Below is the text of the resolution passed on March 5  by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Executive Board and on March 11  by the CTU House of Delegates. The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in schools funded by City of Chicago School District 299, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve. The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information, please visit the CTU website at www.ctulocal1.org.

CTU Resolution To Oppose the Invasion of Venezuela 

WHEREAS, the principal of “sovereign equality” is a fundamental notion of the UN  (United Nations) Charter of Nations and the UN has stated in this document’s Preamble that nations come together in that body “to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and  the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common  interest …”; and

WHEREAS, Article 2 (4) of the Charter of the United Nations states that, “All  members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force  against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations”; and

WHEREAS, the current Trump administration, various European nations, and the  Lima Group in South America, has recently made menacing pronouncements against the sovereign state of Venezuela by discrediting the result of the May 20, 2018,  Venezuelan presidential election of Nicolas Maduro, and have backed the self-declared “Presidency” of Juan Guaido, President of the National Assembly of   Venezuela; and

WHEREAS, President Trump’s current Special Envoy to Venezuela, Elliot Abrams  was involved in the April 11, 2002, attempted coup in Venezuela that removed then  Venezuelan Hugo Chavez from power for less than 48 hours before a popular 19 uprising put him back in office; and the current National Security Advisor John  Bolton has accused Venezuela of being part of a “troika of evil” that includes Cuba  and Nicaragua; and another major actor in this U.S. foreign adventure, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo along with Elliot Abrams was a key player in the so called  “dirty wars” in Latin America 1980s that involved Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Chile; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. has recently attempted to provoke a border incident with the  Maduro government by moving $20 million worth of “aid” to Venezuela after it has 2 frozen the foreign assets of that country, discouraged other countries from doing  business with Venezuela, and imposed sanctions that increase the poverty and  misery of the general population by costing the Venezuelan government billions  ever year; and

WHEREAS, the United Nations, the International Red Cross, and other international  relief organizations refused to work with the U.S. on delivering this “aid” to Venezuela, which they say is politically motivated; and the Venezuelan government considers a Trojan Horse for an eventual military invasion’; and

WHEREAS, U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton,
and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have all explicitly stated that U.S. corporations should control the oil resources in Venezuela, which implies that this will be a war for oil; and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that the elected  Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro’s “days in office are numbered”; and

WHEREAS, the world is still reeling from the war for oil in Iraq, which has left that  country in shambles and continues to destabilize the middle east to this day;  therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) publicly states its opposition to  any military invasion of the sovereign state of Venezuela, and insists on dialogue,  diplomacy, and negotiation as the means to resolve this crisis; and

RESOLVED, that the CTU advocate for the suspension of the current sanctions  against Venezuela, and for the U.S. to cease all threats, military mobilization, and  interference in the economic and internal politics and affairs of the Venezuelan  people; and respect the right of self-determination of this sovereign nation in accordance with U.S. stated commitment to the rule of law; and be it finally

RESOLVED, the CTU stands in solidarity with the Venezuelan labor organizations Sindicato Nacional Fuerza Magisterial (SINAFUM, National Teachers Union), Colectivo Clasista de  Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de la Educación (Class Collective of Educational Workers), “Carmen Conzoñ

o” y al Frente  Nacional de Lucha de la Clase Trabajadora-FNLCT (Carmen Conzoño and the National Front for the Struggle of the Working Class), and other organizations that oppose the interference in Venezuela’s sovereign affairs and the consequent threat of military intervention.

(The above article is from from the April 1-15, 2019, issue of People's Voice, Canada's leading socialist newspaper. Articles can be reprinted free if the source is credited. Subscription rates in Canada: $30/year, or $15 low income rate; for U.S. readers - $45 US per year; other overseas readers - $45 US or $50 CDN per year. Send to People's Voice, c/o PV Business Manager, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5L 3J1.)