Board of Directors
Citgo Petroleum Company
I write this letter to make a suggestion that, if followed by your company, will be much appreciated by lovers of democracy in the US and Venezuela and should add to the civic prestige of your company. Citgo budgets every year considerable amounts of money to subsidize the US poor, as illustrated by the $700 million already spent by your company in the Heating Oil for the Poor Programcoordinated by Mr. Joseph P. Kennedy II in several states of the Union. It also provides significant monetary contributions to Trans-Africa Forum, the organization of Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte, to empower this Washington DC based organization to promote “racial consciousness” among the Venezuelan black population. CITGO gives money for the cleaning of the New York East River and the upgrading of Bronx neighborhoods. I am sure many US citizens are grateful to you for your unselfish generosity.
Now there is a chance to do something for the citizens of Venezuela, the country that owns your company. About 25,000 Venezuelan citizens residing in Florida and neighboring states might not be able to vote in the October 7 presidential elections, due to a decision of the Venezuelan National Electoral Council that is forcing them to vote in New Orleans, a 30-hour road round trip that most of them cannot afford. The Venezuelan Council, in its infinite wisdom, has decided not to open electoral sites in the area which holds the largest volume of Venezuelan voters in the US.
With a relatively modest contribution, considering your social U.S. budget, Citgo could provide these citizens of Venezuela with transportation to travel to New Orleans in order to vote and back. I estimate that some 500 buses at some $2000 per bus would be needed to mobilize the 20,000 plus citizens who are most willing to vote if they could find transport. One million dollars.
I am sure that the sight of a convoy of some 500 buses traveling 800 miles on US roads filled with citizens eager to vote freely and democratically will be a great civic spectacle and will create significant goodwill for Citgo.
Con una contribución relativamente modesta, en comparación con el presupuesto “social” que ha sido destinado a los habitantes de los Estados Unidos, CITGO puede darles transporte a estos venezolanos. Estimo que unos 500 autobuses, a $2000 cada autobús, serían suficientes para movilizar a los 20.000 o más compatriotas que quieren votar. Esto representa un millón de dólares.
Estoy seguro de que un convoy de 500 autobuses viajando 800 millas, con ciudadanos deseosos de ir a votar, constituiría un hermoso espectáculo cívico, el cual contribuiría a crear buena voluntad para CITGO.
Querido Chairman: espero que a usted le guste nuestra sugerencia,