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Take Action: protest NPR/MPR coverage of Venezuela


Please contact Nancy Cassutt, Executive Director, News & Programming at Minnesota Public Radio, by email or ncassutt@mpr.org by phone, 651-290-1500 about your objections to the articles that are beating the drums of war, coup and sanctions.

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My name is         .  I call on MPR to correct your distorted coverage of Venezuela and the ongoing U.S.- orchestrated coup. People are dying due to the brutal economic war waged on the people and the country. U.S.-imposed sanctions designed to destroy Venezuela’s oil industry are also crippling Venezuela’s ability to obtain medicine, and to maintain agriculture and other infrastructure vital to survival.  Your listeners depend on you for the truth.  Tell the whole story.

Background

I don’t know why we’re not at war with Venezuela. They have all that oil and they’re right on our back door.” - Donald Trump at an intelligence briefing in 2017, according to former FBI director Andrew McCabe

It will make a big difference to U.S. economically if we could have American oil companies invest and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela,” --†National Security Advisor John Bolton, January of 2019

Venezuela has the largest crude oil reserves in the world. But ever since the election of Hugo Chavez 20 years ago when the oligarchs were thrown out and the popular Bolivarian Revolution began to make life better, enabling 85% of the people to benefit from the country’s wealth, Venezuela has been in the crosshairs of the U.S. Western mainstream media, including MPR, have been complicit, serving as a mouthpiece for White House officials who have been trying to orchestrate a coup against Venezuela for the benefit of the U.S. oil industry.  

According to a report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, “economic sanctions implemented by the Trump administration since August 2017 have caused tens of thousands of deaths and are rapidly worsening a humanitarian crisis. The sanctions are depriving Venezuelans of lifesaving medicines, medical equipment, food, and other essential imports. This is illegal under U.S. and international law, and treaties that the U.S. has signed…” 

It is a critical time for all peace and justice loving people  to stand up to the systematic US aggression against Venezuela.  MPR must be held to account for its part in beating the drums for regime change.

#Hands off Venezuela.  No Coup, No War, No Sanctions!

Keep the pressure on!

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