Solidarity Statement from the FLA! Collective

Solidarity Statement from the FLA! Collective

The FLA! Collective expresses its solidarity with the participants and organizers of Philippine Solidarity Week 2012. It is our duty as oppressed Asian nationalities in the US to stand with all people who are in struggle for liberation from US imperialism and all forms of reaction. The Philippines has been a colony and semi-colony of US imperialism for more than a century. Maintained and enforced by US imperialism, the present condition of Philippine society forces millions abroad in search of a basic livelihood. Given these realities, we know that the most recent US military intervention in the Philippines has nothing to do with protecting the people of the world and everything to do with further subjugating the Filipino people and threatening the people of the Asia-Pacific region. Every US troop of Asian descent, or any other descent that makes one a target of racism and national oppression in the US, must ask themselves what they are doing stationed in the Philippines. Remember Danny Chen.

At a time when the struggles of Asian nationalities in the US are largely trapped within the confines of identifying with the dominant culture, reformism and NGOism where they exist at all, the national-democratic movement in the Philippines and everywhere in the Filipino diaspora, including in the US, continues to raise the uncompromising demands for national and social liberation. All progressives of Asian nationalities in the US, the remains of the Asian American Movement and the people’s movements in our homelands can learn from the accumulated experience and tremendous resilience of the Filipino national-democratic movement. It is a resilience strengthened by the vision, sacrifices and unending work of generations of organizers, laboring so that their nation may someday be free.

Long live the people’s struggles in the Philippines! All US forces out now!

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Statement from NJ Youth United Against War and Imperialism

In solidarity with Filipino youth and in hopes of developing an organizational sisterhood with Anakbayan youth organization, NJ Youth United Against War and Imperialism condemns recent US decisions to increase the number of US troops in the Philippines. We demand the immediate withdrawal of US troops and an end to the interference of imperialism in the internal affairs of the Philippines.

The history of US imperialism in the Philippines is shameful. The struggle of Filipinos to free from the shackles of imperialism is an example to all who look to forge a better future for ourselves, our nations and for the world.

In NJ, Anakbayan has been at the forefront of many struggles, including opposition to war and imperialism, support for public education, workers rights, immigrant rights and struggles opposing tuition hikes and other austerity measures. These are all concerns of our organization and we hope that as our struggles develop, our efforts can better be merged into a unified movement.

We look forward to opportunities to work with Anakbayan around educational events specifically about the Philippines and about more general topics of imperialism and in the organizing of actions to unify youth and working people for changes to a system that depends of these forms of super exploitation.

Robert Colby-Witanek, co-founder NJ Youth United Against War and Imperialism

http://njyouthunited.org/

Solidarity Statement from Occupy Jersey City

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES

The members of Occupy Jersey City, jointly and severally, stand in solidarity with the Filipino People against the proposed United States military build-up in The Philippines under the guise of protecting natural resources in the South China Sea. It is the natural right of any nation to administer its internal and external affairs without the intrusion of a foreign power. Additionally, the members of Occupy Jersey City, as a group and individually, support the anti-colonial struggles that have lasted for over a century in The Philippines.

The Filipino People have an inherent right to manage their own affairs without the unwanted intervention and interference of the United States. Finally, Occupy Jersey City, in unison, firmly opposes the use of United States taxpayer monies for the unwarranted funding of the military escalation in the Pacific Rim via this new threat aimed toward The Philippines by the United States military-industrial complex. Occupy Jersey City favors disarmament and thus peace.

NO MORE UNITED STATES ARMS BUILD-UP IN THE PACIFIC RIM!
SOVEREIGNTY & PEACE FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES!

approved by the OJC General Assembly on 020912

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Sisa Pakari Statement against the Sending of US Troops to the Philippines

The Sisa Pakari Cultural and Labor Center condemns the recent announcement that the US government and that of the Philippines are holding conversations which would allow the US military to station thousands of troops in the Philippines.

In 1898 the US invaded the Philippines, Guam, Cuba and Puerto Rico. The 20th Century was thus greeted by a violent expression of US expansionism. However, after decades of struggle, some 20 years ago, the people of the Philippines kicked out US military bases from their country. The recent information points out the intention of the US to once again submit the people of the Philippines to DIRECT MILITARY OCCUPATION.

The excuse given by the US government and some in the government of Philippine president Aquino is the military threat supposedly posed by China. But the people of the world are not naïve and recognize who the real expansionist, military threat is! This military occupation has the intention of stopping the ever-growing people’s movement against the takeover of Philippine lands and natural resources by US and other multi-national corporations.

The US military was forced to abandon their military base in Manta, Ecuador, they were forced to leave the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, and have been forced out of other countries. But those victories have been the results of long campaigns originating from the desire for peace by the masses of people. We are certain that united actions by all sectors in the US and abroad who are opposed to militarism and wars of aggression will succeed in preventing this military build-up/occupation. For that we must create a strong united front which mobilizes thousands into the streets demanding “NO US TROOPS TO THE PHILIPPINES!”


A message from The May 1st Coalition (NYC)

The May 1 Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights supports the struggle of Bayan USA and the Philippine people against increased US military presence in the Philippines.

The U.S. occupied the Philippines (as well as Puerto Rico and Guam, and making a protectorate of Cuba) after the Spanish-American War of 1898 and colonized it for almost 50 years. Since formal independence after World War II, the U.S. has imposed several neo-colonial regimes, including the Marcos dictatorship and the current Aquino government. The U.S. had several major military bases in the Philippines, but these were closed under the Philippine Constitution as a violation of their country’s sovereignty. Now the U.S. government is trying to send more troops and ships as part of the Visiting Forces Agreement, claiming that they are needed to confront the rise of China. This is a part of the U.S. attempt to treat the Pacific Ocean as a U.S. lake, with the sending of thousands of marines to northern Australia and Navy warships to Singapore. It will only help to increase tensions in the region.

The Philippine government has also been exporting its surplus labor to the United States as part of an attempt to ease its economic problems. It is one of the countries with the largest number of overseas work force. But many of these Philippine migrants have been very active in the struggle for their rights, in the United States and other countries. We stand together with our Philippine sisters and brothers in their struggle for self-determination and national liberation.

No U.S. Military Forces to the Philippines!

Fil-Am War anniv remembered as groups oppose deployment of more US troops

Fil-Am War anniv remembered as groups oppose deployment of more US troops

Members of the umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan today marched in protest to the US embassy in Manila in commemoration of the 113th anniversary of the Fil-Am War. The protest comes in the wake of ongoing negotiations between Manila and Washington for the stationing of more US troops in the Philippines. Two US officials are set to visit Manila this month to take up defense and trade issues.

Protesters carried placards that said “Yes to the return of the Balanggiga Bells! No to the return of more US troops!” a reference to the bells from Samar province that were taken by the occupying US forces at the turn of the century.

“We have not forgotten the Fil-Am War which marked the start of US colonial relations with the Philippines and laid the groundwork for the neo-colonial relations that followed. Then and now, the US seeks to advance its own imperialist interests at the expense of our own national interest,” said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr.

“The Philippine government has not learned the lessons of 113 years of relations with the US. While no longer a colony, the Aquino government apparently wants to make our country a colonial outpost for US troops and ships,” he added.

Questionable US role in Sulu airstrike

Bayan also questioned the timing of the news of an airstrike in Sulu two days ago that allegedly killed three high-profile Abu Sayyaf leaders. News reports said that airstrike was backed by the US military. Reports also say that the Philippine military has yet to find the remains of the alleged terrorists.

“The timing of this news is suspect since it comes at the heels of the announcement for more US troops in the country. It is being made to appear that the US troops were instrumental in the raid, and that their continued presence, even after 10 years in Mindanao, is good. Will there be more similar actions to justify the deployment of more US troops in the near future?” Reyes said.

“The Philippine government should disclose what actual role the US played in the operation. Was this a US operation or a Philippine operation? Where are the alleged terrorists? There have been criticisms in the past that the US is in involved in actual combat operations and this raid seems no different,” he added.

Bayan said whether or not alleged terrorists were indeed killed in the raid, the combat participation of US troops is something that goes against the Visiting Forces Agreement.

NY/NJ Filipinos Launch Philippine Solidarity Week, Protests Plans of U.S. Military Build-Up in the Philippines

February 1, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Reference: Yves Nibungco, Regional Coordinator, BAYAN-USA
Contact: bayanusa.ne

NY/NJ Filipinos Launch Philippine Solidarity Week,

Protests Plans of U.S. Military Build-Up in the Philippines

New York, NY- BAYAN-USA launches Philippine Solidarity Week, a week-long series of events that raises awareness and solidarity for the continuing struggle for Filipinos to gain national liberation. As a result of the experiences during the Philippine-American War, the US government and military developed war tactics, torture, killing, occupation, and counter-insurgency operations they have used in many other countries such as in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. This year, Philippine Solidarity Week begins on February 4th, the 113th anniversary of the 1899 Philippine-American War with a rally in front of the Philippine Consulate in New York to protest the proposed U.S. military build-up in the Philippines.

Protest against militarization in the Philippines

Government officials from the U.S. and the Philippines recently confirmed reports by Washington Post regarding ongoing talks of increasing U.S. military operations and stationing in the Philippines. According to an unnamed Philippine military general, the talks allegedly aim to increase drills to test military readiness to protect offshore oil and natural gas platforms in the South China Sea.

This, according to Filipino activists, is a renewed assault on Philippine sovereignty and is more of a threat to Philippine national security. “This is clearly part of the U.S. government’s attempt to maintain its domination over the region’s economic sphere and contain its biggest economic rival, China”, stated BAYAN-USA Chairperson, Bernadette Ellorin. Following the demonstration outside of the Philippine Consulate, BAYAN-USA will be marching to Times Square to join the larger No War on Iran rally, a nationally coordinated event via the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC).

Building Solidarity for the Philippines

Philippine Solidarity Week is organized by BAYAN-USA to raise awareness regarding the struggle of Filipino people back home and to build support for it here in the U.S. It is a whole week of events starting from February 4 onwards, to signify the beginning of the Philippine American war of 1899.

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012

Stand Against U.S. Imperialist Aggression on Iran & Military Build-up in the Philippines

Description: This Feb. 4, exactly 113 years since the Philippine-American war of 1899, BAYAN-USA calls on the community to come and join us in front of the Philippine Consulate in New York to protest President Benigno Aquino III’s continued puppetry to American governments’ hegemonic schemes. We will be holding a picket in to register our opposition against Aquino’s puppetry, against the planned military build up in the Philippines and the throughout the Asia-Pacific region. We will then be marching to merge with the bigger anti-war on Iran at Times Square.

Venue Information: Feb. 4, 12:00pm-12:30pm, Philippine Consulate General, 556 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

No War On Iran: National Day of Action

Description: BUILD FEB. 4 EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION TO STOP U.S. WAR AGAINST IRAN

NO WAR! NO SANCTIONS! NO INTERVENTION! NO ASSASSINATIONS

A broad spectrum of U.S.-based anti-imperialist and anti-war organizations, including the IAC, agreed on a Jan. 17 conference call to hold coordinated protests across the country on Saturday, Feb. 4. The demands will be: “No war, no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations against Iran.”

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012

International Migrants Alliance: 1 Million Signatures Campaign Launch

Description: The International Migrants Alliance (IMA) invites community organizations representing immigrants from different countries to an assembly to coordinate the campaign for the collection of 1 million signatures for a just and humanitarian immigration reform promoting the integration of the undocumented into society, permitting a dignified life, access to education, healthcare, and work without being victims of exploitation, abuse and violence. The petitions will be delivered to the White House and the US Congress.

Venue Information: Feb 5, Sunday, 2:00pm at the Bayanihan Community Center, 40-21 69th St, Woodside, NY 11377; Take 69 St (7), Jackson Hts – Roosevelt Av (E, F, M, R), 74 St – Broadway (7)

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012

Philippine Social Realities Exposure Trip 2012 Info Session (Sponsored by NYCHRP)

Description: This summer NYCHRP is going on a Philippine Social Realities Exposure Trip and we want YOU! Join us for a special information session to find out about the awesome summer that is to come!

Venue Information: SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11th, 7:00pm; doors open at 6:30pm; at the International Action Center, 55 W. 17th Street / 5th Floor, NYC

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012

NEIGHBORHOOD WORD: “LOVE & SOLIDARITY IN QUEENS”

Pinoy Poets and Writers Celebrate Love Stories, Philippine Independence, and the Filipino-American Community in Queens

Description: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please join us for a fun-filled literary and community reading celebrating love stories and love of country. A gathering of acclaimed Pinoy poets and writers come together with Filipino community members in Queens to share fiction, poetry, hip-hop, and more. Join us for a rollicking afternoon of storytelling, camaraderie, and mouth-watering Filipino food!

Venue: Feb 12, Sunday @ 3:00pm at the Bayanihan Community Center, 40-21 69th St, Woodside, NY 11377; Take 69 St (7), Jackson Hts – Roosevelt Av (E, F, M, R), 74 St – Broadway (7)

Monday, Feb. 13, 2012

Portrait of a Freedom Fighter: A Book Launching of the Selected Writings of Jose Maria Sison Vols. 1-4

Description: The Selected Writings of Jose Maria Sison, Volumes 1-4 is a comprehensive compilation of Sison’s writings on socialism, imperialism, war and plunder, peace, terrorism, and peoples resistance spanning over 40 years, a period of time in which Sison served as fiery young leader in the Philippine revolution.

Venue Information: Monday, February 13, 7-9pm at Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street (between Stanton and Rivington), New York, New York 10002. Trains: F/M to 2nd Avenue or J/M/Z to Essex/Delancey Sts.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

Why Occupy? Teach in @ St. Peter’s College (Social Justice Dept)

Description: St. Peter’s College Social Justice Program and Occupy Jersey City is bringing “WHY OCCUPY: Inspire, Organize, Mobilize For a Brighter Future” to Jersey City! An all-day event on the origins of the Occupy Wall Street Movement and other social movements. Discussions, exhibits, arts, culture, connections and making history. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Light refreshments will be provided.

Venue Information: Wednesday, February 15, 2012; 8:30am to 1:00pm; McIntyre Lounge, St. Peter’s College, 2641 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ

For more information and a full listing of events during Philippine Solidarity Week, visit http://www.philippinesolidarity.wordpress.com.

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Sun, 2/12: NEIGHBORHOOD WORD: “LOVE & SOLIDARITY IN QUEENS”

Asian American Writers Workshop and Philippine Forum present
NEIGHBORHOOD WORD:
“LOVE & SOLIDARITY IN QUEENS”
Pinoy Poets and Writers Celebrate Love Stories, Philippine Struggle,
and the Filipino-American Community in Queens
Sunday, February 12, 2012
3:00-5:00 pm
Bayanihan Filipino Community Center
40-21 69th St. Woodside, NY 11377
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Please join us for a fun-filled literary and community reading celebrating love stories and love of country. A gathering of acclaimed Pinoy poets and writers come together with Filipino community members in Queens to share fiction, poetry, hip-hop, and more. Join us for a rollicking afternoon of storytelling, camaraderie, and mouth-watering Filipino food!
FEATURED WRITERS:
HOSSANNAH ASUNCION grew up near the 710 freeway in Los Angeles and currently lives near an F/G stop in Brooklyn. Her work has been published by The Poetry Society of America, Tuesday; An Art Project, The Collagist, and other fine places. This is what she notices:http://notarie.tumblr.com/.
JOSEPH O. LEGASPI is the author of Imago, a poetry collection, from CavanKerry Press. Born in the Philippines, he was raised there and in Los Angeles where he immigrated with his family when he was twelve. He holds degrees from Loyola Marymount University and the Creative Writing Program at New York University. Currently, he lives in Manhattan and works at Columbia University. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including North American Review, Gulf Coast, Crab Orchard Review, Bloomsbury Review, Puerto Del Sol, Seneca Review, The Literary Review, Gay & Lesbian Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bamboo Ridge, and the anthologies Contemporary Voices of the Eastern World, PinoyPoetics, and Titling the Continent. A recipient of a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), he co-founded Kundiman (www.kundiman.org), a non-profit organization serving Asian American poets.
NITA NOVENO was born and raised in Southeast Alaska. She is a graduate of the New School MFA Creative Writing Program in Creative Nonfiction, and isthe founder and co-host of Sunday Salon (www.sundaysalon.com), a monthly prose reading series in its ninth year in NYC. Her writing has appeared in The MacGuffin and Ducts.org, amongst other places. She lives in Astoria, Queens.
BINO REALUYO was born and raised in Manila Philippines. He is the son of a survivor of the Death March and Japanese Concentration Camp in the Philippines during World War 2. Realuyo is also an educator in underserved communities and author of the award-winning books, The Umbrella Country, and The Gods We Worship Live Next Door. His poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines including The Nation, The Literary Review, The Kenyon Review, New Letters, and in the recent anthology, Fire in the Soul: 100 Poets for Human Rights. He was a co-founder of the Asian American Writers Workshop and ison the faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s international MFA program in Creative Writing.
RICCO VILLANUEVA SIASOCO has published fiction and essays in The North American Review, Memorious, and Joyland, and the anthologies Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffeehouse Press), Growing Up Filipino (Philippine American Literary House), and Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice (Carayan Press), among others. He received his MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and taught writing at Boston College. He currently works at Prep for Prep in New York City and is completing a novel.
LARA STAPLETON was raised primarily in East Lansing, Michigan, with some time in Manila in the Philippines, where her mother is from. New York City isnow her home. She is the author of The Lowest Blue Flame Before Nothing (Aunt Lute) a Pen Open Book Committee Selection, and an Independent Booksellers’ Selection and the editor of two anthologies: Thirdest World (Factory School) and Juncture (Soft Skull).
– TOGETHER WITH READINGS BY QUEENS COMMUNITY MEMBERS, FILIPINO IMMIGRANTS, AND FIL-AM YOUTH FROM THE WOODSIDE COMMUNITY
For more information, contact Ricco Siasoco (rsiasoco@gmail.com) or Melanie Dulfo (mdulfo@philippineforum.org)
NEIGHBORHOOD WORD is a program of The Asian American Writers Workshop and Philippine Forumhttp://aaww.org/
http://philippineforum.org/

Sat, 2/5: A MILLION SIGNATURES FOR GENUINE IMMIGRATION REFORM AND AGAINST DEPORTATIONS

CAMPAIGN TO COLLECT
A MILLION SIGNATURES FOR
GENUINE IMMIGRATION REFORM
AND AGAINST DEPORTATIONS


Sunday, February 5, 2PM
Bayanihan Center 40-21, 69th Street, Woodside, Queens
Train 7 to 69th Street Queens


The International Migrants Alliance (IMA) invites community organizations representing immigrants from different countries to an assembly to coordinate the campaign for the collection of 1 million signatures for a genuine, just and humanitarian immigration reform promoting the integration of the undocumented into society, permitting a dignified life, access to education, healthcare, and work without being victims of exploitation, abuse and violence.The petitions will be delivered to the White House and the US Congress.

We demand an end to the raids and deportations which divide and destroy families. Racist authorities take advantage of these laws to strengthen their racist policies on migration and have spread them to various states denying immigrants education, health services housing and jobs. They are even trying to deny children born in the US their citizenship. These laws have encouraged neo fascist, xenophobic groups which attack and murder immigrants.

We should not permit raids which break into people’s homes, even as they sleep, to go to work and school the next day, treating them as if they were criminals, violating their human rights and dignity. We immigrants perform the worst paid jobs and we pay taxes and send money to our native countries. We are not terrorists nor criminals nor a load on this country.

Join this campaign for the rights of immigrants and take part in the campaign to collect 1 million signatures.

For more information:
Antonio Arizaga             646.823.6651      
Julia Camagong             718.565.8862