October 23 to 26: Embassy Protector Illinois Tour

NOTE: Embassy Protectors had a successful tour in Northern California thanks to Jeff Mackler and the many organizations that endorsed and organized the tour. Protectors spoke about the US war being waged against Venezuela and what people can do to stop it. Almost $8,000 was raised from the seven events. The four protectors who are facing trial have lost a public defender due to the government’s refusal to accommodate his schedule. More funds are needed to retain a low-bono lawyer to take his place. Please donate if you are able.

Kevin Zeese, co-director of Popular Resistance, has been in the forefront of numerous struggles for peace and social justice, from the recent People’s Mobilization to Stop the US War Machine and Save the Planet outside the United Nations to his role in the Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective in Washington.

Popular Resistance itself has been an invaluable source of information for the peace movement and struggles for economic, racial and environmental justice.

The Embassy Protection Collective, initiated by Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, was a coalition of Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, ANSWER Coalition, Black Alliance for Peace, Popular Resistance and others. They are peace activists who occupied and protected the Venezuelan embassy in Washington with the permission of the government of Venezuela, after the Trump administration expelled the staff from the U.S. For over a month, the Embassy Protectors blocked US government efforts to turn the embassy over to supporters of its puppet Juan Guaido, as part of its attempt to execute a coup in Venezuela.

Zeese is one of four Embassy Protectors now facing highly politicized federal criminal charges for his role in standing up for international law and Venezuela’s sovereignty. Contributions to support the protectors’ legal defense will be welcome at his appearances.

Kevin Zeese schedule:

Carbondale, Wednesday, October 23rd, 6:30 p.m. “Building the Peace Movement,” Carbondale Civic Center, 200 S. Illinois Ave. Zeese will expose the motives underlying US foreign policy, including U.S. interventions in Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ukraine, and the Middle East. He defends the stance that the peace movement must be an anti-imperialist movement. Co-sponsored by the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois and the Shawnee Green Party.

Evanston, Thursday, October 24th, 7 pm: Morton Civic Center, Lake Superior Room, Room #G300, 2100 Ridge Avenue. Embassy Protector Kevin Zeese talks about US regime change operations against Venezuela and the political trial of the four Embassy Protectors. 6 pmfilm showing of Venezuela Under Siege

Chicago, Friday, October 25th, 8 pm: Cary’s Lounge, 2251 W Devon Ave. (West Rogers Park.) Kevin Zeese talks about US regime change operations against Venezuela and the political trial of the four Embassy Protectors.

Urbana, October 26th, 3 p.m.: Illinois Green Party Fall Conference, Illini Student Union Building, 1401 W Green St., Room 314B. Kevin will be participating in an afternoon panel on “The Need For an Anti-Imperialist Peace Movement.”

Champaign, October 26th, 6 p.m.: Fall Conference Dinner, Kohinoor Indian Restaurant and Lounge, 6 E. Columbia Ave., Champaign. After-dinner talk on the Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective and the Embassy Protectors Defense Committee. Talk at about 7:30. Joint fundraiser for the Illinois Green Party and the Defense Committee. Suggested door donation of $20 but open to all.

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