KILUSAN // MOVEMENT | Anakbayan Seattle 12th Anniversary | Sunday, November 30

2014_N30_Kilusan_PosterKILUSAN / MOVEMENT: Beyond Solidarity and Relief
Anakbayan Seattle 12 Year Anniversary Show
Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network Relief Mission and Expo Report Back
50th Anniversary of Kabataang Makabayan

Sunday, November 30th
Doors & Silent Auction 3pm
Program 4pm – 6pm

at Jaam Rek 
2000 S Jackson St, Seattle, Washington 98144

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2014
Reference: Jenilee Policarpio, Chairperson, Anakbayan Seattle, anakbayan.seattle@gmail.com
 
Seattle, Washington – Anakbayan Seattle is proud to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Kabataang Makabayan and Anakbayan Seattle’s 12th Anniversary: Kilusan / Movement – Beyond Solidarity and Relief’ (Kilusan means “movement “ in Tagalog). We will be honoring and commemorating Filipino youth and student movements by showcasing several cultural pieces and testimonials of our our most recent exposure trip, where we sent four Anakbayan members to the Philippines. Our performance will take you through all three major regions of the Philippines (Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao), and will share the true conditions of the Filipino people as well as our movement for genuine National Democracy in the Philippines.

Our History – Founded on November 30, 2002 at the Eastern Hotel in Seattle’s International District, Anakbayan Seattle was the first overseas chapter of Anakbayan Philippines.November 30th holds historical significance as the birthday of Andres Bonifacio – founder of the revolutionary society, the Katipunan. In addition, the first comprehensive youth mass organization in the Philippines, Kabataang Makabayan was founded on this day in 1964. Anakbayan Seattle’s formation was influenced by the major protests of the World Trade Organization’s Ministerial Conference in Seattle on November 30, 1999, which introduced unfair trade policies between the Philippines and the United States. All eyes were on Seattle as the people resisted against the neoliberal policies of the World Trade Organization, eventually shutting the international conference down entirely. Students from the University of Washington, Washington State University, and other universities recognized the conditions to create an international mass organization directly connected to the youth and student struggle in the Philippines.

Twelve years later, Filipino youth and students in the United States continue to uphold the proud revolutionary heritage of Andres Bonifacio and Kabataang Makabayan, with Anakbayan chapters in Seattle, Los Angeles, East Bay, San Diego, Silicon Valley, New Jersey, New York, and Chicago. In May 2012, members and allies gathered in Chicago for the historic founding of Anakbayan-USA, a nationwide organization comprised of all Anakbayan chapters in the U.S., in addition to the League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University.

We welcome everyone to join us on Sunday, November 30th at Jaam Rek Seattle, for a day of celebration and movement!

Youth: $5, no one turned away
Adult: $7

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Remembering Typhoon Haiyan / One Year of Grassroots Fundraising for Relief and Rehabilitation

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Photo by Nikki Deleon

A year ago today Typhoon Haiyan’s (aka Yolanda) 195 mph winds devastated the Philippines. Three days later, over 11 million Filipinos in Eastern Visayas were affected, with over 6,000 recorded deaths.

For this one-year anniversary, rather than focus on the damage done and the Aquino Administration’s slow response to the disaster, we want to highlight a different story. Grassroots Filipino American organizations quickly mobilized to collect donations, gather materials, and send activists to help on the ground.

BAYAN USA organizations in Washington and Oregon raised a combined total of over $50,000 towards Mindanao-based relief organization BALSA. According to the U.S.-based partner organization for BALSA, National Alliance of Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), Washington State was one of the top three states for Haiyan donations, coming out third after California and New York.

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Later, BAYAN activists from both Seattle and Portland traveled to the Philippines for the first two BALSA National Relief Missions, to hand out relief packs and document the aid work. Altogether, over the past year, NAFCON raised over $1 million for grassroots relief in the typhoon-effected areas of Samar and Leyte. View a full report of NAFCON’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief and Rehabilitation work here: http://bit.ly/1w10wuv

Our focus on the typhoon-effected areas in the Philippines continued into this year, as we sent over 20 community members to the Philippines in 2013 to connect the drastic impact of climate change to our own lives and policies here in the U.S.

This past summer, we sent 5 youth and student organizers from Seattle and Portland to the Philippines to join Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network’s typhoon relief missions. A reportback of their experience will be held in Seattle on Sunday, November 30. Visit abexpo14.tumblr.com for more details.

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Currently, organizers in Eastern Visayas continue their relief effort by organizing residents in the movement for a truly accountable government, as well as raising awareness about climate change. BAYAN organizers in Seattle hosted BALSA Mindanao climate activist May Vargas during her U.S. travels. As a delegate from the Philippines, she joined over 2,000 people from 162 other countries for the People’s Climate March in New York this past September.

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May Vargas of BALSA Mindanao at NAFCON’s General Assembly this past October

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to continue the progress we’ve made in not only rebuilding the Philippines, but also in working towards solutions that affect the root causes of these climate calamities. Please click here to quickly and easily donate for lasting solutions.

Maraming maraming salamat,
BAYAN USA Pacific Northwest