Seattle’s International Women’s Day March is a Call for Gender Justice and Celebration of Women’s Resiliency

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MEDIA RELEASE
February 20, 2014
Contact: Jill Mangaliman, Pin@y sa Seattle
j.a.mangaliman@gmail.com
206-304-0997

Seattle’s International Women’s Day March is a Call for Gender Justice and Celebration of Women’s Resiliency

What: International Women’s Day March/Musical Brigade & Rally “Bring the Noise! Sound the Resilience!”
When: March 8th, 11AM to 2:30PM
11:00 AM – Gather at Pratt Park (1800 S Main St Seattle, WA 98122)
12:30PM – March/Musical Brigade westbound on S Jackson Street
Post Rally at Hing Hay Park (423 Maynard Ave S Seattle, WA 98104)
Visuals: Hundreds of women and families marching. Art pieces and performances at key intersections. Inspiring speeches by women leaders.

SEATTLE, March 8th, 2014 – Hundreds of women and allies in Seattle will march in solidarity with women around the world for International Women’s Day. Led by Pin@y sa Seattle and Green Bodies, this city-wide rally and march from Pratt to Hing Hay park will feature inspiring women speakers and performers. Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, the Fandango Project, and local emcee Rogue Pinay will all be making appearances.

Although it began in the US as a campaign to promote equal rights for women in the early 20th century, International Women’s Day has gained little attention in recent years. Organizations involved with this year’s march and musical brigade are hoping to change that and need your help!

On March 8th, Seattle organizations active in struggles locally, nationally and globally will come to together to build solidarity and encourage others to raise consciousness about issues that women and their communities face, such as economic hardship, labor trafficking, forced migration, wage theft, sexual assault, and gender discrimination.

“The idea of the Women’s Musical Brigade is for a celebration and rejoicing in our survival, struggle, resistance, and continued resilience through song, dance, spoken word, speeches, theater, and much more.” says co-organizer, Luzviminda Uzuri Carpenter, of Green Bodies. ##

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Thank you for Rising up for Justice on V-day – GABRIELA Seattle

Vday/February 14th was amazing to see the many flashmobs and actions happening around the world to call for an end to violence against women. Thank you for helping make it possible. I can’t say it enough, but thank you thank you!

You can watch the Seafood City Flashmob here: http://youtu.be/2NAp2FvT5EQhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjE9K3pJfhg#t=21

Also, check out our press coverage.
Henderson, Danielle. “One Billion Rising.” The Stranger. http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/02/14/one-billion-rising
Shepard, Kim. “Empowering Women on Vday” Kiro Radio, Ron & Don Show http://mynorthwest.com/108/2458003/Empowering-women-on-VDay
Stuteville, Sarah, “Forget the Valentines, Filipino Youth Flash Mob is the Best Thing About Vday.” Seattle Globalist. http://www.seattleglobalist.com/2014/02/14/forget-the-valentines-filipino-youth-flash-mob-is-the-best-thing-about-v-day/20859 (reposted in Seattle Times – http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022905947_sarahcolumn14xml.html)
And we’ll be in the NW Asian Weekly this week.

Next up, IWD! See you in the streets for International Women’s Day/March8th and the official launching of Gabriela Seattle’s new name and anti-trafficking campaign! If you are able to help make art or volunteer, let us know!

Thank you,
Jill

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Filipinos in Portland Danced for Justice with One Billion Rising

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Filipino women, youth, students, and allies gathered on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at noon at Portland State University’s Peter Stott Athletic Center to rise, release, and dance for justice joining the global movement called One Billion Rising. This event is a partnership between Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP), Gabriela USA, PSU Kaibigan, and other member organizations of the Northwest Filipino American Student Alliance during their annual Filipino Olympics, a friendly competition bringing together hundreds of Filipino American students in the Pacific Northwest.

Here is the link to the video of the One Billion Rising dance in Portland 2014:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltzvPucDzqA

Filipinos in Portland Dance for Justice with One Billion Rising

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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Rossella De Leon, Secretary General, Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, 503.915.7283portlandchrp@gmail.com

Filipinos in Portland Dance for Justice with One Billion Rising

Who: One Billion Rising Dance at the Annual Filipino Olympics
When: Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:00pm
Where: Portland State University Peter Stott Center, 1825 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201

PORTLAND, OR – According to the United Nations, one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, totaling about one billion. Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP) joins GABRIELA USA and one billion women and men rising to a global call for women survivors of violence and those who love them, to gather safely in public spaces to demand justice. “We recognize that we cannot end the various forms of violence against women, including gender violence, poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, without addressing that they are rooted in a global imperialist and capitalist system,” stated Valerie Francisco, Chairperson of GABRIELA USA.

Filipino women, youth, students, and allies will gather on Saturday, February 15 at noon at PSU’s Peter Stott Athletic Center to rise, release, and dance for justice joining the global movement called One Billion Rising. This event is a partnership between PCHRP, PSU Kaibigan, and the Northwest Filipino American Student Alliance during their annual Filipino Olympics, a friendly competition bringing together hundreds of Filipino American students in the Pacific Northwest. In the past, PCHRP and PSU Kaibigan have teamed up to raise awareness about gendered violence and practiced the One Billion Rising dance as a call to action. This action aims to gather even more people to rise to end violence against women. During the Filipino Olympics, participants will dance to the One Billion Rising choreography specifically designed and carried out in the Philippines. This same dance choreography by GABRIELA Philippines is being performed all around the world – Riyadh, Hong Kong, New York City, San Francisco – wherever there are Filipino communities. The dance symbolizes solidarity between diasporic Filipino communities all over the world that experience forms of gendered violence including human trafficking and wage theft.

Video and photos of the performance will be available online. In 2013, participants in over 207 countries rose and danced in demand of an end to violence against women. This year, the numbers are expected to increase exponentially. PCHRP stands in solidarity with GABRIELA USA and calls on the Philippine government to respond to the issues of trafficking of all Filipino people, and to address the root causes of migration, poverty, and underdevelopment in the Philippines. The fight to end violence against women is the fight against an imperialist system that inherently imposes violence on women on different scales. Join us on February 15 in Portland to RISE alongside the global dance-protest to demand justice for all survivors and victims of human and labor trafficking, and forced migration!

NOYNOY AQUINO: THE BIGGEST HUMAN TRAFFICKER OF FILIPINOS!

END THE LABOR EXPORT POLICY OF THE PHILIPPINES! NO TO IMPERIALIST TRADE POLICIES!

JUSTICE FOR ALL VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND ALL MIGRANT WORKERS! OUR PEOPLE ARE NOT FOR SALE!

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PCHRP is an organization of Filipinos and allies working in solidarity to advance the national democratic movement of the Philippines in the U.S.  PCHRP serves as an outlet for local, national, and international action alerts, media updates, and general information related to human rights violations against Filipinos in the Philippines and U.S.  PCHRP is an affiliate of BAYAN USA, an alliance of 18 progressive Filipino organizations in the U.S. representing youth, students, women, workers, artists, and human rights advocates.

Filipino Women, Survivors, and Allies to Rise, Release, and Dance to Fight Violence Against Women and Demand Justice

Filipina Women and Youth Answer Global Call to Dance for Justice for Women
Surprise One Billion Rising Flash-mob To Highlight Violence Against Women 

Who:  Pin@y sa Seattle, GABRIELA USA, youth and women
When:  Friday, February 14th, 6:30-7:30PM
Visuals:  Flash-mob Dance in a popular Shopping Mall
Where: {Contact Jill for information}

SEATTLE, WA – On February 14th, Filipina women, girls, and allies led by the members of Pin@y sa Seattle – GABRIELA USA, will join the global One Billion Rising movement by performing a flash-mob at a local shopping mall frequented by many Filipino immigrants, migrants and Fil-Ams to in commemoration of “International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women’s Day” or most known as “V-Day.”  According to the United Nations, one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, totaling about one billion.

One Billion Rising was initiated last year by Vagina Monologues creator, Eve Ensler as “a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.” In 2013, participants in over 207 countries rose and danced in demand of an end to violence against women. This year, the numbers are expected to escalate.

As part of their I vow to fight VAW (Violence Against Women) Campaign, Pin@y sa Seattle is leading efforts to continue educating their communities about the root causes of violence impacting women and children including forms of violence caused by economic hardship and political repression most often felt by people impacted by US Imperialism. These include issues of human and labor trafficking, forced migration, wage theft, accessibility to healthcare, enforced disappearances, and many more

“We are dancing again this year because it brings a serious issue to a highly visible platform to raise awareness on a global scale. We know dancing isn’t the solution. The solution is in the direct action we take to tackle the root causes, question the system that enables violence in our everyday lives, and we know we can’t do it alone. ” says Claudia Paras of Pin@y sa Seattle, “As a survivor, organizer, and ally I feel empowered and inspired to be with others here and internationally rising together on VDay.”

The dance choreographed by GABRIELA Philippines is being performed all around the world. Video and photos of the performance will be available online following the flash-mobon Friday.

Pin@y will continue raise awareness on issues of violence and in particular economic violence as they relate to women by taking these issues to the streets in a city wide march and rally on International Women’s Day, March 8.  For more information, contact j.a.mangaliman@gmail.com . ###

Portland Filipinos Join Philippine American Solidarity Week

For Immediate Release
February 6, 2014

Contact:  Rossella De Leon, Secretary General, Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, 503.915.7283portlandchrp@gmail.com 

Portland Filipinos Join Philippine American Solidarity Week

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Portland, OR. – The Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP) commemorates the anniversary of the Philippine-American War during Philippine American Solidarity Week beginning on February 4 to call attention to continuing struggle of the Filipino people against U.S. political and economic intervention. Joining organizations across the U.S. under the alliance, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA (BAYAN-USA), PCHRP members stand in solidarity with the Filipino people for genuine sovereignty and lasting peace in the Philippines. 

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 Agreement (TPPA) and the Joint Force 2020 ventures, U.S. troops will continue imperialist aggression in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the Philippines.

On January 31, PCHRP members joined the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign to protest 20 years of NAFTA and say “NO” to the TPP fast track. The TPPA is a US-led multi-lateral free trade agreement pushing neoliberal agenda of trade liberalization and deregulation in the Asia Pacific region. TPPA protects corporate interest by opening every sector of the economy of involved countries to foreign investments; removing barriers and tariffs restricting trade (zero tariff by 2015); and granting foreign investors and corporations the right to sue governments if their investments are threatened by the latter’s policies. “This is why fast tracking the TPPA is not in the interest of the people of the Philippines,” stated Justin Katigbak, Mass Campaigns Officer for PCHRP.

As part of the week of Philippine American Solidarity activities, PCHRP is joining forces with Portland State University’s Filipino American student organization, Kaibigan to host a film showing of “Dukot,” a feature film tackling political issues and exposing the harsh realities of human rights violations, and extra-judicial killings in the Philippines. “We believe showing this film will help deepen our collective understanding of the role we play as Filipino Americans and non-Filipinos committed to solidarity with people in the Philippines,” stated Angelica Lim, Education Officer of PCHRP and Political Chair of PSU Kaibigan.

“Just as the Filipino people resisted the American takeover in 1899, today we are continuing to resist U.S. imperialism and asserting the right of the Filipino people for a truly independent nation. We join the call of our compatriots in the Philippines to demand an end to expanded U.S. military access in the Asia Pacific and decisive action by the Aquino government to uphold national sovereignty.  We also join with all oppressed peoples in building the broadest international solidarity against the TPPA and the military pivot as instruments of U.S. hegemony. As long as U.S. imperialism dominates the Philippines and other countries and peoples, Filipinos will continue their resistance launched in 1899,” said Bernadette Ellorin, BAYAN–USA, Chair.

U.S. Troops Out of the Philippines!

No Fast Track of the TPPA!

Uphold and Respect Philippine Sovereignty!

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PCHRP is an organization of Filipinos and allies working in solidarity to advance the national democratic movement of the Philippines in the U.S.  PCHRP serves as an outlet for local, national, and international action alerts, media updates, and general information related to human rights violations against Filipinos in the Philippines and U.S.  PCHRP is an affiliate of BAYAN USA, an alliance of 18 progressive Filipino organizations in the U.S. representing youth, students, women, workers, artists, and human rights advocates.

Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
Executive Committee:
Seceretary General – Rossella De Leon, rosselladeleon@gmail.com
Education Officer – Angelica Lim, angelica.a.lim@gmail.com
Mass Campaign Officer – Justin Katigbak, katigbak.j@gmail.com
Organizational Development Officer – Nikki De Leon, ndeleon@pdx.edu
Cultural Officer – Kenneth Crebillo, crebillo@pdx.edu