Crisis, Sanctions & Environment: A Conversation with Liliana Buitrago & Emiliano Terán

Cira Pascual Marquina Researchers from the Venezuelan Political Ecology Observatory explain the grave consequences of the country’s growing mining industry. In 2016, President Nicolás Maduro began talking about “ecological mining” as a mechanism to overcome Venezuela’s crisis. Since then, there has been a government decree opening a huge area of Amazonian Venezuela to mining, the…

Struggling for a Life Free from Violence: A Conversation with Virginia Martínez

Cira Pascual Marquina Since 1992 the feminist organization A grassroots organization helps victims of machista violence and promotes sexual and reproductive rights. Mujeres por la Vida [Women for Life] has been working out of what we now know as the Ataroa Commune in Barquisimeto, Lara state. The organization carries out popular feminist education and promotes…

Hugo Chávez Frías: In the Name of the Father

Stella Calloni This is only the beginning,the first page of the book that will soon be available to you. A small tribute to the always among us beloved comandante. THE ENCOUNTER July 6, 1994.- We are travelling in a van that slides fast through the labyrinthine city of Caracas, but when it stops and someone…

Chavez: The Light of Your Flame Still Illuminates the Path of the People

Felix Roque Rivero Eight years and your flame is still lit, illuminating the paths of the people. Your voice of thunder shakes the mountains, clarion of dawn, announcer of prowess born under the Samán de Güere. I feel you here by my side, companion of intricate paths, clearing topochales, cheerfully singing your spider songs that…

The Crisis and the Venezuelan Working Class: A Conversation with Pedro Eusse

Cira Pascual Marquina Pedro Eusse joined the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) in 1979 when he was just 17 and working in a chicken factory. Now, Eusse is a member of the party’s political bureau and charged with coordinating worker and trade union issues. Eusse is also the General Coordinator of the Cruz Villegas Class-conscious…

The Che Guevara Commune

Outside of Venezuela, communes are a little known aspect of the Bolivarian Revolution, yet the development of the communal state is integral to the vision of 21st century socialism laid out by former President Hugo Chavez. In this series, In Commune, Venezuelanalysis will explore different experiences of rural and urban communes to help better understand…

In-depth Analysis of Chavismo’s Communitarian Commitment

Franco Vielma Following the discussions and proposals that emerged after the closing of the National Congress of Communes 2.0 on February 10, President Nicolás Maduro, who was very involved in the development of the event, handed over to Jorge Rodríguez, President of the Parliament, two bills that will be key for the coming political cycle:…

Agro-Ecology Project Links Peasant Production to Urban Communes in Venezuela

Michele de Mello With weekly food distributions and through societal mobilization, the Pueblo a Pueblo project brings food and solidarity from the countryside to the city – Michele de Mello / Brasil de Fato In five years, 1,500 tons of food was distributed to more than 300,000 families throughout the country “Only the people can…

A New Subjectivity for a New Communal Society: A Conversation with Iraida Morocoima and Juan Carlos Rodríguez (Part II)

Cira Pascual Marquina Iraida Morocoima and Juan Carlos Rodríguez are spokespeople for the Campamentos de Pioneros [henceforth Pioneros], an autonomous Chavista initiative dedicated to self-organized housing construction, but whose struggle goes beyond individual housing solutions. Pioneros is part of the larger Movimiento de Pobladoras y Pobladores [Settlers’ Movement, henceforth Pobladoras], a platform bringing together several…