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Report from World Youth Festival in Carcas and Film: Venezuela From Below
by Hands Off Venezuela San Francisco Bay Area (sfbay [at]
Sunday Aug 21st, 2005 6:06 PM
Hear from a local participant in the World Festival of Youth in Caracas and watch a new video on the struggle in Venezuela, entitled Venezuela From Below
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Hands Off Venezuela Report Back &
Video Showing:
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Center for Political Education
522 Valencia, Third Floor,
Near 16th Street, SF (not wheelchair accessible)
$5/$3 Students, Seniors, Unemployed

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Venezuela from Below
A film by Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler/67 min., 2004
In Spanish and German with English Subtitles

In Venezuela, a profound social transformation identified as the Bolivarian process has been underway since Hugo Chávez's governmental takeover in 1998. It concerns a broad process of self organization, from which has developed a progressive constitution, a labor law, new educational possibilities, and a number of further reforms for the impoverished majority of the population of what is potentially a wealthy state.

“We wanted to present the people themselves explaining what is happening, how they feel, how they live, so that at least some of this strength for change coming from the people can be conveyed. We also wanted to show that the people are very conscious of what is happening. They know what they want and what needs to be done, and that they do not need anybody to talk for them. They are perfectly capable of talking themselves. ”
--Dario Azzellini, Director

Report Back from Caracas
World Festival of Youth and Students
Mark Ostapiak, an activist with Hands Off Venezuela, will talk about his experience at the recently concluded World Festival of Youth, held in Caracas, Venezuela.

Why We're Doing This:

This is a benefit for Hands off Venezuela. HOV is bringing a leader of the National Union of Workers of Venezuela (UNT), Stalin Perez Borges, to San Francisco on September 25. Perez is a leader of the new Venezuelan labor federation that has swept out the old, corrupt, CIA-supported labor federation and has the majority of union workers supporting it.

Transit and Parking info:
Closest Bart is 16th St.
Mission District City-Owned Parking Lots:
Mission & Bartlett Garage,16th & Hoff Garage

San Francisco: Email: sfbay [at]
Phone: (415) 864-3537

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