Summer 2014 Expo with Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network

From July 2014 – August 2014, four Anakbayan Seattle members participated in the first annual Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN) relief and rebuild mission in the Philippines. This was the first time, since 2011, that AB members were able to go to the Philippines as part of an exposure program.
Our Exposurists had the opportunity to integrate with community members, in all three major islands: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. During their time in the Philippines, they learned about various community issues (including but not limited to):
  • Youth and Student struggles such as the constant threat of increasing tuition rates and “miscellaneous” fees despite the low quality of education that is provided by the Polytechnic University of the Philippine’s Administration;
  • The struggles of the Pentagon Steel Workers and NXP workers who face dangerous working conditions, limited benefits, and no job security;
  • The criminal negligence of, and oppressive policies from, the local Government that is preventing survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda from rebuilding their lives. Policies such as the No Build / No Dwell Zones stand in the way of fisherfolk who are trying to go back to work;
  • The exploitation of fisherfolk of the Gen San fish port, owned by the local Government but managed by foreign corporations;
  • The limited access to free public education, and other resources, of communities that have been displaced and forced to move into remote areas / mountain tops;
  • The constant threat of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who use children as human shields, as well as harass, torture, and murder community leaders who are defending their ancestral lands;
  • The destructive treatment towards the environment from large-scale open pit mining corporations and farming corporations that practice aerial spray of toxic chemicals;

This expo trip was life-changing and our Exposurists learned so much. We encourage you to support our current campaigns: Save our Schools, Stop the Minings / Stop the Killings, and U.S. Troops Out of the Philippines.These campaigns speak to just a few of the many important struggles that our Exposurists learned about, while in the Philippines this past summer.

If you are interested in participating in the KBKN relief and rebuild mission this upcoming summer 2015, please submit your information on our interest form.
Photos courtesy of Richard Arcelo, documentation lead during the exposure trip.
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