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Thursday, January 29, 2004
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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St. Boniface Church auditorium, 133 Golden Gate Avenue

Thursday, January 29, 7pm
St. Boniface Church auditorium, 133 Golden Gate Avenue

(between Jones & Leavenworth, near Civic Center BART), San Francisco

Come stand with the people of Venezuela determined to defend their peaceful and democratic revolution!

Nora Castañeda was appointed by President Hugo Chavez to head the Women's Development Bank of Venezuela when he agreed to women's demand for a bank as a way of funding reforms to benefit the poorest families and communities. She says: "The economy must be at the service of human beings, not human beings at the service of the economy. We want to create an economy based on cooperation and mutual support, a caring economy." Like the great majority of Venezuelans including their president, Ms. Castañeda is of African and Indigenous descent. She is a remarkable woman in a remarkable time, one of great economic and social change. Ms. Castañeda was instrumental in drafting the new Venezuelan constitution, which stands against discrimination of all kinds and recognizes that housewives create added value and must be compensated with social security.

Come hear Ms. Castaneda speak about the popular movement that passed one of the most advanced constitutions in the world, and reversed a coup returning their kidnapped president to power. Venezuela is the world's 5th largest oil exporter; yet 80% of the people live in poverty. They elected President Chavez to reclaim the oil revenue so they could tackle poverty and corruption. Literacy, healthcare, housing, land rights, etc., have all leapt ahead. At the recent Summit of the Americas, Venezuela has played a key role in bringing together opposition to the proposed Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, and to US interference in Latin America.

Ms. Castañeda's US tour is coordinated by the Global Women's Strike (GWS).

Event sponsors include actor and activist Danny Glover, who was recently in Venezuela, Hari Dillon, President Vanguard Foundation, Dolores Huerta,United Farm Workers Union and others will participate in the event. Supervisor Ammiano has put forward a resolution to declare January 29 Nora Castaneda Day in SF. Selma James, London based widow of CLR James, author of "Black Jacobins", and international coordinator of the Global Women's Strike (GWS) and Nina Lopez of the GWS Bolivarian Circle/UK will provide introductory remarks and translation.

Sponsors include the Venezuelan Embassy; Vanguard Foundation; KPFA; Dolores Huerta; Hon. Tom Ammiano; Danny Glover; Ed Asner; Hari Dillon; Gus Newport; St Boniface Church; Venezuela Solidarity Group; Presente!Marin; Sister Bernie Galvin - Congregation of Divine Providence; SF Organizing Project; Tri-Valley CAREs; International Action Center; College of Marin Students for Social Responsibility; American Friends Service Committee; Rainbow Grocery Cooperative.

Endorsers include: Chiapas Support Group; Food First; Global Exchange; National Lawyers Guild; Marin Peace and Justice Coalition; Public Citizen California; Coalition on Homelessness; La Raza Centro Legal & SF Day Labor Program; ADC-SF; Al-Awda.

Childcare*Wheelchair accessible*Spanish-language translation

Donation sliding scale: $5-$25 or more. No one turned away.

All proceeds will go to grassroots women's projects in Venezuela.

For more information call/fax 415-626-4114, email
GWS website

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