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2012 Presidential Elections Brigade to Venezuela – Register now!

Brigade dates: September 27th – October 8th, 2012
Registrations close: May 31, 2012

The October 2012 presidential elections will be an historic moment in the Venezuelan revolution.

Since 1998, when Hugo Chavez Frias was first elected president, the Bolivarian revolution has achieved remarkable things, confronted many challenges and undergone many changes. Over the years, the United States-backed opposition has tried to halt, sabotage and stall this people’s-power revolution that is putting control of Venezuela’s politics and economy back into the hands of the poor majority. The October 2012 elections will be a critical point in the ongoing struggle between the people and the profits-first corporations and imperialism.

The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s solidarity brigades to Venezuela are an opportunity to see first-hand an unfolding revolution that is radically transforming the lives of Venezuelans and challenging the greed, exploitation and destructiveness of global capitalism by showing that a better world is possible.

As well as observing the last week of the presidential election campaign, and polling day itself, the 2012 brigade participants will visit social missions, communal councils and communes, as well as production cooperatives, public health and education services, sustainable development projects, community controlled media stations, and women’s and Indigenous organisations.

During the 12-day tour, brigadistas will speak to a wide range of grassroots organisations, community activists, trade unions and government representatives about the radical changes being implemented by the Venezuelan people.

The 2012 brigade is the 13th study tour organised by the AVSN. Reports from previous brigades are posted on our website: http://www.venezuelasolidarity.org. We are also happy to put you in touch with people who have participated in previous AVSN brigades if you would like to find out more.

Brigade registration and costs

The deadline for registering for the 2012 presidential elections brigade is May 31, 2012 (including payment of registration fee, unless otherwise arranged).

Participants will need to book their own international airfares (please do not book without contacting the AVSN to confirm the brigade dates), but the AVSN can help with advice. Accommodation, transport and English-Spanish translation within Venezuela will be organised for all brigade participants by the AVSN.

You will need to budget for a total cost of approximately $4500. This will cover your international return airfares and taxes from Australia; food, transport and accommodation (on a shared basis) while you are in Venezuela; and the brigade registration fee ($500 for workers or $350 for students/pensioners).

To express interest in participating, obtain a registration form or for more information, please email brigades@venezuelasolidarity.org or phone Jim McIlroy 0423 741 734, Roberto Jorquera 0425 182 994 or Lisa Macdonald 0413 031 108.

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