FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. to Speak at Venezuelan Embassy
When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 2:30pm
Where: In front of the Embassy of Venezuela, 1099 30th Street, N.W., Washington, DC
The Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., together with other faith leaders, will hold a press conference in front of the Embassy of Venezuela on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. to advocate for a non-violent, negotiated resolution to the crisis there and to show support for the Embassy Protection Collective that has been peacefully living in the embassy to protect it from being illegally taken over by the opposition. Concerned about the lack of food and water for the members of the collective still inside the building, he will attempt to take them supplies.
In a press release dated April 30, 2019, Reverend Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, said, “No matter which side one supports in the political and increasingly violent crisis in Venezuela, the United States must never support regime change by military coup. We cannot proclaim to be the world’s strongest democracy and at the same time encourage military takeover anywhere around the globe, let alone in our own hemisphere. It is our moral obligation to condemn all coups. Despite how difficult the situation is, we must continue to advocate and support a non-violent, negotiated resolution to the crisis in Venezuela.”
The Government of Venezuela authorized members of the Embassy Protection Collective to be in the Embassy to protect it from unauthorized entry.
On Friday, May 10, PEPCO, the electric utility company for Washington, DC, shut off electricity to the building at the request of the failed coup representative Carlos Vecchio. Water to the building was shut off on Saturday, May 12. Police have not allowed food into the Embassy since May 1st. Law enforcement officials are creating a health and safety crisis by their refusal to allow the legal occupants to have access to food, water and electricity.
Despite the hardships, the Embassy Protective Collective intends to stay inside and outside the Embassy until arrangements are made for the Embassy that are satisfactory to the elected Venezuelan government.
The Embassy Protective Collective appreciates the attention Rev. Jackson will bring to the international diplomatic crisis the Trump administration is causing by its recognition of Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizationshe founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit,Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.