Campaign to End US and Canada Sanctions Against Venezuela

Join this campaign! Help end illegal 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.


Five ways you can participate:

  1. Endorse and Share the Call to Action | (Download a PDF Version HERE)
  2. Register and share the announcement for the upcoming Venezuela Webinar featuring Steve Ellner
  3. Join a working group to build the campaign.  See list of committees below and email EndVenezuelaSanctions@gmail.com for more information.
  4. Help spread the word on facebook and like our page at facebook.com/EndVenezuelaSanctions
  5. Attend an Event on Steve Ellner’s Speaking Tour On the Hardship Imposed on the Venezuelan people by US-Canadian Sanctions

Call to Action:

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
Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee
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, Venezuelanalysis.com
International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity
Ivan Dario Hernandez, Artist, Venezuela
Michael Bass, Convener, School of the Americas Watch-Oakland/East Bay
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

 

We are building this campaign! Let us know if you are interested in participating and/or organizing an activity in one or more of the areas of work listed below that will help build a North American voice against sanctions imposed on Venezuela:

  • Congressional/parliamentary work
  • Days of action
  • Media outreach
  • Petitioning (online)
  • Speaking tours
  • Webinars

For more information on how to get further involved, please email EndVenezuelaSanctions@gmail.com.


Venezuela Webinar to Launch the Campaign, July 31, 2018

Steve Ellner: The Hardship Imposed on the Venezuelan People by US-Canadian Sanctions

Examining the effect of sanctions on human rights in Venezuela with SURES

Background links:

  1. Sanctions Don’t Help the Venezuelan People
  2. U.S. OKs transactions for state-run Venezuelan oil company bond
  3. Mark Weisbrot: Trump’s Threats to Invade Venezuela Are Part of U.S. Strategy of Regime Change
  4. Venezuela Introduces New Measures to Halt Hyperinflation: Will they Work?
  5. Who Was Behind the Assassination Attempt of Nicolás Maduro? With an introduction to “The Campaign to End US & Canada Sanctions against Venezuela” by Teri Mattson
  6. Special Report Unilateral Coercive Measures Against Venezuela and Its Impact On Human Rights (Caracas, 2018) (pdf)
  7. Full UN and SURES Reports on Impact of US-EU Sanctions on Venezuela Human Rights

Media coverage:  

International Day of Action 

for the End of Sanctions Against Venezuela

– August 14th, 2018

  1. Interview with Paul Dobson from Venezuela Analysis on economic warfare against Venezuela (American Freedom Radio)
  2. New Facebook Alliance Endangers Access to News about Latin America
    by W. T. Whitney (Counterpunch)

(español)

  1. Sanciones contra Venezuela son un acto de guerra, denuncian en Canadá (+Foto)
  2. Divergencias entre el gobierno de Canadá y los movimientos sociales en torno a Venezuela
  3. Interview with Jeanette Charles from Venezuela Analysis (in Spanish) (mp3)