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!