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Come to Venezuela this summer to experience the energy, hope and creativity talking place there! PDF Print E-mail
March 22-30, 2008: Venezuela Delegation

The 10-day delegation will be led by Lisa Sullivan, who has lived in Venezuela for 20 years, and is the Latin America Coordinator for School of the Americas Watch

Cost: The cost for the ten-day trip is $1200, which includes hotels, all meals, in-country transportation, translation, reading materials, honoraria for host communities, speakers and organizations. It does not include airfare to and from Venezuela.

For more information and an application, please contact:
Dale Sorensen, 415/924-3227 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Co-sponsors: Task Force on the Americas & SOA Watch


After two SOA graduates helped to organize a coup against Chavez in 2002, thousands of Venezuelans took the streets and demanded the return of their president. While this spontaneous expression of “people power’ was victorious and Chavez was returned to power in 2 days, it brought into question the role of the U.S. Relations between the two countries have continued to sour ever since.

In February 2004, Father Roy Bourgeois met with President Chavez, along with former Maryknoll lay missioner Lisa Sullivan, to request that Chavez withdraw Venezuelan troops from the SOA. Chavez agreed, and paved the way for three other countries to follow suit: Argentina, Uruguay and Costa Rica. This is one of several examples of an emerging leadership role being taken on by Venezuela in the region, and reflective of the ideal of its visionary, Simon Bolivar, for a unified South America.

Participants will spend time both in the urban areas of Caracas and Barquisimeto, as well as in the rural area of Sanare in the foothills of the Andes mountains. They will have the chance to meet with government and opposition leaders, visit local communities to experience the many social programs, visit cooperatives, community television and radio stations, as well as dance to the rhythms of Afro Venezuelan drums and soak up the beauty of a cloud forest.

For more information and an application, please email Dale Sorensen, 415/924-3227 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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