KADASIG: From Typhoon Haiyan to Large-Scale Mining, A Report-Back Performance and Discussion

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Precious Butiu, 206-406-6927, precious.butiu@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/839674332714572/

KADASIG: From Typhoon Haiyan to Large-Scale Mining, A Report-Back Performance and Discussion

WHAT: 17 Seattle-based community members traveled to the Philippines at the end of 2013 to assist with grassroots recovery efforts from super Typhoon Haiyan. This event is their report-back to the community.

WHEN: Friday, April 25, doors at 7p, show at 8pm
WHERE: Southside Commons, 3518 S Edmunds St, Seattle
WHO:  Co-sponsored by BAYAN Pacific Northwest, Philippine-U.S. Solidarity Organization, GABRIELA Seattle, Alay ng Kultura, Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites and Social Justice Fund NW.
Tickets: $10 pre-sale/youth, $15 at the door
*Food and childcare available

FRIDAY, APRIL 25 — Community members of the Bayan Pacific Northwest region will retell their stories of transformation, highlights and challenges in a multi-media show entitled “KADASIG” which means courage in the Bisaya language. The 17 delegates from Seattle including four children traveled to the Philippines last winter to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts and to further their understanding of the harsh realities of Philippine society.

The Seattle team spent half the time in Quezon City near the capital Manila, celebrating the 150th birthday of Philippine hero Andres Bonifacio, and the other half on the southern island of Mindanao learning about the impacts of large scale mining on the land and surrounding community.

Super Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest tropical storm recorded in history to hit the Philippines, struck the town of Tacloban on the island of Leyte on November 8. One week later, Precious Butiu of the organization GABRIELA Seattle and Henry Luke of Alay ng Kultura were the first of the Seattle team to arrive. They participated in a five-day caravan of the first national relief mission organized by BALSA, a national grassroots, all-volunteer organization in the Philippines.

“When we arrived in Tacloban, the devastation of the area and desperation of the thousands of survivors lined up to receive relief goods blew my mind,” says Precious.  “Yet it was inspiring to see how organized all the BALSA volunteers were in putting the relief packs together and distributing them to the survivors, despite the Philippine government’s inability to respond to the disaster.”

Team members also brought along their families including hip hop artist and activist Geo Quibuyen aka Prometheus Brown of the rap duo The Bar and Blue Scholars. Geo states, “Going back to the Philippines for the first time since I was six was an experience I’ll never forget. It meant everything to share that experience with my family and be hosted by many selfless organizers who we learned from and even worked alongside in their various campaigns and projects to better the conditions of the country my family still calls home.”

All are invited to KADASIG on April 25 to hear more experiences from the  Seattle team and bear witness to the power of the mass movement for genuine democracy in the Philippines.  Read more about their stories and see photos here: <BAYAN PNW > ##

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In Solidarity with the Hunger Strikers at the Northwest Immigration Detention Center in Tacoma, WA

March 11, 2014
From: BAYAN USA Pacific Northwest
Contact: Nicole Ramirez, (360) 362-3455, ramireznicole@gmail.com,
BAYAN USA Pacific Northwest Regional Co-Coordinator

In Solidarity with the Hunger Strikers at the Northwest Immigration Detention Center in Tacoma, WA

Members of BAYAN USA Pacific Northwest stand together in support of the detainees taking part in the hunger strikes at the Northwest Detention Center, and urge Immigration and Customs Enforcement and GEO Corporation to open negotiations with the strikers to address their demands.

Our organizations, which represent Filipino youth, students, scholars, women, workers, artists, and migrants in the Pacific Northwest region, is part of BAYAN USA, a national alliance of 18 progressive Filipino organizations. We work to support workers’ and immigrants’ rights, to end community violence, and to educate young people about Philippine history and culture.

We are aware of the inhumane conditions and the for-profit nature of the Northwest Detention center owned and operated by the GEO Corporation. We are fundamentally against any institution that profits from stripping away a person’s rights and separating them from their family and communities.

We support the hunger strikers’ calls for better food quality, improved treatment that includes access to medical treatment, an increase of wages for their work in the facility, and an end to exorbitant commissary prices.

Most importantly, we support their demand to stop the deportations and detainments. Many of those detained are contributing members of our community, live in our neighborhoods, and have families of their own.

Since the S-Comm deportation program launched in Washington state, it has been responsible for removing more than 2,500 undocumented Washingtonians and their families from the state. The splitting up of families and community is a form of violence and it needs to stop.

Many of us and our family members had been forced to leave the Philippines due to the dire economic conditions tied to years of U.S. intervention and military occupation. Similarly, those in the detention facilities are disproportionately from the global south and countries facing conditions of poverty and military occupation that have forced them to migrate. This is not just an issue of immigration, but also one of racial and economic injustice.

Furthermore, we denounce any use of harassment and retaliation towards the detainees on strike, such as verbal abuse, isolation, and forced feeding. We call on ICE and GEO to listen to their demands, stop the deportations, improve their treatment, and treat them with respect and dignity.

Sincerely,
BAYAN USA Pacific Northwest
Anakbayan Seattle
Alay ng Kultura
GABRIELA Seattle
Philippine U.S. Solidarity Organization
Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

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. ##

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 . ###