The struggles for social change in Venezuela found an unlikely outlet when a nationalist and Bolivarian soldier, Hugo Chavez Frias was elected president of Venezuela in 1999, several years after an attempt at a progressive military coup de'etat had landed him in prison. His election posed a class alternative to the political blocks that ruled Venezuela and a series of popular reforms took place with the support of the majority of the poor and working class. As well, the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela extended solidarity with other peoples struggles in Latin America and the world.
Venezuela is currently experiencing a deep economic and social crisis that threatens to reverse the social and economic gains of the workers, farmers, and historically oppressed peoples. Jorge Marin of the Venezuela Solidarity Committee has recently returned from Venezuela and will be speaking on the gains of the Bolivarian revolution and current situation in Venezuela today.