Katrina Kozarek, active member of the Ataroa Socialist Commune, in Barquisimeto (Lara state), Venezuela, spoke in Toronto about the current situation in Venezuela and the process of building socialism through the creation of communes. Kozarek is also a long term organizer with the National Association of Community Free and Alternative Media (ANMCLA).
Her talk, which was well attended, gave an overview of the Bolivarian process in Venezuela, as well as the historical process that lead to the creation of the communes. This presentation was followed by a short video and questions.
Her speech was articulate, factual, and very passionate. During the question period she demonstrated that she is not just some sort of functionary but a honest and intelligent person who while recognizing the victories of the Bolivarian revolution is also willing to admit the problems in this process and tackle them head on.
Comparing her talk to that of Maria Corina Machado, who also visited Toronto some months ago, one sees the difference between the goals of the Bolivarian revolution, and those of the opposition.
The first being a humanitarian and compassionate process aimed towards a better future for the people; while the opposition has shown to seek a regime that will only benefit the elite, and is willing to use cold and brutal tactics to fulfill their goals.
I was very glad to attend this event, and wish the people of Venezuela success in building a just socialist society based on the commune model.
By Julian Ichim – Hugo Chavez Peoples’ Defense Front – Kitchener