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      Campaign to End U.S. & Canada Sanctions Against Venezuela

      The campaign invites you and/or your organization to endorse this call against the illegal, unjust and cruel sanctions being inflicted on the people of Venezuela. >> Please visit: www.afgj.org <<

      Ordinary Venezuelans are hurt by sanctions imposed by the US and Canada
      The elderly grandmother who cannot get insulin for her diabetes, the child who is undernourished during an important stage of development, families who cannot afford to feed and clothe their children as a result of hyperinflation. US and Canadian sanctions are precipitating a rapid economic decline in Venezuela and ordinary Venezuelans are the primary victims.

      Unilateral sanctions are illegal
      On May 21, the day after the re-election of Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, the US further expanded economic sanctions against Venezuela. Both the US and Canada have sanctions targeting senior Venezuelan government officials. These sanctions severely hamper the government’s ability to engage with international financial entities. Furthermore, unilateral sanctions violate the human rights of the Venezuelan people and are illegal under the charters of the OAS and the UN. The imposed sanctions prevent the government from borrowing money from major financial institutions and from repatriating dividends earned by state subsidiaries abroad, restricting Venezuela’s ability to import vital foods and medicines. The US and Canada hypocritically claim to be concerned about the humanitarian situation in Venezuela, while their sanctions regimes are deliberately designed to asphyxiate the Venezuelan economy.

      Sanctions are a form of economic war and can be a prelude to actual war
      In addition to the economic war being waged against Venezuela through sanctions, recent reports as well as public statements by US officials have made clear that a military option against Venezuela is under serious consideration.

      As people in the US and Canada, we have the responsibility to end our governments’ practice of illegal foreign intervention, including the current economic sanctions against the people of Venezuela. These sanctions are a collective punishment designed to create enough human misery to bring about the overthrow of a democratically-elected government, including via a military coup. Economic sanctions violate Venezuela’s national sovereignty and the basic rights of Venezuelan citizens.

      The campaign invites you and/or your organization to endorse this call against the illegal, unjust and cruel sanctions being inflicted on the people of Venezuela.

      Initial Signers

      • Akinyele K. Umoja, Founding Member, New Afrikan People’s Organization
      • Alexander Main, Director for International Policy, Center for Economic and Policy Research • Alliance for Global Justice
      • Common Frontiers
      • Dan Kovalik, Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
      • Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice – Venezuela Solidarity Campaign
      • Frederick B. Mills, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy Department of History and Government Bowie State University
      • Gerardo Renique, Associate Professor, City College (SUNY)
      • Gregory Wilpert, www.venezuelanalysis.com
      • International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity
      • Ivan Dario Hernandez, Artist, Venezuela
      • Popular Resistance
      • Shirley Pate, DC Venezuela Action Network
      • Shontae Cannon–Buckley, Co-owner, Burning Books, Buffalo, New York
      • Stansfield Smith, Chicago ALBA Solidarity
      • Susan Scott, Member, National Lawyers Guild
      • Task Force on the Americas
      • Teri Mattson, Founder, The Intrepid News Fund
      • Tom Gallagher, Chair, San Francisco Progressive Democrats of America
      • William Camacaro, Venezuelan Activist/Radio Host WBAI Pacifica Network

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