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Alexandra Chuello: Women in struggle for communal and popular power

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Alexandra Chuello is from Carora (Lara State, Venezuela) and has belonged to the communal council ever since it started functioning in 2005-6.

She attended a special Fundacomunal meeting in Barquisimeto to discuss changes in the communal council bill and to usher in the Socialist work brigades scheme.

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When asked how many projects her council has applied for to Fundacomunal (Foundation for the Development & Promotion of Comunal Power), she answered six ... adding quickly that none has been approved as yet. Her own communal council covers 225 dwellings in a huge urbanization and there are 25 main reps (spokespersons) on the council.

She herself is the food rep on the executive unit because she helps run a kitchen that delivers daily dinner to people in need. In her area there's a Integral Diagnosis Center (CDI), Bolivarian School and a house where around 30 senior citizens are catered for during the day.

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She's in favor of the new brigade scheme because it gets more people involved in the community and she's happy with the rectification and re-booting of councils, characterizing the new Fundacomunal state team as serious and committed to creating a Commune in Carora.

  • An outspoken lady, Alexandra is somewhat skeptical about some Mayors and State Governors, alleging that they've been resting on their laurels, allowing a certain decline.

Speaking to several reps from different parts of the State attending the meeting, I did get a feeling of disappointment about the attitude and conduct of some Mayors and others ... one rep accuses one Mayor of passing the buck, sending people to the communal councils for a solution to their problems ... councils that are working without many resources.

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Fundacomunal assistance in the early years comes under fire for not being up to the task of accompanying the councils in projects and what Alexandra calls a bad diagnosis, starting with the decision to divide her urbanization into six separate communal councils ... giving rise to a certain amount of rivalry and divisions over turf.

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