Feb 292008
 

Many thanks to Frieda Werden for sending this link, seemed like a great way to usher in Women’s History Month. Enjoy!

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 February 29, 2008  Posted by on February 29, 2008

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  1. PLEASE POST these two events….

    SATURDAY, March 8th, 12noon.
    International Women’s Day Rally to Oust GMA
    Featuring First Quarter Storm
    Jose Rizal Park (1008 – 12th Avenue South, Seattle)

    TUESDAY, March 11, 6:30pm
    Edith Burgos, mother of human rights victim
    Speaking Event at Bethany UCC
    6230 Beacon Avenue South
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    News Release
    February 25, 2008

    Reference: Rob McCauley, GMA WATCH 206.383.7209, rob.mccauley@teamsters763.org

    Jeff Rice, BAYAN USA National Officer, 206.291.8078, edjop82@gmail.com

    Joanne Alcantara, GABRIELA-USA, 206.427.2994, gabrielawomen@gmail.com

    Fil-Ams Commemorate People Power by Calling for a “New Brand” of People Power
    GMAT WATCH AND BAYAN USA Calls for Increased Action in the US Against Arroyo

    The US Chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, or BAYAN USA, will join its mother alliance’s call for commemorative week long actions surrounding the anniversary of People Power 1. On Monday February 25th, the umbrella group BAYAN Philippines will be joining a broader call of church leaders, civil libertarians, and business leaders for the immediate resignation of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, following a high-end dialogue of various Philippine sectors in the Makati Business Club last Tuesday.

    The Arroyo clan has recently been exposed of high dealings in graft and corruption as ZTE-NBN Broadband scandal star witness Rodolfo Noel Lozada testified last week to the Philippine Congress.

    “We agree that Gloria will be facing a ‘new brand’ of people power, certainly one where more Filipino-Americans will take a stand, make more noise, and contribute to the anti-corruption, pro-democracy movement in the Philippines,” states BAYAN USA Finance Officer Jeff Rice. “We are calling on all patriotic Filipinos in the Seattle area who are concerned with the state of the Motherland to join together in this time of crisis.”

    BAYAN Philippines Secretary-General Renato Reyes Jr. noted, “Perhaps the difference with people power today is that its seeds are emerging from various sectors of society despite there being no Cardinal Sin to call for it. People power is springing forth from the grassroots, the schools, factories, communities, businesses, with various political formations are coming together. It is spreading despite the limitations of the church hierarchy.”

    “Now more than ever, we need to recall the lessons of people power and so we can come up with an improved version for our times. The new people power will not simply be led by any religious leader a la Cardinal Sin. Nor will it just seek to replace one regime with a worse one. We have certainly learned lessons from EDSA 1 and EDSA 2,” Reyes added.

    The theme of the BAYAN protest actions will be People Power Pa Rin! (People Power Still!), a call that is growing popular even among overseas Filipinos in various countries. BAYAN USA has a considerable number of second and third generation Filipino members in the US who fully unite with the call and understand its relevance.

    “Nothing is impossible. After 20 years of living under the iron fist of Marcos, the Filipino people made the so-called ‘impossible’ happen with People Power 1, and again with Estrada with People Power 2. These experiences prove that the Filipino people can make this new brand of People Power possible– one that will reject the corruption and moral bankruptcy of Trapo (traditional politician) politics, and one that will not allow another Trapo to simply replace Gloria. Even second-generation Fil-Ams can smell what is rotten about Arroyo from 30,000 miles away and know that the Philippine system needs to change,” states BAYAN USA Chair, Chito Quijano.

    BAYAN USA hopes to mounts actions with allies and friends in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities in the US calling for the resignation or ouster of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo next week. BAYAN USA also calls on all sympathetic forces in the United States to mount creative actions calling for the immediate removal of Arroyo.

    In Seattle, a series of actions will take place calling for the ouster of the Philippine President. All events are sponsored by GMA Watch, Bayan USA and GABRIELA USA. The week of March 10th, Edith Burgos, mother of missing farmer and activist Jonas Burgos, will travel across the nation in a national speaking tour to raise the level of awareness on the ongoing forced disappearances of activists in the Philippines. She has presented her case to the United Nations Commission for Human Rights and has garnered the attention of the international community on the state of human rights abuses under the hands of the Philippine government.

    THURSDAY, February 28, 8pm.

    Nationwide Candlelight Vigil for Victims of the Arroyo Regime

    University of Washington Red Square in front of Suzallo Library

    FRIDAY, February 29.

    5:30pm Rally at Komo News 4

    6:30pm Vigil at Seattle Center Fountain

    MONDAY, March 3rd, 6-8pm

    Potluck Dinner and Community Teach In

    Gran Oriente (117 – 15th Avenue South, Seattle)

    SATURDAY, March 8th, 12noon.

    International Women’s Day Rally to Oust GMA

    Featuring First Quarter Storm

    Jose Rizal Park (1008 – 12th Avenue South, Seattle)

    TUESDAY, March 11, 6:30pm

    Edith Burgos, mother of human rights victim

    Speaking Event at Bethany UCC

    6230 Beacon Avenue South

    We call on all Filipino people, friends and allies to stand against a corrupt government and say “Enough is enough! People Power Pa Rin! We demand an accountable government in the Philippines! Oust Gloria Now! ###

    PINAY* sa Seattle is a collective of Pinays celebrating our multifaceted identities, revolutionary history, and rich culture. We work to build a community in the Seattle area invested in educating, defending, and advocating for the human rights of Filipinas globally. (www.pinaysaseattle.org)
    Pinay sa Seattle is part of the women’s sector of BAYAN–USA, an alliance of progressive Filipino groups in the U.S.(www.bayanusa.org)

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