Planning is well underway for the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network's sixth brigade to Venezuela, to be held from November 23 to December 3, and registrations are open to everyone interested in this unique opportunity to witness firsthand a revolution in the making.
The Venezuelan people, led by George Bush's arch-enemy, President Hugo Chavez, have this year taken over more workplaces, set up more cooperatives, established hundreds of free public education and health programs, organised their neighbourhoods and taken big steps towards exercising "popular power" at every level of their society. Brigade participants will visit occupied factories and public educational and health institutions, see participatory democracy at work in the communal councils and people's banks, and speak to government and grassroots organisations about their struggle to create "socialism for the 21st century".
This brigade will also include a special focus on indigenous issues. Indigenous activists from Australia, Aotearoa (NZ) and possibly North America will be joining the brigade, and the itinerary will include visits to indigenous communities, and meetings with indigenous people's organisations.
Accommodation, transport and English translation in Venezuela will be organised for participants. For more information, including accounts and photos of previous brigades, visit
If you'd love to join a brigade to Venezuela but can't afford the cost right now, you could enter the AVSN's guessing competition. For $10 per ticket, you could win a place on the brigade with your airfares and accommodation in Venezuela fully paid. Tickets can be bought on the website, or send your name and address and how many tickets you want to