An educational meeting on Venezuela was held in Oakland, Calif., at Laney College on April 10. The solidarity event was sponsored by the Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Coalition and in collaboration with the Associated Students of Laney College and the Brown Alliance of Students Taking Action.
The film, “Viva Venezuela: Fighting for Socialism,” was shown. Martín Sánchez, former consul general of Venezuela to San Francisco, led the discussion, along with Camilla Schneider, who had recently returned from Venezuela as part of a visiting delegation.
The film conveyed that the people, who support the revolutionary government, are fighting to build a better society for all Venezuelans. People talked about how the rich and upper middle class, directly aided by U.S. imperialism, are trying to subvert the democratically elected government led by President Nicolás Maduro. Discussion also centered on how to tie in what is going on in Venezuela with the problems which students and working people are facing here in the U.S.