Letter Regarding the Death of Hugo Chavez

March 6, 2013

Dear Acting President Maduro and the people of Venezuela,

The National Lawyers Guild expresses our deep condolences for the loss of President Chavez.  We were heartened to witness his impressive election victory five months ago.

As the oldest bar association in the United States dedicated to social justice and human rights over property interests, the Guild has sent numerous delegations to Venezuela. We observed firsthand the progress of the Bolivarian revolution under the leadership of Hugo Chavez. Thanks to the robust and participatory nature of democracy in Venezuela, we are confident that the country will remain in good hands and that the Bolivarian Project will continue to flourish under new and committed leadership and grassroots support.

With warm wishes, and in solidarity,

Azadeh Shahshahani

National Lawyers Guild President