June 8, 2019
Last night, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in the city of Berkeley, CA, an event was held to update community members on the current situation in Cuba and Venezuela that that are both facing sanctions and blockades by the current U.S. administration. Andrea Torres of the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity moderated the conversation and debate.
Among the panelists were David Paul, one of four activists from the Embassy Protection Collective who were recently arrested by US authorities in Washington DC. Laura Wells, a Green Party activist and congressional candidate who recently returned from Venezuela. Also participating were Alicia Jrapko, co-chair of the National Network on Cuba and US coordinator of the International Committee and Bill Hackwell, photojournalist and co-editor of the English edition of Resumen Latinoamericano. One by one the panelists described the difficult situations in Venezuela and Cuba due to the determination of Trump and his advisers to destroy both projects that are based on human needs instead of profits. But they also spoke of the resistance and determination of both peoples and governments to defend their sovereignty without outside intervention.