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Communal Councils

Venezuela’s Communes Form the Front Line of a Difficult Revolutionary Struggle

Cover of the new book recently published by Verso.

Tamara Pearson reviews George Ciccariello-Maher's new book Building the Commune on Venezuela's commune movement, the largely ignored frontline of the Bolivarian experiment in radical grassroots democracy. 

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Struggle Ahead for Venezuela Grassroots as Right-Wing Sworn In

After the electoral loss, Maduro called for street assemblies and meetings to reflect on changes needed and make proposals. (AVN

Facing possible austerity and a return to neoliberalism at the hands of a right wing parliament, will the millions involved in the Bolivarian revolution radicalize further and protect their 15 years of gains, or will this be the blow that finally dampens their revolutionary joy and collective ambition? 

 

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The Communal Levels of the War

Graffiti on Venezuelan street likens bachacos or resellers, to thieves. (Mision Verdad)

As the Maduro government cracks down on contraband and speculation, communes and communal councils are taking the lead as a key front in the economic war. 

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Chavista Theory of Transition Towards the Communal State

Newly elected President Maduro in 2013. 
(Demotix/ Filippo Florini).

The challenge of the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela today is to advance towards a communal state in the context of the ongoing reproduction of speculative capitalism.

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Housing Movement Condemns Police Corruption within Venezuela’s Barrios

“We firmly support the efforts of the revolutionary government to ensure peace and coexistence, but we believe that the action

Representatives of the Housing Movement, communal councils, and various social movements gathered in downtown Caracas on Sunday to denounce police corruption and abuse within the city’s barrios.

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A Glimpse at Communal Council Elections in Venezuela

Residents take a look at the list of candidates (Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)

On Saturday 7 June, neighbourhood residents in the community of Isais Medina Angarita in the Venezuelan state of Sucre held elections for their communal council, called "the Good Neighbour". 

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Venezuela: Where the Wealthy Stir Violence While the Poor Build a New Society

Barrios

Artist and documentary filmmaker Dario Azzellini argues that millions of Venezuelans live their lives normally, solving problems through community organizing and government initiatives, while international media exaggerates the claims of middle class protestors that the nation is in the midst of a devastating crisis. According to Dario, the manifestations are hardly protests, but the waging of war.

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First Local Planning Council for 2014-2016 Period Sworn in

Carora meeting

Yesterday 104 people, including fifty commune representatives, were sworn into the Local Council of Public Planning (CLPP) of Carora, Lara state. The Carora CLPP is the first to swear in for the current period, with others soon to follow.

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Venezuelan Government Hands Out 90 Ambulances to Communal Councils, Hospitals

The ambulances are equipped with the “latest technology”, according to the vice-president (AVN)

Yesterday the national government handed out ninety ambulances to a range of communal councils, Integral Diagnostic Centres (CDI) and hospitals.

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Communitary voluntary work

Carabobo state

As part of the second phase of the street government, neighbours, with some governmental support, have been voluntarily cleaning up, fixing, renovating, and building housing and other public buildings in their communities .

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