On July 25th, Canadian students, activist and members of the Latin community, gathered at the Palestinian solidarity house ‘Beit Zatoun’, in Toronto, to celebrate the birthday and legacy of Liberator Simon Bolivar (born on July 24, 1783) and Comandante Hugo Chavez (born on July 28, 1954) who fought against colonialism and imperialism in order to achieve a real independence with social justice and equal rights and opportunities for all.
The event was full of joy, comradely and solidarity, and there was no space for sadness even though Chavez is no longer with us physically, his ideas and the Bolivarian revolution are present in Venezuela and across the world. The evening was a mix of music, theater play, revolutionary exclamations and great snacks.
“Great revolutionary leaders never die. They are immortalized in the hearts of the people they have served, how right are these words. Right now, across Nuestramerica, governments, and Social Movements are mobilized in order to celebrate the Revolutionary legacy of these giants, and here in North America we do so as well”, said Santiago Escobar, coordinator of HCPDF – Toronto.
Hugo Chavez emerged in the political scene of Venezuela and Latin America to implement the Socialist Bolivarian project which has affected the history of the world, specially the lives of those who didn’t have a voice and of the most vulnerable.
President Chavez created “missions”, in all spheres of social life, demonstrating how much one could do in favor of those who had been deprived of: Houses, schools, lands, education, health. Chavez dignified the life of those who had no hope of a better future and were suffering poverty.
President Chávez traced a path for Venezuela and for all the peoples of Latin America, with the foundation of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), PetroCaribe, as a first step towards the Union of South American Nations UNASUR, and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
“Chavez created the base for an economic, political and social project, far from the influences of the monopolies and the Consensus of Washington that have submitted Latin America into poverty and hopelessness” said Martha Pardo, Consul of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Toronto.
The legacy of Chavez and Bolivar is tangible, across Latin America; a new society is emerging based on its own interests and not on the interest of US imperialism. This wouldn’t be possible without the consolidation of the Bolivarian Revolution, and of course, without the heroic Cuban Revolution, an example of resistance and dignity.
While the Western archaic democracies keep invading, bombing and looting the natural resources of sovereign states, progressive governments and social movements are debating XXI Century Socialism and other paradigms of rupture with the capitalist system.
The Hugo Chavez Peoples’ Defense Front is working to support the people of Venezuela and their President Nicolas Maduro which have been resisting systematic imperialist attacks, especially in recent months.