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Venezuela: Sanctions, Elections and Attempted Coup
March 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Will the crisis lead to a major new war?
The US is trying to overthrow the Maduro government with military threats, economic warfare and diplomatic isolation. But the solutions for the problems in Venezuela are for the Venezuelans to decide. The peace movement must oppose US intervention and support a resolution through peaceful dialogue!
Rev. Mike Clark will speak on “Venezuela vs. the Empire: A Coup 21 Years in the Making“. He is the Recovery Outreach Worker at the Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church. For the last 17 years, he has sought to be an ally to those struggling with addiction and seeking to live new lives. He has worked with hundreds and hundreds of addicts in a setting where nearly 1,000 men and women in 24 different 12-Step meetings work to stay clean and sober one day at a time.
Ordained in 1975, for much of his career he has focused on peace and justice concerns. From 1965 to 1975 he was active in the antiwar movement in high school, college, and seminary. From 1978-1983 he was the Co-Director of the Riverside Church Disarmament Program, working with Rev. William Sloane Coffin on nuclear disarmament and East-West issues. From 1987-1993 he worked with Witness for Peace, including three years as the Executive Director. During those years, 4,000 US citizens were taken to active war zones in Nicaragua, and the organization expanded its operations to Guatemala and Chiapas. He hs been arrested 14 times over the years in nonviolent direct actions aimed at US nuclear and foreign policy.
From 2004 to 2014 he made seven visits to Venezuela, including two appearances as a guest on the late Hugo Chavez television program, “Alo Presidente.” During these trips, he was able to see firsthand the positive developments of the Chavez years and the manifold forms of US
intervention designed to thwart these developments.
He lives in Watertown with his wife Christine and their cat KIt.
Daniel Kovalik currently teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He also served for over 25 years as Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO (USW). He began working for the USW after graduating from Columbia Law School in 1993. While with the USW, he served as lead counsel on cutting-edge labor law litigation, including the landmark NLRB cases of Lamons Gasket and Specialty Health Care. He has also worked on Alien Tort Claims Act cases against The Coca-Cola Company, Drummond and Occidental Petroleum – cases arising out of egregious human rights abuses in Colombia. The Christian Science Monitor, referring to his work defending Colombian unionists under threat of assassination, recently described Mr. Kovalik as “one of the most prominent defenders of Colombian workers in the United States.” Mr. Kovalik received the David W. Mills Mentoring Fellowship from Stanford University School of Law and was the recipient of the Project Censored Award for his article exposing the unprecedented killing of trade unionists in Colombia. He has written extensively on the issue of international human rights and U.S. foreign policy for the Huffington Post and Counterpunch and has lectured throughout the world on these subjects.
The books he has written are: The Plot to Attack Iran: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran; The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin, and The Plot to Control the World: How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World
More information: 617 354 2169
Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, Venezuela Solidarity Committee (Boston), and Community Church of Boston
Endorsed by United for Justice with Peace