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Venezuela’s Grassroots: "We Need to Lead the Revolution"

Venezuela's grassroots have largely welcomed the ANC. (AVN)
Venezuelan grassroots activists say the upcoming National Constituent Assembly (ANC) could be a major set forward for the country’s commune movement and could deepen the Bolivarian revolution.

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Where Now for Chavismo?

(Rachael Boothroyd Rojas)

Despite facing these everyday trials and tribulations, do those at the heart of Venezuela’s current storm believe, like the mainstream press, that the economic crisis means that the bell has tolled for Chavismo?

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#LATE: A “People’s Campaign” for the Commune and Chavismo’s Revolutionary Rebirth

The Commune (#LATE)

#LATE, “Every heartbeat counts”. The provocative slogan is flooding Venezuelan social media in recent weeks, appearing in vibrantly colored artwork, videos, and other multimedia. Much more than a passing hashtag, the campaign is the work of an army of revolutionary artists and grassroots media activists seeking to reinvent the aesthetic narrative of the Bolivarian Revolution, overcome "the exhaustion of the image of Chávez" and situate the commune at its “symbolic center”.

 

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An Oral History of Grassroots Venezuelans in the Midst of the Economic War

A woman shows her constitution and support for President Maduro at Plaza Bolivar on January 21. (Cory Fischer-Hoffman)

While the shortages and long-lines are creating serious inconveniences and undeniable burdens on most Venezuelans, beyond the frustration, the voices of grassroots Venezuelans are getting lost beneath negative predictions of macroeconomic collapse. In this oral history collage, members of the Venezuelan grassroots and popular movements speak for themselves about the roots of the economic war, their strategies in the face of it, and the solutions that they propose.

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Venezuela Commemorates Uprising with March against Economic War

A supporter of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds up a picture of late president Hugo Chavez (PHOTO: Reuters)

Venezuelan leftists and government supporters will march in Caracas this Jan. 23, a symbolic date for Venezuelan democracy, a municipal mayor of the city has announced.

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Palestine Solidarity Movement Demands Venezuelan Government and MERCOSUR Cut All Ties with Israel

 Part of the crowd that gathered for a rally in downtown Caracas to demand cessation of Israeli bombing of Gaza and an end to al

Hundreds of people gathered after work yesterday in downtown Caracas to protest Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” - the continuing massive bombardment of Gaza. 

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PSUV Community Leader Disappears in Merida, Venezuelan Government Urged to Act

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Last week, community members gathered in Mérida to draw attention to the prolonged disappearance of pro-government activist, Jonathan Hernandez.

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Demonising the "Colectivos": Demonising the Grassroots

Chavista supporters in El Vigia (archive)

As it's prone to do, the private media has invented a new thing. In both English and Spanish they are calling it colectivos, and these collectives are meant to be irrational, cruel, grotesque armed motorbike riders who “enforce” the revolution and are responsible for most of the current violence. 

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The Community and Security Forces in Venezuela

(Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

Over the last decade the Venezuelan government has sought to reform the country's security forces. But just how far has reform gone towards improving relations between the grassroots and the police and armed forces?

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The Revolution Has Brought Substantial Improvements to Working-Class Neighbourhoods

Hillside barrios in Caracas (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

An interview with Yasmin Zabala and Hector Acosta, social activists from Caracas' barrio 23 de Enero

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