They brought those of us who came from Venezuela and now live in the Bay Area together to learn, get inspired, and continue to support the fight of those back in Venezuela who continue to face lack of freedom of expression, jail, torture, and death.
After the amazing interventions by the panelists, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that among us was no less than Ex-President of Peru, Alejandro Toledo. He inspired everyone in the room with his words. I captured his intervention in the video below:
We felt honored to be in the presence of a leader that endured very critical challenges along with his fellow Peruvians at the turn of the century and was able to prevail. We were very thankful that he joined us for this event and that he raised his voice along with Pastrana and other Latin American leaders against the violence in Venezuela. If only CURRENT Latin American (and other) Presidents had the same courage!
We left the event re-energized, and empowered with information to continue standing up to the reality faced by people in Venezuela today.
For my English-speaking friends… I have been unfair on my Twitter account, with the amount of Spanish-spoken tweets. You see, in the country where I was born, when we all thought things couldn’t get worse, they did.
Instead of reinventing the wheel, I will first share an amazing video by @andreina_nash that does a pretty good job at explaining what’s going on in Venezuela in a nutshell.
WARNING: there are graphic images in this video… and THIS how life in the cities of Venezuela is like today.
Throughout the world, there have been protests organized by Venezuelans abroad in support of those who are not staying quiet, taking to the streets in protest, risking their lives. Here’s one by family members studying in Italy. Today we humbly participated in the protest at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Here’s a video we composed with images from the San Francisco protest, in hopes of inspiring you to get informed, get involved, and share with others…