A Brief Report from 2007 Witness for Peace Delegation
by Anne Barstow, Tom Driver, and Paul Driver
In January we visited Venezuela with a Witness for Peace delegation. To understand the dramatic changes that are taking place there today one must know that its immense wealth from oil has not been shared by most of the people. The extreme gap between rich and poor, plus corruption and elitism, are what have set the stage for Hugo Chavez and his Bolivarian Revolution.
Sixteen people who crossed the line last November at the annual protest of the School of Americas stood trial and were sentenced today. Complete details are available at www.soaw.org.
One of the defendants is PPF member Phil Gates, who recently served as an accompanier in Colombia. Phil's sentence is 60 days in federal prison. Please keep him and the other soon-to-be prisoners of conscience in your prayers as they continue in this witness.
Recently Phil wrote the following before travelling to the trial: