Leaders of Democratic Socialists of America travel to Venezuela to meet dictator Nicolas Maduro
Leaders of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the largest socialist political organization in the United States, met with Venezuelan dictator NicolÃ¡s Maduro on Friday. The DSA has already approved Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-MI.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Cori Bush (D-MO) and Jamaal Bowman (D-NY).
According to Telesur, The DSA members who attended the meeting included: the chairman of the national political committee, members of the international committee, the organization’s political training committee, the foreign policy committee and the bilateral relations committee. The objectives of the meeting included the strengthening of “the fight against the blockade and the coercive and unilateral measures imposed by the government of the United States”.
Tidal DSA, the organization’s Virginia chapter, as well as Maduro himself, confirmed the meeting.
DSA claimed that nearly 10,000 members joined the organization after Ocasio-Cortez was first elected in 2018. DSA also claimed to have over 92,000 members and chapters in all 50 states. According to the DSA website, “we know that our economic system is rooted in white supremacy and that the capitalist class depends on racism to divide and oppress the working class.”
Many other adjacent Democratic groups have made similar trips. In 2019, Sarah Chambers, a board member of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), led a group in Venezuela on behalf of the organization, in support of the Maduro regime.
CTU is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, which has strongly supported Biden’s presidential campaign, as well as many other liberal campaigns. Chambers has a long history with the most militant elements of the union, including the #RedforEd movement, which has socialist roots, and advocates for a left-wing Democratic uprising designed to flip states from purple or red to blue, using the educational system.
In March, the Chicago Teachers Union passed a resolution opposing the US intervention in Venezuela. the Marxism-Leninism Today provided the details of this resolution.
Amnesty International’s most recent report on Venezuela and Maduro’s human rights violations stated: âThe continuing human rights crisis in Venezuela has seen new reports of extrajudicial killings, excessive use of force and unlawful killings by security forces during the year. politicians, including political activists, journalists and health workers, have been subjected to repressive measures, including criminalization, unfair trials and arbitrary detention. “
The DSA issued a statement in March criticizing the Biden administration’s policies towards Venezuela.
“US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with right-wing opposition leader Juan GuaidÃ³ and, illegitimately and against the will of the Venezuelan people, recognized him as acting president of Venezuela. This act of the Biden administration is just the latest in a long history of reckless and unlawful United States interventions in the region, carried out with bipartisan consent. We take this opportunity to reiterate our condemnation of the historic and continued interference by the United States. United in the internal affairs of Venezuela, as well as our broad support for the movements for democracy and socialism in Venezuela. “
The statement concluded: âFinally, DSA IC calls on the candidates and elected officials supported by the DSA to use their positions to denounce any American interference in Venezuela, and on its sections and members to organize demonstrations against this interference and to organize educational events to learn more about how to support movements for Bolivarian socialism in the 21st century. “
Former President Donald Trump imposed a series of crippling sanctions on Venezuela. Biden administration rejected Maduro’s request to lift sanctions, says The epoch of time.