Supporters of Venezuela’s leftist government rally in Caracas on Friday, Aug. 4, to celebrate the start of a constitutional convention. EFE/Miguel Gutierrez
Because of the long, tragic history of US interference in Latin American and Caribbean nations, the injustices of US immigration policies and practices are linked to the foreign policy of the United States. The focus of the Latin America/Caribbean Working Group is to oppose US regime change operations, brutal economic sanctions, and cruel immigration practices. Group members are committed to working to transform US policies to reflect economic and social justice, anti-racism, and self-determination.
Massachusetts Peace Action members formed this group in 2019. Our concerns, which originally focused on regime change in Venezuela and immigration policy, have broadened. We oppose efforts of the United States to dominate (politically, militarily, economically) and exploit any country in this hemisphere—such intervention has a bloody history. We seek to act in solidarity with the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean in their struggles for self-determination, human rights, and justice for all sectors of their societies. Thus, for example, we oppose U.S. attempts at regime change in Nicaragua and Cuba; we condemn U.S. support for overturning popular gains that had been made in Bolivia, Haiti, and Honduras. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other groups to advance human rights in Latin American and Caribbean countries by, for example, supporting the passage of the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, supporting the rights of indigenous peoples, and working with “Stop Arms to Mexico” to end arms sales to Mexico and Central American countries.
The Latin America/Caribbean Working Group (LA/CWG) meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5 pm. If you’d like to get involved please email John Ratliff at firstname.lastname@example.org or Yoav Elinevsky at email@example.com.