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Invitation to join the next Australian solidarity brigade to Venezuela

by Lisa McDonald

November 23 -
December 3, 2007

The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s brigades to Venezuela are a unique opportunity to see first-hand the unfolding revolution in that country.

The Venezuelan people, led by George Bush’s arch-enemy, President Hugo Chavez, have taken over more workplaces, set up more cooperatives, established hundreds of free public education and health programs, organised their neighbourhoods and taken big steps towards exercising “popular power” at every level of their society.

Participants on the November-December 2007 brigade will meet with a wide range of community organisations involved in transforming Venezuelan society, visit occupied factories and educational institutions, see participatory democracy at work in the communal councils and people’s banks, and speak to government and grassroots organisations about the radical changes being implemented by the Venezuelan people.

This brigade will include a special focus on justice for Indigenous people, and will include visits to Indigenous communities and meetings with Indigenous activists and leaders.

Accommodation, transport and English translation in Venezuela will be organised for participants, and the AVSN can help you book your travel to and from Australia. The total cost, including return international airfares, is around A$4500.

The AVSN has organised six solidarity brigades to Venezuela, involving more than 150 participants. These study/solidarity tours have been exciting and inspiring experiences for the “brigadistas”, helping people in Australia better understand Venezuela’s struggle for a ``new socialism of the 21st century’’.

The deadline for registering for the November-December 2007 brigade is August 31.

If you are interested in being part of this inspiring and educational experience, please complete the registration form at www.venezuelasolidarity.org, email brigades@venezuelasolidarity.org, or phone Lara Pullin on 0439 601 277 or Roberto Jorquera on 0425 289 394.

WIN A PLACE ON A BRIGADE TO VENEZUELA!

If you’d love to join a brigade to Venezuela but can’t afford the cost right now, why not enter the AVSN’s guessing competition instead? For just $10 per ticket, you could win a place on the November-December 2007 or the May Day 2008 brigade, with your international airfares and accommodation in Venezuela fully paid.

Tickets are available from local AVSN committees, or send your name and address, and how many tickets you want, to info@venezuelasolidarity.org and we will post them to you.

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