[HCCN] Calling on Congress to become educated about Venezuela

Dick Atlee atlee at dickatlee.com
Wed May 29 17:59:50 EDT 2019

That is one heck of a good letter, PP&J. Thanks VERY much! Can you also 
send it to Mr. Golden? Much as I like him, I'm having a hard time figuring 
out where he's coming from on various issues.

Judy_Robbins wrote on 5/29/19 5:30 PM:
> As negotiations begin in Norway, the U.S. threats intensify -- VP Pence: 
> "time for talk is over"; Pompeo: "we must intensify pressure." And, OAS 
> leader Almagro: "reject any dialogue."
> Media coverage is lacking in any truth and substance.
> Peninsula Peace & Justice has penned the following letter to Senator Angus 
> King about the effects of sanctions and the danger of any intervention that 
> goes against international law.
> Dear Senator King:
> I appreciate your taking the time to respond to me on the ongoing crisis in 
> Venezuela. While some members of Congress are ratcheting up tensions, I 
> urge you to take a deeper look at the situation. I believe you have been 
> misinformed on several points. While it is true that the humanitarian 
> crisis is intensifying, it has been steadily growing worse since the 
> sanctions imposed in August 2017, which have contributed to a sharp decline 
> in oil production causing great harm to the population (CEPR report). This 
> has resulted in an estimated 40,000 deaths from 2017 to 2018 in Venezuela. 
> The sanctions imposed since January 2019 will cause many more deaths due to 
> restriction on the availability of medicines and other intentionally 
> imposed hardships. Sources of these statements are available here 
> <http://cepr.net/press-center/press-releases/report-finds-us-sanctions-on-venezuela-are-responsible-for-tens-of-thousands-of-deaths>.
> When you refer to “diplomatic efforts to bring the Venezuelan government to 
> the negotiating table,” I assume you are referring to the sanctions. 
> President Maduro has reached out 
> <https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5411205/Maduro-reaches-Trump-Twitter.html> to 
> the United States for peaceful negotiation, but has been rebuffed. It is 
> clear that the intention of sanctions 
> <https://www.wsj.com/articles/venezuelans-fear-new-u-s-oil-sanctions-will-hit-them-hardest-11548804430> is 
> to cause great suffering, not negotiation.
> Nicolas Maduro was elected in 2018 in open, free and democratic elections 
> by a large majority. Former President Carter has stated that Venezuela has 
> one of the most transparent and legitimate electoral processes in the 
> world. It is also important to note that the Trump administration declared 
> before 
> <https://www.reuters.com/article/us-argentina-g20-sullivan-idUSKCN1IL0QS> the 
> election that they would not recognize the results.
> Thank you for being skeptical about the potential for direct U.S. military 
> involvement. I urge you to expand your skepticism to much of the state and 
> media misinformation about the Maduro government and realities on the 
> streets that floods the airwaves, as well as the flagrant disregard for the 
> lives of the Venezuelan people manifested by Mr. Almagro, who recently has 
> rejected negotiation.
> Members of our Blue Hill organization have been studying U.S./Latin America 
> relations over the past 20 years and we are dismayed at the short view 
> taken by many in Congress. We hope you will use your influence and 
> leadership to contribute to peace.
> Sincerely,
> for */Peninsula Peace & Justice/*
> Judy Robbins, judy at robbinsandrobbins.com <mailto:judy at robbinsandrobbins.com>
> Bonnie Preston
> Steve Benson
> Ron King
> Peter Robbins
> Connie Jenkins
> Dud Hendrick
> */Peninsula Peace & Justice/, *est. 1999
> P.O. Box 1257
> Blue Hill ME 04614

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