Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Back Chavez, Screw Bush -Buy Gas at Citigo

Looking for an easy way to protest Bush foreign policy week after week? And an easy way to help alleviate global poverty? Buy your gasoline at Citgo stations. And tell your friends.

Of the top oil producing countries in the world, only one is a democracy with a president who was elected on a platform of using his nation's oil revenue to benefit the poor. The country is Venezuela. The President is Hugo Chavez. Call him 'the Anti-Bush.'

Citgo is a U.S. refining and marketing firm that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company. Money you pay to Citgo goes primarily to Venezuela -- not Saudi Arabia or the Middle East. There are 14,000 Citgo gas stations in the US. (Click here to find one near you.) By buying your gasoline at Citgo, you are contributing to the billions of dollars that Venezuela's democratic government is using to provide health care, literacy and education, and subsidized food for the majority of Venezuelans.

Instead of using government to help the rich and the corporate, as Bush does, Chavez is using the resources and oil revenue of his government to help the poor in Venezuela. A country with so much oil wealth shouldn't have 60 percent of its people living in poverty, earning less than $2 per day. With a mass movement behind him, Chavez is confronting poverty in Venezuela. That's why large majorities have consistently backed him in democratic elections. And why the Bush administration supported an attempted military coup in 2002 that sought to overthrow Chavez.

So this is the opposite of a boycott. Call it a BUYcott. Spread the word.

Get your gas at Citgo. And help fuel a democratic revolution in Venezuela.


Blogger Social Democracy Now said...

Great suggestion, Fintan. I just wish there was something I could do to help Chavez and Venezuela here in Sydney, Australia. Do you think they need English teachers over there?

7:29 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't like a television program and if you find it very offensive you call the sponsors and complain and tell them you will boycott them until the program goes off the air and you get a program you do want..

So if you don't like the program of the Republican Party won't you call their sponsors and boycott them to get what you want passed in congress?


11:31 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This can Backfire.

Repubs might boycott them, or worse.

best to let people choose by Citgo having lower prices (usualy did in my area).

How about a pro-democracy campaingn but leave out the obvious, the "Ditto-heads" just don't get the hypocracy of it all.

12:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IS this some disinformation?


Chavez won by a bogus election on US provided black box voting machines built in Florida. Very similar to what happened in Ohio. You might say a dry run for the US election.

Moreover he has opened Venezuela's previously off limit areas to US oil companies for exploration.

And why not, it was US oild companies that sent their foreign employees to help break the oil strike.

You want to have some real alt news, why don't you check out what is really happening in Venezuela.

It helps if you can speak spanish.

9:49 pm  

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