Medical and Living Expenses for Injured Activist
On May 8 and May 11th I was brutally assaulted while attempting to peacefully deliver supplies to members of the Venezuelan Embassy Collective occupying the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC.
Starting in April members of the Embassy Protection Collective (EPC) stayed in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC for 37 days to protect the Vienna Convention and prevent an escalation of conflict with Venezuela. During that time, EPC members inside were cut off from receiving food, electricity and water.
Activists including myself were horrified by the lack of basic supplies EPC members had inside the Embassy, and decided to take a stand to deliver much needed aid.
On May 8th around 3am I made such an attempt. I peacefully walked towards the Embassy which was being blockaded by a group of violent Guiado supporters. Despite being attacked I made it to a window where a bag was being dangled for me to unload the supplies I had brought. While attempting to unload everything, Guiado supporters stole and destroyed my supplies, kicked and punched me, and threw me into a choke hold(Video: https://twitter.com/RealAlexRubi/status/1126029731260981248). Once at a hospital I was diagnosed with a knee and ankle sprain.
On May 11th, after a few days rest, I returned to the Embassy to see how I could help. We were told by law enforcement that we would be allowed to deliver supplies that day. Unfortunately that was a lie. When I made my attempt to deliver supplies I was again blockaded and assaulted by Guiado supporters and my supplies were partially destroyed. During this altercation a police officer came up from behind and threw me to the ground causing further injury to my knee and leg.( https://twitter.com/LavenderNRed/status/1127275658726518790)
Since these assaults I have experienced severe pain in my leg which has seriously debilitated my ability to take care of myself. I have experienced the following:
- Shooting leg pain stemming from my left knee to my ankle and hip
- Pain from walking more than 10 feet.
- Constant knee pain that will not go away
- Loss of balance causing me to fall at least once a day
This injury has also caused many problems in my day to day life such as:
- Inability to cook or clean because I cannot stand for more than a few minutes
- Cannot work which has caused $3000 in lost income
- Increasing medical bills which has already surpassed $1500 even with insurance
- Unable to drive due to medications and/or pain caused from sitting in a car
Despite help I have received from family and friends I am still not able to currently survive on my own. My savings over the past month have dwindled to less than $100.
I never expected that delivering supplies would have such long term and expensive consequences. The people of Venezuela, and all countries around the globe, deserve a place free from US sanctions, and State Department backed coups. If given a second chance I would have repeated my actions because of the importance of this cause.
Unfortunately my non-violent actions has come at a cost that I am unable to cover alone. I need your support so I can continue my medical treatment, and so I can have my basic needs met while I recover.
Any money raised that surpasses my needs for recovery will be donated to the Embassy Protection Collective's legal defense fund.
Since posting this fundraiser I have come to learn that I have nerve damage in my spine. This morning I went through an additional MRI to pinpoint the damage. On Thursday I will see my orthopedist to find out if surgery is needed, and to make a plan of recovery that involves intense physical therapy and rest.
Words cannot describe how much this has help me so far, but unfortunately my road to recovery remains long. Please share this fundraisers with friends and supporters of the collective, so I may be able to recover from this devastating attack and so I may continue the fight against US Imperialism.