The book “Chávez Lives: A Tribute from the World,” was launched on May 29th at the Bolivarian Hall, the cultural space of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States. It is a compilation of speeches given in honor of the late Venezuelan president in New York on March 13th at two events at the United Nations General Assembly and an Ecumenical service at the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle.
Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations Jorge Valero described the roots of the book at Wednesday’s launch, which was attended by diplomats, politicians, and members of social organizations and other institutions in Washington. Present as part of the event was the new Chargé d’Affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S., Calixto Ortega, who in a speech praised Ambassador Valero’s efforts to share the messages expressed by people all over the world after the untimely death of President Chávez.
“We’re not just hearing from friends in these testimonies, but also adversaries of the president that recognized him and the merit of his social policies… This book is not just a testimony but also a reaffirmation of our democratic talent in hearing voices from various perspectives,” said the new chief of the Venezuelan mission.
Ortega invited the U.S. people and all those interested to learn more about Venezuela and visit the Bolivarian Hall in Washington.
Former Massachusetts Congressman William Delahunt welcomed Ortega by saying: “I’m very happy that President Maduro has designated him. I know Calixto Ortega, we have made many trips here and his work has been very important in those encounters.”
Delahunt also spoke about President Chávez, highlighting his warm personality and his work as part of the Boliviarian Revolution to help needy people.
"He had a love and a passion for the disenfranchised and the poor, not just in Venezuela but everywhere around the world, including the United States,” Delahunt said.
“I remember telling him about the need to go beyond the borders [of Venezuela], to recognize suffering wherever it occurs. And I told him about the cost of heating oil. He said, then, we should do something… and that’s what he did without asking why the North American [oil] companies hadn’t done anything about it,” he said in reference to the Citgo-Venezuela Heating Oil Program that has provided assistance to over 1.7 million low-income Americans in eight years.
The book includes speeches by UN leaders and civil society representatives as well as statements by various representatives made on March 15 in a special session in Chávez’s honor at the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS).
The volume is the product of a joint effort by Venezuela’s Mission to the UN, its Mission to the OAS, Embassy to the White House, and Consulate General in New York, as well as Citgo Petroleum Corporation and the Casa Nacional de las Letras Andrés Bello. It contains several messages from famous people and social movement representatives in the United States.
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Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the US / May 30, 2013