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ANOTHER ACTION: Take a photo of yourself holding a sign that calls for no war on Venezuela and stop the sanctions. Share it on social media using the hashtag #FightCovidNotVenezuela and target your member of Congress as well as President Trump. Spread the word however you can by sharing this letter on social media and by email. Write letters to your editor opposing war on Venezuela. The United Nations has called for a global ceasefire to focus on the COVID19 pandemic. We need to be fighting the disease not each other. We need to send doctors, not soldiers. Tag @PopResistance and we’ll retweet your tweets. Thank you. – Popular Resistance

Sign the Open Letter to the Government of the United States and the United Nations.

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Dear Friends of Peace, Justice and Human Rights Around the World,

The global spread of COVID-19 has exposed the illegal and immoral practice of imposing unilateral coercive measures (economic sanctions) by the United States government against more than thirty nations. The economic war against those nations had already resulted in unimaginable suffering of the people in the targeted nations even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the devastation of the global pandemic, the targeted countries — especially Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, Syria and Zimbabwe — are finding it prohibitively difficult to protect and save the lives of their citizens in the face of the ongoing global emergency. These sanctions constitute
crimes against humanity.

Instead of helping these countries fight the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of the United States is now using the public distraction caused by the pandemic to intensify its military actions against the targeted nations. It is increasing its threats against Iran and Syria by engaging in a silent buildup of its military forces in Iraq again, and has dispatched its Naval warships to the shores of Venezuela, demanding the total surrender of the Venezuelan government to the United States.

Only a global wave of popular protest can stop these anti-human policies and actions.

Please use the link provided below to sign the Open Letter to the Government of the United States and the United Nations, addressed to the President of the United States and Secretary General of the United Nations, demanding that all U.S. and UN sanctions against the targeted nations be lifted, and all U.S. military threats and actions against them be stopped immediately.

We are dealing with a global emergency and must act quickly.

We are dealing with a global emergency and must act quickly.

Sanctions Kill!

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(in several languages)

  • Tim Anderson, Centre for Counter Hegemonic Studies
  • Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus, MIT; Professor, U. of Arizona
  • Gerald Horne, Historian, University of Houston, Texas
  • Vijay Prashad, Tricontinental Institute for Social Research
  • Cornel West, Harvard University
  • Iraklis Tsavdaridis, World Peace Council
  • Bahman Azad, U.S. Peace Council
  • Ajamu Baraka, Black Alliance for Peace
  • Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK
  • Jackie Cabasso, United for Peace and Justice
  • Nathaniel Chase, International Action Center
  • Omowale Clay, December 12th Movement
  • Gerry Condon, Veterans for Peace
  • Darien De Lu, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom — US Section
  • Sara Flounders, International Action Center
  • Miguel Figueroa, Canadian Peace Congress
  • Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance
  • Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
  • Roger Harris, Task Force on the Americas
  • Chuck Kaufman, Alliance for Global Justice
  • Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report
  • Joe Lombardo, United National Antiwar Coalition
  • Alfred Marder, U.S. Peace Council
  • Makasi Metoma, People’s Power Assemblies
  • Teri Mattson, CODEPINK
  • Nancy Price, Alliance for Democracy (US)
  • Cindy Sheehan, March on the Pentagon
  • David Swanson, World BEYOND War
  • Emily Thomas, IFCO Pastors for Peace
  • Gail Walker, IFCO: Pastors for Peace
  • Yasemin Zahra, US Labor Against the War
  • Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance

    Salient points
    Of human rights and guarantees and of duties
    19– People are guaranteed without any kind of discrimination the enjoyment of human rights.
    20 – All people have the right to the free development of their personality,
    21 – There shall be no discrimination based on race, sex, creed or social condition.
    26– The state guarantees free, accessible, impartial, ideal, transparent, autonomous, independent, responsible, equal and expert justice without delays, formalities or useless repositioning.
    28 – Everyone has the right to information about themselves or their goods in the official and private registries.
    30 — The state has the obligation to make reparations to the victims of violations of human rights.
    31 — Everyone has the right to petition international organs of human rights for redress.
    Of civil rights
    43 — The right to life is inalienable. No law may establish the death penalty.
    44 – No one may be arrested without a judicial order.
    47 – A person´s home and private living areas are inviolable.
    48 — All forms of private communication are guaranteed secret and inviolable.
    49 — All persons have the right to be notified of charges,
    50 — Everyone may travel freely throughout the national territory,
    51 — Everyone has the right to petition any authority or public functionary and receive a speedy and adequate answer.
    54 — No one shall be submitted to slavery or servitude.
    55 — Everyone has a right to protection by the state from threats, vulnerability, or risk of their person, property in the exercise of his/her rights and duties.
    56 — Everyone has a right to a name, the name of the father or mother and to know their identity.
    57 — Everyone has a right to freely the express their thoughts, ideas or opinions
    58 — Communication is free and diverse. Everyone has the right to opportune, truthful and impartial information without censorship.
    59 — The state guarantees freedom of religion.
    Chapter four
    Of political rights and the popular referendum
    62 — All citizens have the right to participate in public affairs.
    63 — Voting shall be free, universal, direct and secret.
    64 — Citizens may vote at age 18.
    66 — Those elected must be accountable publicly, transparently and periodically.
    67 — All citizens have the right to associate politically.
    68 — All citizens have the right to demonstrate peacefully.
    69 – The república bolivariana recognizes the right to asylum and refuge.
    70 — The means and participation and protagonism of the people in the exercise their sovereignty in the political arena are the following: the election of public office, referendums, etc
    71 — A consultant referendum may be submitted by the President of Venezuela
    72 — All charges and offices popularly elected are revocable.
    74 — Budgetary laws, taxes, public credit, amnesty or questions of human rights may not be submitted to a referendum.
    Chapter five
    of social rights and of families
    75 — Family relations are based on equality of rights and duties, solidarity, common effort, mutual understanding and mutual respect.
    76– The state guarantees maternal assistance and protection from the moment of conception throughout pregnancy delivery and postpartum, and will assure family-planning services that are ethical and scientific.
    80 — The state guarantees seniors the exercise of their rights.
    81– All disabled people are guaranteed respect for their human dignity, opportunities, and satisfactory working conditions,
    82 — Everyone has the right to a place to live which is adequate, secure, comfortable, hygienic, with basic essential services
    83 — The state will encourage and develop policies which will raise quality-of-life and collective well-being of the people through access to services.
    84– The state will develop a national health system that is interconnected, decentralized and participatory, integrated to the social security system, free, universal and equal.
    85 — In coordination with research centers and universities, the state will develop a national policy to train professionals and technicians in the area of health.
    86 — Everyone has a right to free social security as a public service. No one may be excluded for lack of funds.
    87 — Everyone has the right and duty to work.
    88 — The state recognizes housework as an economic activity that creates value wealth and social well-being. Housewives have a right to social security.
    89 — Labor rights may not be curtailed. In an arbitration controversy, the matter will be resolved in favor of the worker.
    90 — The workday shall not be more than eight hours daily nor 40 hours a week.
    91 — All workers have the right to an adequate salary that allows them to live with dignity and to cover basic material, social and intellectual necessities.
    95 — All workers have the right to organize, without permission, unions to better defend their rights and interests.
    97 — All workers in the private and public sectors have the right to strike .
    Chapter six
    Of culture and education
    100 — Popular culture enjoys special attention under the principle of the equality of cultures.
    101 — The state guarantees the transmission, reception and circulation of cultural information.
    102 — Education is a human right and a fundamental social duty. It is democratic, free and obligatory.
    103 — Everyone has a right to a integrated, quality, permanent education It is free up to and including university. The law guarantees attention to people with special needs or disabilities.
    106 — Private schools may be established under the inspection of the state.
    107 — Environmental education is obligatory in the educational system.
    108 — The state guarantees the public services in radio, television, libraries and information technology with the aim of allowing universal access to information.
    109 – The state recognizes university autonomy as a principle that allows professors students and graduates to dedicate themselves to the search for knowledge, and technological, humanistic, and scientific research for the spiritual and material benefit of the nation.
    110 — The state guarantees ethical and legal principles that rule scientific humanist and technological investigation .
    111 — Everyone has the right to sports and recreation as activities that benefit individual and collective life.
    Chapter seven
    of economic rights
    112 — the state will promote the private sector, guaranteeing the creation and just distribution of wealth, as well as the production of goods and services that satisfy the needs of the population.
    113 — Monopolies are not allowed.
    115 — The right of property is guaranteed. Everyone has the right to use, enjoy and dispose of his/her goods. Only by reason of public utility or social interest by means of opportune payments and just reimbursement may property be expropriated.
    116 — Goods that have been acquired illicitly and through drug trafficking are subject to expropriation.
    117 – Everyone has a right to goods and services of quality,
    Chapter eight
    Of the rights of the indigenous people
    119 — The state recognizes indigenous communities in their social, political and economic organization, their culture, usage and customs, language and religion, as well as their habitat and original rights over their ancestral lands,
    120 — The use of natural resources in indigenous habitats by the state can be made without harming their cultural, social and economic integrity and is based on previous consultation with the indigenous communities. 121 — Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and develop their ethnic, cultural cosmological, spiritual values, as well as their sacred places.
    122 — Indigenous people have the right to health that takes into account their practices and culture. The state recognizes traditional medicine and complementary therapies subject to bioethical principles.
    123 — Indigenous people have the right to professional training to participate in the elaboration execution and gestation of specific programs, and technical and financial services
    124 — The registry of patents over ancestral resources and knowledge is prohibited.
    125 — The State guarantees the indigenous presence at the national assembly and at the deliberative federal and local governing bodies.
    156 — The indigenous people form part of the nation, the state and the Venezuelan people,
    Chapter nine
    Of environmental rights
    127 — The state will protect the environment, biological diversity, the genetic resources, ecological processes, national parks and natural monuments and other areas of ecological importance.
    129 –Environmental, social and cultural impact must accompany all activities that may otherwise cause damage to the ecosystem.
    Chapter 10
    Of duties
    132 — everyone has the duty to fulfill his/her social responsibilities and participate in civil community and political life of the country,
    133 — Everyone has the duty to help with public expenses by paying taxes and contributions established by law.
    134 — Everyone is the duty to enter civil or military service for defense, preservation and development of the country
    135 — Those who aspire to exercise any profession have the duty to lend their services to the community during the time place and conditions determined by law.

  • Thom Rip

    We need a similar open letter to stop this unnecessary fear madness around corona. It is a highly co-ordinated assault on global personal freedoms under the guise of a virus, and it needs to stop NOW.

  • jim james

    Pretty ignorant to conflate quarantines resulting from infectious diseases to ‘assualts on freedom’

    Then again, you sound American, so we get that you’re an uneducated oaf.

  • jim james

    Looks like a crappy constitution. 100 paragraphs in a Constitution? Oh that’s just Chapter 3…How shallow and pedantic, purposefully vague can you get????

    Seriously, does anybody have a clue about anything??? Spare me, I know the Answer.

    N/B Just look at ‘no. 134’ what in the F? Everyone has the duty to enter civil or military service for the defense, preservation or development of the country…and you claim this is liberating….good Lord, no. 135 is worse (you have duties for which the law may prescribe later). It’s truly painful, painful to the heart, mind, soul, fingers and toes.

    No. 20 seems to authorize the right to be a serial killer…I’m not even joking.

  • Thom Rip

    I don’t mean to sound “american”, an insult in I’m simply pointing out that in my view this “infectious disease” is a BIG lie. It is an oppression to all peoples of many countries now and it’s primary intent is control and maintaining the economic grip the elite have world over. It shows up in many ways…and in “your” case”a toppling of Maduro. Sorry I sound like an american. I’m surely an oaf at times, but aren’t we all.

  • jim james

    What part of covid-19 is a lie??

  • Thom Rip

    It is ALL a lie. Can you imagine world govts. (in chorus) total shutting down their countries cause they’re looking out after “us”..absurd!!.. Check out a 2 1/2 hr utube which was taken down by them (2nd largest watched live viewing ever). It’s David Icke. He can still be found on Greenmedinfo(DOT). Also much to be seen on Andy Kaufman site, google Event two ZERO One (use the digits) they’re censoring a lot. Even Shiva4senate has some good stuff..but he’s a candidate so less credible. Sally Fallon Morell has a good essay “is coronavirus contagious?”…On and on..if you want the truth, you gotta always.

  • kevinzeese

    Wow. The Foolishness of some people. COVID-19 is real. It is truly a pandemic. Amazing the nonsense some people believe.

  • Thom Rip

    I take no offense as we at least still have the right (and freedom) now to do our own research. More established writers on your site have easily spouted as much nonsense in related areas. I appreciate your opinion, but it is just that…we’ll see won’t we.

  • jim james

    Yes, I can. It’s called an Epidemic. It’s not new.

    Of course, they’re not looking out for us but they do at least understand that in times of epidemic you restrict movement. It’s not rocket science or a conspiracy theory. Sadly, yes, many people, and mostly powerful, are playing the angles, they are homo sapiens don’t forget, rancid and vile.

    I don’t know what else to tell you but there is a virus, a deadly virus that escaped from Nature or a Lab. TPTB are quaking in their boots because they know, whether self-induced or not, if they don’t get a lid on this quick it’s over…I mean faster than was already happening. Me, personally, love it. Not only does Covid-19 vindicate every critique I’ve ever said about America, but if the People had half a brain we would never return to Normal.

  • Thom Rip

    We’re on different pages here and obviously that’s fine as I’m sure our intents to understand and move forward are actually quite similar. I am saying personally, that I DO doubt the virility of this “virus”. I am much more concerned with the possible permanent restrictions: some already in place, some yet to come than I my concern about dying from what I describe as an orchestrated “plandemic” not pandemic.

  • jim james

    Except that’s not what you originally said.

    We all have questions about re its origins, its virility, but that don’t change the fact that it’s killing lots and lots and lots of people.

    Nobody’s questioning that people are playing the angles but that’s because human beings are disgusting and has nothing to do with an epidemic.

  • Thom Rip

    I’m still totally doubting the credibility of the virus itself. I’ve become aware of lots of statistic fixing, simulated videos, and the actual federal law here that ALL deaths in facilities have to be named from corona. I also personally know a nurse working in a hospital corona floor…nobody in sick, nobody out…dead.
    I say the actions taken don’t make much difference if you believe in a real epidemic or not. But yes, at this point,I do not.Yes, the angles are being played regardless….nasty.

  • jim james

    I concede a lot of it is fishy. I concede that we don’t know and probably never will. I concede that there are no experts, certainly not on TV, and that by and large the vast, vast, vast majority (like 75-90%) of Americans are totally incompetent and/or clueless, even when it comes to their ‘job.’ But then again, this is no different than what’s been going on my entire lifetime (I’m 51 y/o).

  • Thom Rip

    It’s a pleasure to be re-affirmed that we are not that far apart in our perceptions. I keep hoping that 75-90% will be shrinking fast, maybe in part, due to these current realities. Yea it’s been even a longer haul for me.. at 74

  • kevinzeese

    Wow. It is amazing to me that people deny the virus is real.

    Open you eyes. You are listening to false news. I’m amazed that people are dying, hospitals in NY are running out of space for dead bodies and people think this is not real.

    Listen to the interview we did with this NYC doctor who describes how the hospital and clinic he works in have been taken over by COVID-19 cases.

    This is real and it is really dangerous.

  • kevinzeese

    I hope at 74 you take this virus seriously.. You are in the higher risk age group. Don’t fool yourself that this in not a very real virus, that spreads easily and is lethal for tens of thousands in the US alone.

  • Thom Rip

    I’m not frightened and I’m extremely vigilant maintaining my good health and I’ve been doing that through my own research..surely not through the standard approach of depending on Drs. and experts..HA,ha..who,btw, have much too big a voice in all this. Regardless of how “real” you or I think this is, neither of us really know. What guides me is my intuition in all matters and it told me right off that this is odd and an overreaction, SO again, I did my own research. I’ve come up with plenty to substantiate my view. I’d send you (or anyone) to an enlightened primer at Dr. Sayer Ji’s site: Greenmedinfo to start. Yes again, my own view is that this a VERY well planned implementation to control people and to strengthen oligarchal global economics…that feels of more importance than quabbling over whether we have a real virus or not.

  • Big Brother Sam Other

    It’s not foolishness. Foolish maybe to arrive at answers too quickly, but not foolish to ask the questions. And here’s why. People are looking for answers. The mainstream media presents narratives that serve power, a false reality, and ommissions of things like the number of war dead today, third party candidates, protests, for such a long time that they are distrusted by many. Trump took advantage of this with two words: Fake news. We now have censoring of alternative perspectives, rather than countering them with facts. That’s dangerous. It makes those censoring even less trustworthy. Chomsky said if we’re in favor of free speech, we’re in favor of free speech for views we despise or we’re not in favor of free speech at all. In the 1%’s pandemic exercise, months before this happened, they talked on video about controlling the information. Lord knows what they said off video.

    (((201 Simulated news broadcast: “Countries are reacting in different ways as to how best to manage the overwhelming amounts of dis- and misinformation circulating over the internet. In some cases, limited internet shutdowns are being implemented…”

    “Misinformation is undercutting efforts to control the pandemic.”

    “How much control of information should there be, and by whom? And, how can false information be effectively challenged? And, what if that false information is coming from companies or from governments?” You have the head of one of the big PR firms chiming in saying that social media platforms have to counter alternative points of view with a flood of mainstream information. Someone from Singapore said maybe government should take “enforcement actions” against fake news. In other words, a ministry of truth, that’s going to determine what’s real. How could that go wrong when a strong central authority determines reality? Another person suggested we need “a technological answer” to this.))) The little people can’t be allowed to think for themselves I guess. .

    Big money and the billion-dollar PR industry has their hooks into media, turning big media into psychological operations for the 1%. T.v. media is a 1% pipeline right into your living rooms and into your minds. We are constantly hit with propaganda that’s most effective when we don’t recognize it as propaganda. The involvement of public relations and applied psychology in media is a fact, not a theory from the fringes. Manipulation doesn’t stop because there’s an epidemic– it’s the perfect time to manipulate people.

    So, many people feel as though they are in a media blackout, and seek alternative ways of sorting out what’s really happening in the world. Howard Beale in the movie Network had it right: “man you’re never going to get any truth from us.” People are left in the dangerous position of having to guess what’s really happening because of habitually dishonest and sensationalizing mass media, dishonest politicians, and dishonest big business. What a dangerous thing when we have a pandemic and a corporate-state media that’s so untrusted, with good reason as big media is in the hands of companies that can be counted on one hand.

    People need their own investigative agency as an organized project, to cut through all the propaganda with critical thinking and scientific method, to sift out the biased reporting, and get to the facts with a people’s intelligence report, so people can decide together the best reality-based course of action, and what kind of world we want to live in. The people need to question the specifics of the involvement of the public relations industry in each case, who is signing the checks, and why. For what outcome are they aiming?

    Most likely, we have a virus, and that situation will be exploited by those who value wealth, power, and control because we know that to be the case from history. The 1918 Spanish flu itself was covered up, and called Spanish only because the press in Spain was free to report on it when others were at war and censoring. .

    Controlling the narrative controls the perception. The perception of this event can be manipulated to bring about desired effects particularly because people are in a state of fear. Two things big corporate-state media loves are fear and division, except when it comes to rallying around endless wars, then they want unity.

    What you can bet is that the manner of reporting is engineered to produce exactly the result it is getting— fear, anxiety, uncertainty, clinging to authority for solutions, insecurity of scarcity, viewing others with suspicion, maximum viewership to bring in the money. We may be seeing some engineering of consent for more instrusive surveillance in the name of public health, as we were in “keeping us safe” from terrorism by obliterating the Bill of Rights that those who are destroying it are sworn to defend. Tech companies are talking about tracking who is around you so you know if you’re exposed to someone who is tagged unsafe.

    We must too consider that we have a different kind of global warming that the 1% will use this to cool– the heating up of the population that’s figuring out how badly they’ve been screwed, and they’re starting to press their demands. Brzezinski said for the first time in history, most of the people on the planet have been politically awakened and they’re getting harder for the power elite to control. This is a perfect storm for them to exploit for control, whether it’s real, engineered, whatever. There was a mainstream story that intelligence was still trying to determine if it escaped from a Chinese lab. So who among us knows the reality at this point? We’re always adding new information, disinformation, misinformation.

    “Our object is not to enquire whether a thing can be done, but whether it ought to be done, to so exert the forces of publicity that public opinion will compel it be done.” Hearst 1946

    “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of.” Bernays 1928

    “The moment we no longer have a free press, anything can happen. What makes it possible for a totalitarian or any other dictatorship to rule is that people are not informed; how can you have an opinion if you are not informed? If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer. This is because lies, by their very nature, have to be changed, and a lying government has constantly to rewrite its own history. On the receiving end you get not only one lie—a lie which you could go on for the rest of your days—but you get a great number of lies, depending on how the political wind blows. And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please.” Hannah Arendt 1974

  • Big Brother Sam Other

    Interesting reading materials on this website. I will view the full school section.

    In lesson 1, you have a section on “powerholders strategy” that gets right to this sort of thing.

  • Günther Rückl

    Jim, after 32 years in this country I must say the US Constitution is dressed in elegant even moving words but its realization is still missing: neither a democracy, nor a cooperative player among the nations of this planet, fascist, little sense of social justice, a warmonger whose post-war leaders, all of them, should be put before a Nuremberg-type tribunal, investigated, sentenced and hanged. That is my sincere and depressing conclusion.

    I am a German citizen.