As the CODEPINK and Task Force on the Americas delegation returned from Venezuela, we can’t wait to report back our journey. For 13 days, our group of 15 delegates had the privilege to collaborate with the Venezuelan socialist communes, and what we witnessed was nothing short of extraordinary.
Each one of us has a story to tell - a unique perspective on what we experienced. But there is one common thread that ties all of our stories together - a shared feeling of hope. The Venezuelan socialist communes are a living testament to what is possible when the people come together to build sustainable, self-sufficient communities that are centered around social justice, ecological sustainability, and community well-being.
But perhaps the most inspiring part of our trip was meeting the people of Venezuela. Despite all the challenges they face due to the U.S sanctions, they welcomed us with open arms. We shared meals, laughter, and tears with people from all walks of life - from street vendors to community leaders, from farmers to factory workers. They shared their struggles, but also their hope for a better future.
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- Carlos Ron: Carlos Ron is Venezuela’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for North America and President of the Simon Bolivar Institute for Peace and Solidarity Among Peoples
- Carlos David Vargas: Carlos David Vargas is a Spokesperson for International Affairs of the Communal Union. (Union Comunera) a National Political Movement of Communes that raises the banners of socialism, the anti-imperialist struggle, communal feminism, environmentalism and the Communal State. He is a Professor of History and Geography at the Bolivarian University of the Communes.
- Adrienne Pine: Adrienne Pine, who was one of the co-organizers of the Kevin Zeese Brigade, is a Medical Anthropologist who teaches in the Department of Anthropology and Social Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her work centers on U.S. imperialism, neoliberal fascism, and international solidarity.
- Celina Della Croce: Celina della Croce is the publications director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, a cofounder and steering committee member of the Anti-Imperialist Action Committee in Western Massachusetts, and a longtime organizer and activist.
- Sachin Peddada: Sachin Peddada is a first-year PhD student in Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a member of Anti-Imperialist Action Committee, a member of the Workers Party of Massachusetts, and a collaborator with Progressive International. His research interests center on resource sovereignty in the Global South, with a focus on Venezuela.