The Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity strongly condemns President Trump’s actions against immigrants and repudiates his new plan to divert millions of dollars in humanitarian aid from Central America to the opposition in Venezuela.

It is unheard of that on the one hand Trump applies a discriminatory policy against Central American immigrants, and on the other diverts more than $40 million in aid from those countries, blaming them for the migration crisis, whose root cause is right on the door step of the White House. All this will do is exacerbate an immigration crisis that has resulted in thousands being held in concentration camps on the U.S. border with Mexico. With a stroke of  a pen Trump can cynically take the money of the people of the U.S., without any consultation or explanation, and squander it on his handpicked self proclaimed president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, who in the 6 months of his undemocratic run has only been able to demonstrate how thoroughly corrupt he and his small group of opportunists with their mercenary mentality are.

The current U.S. administration has shown that it neither cares about the lives of immigrants fleeing neoliberal policies and repression in their home countries, nor the suffering of the Venezuelan people living under a draconian economic blockade.

We call upon all peace- and justice-loving organizations and individuals to join us in our demands for a dignified treatment of all human beings! For the respect of the sovereignty of all the peoples of our hemisphere!

Executive Secretariat, and US Chapter, Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity

Atilio Boron, Argentina
Stella Calloni, Argentina
Paula Klachko, Argentina
Marco Teruggi, Argentina/Venezuela
Tim Anderson, Australia
Hugo Moldiz, Bolivia
Maria Nela Prada, Bolivia
Marilia Guimaraes, Brazil
Carlos Alberto (Beto) Almeida, Brazil
Pablo Sepúlveda Allende, Chile/ Venezuela
Omar González, Cuba
Fernando León Jacomino, Cuba
Ángel Guerra, Cuba/México
Ariana López, Cuba
Irene León, Ecuador
Alicia Jrapko, USA
Javier Couso, Spain
Arantxa Tirado, Spain
Nayar López, México
Luis Hernández Navarro, México
Fernando Buen Abad, México/Argentina
Katu Arkonada, Basque Country /México
Hildebrando Peréz Grande, Perú
Carmen Bohórquez, Venezuela
Pedro Calzadilla, Venezuela
Pasqualina Curcio, Venezuela
Roger Landa, Venezuela

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