In October of 2019, the Venezuelan libertarian activist Maria Oropeza crossed borders and made waves on her diplomatic journey through two countries and multiple states to inform the world of her country’s distress.
Maria Oropeza is a lawyer and currently the leader of her state party, Vente Portuguesa, which aims for free markets and limited government (as well as Colombia, Brazil, and the USA dismantling the Maduro regime). Early in 2019 she was invited to participate in a seminar and boot camp of young freedom activists from across Latin America, hosted by Youth and Democracy in the Americas.
The Mises-Mambi Institute is proud to have sponsored Miss Oropeza in covering her US tourist visa fees and her travel expenses, first to Colombia, where she had to stay for a month while the visa process worked itself out, since there no longer is a US embassy in communist Venezuela. In Colombi she spoke at several meetings and forums hosted by the Libertarian Movement of Colombia. After the nerve-wracking stay in that country, waiting for approval for the US visa, our Institute sent her to Baltimore, MD, where Miss Oropeza took a train to Washington DC to tour the nation’s capital, learn from the open-air museums, and attend the Y&D forum.
At the forum, Miss Oropeza had the opportunity to deliver a speech at the US Capitol, in front of several members of the US Senate, Juan Guaido’s ambassador to the US, Carlos Vecchio, and members of Venezuela’s legitimate supreme court including Chief Justice Miguel Angel Martin. “In front of the United States Senate, I want to take this opportunity to fully recognize our legitimate supreme court,” she said to a roomful of applause.
After the forum, Miss Oropeza spent several months traveling the US, working remotely for legal clients in Venezuela, and attending meetings with Venezuelan activists from Vente Estados Unidos and other pro-freedom dissident groups. Before leaving, Maria made a stop in Miami where she was interviewed on TV by Venezuela’s celebrity journalist Patricia Poleo and by the pro-free markets talk show host Jaime Bayly.
Whereas over 150,000 Venezuelans who arrived in the US have chosen to stay here and make a new home, Miss Oropeza couldn’t wait to get back home to Venezuela and rejoin the fight, regardless of the sicknesses and lack of medicine, the hunger, the poverty, and the regime’s violence.
We at the Mises-Mambi Institute of Cuba are proud to have sponsored one of the most dedicated libertarian activists in all of Venezuela. There is no doubt that the peaceful struggle for freedom against an oppressive regime will remain alive as long as Maria Oropeza stays in the fight.