SOOBAK in Solidarity with the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines

*Gonji Lee, Co-Founder/Member of SOOBAK

"More than a century ago, the Philippine American War began the US occupation of the Philippines. Although ostensibly the Philippines are an independent nation, the American military presence continues to this day, undermining the interests and sovereignty of the Filipino people. As part of the Korean diaspora, I am familiar with the human violence, economic exploitation, and environmental damage that the US military causes abroad. The Filipino and Korean people are all too familiar with the toll of American occupation, which has caused more suffering than it has prevented in their countries. I commend BAYAN USA for ten years of tireless organizing in the US, of continuing the fight for true Filipino sovereignty and the complete exit of the American military from the Philippines". — Abe Ahn, Member of SOOBAK


Video Solidarity Message – Patty Ahn, Member of SOOBAK
http://vimeo.com/119305800

International Action Center in Solidarity with BAYAN USA

The International Action Center sends comradely congratulations to help honor the proud and historic role played by BAYAN-USA on its 10th Anniversary. Revolutionaries, anti-imperialists, anti-capitalists and all fighting for social justice in the direction of progress, empowerment and the self determination of working and poor people’s the world over are nothing if not inspired by the courageous, principled and, at the same time, warm, inclusive and unifying character of BAYAN-USA and its member organizations. In your work to liberate the Philippines from especially U.S. imperialism, from within the belly of the beast, you have also skillfully weaved and helped progress the struggles of working and poor people in the U.S., including the fight against racism and sexism, police brutality, wage theft and the denial of worker’s rights, human trafficking, LGBTQ oppression and many more. We thank you for being an indispensable ally in the fight against U.S. imperialism worldwide.

Happy Anniversary BAYAN-USA!!!

John Parker, West Coast Coordinator – International Action Center

#PhilSolidarity 2015 – Begins 2/1!

Philippine Solidarity Week is a week of activities beginning on February 4 to commemorate the Philippine-American War and to raise awareness and support for the continuing struggle of the Filipino people for national liberation. It is led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA or BAYAN-USA.

Since 1899, U.S. troops have maintained their presence in the Philippines through permanent military and naval bases and through military agreements and treaties that undermines Philippine sovereignty. These military bases have served as launching pads for U.S. Imperialist aggression in Asia. With the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPPA) and the Joint Force 2020 ventures, U.S. troops will continue imperialist aggression in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the Philippines.

There are a number of ways individuals and organizations can participate:

Call for Endorsement
We are calling on all progressive organizations, peace and anti-war activists to launch solidarity actions in support of the continuing struggle of the Filipino people for genuine independence.

As an organization against militarism, war, and imperialism we ask you to join us in solidarity. Being an endorser can be any of the following:

* Solidarity Statement/Video
* Take a photo with the picture below or write your own message
* Co-Host or Host an event with a BAYAN org

Collected statements, pictures, and videos can be sent to bayanusa.ne.

Social Media Campaign
Take a photo and post on facebook/instagram/twitter/etc. with one of the attached signs saying:
Advance the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines!
I stand in solidarity with the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines
OR CREATE YOUR OWN MESSAGE WITH A BLANK SIGN!
Tag with #PhilSolidarity or email to bayanusa.ne and upload between Feb 1 – 10

Attend Events

Sunday, February 1st 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Educational Discussion: Youth on the March
Hosted by Anakbayan New Jersey and New Jersey Youth for Immigrant Liberation
Location – Social Justice House, 125 Glenwood Avenue, Jersey City, NJ
https://www.facebook.com/events/407730799393591/

Wednesday, February 4th 7:00 PM
Potluck and Film Screening/Discussion of Sa Ngalan Ng Tubo and Mindanao: The Land of Promise?
Hosted by Food and Water Watch and Slow Food Rutgers
Location – George Street Co-Op (89 Morris Street, New Brunswick, NJ)
https://www.facebook.com/events/877761138963858/

Friday, February 6th 6:00 PM
Film Screening and Discussion of "Modern Heroes Modern Slaves"
Hosted by Anakbayan New Jersey and AFSC immigrant Rights Program
Location – 89 Market Street, 4th Floor Newark, NJ
https://www.facebook.com/events/775311359203509/

Sunday, February 8th 2:00 PM
Pinay HERstories: Migration to Liberation
Hosted by GABRIELA New York
Location – YaYa Network 224 West 29th Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY
https://www.facebook.com/events/1521295378136323/

Wednesday, February 11th 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Educational Discussion: From Fagen to Ferguson: International Solidarity Against Torture & Extrajudicial Killings
Hosted by New York Community for Human Rights in the Philippines
Location – Amnesty International, 5 Penn Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY

Petition Campaign
Justice for Jennifer Laude Online Petition
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/justice-for-filipina-trans-woman-jennifer-laude

On behalf of the ND Movement organizers, thank you for your continued support!

In solidarity,
BAYAN USA Northeast Council

TOMORROW: Join us for Philippine Solidarity Week in 2014!

www.philippinesolidarity.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/252570648238682/

Philippine Solidarity Week is a week of activities beginning on February 4 to commemorate the Philippine-American War and to raise awareness and support for the continuing struggle of the Filipino people for national liberation. It is led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA or BAYAN-USA.

Since 1899, U.S. troops have maintained their presence in the Philippines through permanent military and naval bases and through military agreements and treaties that undermines Philippine sovereignty. These military bases have served as launching pads for U.S. Imperialist aggression in Asia. With the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPPA) and the Joint Force 2020 ventures, U.S. troops will continue imperialist aggression in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the Philippines.

There are a number of ways individuals and organizations can participate:

Call for Endorsement
We are calling on all progressive organizations, peace and anti-war activists to launch solidarity actions in support of the continuing struggle of the Filipino people for genuine independence.

As organizations against militarism, war, and imperialism we ask that you join us in solidarity, and we kindly request a brief solidarity statement on behalf of your organization endorsing Philippine Solidarity Week. These collected statements will then be published on our website, and should be sent to bayanusa.ne [ at] gmail [dot] com

Philippine Solidarity Week begins on the anniversary of the Philippine-American War on February 4th, where various activities to build solidarity for the Filipino struggle for national liberation and genuine democracy are held. It is led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA ,or BAYAN-USA.

2014 Photo Campaign:

Take a photo and post on facebook/instagram/twitter/etc. with one of the attached signs saying:

  • Advance the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines!
  • I stand in solidarity with the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines
  • OR CREATE YOUR OWN MESSAGE WITH A BLANK SIGN!

Tag with #PhilSolidarity or email to bayanusa.ne [ at] gmail [dot] com and upload between Feb 1 – 10

Attend Events
All of the activities during this week can be found on the link below. Feel free to attend and share the events with your respective network. Check back often as our calendar will be constantly updated!

[http://philippinesolidarity.wordpress.com/events/]

On behalf of the ND Movement organizers, thank you for your continued support!

In solidarity,
BAYAN USA Northeast Council

PhilippineSolidarityWeekSIGNS (1).pdf

The Choice: David Fagen, the Philippine-US war, & Black Internationalism By Bill Fletcher

http://www.zcommunications.org/the-choice-david-fagen-the-philippine-us-war-and-black-internationalism-by-bill-fletcher

The Choice: David Fagen, the Philippine-US war, & Black Internationalism


 

Monday, February 04, 2013

Bill Fletcher’s ZSpace Page

“We all wanted to kill ‘niggers’…beats rabbit hunting…”

–White US soldier commenting on the Philippine-US War[1]

 

One of the least known conflicts in US history was the Philippine-US war. The length of the war is, itself, a subject of some debate, having ended according to many historians in 1901, but actually lasting closer to 1913. An outgrowth of the Spanish-American War (1898), it represented, in effect, an extension of the expansionism of the USA that had included the destruction and absorption of Native American lands, the seizure of northern Mexico, and the capturing of Hawaii. Though the USA is considered a country that downplayed establishing its own colonies, this is historically inaccurate. Through the Spanish-American War, the USA gained several, including the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and a semi-colony: Cuba.

In the case of the Philippines, the US forces that arrived under Admiral Dewey were not necessary in order to defeat the Spanish. Philippine rebels, well organized and led, had defeated the Spanish except in Manila. Rather than surrender to the Filipinos, the Spanish chose to cut a deal with the USA and surrender to them instead. The US forces took advantage of this and soon had sufficient troops on the ground in order to begin the process of occupying the archipelago.

The Philippine revolutionaries had accepted the US forces as genuine allies and were, therefore, completely unprepared for the treachery that ensued. The war launched by the USA was bloody, racist and actually genocidal. While more than 4000 US troops were killed and another 3000 wounded, somewhere between 250,000 – 1.4 million Filipinos were killed.[2] The strikingly racist nature of the war is what has been written out of most histories. The Filipinos were identified by white Americans as, for all intents and purposes, being black. The usage of the term ‘nigger’ to describe the Filipinos, then, was not seen as analogical by the racists, but rather as an appropriate characterization. The combination of the deep-seated racism plus the frustration faced by the US in fighting a guerrilla war with a well-organized resistance made this one of the bloodiest engagements the USA ever undertook, and one for which the USA has never made amends.

African American troops were deployed to the Philippines to fight the resistance. This took place at a peculiar moment in African American history. Jim Crow segregation and political disenfranchisement were the growing trends in the South. The gains won during the period of Reconstruction had been lost. There were different responses towards this catastrophe within the leadership of Black America, with the most famous being the great debates between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois. The Washington/Dubois debates were largely over the domestic struggle, but there were also struggles regarding how African Americans should approach the question of US foreign policy, and more generally, US imperialism. One school of thought held that African Americans needed to prove themselves worthy and patriotic citizens and, therefore, support US adventures overseas. The other school of thought was consistent with a significant anti-imperialist movement of the time (with which the noted author Mark Twain was associated) that condemned US aggression, particularly with regard to the invasion of the Philippines.

Into this situation entered one David Fagen, an African American soldier originally from Florida, who enlisted in the Army and eventually found himself in the Philippines. Rather than entering into a war against Spanish colonialism, Fagen and other Black troops were now engaged in a very unpopular war of aggression against a brown-skinned and black-skinned people who wanted national independence. The war was unpopular enough among the troops that there were desertions and, in fact, defections to the Philippine Army.

Fagen was one of small group of deserters who defected to the Philippine Army and fought with valor, rising in the ranks of the guerrilla army. His reputation became such that the US military went all out to find, capture and kill Fagen. By 1901 the Philippine resistance weakened and key leaders were either captured or surrendered. The US military was unwilling to pardon Fagen and, despite efforts by the US military to convince them otherwise, Fagen’s Filipino comrades refused to turn him over. As a result Fagen disappeared. In a strange incident, however, an individual brought in the head of a man he alleged to have been Fagen, thereby seeking a reward from the US military. The circumstances were so odd that it was largely assumed that it was some sort of trick and that Fagen was, actually, still alive. In subsequent years there were reports of sightings of Fagen but nothing confirmed. To the best of anyone’s knowledge, Fagen lived out the rest of his life among the Filipino population.

Fagen’s existence, and specifically his actions in defecting to the Philippine Army raised at the time, and continue to raise, important questions about conscience and patriotism. From the standpoint of the US military, Fagen was a deserter and traitor, but from the standpoint of the Filipino resistance, and for much of the national democratic movement in the Philippines subsequently, Fagen was a hero who stood with them during their darkest hour.

Fagen took a stand against an illegal and genocidal war. It was not simply a verbal stand but a refusal to be complicit in such criminality. It was this actual stand that made him such a dangerous person, at least from the standpoint of US authorities. There was another side to Fagen’s stance which must be understood: the example that he set at a moment of intense racial/national oppression against African Americans. At a point when African Americans were losing virtually every right to which they were supposed to be eligible, Fagen’s actions were, in effect, challenging the very notion that there was any obligation on the part of African Americans to respect the authority of the United States. Such an example simply could not have been tolerated by the ruling elite. It was not just that Fagen chose not to return to the Jim Crow USA, but that Fagen was quite prepared to take up arms.

Fagen’s actions force a discussion about the stance that should be taken in the face of illegal and immoral actions by one’s government. This is a matter far deeper than the issue of taking up arms. In the conditions of war, Fagen made a choice, but he was not the only person who had to make the broader choice. A mass movement existed at the time in the USA, as earlier noted, that protested US aggression. Yet there were African Americans then, as there are now, who suggested that Black America must constantly prove itself to be worthy citizens by being complicit in actions of aggression. Whether, in our time, it was events such as Colin Powell misinforming the United Nations about the alleged weapons of mass destruction, or the current wave of drone assaults being carried out by the USA with large numbers of civilian casualties, or, for matter the continued US involvement in the Philippines, African Americans are encouraged to either silence our criticisms or to actively support such actions. Dr. Martin Luther King certainly did not take up arms against US imperial might, but his profound condemnation of US aggression in Indochina (and other parts of the world) made him as disreputable a character as was David Fagen, at least as far as the perpetrators of imperial arrogance were and are concerned.

It is to this matter of the current US involvement in the Philippines that the story of David Fagen brings us. Since the 1946 nominal independence of the Philippines, the US has continued its interference in the internal affairs of the country, turning the Philippines into a neo-colony. Whether in their support of dictators, such as Ferdinand Marcos, or their support for other ‘democratically challenged’ governments that have conducted or turned a blind eye to human rights abuses, the USA has been on the wrong side of history. The Philippines has been engaged in a civil war since the early 1970s pitting a radical alliance known as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (led by the Communist Party of the Philippines) against various governments of the Philippines. The USA has done nothing to assist with a peaceful settlement between the NDFP and the government and, if anything, has encouraged a further militarization of that conflict. The USA has also been of little help in the conflict on the southern island of Mindanao (with the largely Muslim Moro people fighting for autonomy), which the USA treated as largely a matter of alleged Islamic terrorism.

US media has generally ignored developments in the Philippines unless there is some sort of alleged Al Qaeda connection, and it pays no attention to nor expresses any concern regarding US military machinations or the efforts to sabotage peace talks with the NDFP. In that context the apparition of David Fagen hangs over Black America asking us, once again, to choose, that is, to ask ourselves to what extent do we wish to either be complicit in the imperial adventures of our government or, in the alternative, to side with democracy and justice?

The choice is ours, and ours alone to make.

[NOTE:  This essay is written in recognition of “Philippine Solidarity Week,” which commemorates the opening of the Philippine-US War in February 1899. There are a number of interesting pieces written on the matter of David Fagen. I refer the reader to a very interesting piece by my colleague E. San Juan, Jr. cited earlier in this essay. I also would suggest: Michael C. Robinson and Fran N. Schubert, “David Fagen:  An Afro-American Rebel in the Philippines, 1899-1901,” Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 44, No. 1, (February 1975), pp.69-83.]


[1] E. San Juan, Jr, “An African American Solider in the Philippine Revolution:  An Homage to David Fagen,” Cultural Logic, 2009, p.14.

[2] Ibid., p.3.

2013 Philippine Solidarity Week NY/NJ – Begins February 2!

Philippine Solidarity Week is a series of events building solidarity for national liberation and genuine democracy in the Philippines, led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA (BAYAN-USA). The Week’s events surround the anniversary of the Philippine-American War on February 4th.

This year, organizations in New York and New Jersey are hosting the following public events for 2013 Philippine Solidarity Week:

Saturday, February 2, 7:30 pm
Lunar New Year Rising: Typhoon Pablo Fundraising Party

Join FiRE as we celebrate Lunar New Year and introduce GABRIELA’s participation in the worldwide One Billion Rising campaign that demands an end to violence against women and children. In addition, we are fundraising to support relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of the devastation from Typhoon Pablo. Please contact Irma Bajar at irmabajar to RSVP and directions.
HOSTED BY: Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment www.firenyc.org

Tuesday, February 5, 6:30 pm
COIN: US/Philippine Counter-Insurgency Program

Brecht Forum: 451 West St. (between Bank and Bethune)An educational on the counter-insurgency program in the Philippines, and the current human rights situation faced by Filipinos.
Suggested donation $5, no one will be turned away
HOSTED BY: New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines www.nychrp.info

Saturday, February 9, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
“Bloody Blundering Business” Film Screening & Panel

at Pope Lecture Hall, St. Peter’s University, 115 Glenwood Ave. (btw JFK Blvd & West Side Ave), Jersey City, NJ 07306 / $10 suggested donation, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds
This Bloody Blundering Business examines the history of American intervention in the Philippines following the Spanish American War. Learn more about the Philippine-American War of 1899, Continued US Military Presence in the Philippines, and the Enduring People’s Movement for Genuine Independence with special guest speakers. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/406700649413684
HOSTED BY: ANAKBAYAN NJ http://anakbayannynj.wordpress.com/ and St. Peter’s University Social Justice Program

Monday, February 11, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Exposure: The Philippines

Activists flew to the Philippines in Summer 2012 to be truly exposed to the concrete conditions of the country. Most importantly, they learned how the Philippine mass movement for genuine freedom and democracy is agitating, organizing, and mobilizing communities to face social, economic, & political issues. An info session about how you can join next summer’s exposure trip will follow.

Venue: TBD
HOSTED BY: BAYAN-USA Northeast

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/521944761169306

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!

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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