Statement by the Arturo Schomburg Branch of New York, People’s Organization
People’s Organization for Progress (POP) supports the struggles of people
at home and abroad against oppression and exploitation. To that end, the
POP – Arturo Schomburg Branch of New York, in the work of building unity
with other organizations and individuals whose goals are similar to our
own, sends solidarity greetings for Philippine Solidarity Week (February
4-11), called by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA (BAYAN-USA).
Philippine Solidarity Week is the commemoration of the self-defense of the
Filipino people against US imperialism in the Philippine-American War. As
the week coincides with Black History Month, we know that just as the
school textbooks are designed to erase the valiant history of struggle led
by Nat Turner, Gabriel & Nan Prosser, Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Crazy
Horse, Goyathlay, Sitting Bull, Pedro Albizu Campos, Lolita Lebrón, and
many, many others, the struggle continues to remember this great moment in
the Filipino struggle for freedom.
Philippine Solidarity Week is dedicated to stopping US militarization in
the Philippines. We know that any US military base in Philippines – as is
the case of military bases in Guam, Puerto Rico, Guantánamo, and elsewhere
– will be populated by recruiting Black, Latina/o, Indigneous and poor
youth from our communities. Young people are denied an education at home
and given only the option of the poverty draft of enlistment. Our young
people are being militarized and miseducated. They enter the ranks to fight
for US imperialism after being in schools where they cannot find the
Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Iraq, Libya, or Iran on a map. They
suffer racism, sexism, violence, xenophobia, and police brutality, yet they
are being told to defend a system that denies them decent schools, jobs at
living wages, and safe and healthy communities. They are taught to kill
people struggling to survive just as they struggle in their communities.
In conclusion, POP-New York salutes the fighting history commemorated by
Philippine Solidarity Week. NO TO RACISM AND MILITARISM AT HOME AND ABROAD!
YES TO IMMIGRANT AND HUMAN RIGHTS! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!