Hugo Chávez Popular Defense Brigades: Two Years of Sowing Peace

Exactly two years ago, the Brigadas de Defensa Popular Hugo Chávez (BDPHCh) became known to the entire country. With a powerful caravan that ran along the number 5 highway, between Santa Bárbara de Barinas and Socopó, hundreds of militants from Apure, Barinas, Táchira, Mérida and Caracas responded to the urgent call that was made at…

Female Strength: How Venezuelan Community Women Face the Blockade

Marco Teruggi “It looks like a nativity scene when night falls, you see how all the lights are turned on,” says a community member from the roof of an unfinished house in the neighborhood of La Libertad, south of Caracas. This is where the hills of the humble meet the green mountains, the end of…

A Crisis of Social Reproduction in Venezuela: A Conversation with Alba Carosio

Cira Pascual Marquina Alba Carosio is a longtime feminist writer and activist, and a member of La Araña Feminista [Venezuelan feminist network]. She is the Director of the “Revista Venezolana de Estudios de la Mujer” [a feminist academic journal], a researcher at the Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Romulo Gallegos and part of the “Latin American…

An Affective Picture of Chavismo Part XV: How it is Possible

Reinaldo Iturriza Chávez went up through La Piedrera in December 2010, when a flooded area left around 120,000 people homeless. A few months later he would launch the Great Mission Housing Venezuela. I lost count of the number of times that, faced with an injustice or outrage committed by some leader, public official or, for…

Venezuela: The ‘Unbreakable’ Productive Workers’ Army

The Productive Workers’ Army is a social movement made up of workers, Venezuelan men and women, who decided to join together in order to face the aggression befalling the country. They seek to recover the assets in public companies and institutions, communes and productive facilities that Venezuela needs to protect its people. They do it…

120 Countries Defend Venezuela at the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Caracas

The 120 Member States of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM), approved on Saturday an official document ratifying their recognition to the government of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro Moros, reject any attempt to expel the South American country from the Organization of the United Nations (UN) and approve the…

Social, Popular and Communal Unity is Not an Illusion

In the framework of the second national meeting of community members, we interviewed leader Ángel Prado, a constituent of the state of Lara, spokesperson for the Socialist Commune El Maizal, which celebrated its tenth anniversary on March 5. What some of us call the Communal Social Political Platform is being articulated. What are the strategic…

An Affective Picture of Chavismo Part XIV: Bad Faith

Reinaldo Iturriza In the first installment of this series, I advanced that it seemed to me a fallacy that, in order to have a global view of Venezuelan reality, it was inevitable to renounce the possibility of speaking from that partiality that is Chavismo, to place oneself outside of it. It proposed that it was…

Venezuelan Campesinos Released After Security Forces Raid

Ricardo Vas Two campesinos were briefly detained by security forces after a raid on a vigil at the Venezuelan Land Institute (INTI) on Tuesday morning. Jose Perez and Eulalio Esqueda, from Guarico State, were detained by what was later reported to be an anti-drug commando from the Bolivarian National Police. A swift mobilization from popular…

Three Experiences, One Force, One Transforming Project

For some weeks now, in the face of the complex situation in Venezuela, there has been an interesting initiative, as a political and organized response, on the part of three organizations. These are the Commune of El Maizal, the Patriotic Force Alexis Vive and the Revolutionary Current Bolívar and Zamora. The initiative has been proposed…