On October 7, 2012, over 80 percent of the Venezuelan electorate turned out to re-elect Hugo Chávez Frias as President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Included in Volume 37, Number 4:
- An account of NLG support for the Coal Export Action in Montana
- A report from the national mobilization to support protests at the RNC and DNC
- A round-up of student chapter activity nationwide
- NLG election results
- Photos from the 75th anniversary convention in Pasadena
- Information about the NLG's new sexual harassment policy
- Ward Morehouse and Gustin Reichbach remembered
- An article about an NLG trip to monitor Venezuela's presidential election
As part of an eight-member delegation from the National Lawyers Guild, we spent the week leading up to the October 7 Venezuelan presidential election in Caracas, learning about the electoral system that Jimmy Carter has called “the best in the world.” On the day of the election, we observed it in action all over the country as part of a group of more than 220 international parliamentarians, election officials, academics, journalists, and judges.
Despite media reports to the contrary, observers who monitored the election process in Venezuela say the system was free, fair, efficient and a model for democracy that bears watching.