By: Larry Birns, Director
COHA Senior Research Fellow and famed WBAI commentator William Camacaro will be leading a limited number of persons to visit Venezuela from December 2 to December 12, 2015. Members of the study group will be able to witness one of the most important legislative elections in the modern history of Venezuela and the hemisphere.
On December 6, the people of Venezuela will exercise their right to vote in elections for deputies to the country’s National Assembly. By casting their vote, the Venezuelan electorate will either continue to carry forward the Bolivarian Revolution by retaining a Chavista majority in the National Assembly or return the political initiative to the traditional elites represented by some of the major parties of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD).
Participants in this study trip will have the opportunity of learning about Venezuela’s electoral process and witness participatory democracy in action through meetings with community councils and other grassroots groups in Caracas and the neighboring states of Aragua and Miranda. The group will get a first-hand glimpse of the various areas of social transformation taking place in Venezuela, despite the vast economic challenges, including in education, healthcare, food sovereignty, and alternative media. The delegation will also include trips to touristic sites of interest. See The Delegation Description for articles written by members of previous delegations and more details about the trip.
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