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!
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
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