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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 08:33 PM
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House Bill to condemn 'anti-democratic' Chavez in committee vote Thursday
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Edited on Wed Mar-15-06 08:35 PM by meganmonkey
Condemning the anti-democratic actions of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should strongly support the aspirations of the democratic forces in Venezuela.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/thomas

Essentially this bill would mean the US would fund Venezuelan opposition groups - to oppose a democratically elected leader of a sovereign nation. This is not right!!!

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Venezuela Information Office asks for your help!
By Urgent Reqest
Mar 15, 2006, 04:51

H. Con. Res. 328 will be voted on this week!
Your calls are needed in Congress today
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Friends,

We just received word that H. Con. Resolution 328 will be up for a subcommittee vote this Thursday, March 16. Your help is needed to stop this intellectually dishonest, anti-Venezuela resolution. Please call Congress today!
What is H.Con. Res. 328?
Sponsored by Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL), H. Con. Res. 328 is a misguided and factually inaccurate resolution that condemns Venezuela and recommends funding of Venezuelan opposition parties, in direct violation of Venezuelan law.
The resolution contains so many factual inaccuracies that it should be an embarrassment for most members of Congress to support. For a full description of the errors, half-truths and misstatements please see our fact sheet.

What you can do:
Please call Representative Eliot Engel today. This New York Democrat is the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, which will be taking up the vote. The Congressional Switchboard can patch you through to his office. Call 202-224-3121 today and do the following:
1) Ask to speak to Congressman Eliot Engel's Office
2) When the receptionist answers, ask to speak to the Legislative Aide who works on Venezuela issues.
3) If you speak to the aide directly, ask him/her to recommend that Rep. Engel speak out against H. Con. Res. 328 in the subcommittee. If you are put into voicemail, please leave a message. Here are some points to consider for your discussion:

* The resolution is inaccurate. Among other things:

The resolution states that President Chavez rewrote the Venezuelan Constitution, when in fact it was drafted and approved through a democratic process;

It argues that President Chavez has taken control of the National Assembly, when in fact opposition parties made a decision not to participate in the most recent elections;

It contradicts the 2005 U.S. State Department report that Venezuela has a open and vigorous media; and

It claims that President Chavez "is supporting radical forces" in Bolivia and Colombia. The inclusion of Bolivia seems to be referring to the democratically-elected president of that country, Evo Morales, who, while a socialist, is supported and recognized by every country in Latin America. And the Colombia example refers to never-proven allegations of links to FARC rebels--a charge which is not even supported by the conservative President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe.
* The U.S. must have a sane policy toward Venezuela. Last month, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld compared President Chavez to Hitler. Just last week, a California academic was harassed by FBI agents for his support of Venezuela's democratically-elected government. Clearly, the House needs bring a level of sanity back to our discussion of Venezuela.

* If we truly believe in the principles of democracy, the U.S. should not be advocating funding for opposition parties in other countries.


NOTE: Rep. Engel is new to the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee. He will likely vote the right way on this bill, but he needs to be educated in order to be able to speak out against H. Con. Res. 328.
4) Forward this message on to five friends and ask them to make a similar call.
5) Post this message on listservs that you belong to and get the word out!

Venezuela Information Office
2000 P Street NW, Ste. 240
Washington, DC, 20036
(202) 347-8081
Eric Wingerter, Public Education Director


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NOTE: The Venezuela Information Office is dedicated to informing the American public about contemporary Venezuela, and receives its funding from the government of Venezuela. More information is available from the FARA office of the Department of Justice in Washington DC.
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  -House Bill to condemn 'anti-democratic' Chavez in committee vote Thursday meganmonkey  Mar-15-06 08:33 PM   #0 
  - Insane  Terran1212   Mar-15-06 08:34 PM   #1 
  - I stand with Chavez. This is awful.  mdmc   Mar-15-06 08:42 PM   #2 
  - How about if we just mind our own fucking business?  Redstone   Mar-15-06 08:43 PM   #3 
  - Totally agree....  SnoopDog   Mar-15-06 09:50 PM   #14 
     - Especially ELECTED leaders. The Venezuelans VOTED for him.  Redstone   Mar-15-06 09:58 PM   #15 
  - This is absolute BULLSHIT!!!!  JohnnyCougar   Mar-15-06 08:45 PM   #4 
  - The Repuke don't like Chavez because he doesn't want to follow their  IsItJustMe   Mar-15-06 08:45 PM   #5 
  - I'll call!!!! I LOVE CHAVEZ!!! n/t  PVK   Mar-15-06 08:49 PM   #6 
  - THIS IS FUCKED UP!  leftchick   Mar-15-06 08:54 PM   #7 
  - I wonder how much this has to do with the embarrassment  meganmonkey   Mar-15-06 09:04 PM   #8 
  - It is against Venezuelan law for Venezuelans to accept foreign money for  Peace Patriot   Mar-15-06 09:19 PM   #9 
  - Thanks PP!  meganmonkey   Mar-15-06 09:21 PM   #10 
  - Bush is Jealous because Hugo actually won his elections. K&R  mom cat   Mar-15-06 09:35 PM   #11 
  - K&R  bvar22   Mar-15-06 09:47 PM   #12 
  - Can't censure Bush but will condemn Chavez.  gordianot   Mar-15-06 09:48 PM   #13 
  - K&R! n/t  slipslidingaway   Mar-15-06 11:21 PM   #16 
  - Kick for the morning crowd!  meganmonkey   Mar-16-06 06:56 AM   #17 
  - The radicals are in OUR government and it looks like  sfexpat2000   Mar-16-06 07:11 AM   #18 
  - Kick! This type of interference in a duly elected is just wrong.  mom cat   Mar-16-06 10:06 AM   #19 
  - I want some Dems in Congress to DETAIL  PATRICK   Mar-16-06 10:39 AM   #20 
     - For example, international monitors  meganmonkey   Mar-16-06 11:59 AM   #21 
        - we need them here in OHIO  mdmc   Mar-18-06 04:22 PM   #22 
 

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