The British Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (VSC) was set up in 2002 in response to the attempted military coup in Venezuela, aims to defend Venezuela’s sovereignty and independence, and to defend the achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution, especially by promoting and strengthening links with Venezuelan trade unionists. For a period, VSC was organising international computer link- ups between British and Venezuelan trade unionists. VSC has also promoted and undertaken solidarity tours to Venezuela. One of the main tools of VSC has been the DVD The Revolution will Not Be Televised.
In May 2009, VSC merged with the Venezuela Information Centre (VIC), a UK solidarity campaign launched in May 2005 at a meeting sponsored by major British trade unions – UNISON, TGWU, GMB, RMT, AUT, CWU, FBU and ASLEF – and others.
The new combined VSC is now touring a new documentary about Venezuela’s transformation: A Journey Into the Heart of the Revolution, directed by Pablo Navarrete, which had its British premiere on 20 August. VSC is also continuing to distribute information about Venezuela and counter media misinformation.