeles, CA

U.S. hands off Venezuela!
NO to the coup — NO to sanctions — NO to a new U.S. war

On Saturday, March 16, thousands of people from all over the United States will march in Washington, D.C. against the Trump administration’s brazen coup in Venezuela and a new devastating war there. ANSWER Coalition and CODEPINK are sponsoring this demonstration in Los Angeles to stand in solidarity with the national march.

The outrageous, illegal attacks against Venezuela repeats the ugly pattern of wars for regime change in the oil-rich countries of Iraq and Libya. National Security Advisor John Bolton is reading from the same script, declaring a “troika of tyranny” in Latin America (like the George W. Bush’s “axis of evil”) as a precursor for attempted regime change first in Venezuela, and then Cuba and Nicaragua. Trump has always said that the real “mistake” of the Middle East wars was that the U.S. didn’t “take the oil.”

It is time to stand up and with a clear voice say NO to the newest example of the “Monroe Doctrine,” which the U.S. government has used for over two centuries to repeatedly invade Latin America and Caribbean, control its politics and extract its resources.

The White House aims to overthrow the government of President Nicolás Maduro and replace him with Juan Guaidó. Guaidó is a U.S.-trained operative who was unknown to the vast majority of Venezuelans before he proclaimed himself president — at Vice President Mike Pence’s urging. Although Guaidó has the backing of Trump, the CIA, and the Republican and Democratic Party leaderships alike, huge numbers of Venezuelans have marched to reject this coup and defend their independence.

On March 16, the people of the United States will show the world that the billionaire politicians do not speak for us. We say:

-U.S. hands off Venezuela!
-NO to the coup — the U.S. does not have the right to select other country’s leaders!
-NO to the sanctions, oil embargo and economic war on Venezuela that is already causing suffering for ordinary people in the country.
-NO to military intervention and war from the U.S. and their proxies in the region.

We will gather at 5th and Hill, Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles, then march to City Hall for a rally with speakers and live music.

Sponsors: ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK
Endorsers: Alan Minsky, Executive Director, Progressive Democrats of America; Office of the Americas; Shakeel Syed, Executive Director, OCCORD | Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development; Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace; MLK Coalition of Greater Los Angeles; Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front; Veterans for Peace – LA; Gerry Condon, President, Veterans For Peace; National Lawyers Guild/L.A.; Jim Lafferty, Executive Director Emeritus, NLG; Cuba & Venezuela Solidarity Committee; Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition; Juan José Gutiérrez, Director, FRFIC; Global Women’s Strike; Democratic Socialists of America – Los Angeles; Los Angeles Greens; Union de Vecinos; March and Rally – Los Angeles; Abby Martin, journalist, The Empire Files; Al-Awda, Palestine Right of Return Coalition; KmB – Pro-People Youth; 615 U.S. West Coast Committee; U.S. Support Committee for Korean Prisoners of Conscience; Korean Peace Alliance; Mike Prysner, Iraq War vet, producer, The Empire Files; Arab Americans for Syria; Students for Justice in Palestine – UCLA; Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike; Payday Men’s Network; Black Panther Party Alumni Association – LA Chapter; SoCal 350 Climate Action; Cold War Truth Commission; Long Beach Progressive Alliance; EngSciMath; The Lab 805; Relief for Yemen Club – Malibu H.S.; Wilder Utopia; Roofers Local 36; Julia La Riva, UTLA Teacher; Anticonquista; Tribuno Del Pueblo; Socialist Party of Ventura County; Revolution LA; US Dept of Peace – Ojai; Topanga Peace Alliance; Party for Socialism and Liberation

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