Vigil for Venezuela
For those of you who don't know, Venezuela has gone through a complete meltdown over the past few weeks. Venezuelan students and citizens have been peacefully protesting because their newly installed government hasn’t done anything in their time in office; the crime rate has skyrocketed, people are getting killed in the streets, students are getting shot in classrooms and most murders have been left unsolved.
A SigEp who attends Lawrence Tech University in Southfield, Michigan is from Venezuela and has friends who attended a peaceful protest to try and get their government to do something about the violence, but the government reacted aggressively and started to shoot and gas its own civilians. In the aftermath of the first few protests, our brother was notified with the horrific news that some of his friends had gone missing. The government that swore to protect them is now killing them.
The Venezuelan government is trying to cover up the true devastation that is happening, so we are here to use our voice, since those who are being oppressed cannot. On Tuesday, March 4, we would like as many students as possible to wear the colors of Venezuelan flag: red, blue, and gold. We are holding a Vigil for Venezuela at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossing in the Markee Pioneer Student Center. In times of turmoil, we turn to our mentors and Ritual to help guide us, and so we have prepared a speech from those words of wisdom to present at our vigil. We will have signs that say, "We are Americans and we care. #PrayForVenezuela, #SOSVenezuela, and #IAmYourVoiceVenezuela".
In addition, a Venezuelan student who attends UW-Platteville is going to present on the current conflict in Venezuela and share his view on the United States/Venezuela history and our interactions. We are hoping to use our voice to notify more students of what is happening to fellow students in another country. Our vigil is to honor those who have lost their lives, not only in Venezuela, but also all countries in turmoil, like Syria and the Ukraine. Please join us and show your support for those who cannot use their voice.
The Men of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Wisconsin Theta Chapter