Venezuelan Energy Attorney to Speak Saturday in Oklahoma City on ‘The Dangers of Socialism’

Majority House Floor Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City,  and Representative Jason Dunnington, D-Oklahoma City, will serve on a panel discussion following a presentation by Aleida Velasquez to the south Oklahoma City community this Saturday.

A former successful energy attorney in Venezuela, Velasquez will share her personal family story of fleeing from socialism in her native land to freedom in America (

Prior to Hugo Chavez being elected President in 1999, her father was a General in Venezuela’s last democratically-elected government. He even served as the military attache to Canada.
Velasquez was an attorney at PDVSA, the prominent national oil company. After Chavez was elected, in due time Velasquz was fired and blacklisted from working for any government agency or company. 

Velasquez subsequently witnessed the most wealthy Latin American country plummet into deepening cycles of poverty, rationing and lack of health care, as well as an escalating murder rate and rampant corruption.
Eventually, Velasquz and her young daughter left her parents, brothers and a sister behind and fled to America so that her daughter could be free, have a quality education and have opportunities to achieve her dreams. 

On Saturday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m., Velasquez will share her terrifying story of fleeing from socialism to the hopefulness of freedom. The event will be held in the Western Heights High School Auditorium, located at 8201 S.W. 44 Streeet in Oklahoma City.
The program is free and open to the public.

As part of her presentation titled “The Dangers of Socialism,” Velasquez said she will describe how Venezuela methodically plummeted, shifting dramatically away from prosperity and economic opportunity. 
Velasquez says that promises of free elections and free services for the poor by taking from the rich transitioned into a corrupted judiciary and government, and ultimately the rationing of everyday items, such as toilet paper and baby food. 
Velasquez is bringing her message to America in the hopes that her new country will not experience the same horror that she experienced in Venezuela.

Following her presentation, Velasquez will answer questions from the audience.
Fred Mendoza, CEO of Fred Mendoza Entertainment Management and an Oklahoma City civic leader, will emcee the event.