Kevin Zeese was a co-founder of the Embassy Protection Collective. He has visited Venezuela twice in the last year. First, in May 2018, as part of a delegation organized by the Intrepid News Fund to observe the presidential election; and, second, in March 2019, as part of a peace and solidarity delegation to Venezuela organized by the US Peace Council. In these visits, he developed an understanding of Venezuela so he understood that much of what people in the United States are told are outright lies. And, in his meetings and conversations with Venezuelans, he was urged to return to the US and tell the truth of what he observed and he promised Venezuelans he would act in solidarity with them to ensure their independence, sovereignty, and democracy under the Venezuelan Constitution.
Margaret Flowers, MD
Margaret Flowers was a co-founder of the Embassy Protection Collective. She is co-director of Popular Resistance, where she organized the Peace Congress to End U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad. In March 2019, she was part of a broad peace movement solidarity delegation to Venezuela organized by the U.S. Peace Council.Active on a broad range of issues for economic, racial and environmental justice and peace, Margaret is best known for her activism for a single payer national health insurance. Flowers co-hosts Clearing the FOG, a weekly podcast, with Kevin Zeese and her writing appears regularly in outlets such as Truthdig, Counterpunch and Dissident Voice. She is a national co-chair of the Green Party U.S. and ran for U.S. Senate in 2016.
David Paul has watched for decades how our government has helped to destabilize and overthrown elected governments of other countries resulting in worse poverty, violence, and injustice. As a concerned citizen he felt a responsibility to speak out against the current U.S. intervention in Venezuela. During his third trip to Venezuela in early 2019, he saw how the economic crisis and the resulting suffering in Venezuela is mostly due to our own government's coercive and illegal economic sanctions. To protest this U.S. intervention and support Venezuela's sovereignty, he joined the Embassy Protection Collective in Washington.
Adrienne Pine, Ph.D.
Adrienne Pine is a militant medical anthropologist who has worked in Honduras, Mexico, Korea, the United States, Egypt, and Cuba. Dr. Pine has worked both outside and inside the academy to effect a more just world. Prior to and following the June 2009 military coup in Honduras, she has collaborated with numerous organizations and individuals to bring international attention to the Honduran struggle to halt U.S. government-supported state violence (in its multiple forms). She has also conducted extensive research on the impact of corporate healthcare and healthcare technologies on labor practices in the United States.