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Anakbayan-USA Message to the Founding Assembly of Anakbayan-Melbourne

July 13, 2012

On behalf of the National Executive Committee, National Council and general membership of Anakbayan-USA, we send our revolutionary greetings and congratulations to our kasamas in Melbourne for establishing the first chapter of Anakbayan in Australia!

We offer you our full support and we look forward to strengthening our ties across the Asia-Pacific, together with our mother organization in the Philippines.  Let us share and learn lessons from our experiences to consolidate and expand the comprehensive Filipino youth organizing in our respective countries.

As Filipinos overseas, it is clear that the cause of the forced migration of Filipinos abroad is the continuing semi-feudal, semi-colonial character of Philippine society that exports cheap Filipino labor.  It is for this reason that we must recognize ourselves as integral to our people’s struggle for national liberation and genuine people’s democracy.

Be bold and daring in arousing, organizing, and mobilizing the Filipino youth in Melbourne and across Australia, to build a strong nationwide Filipino youth movement.  It’s important to address your local community issues while linking them with the root problems in the Philippines that cause our migration—namely imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism.  Through making these connections, we can bring overseas Filipino youth closer to the ongoing struggle for national democracy in the Philippines.

In addition, it is our duty as overseas Filipino youth to deepen solidarity links with other oppressed and exploited communities in order to strengthen the international anti-imperialist movement.  We must do our best to build alliances with non-Filipinos and their struggles to gain broad support for the Philippine national democratic movement, especially now as the protracted crisis of global monopoly capitalism imposes more misery on our people and the rest of the working masses of the world.

The struggle in Australia is even more crucial with the threat of the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), a neoliberal policy larger in scope than its predecessor, the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This economic attack on the people is bolstered by US military aggression with the building of a new US military base in your country and the proposed joint military exercises of the Australian military with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

It is high time that we reconnect and uphold the revolutionary tradition of the Filipino youth.  Let us carry on the legacy of Kabataang Makabayan and draw inspiration from the words of its founding chairperson, Jose Maria Sison, “Only through militant struggle can the best in the youth emerge.”

Mabuhay ang kabataang makabayan na nakikibaka!

Serve the people! Struggle for National Democracy!

Lumalakas, lumalawak, lumalaban, ANAKBAYAN!

 

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The National Democratic movement of the Philippines - Bay Area style. 15 years and counting. Honored to be a part of it. And the work ain’t done yet. ISULONG!

Our people’s movement have come along way. Its an honor to be part of this protracted struggle. An honor to struggle with kasamas who want to shed light to the injustices in our society. I am thankful that this movement has taught me how to be a revolutionary. This is where i learned how to put theory into practice, how to be accountable and responsible to the people i am serving, where i learned to love the people as much as self, where i learned how to remold my backwards thinking, and more importantly, where i learned how to value the relationships in this movement. Lookin forward to the future. Lookin forward to the people that will eventually organize. Lookin forward for people to actually understand how to make concrete community change and see revolution in the future. 

hindi pa tapos ang labang to, Isulong!

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Anakbayan-USA Founding Congress
Makibaka! Huwag Matakot! Unite and Strengthen the Filipino Youth Movement in the US to Advance National Democracy in the Philippines! 
Warm and militant greetings from the Anakbayan-USA National Organizing Committee!
The Anakbayan-USA National Organizing Committee formally invites you to attend the historic Founding Congress of Anakbayan-USA, the first overseas national chapter of Anakbayan Philippines, on Friday, May 18, 2012 at Centro Autonomo in Chicago, Illinois.
We call upon all our allies, chapters, and chapter organizing committees in the US to launch a mass movement and mobilize to Chicago this May for our Founding Congress. Whether as a member organization or observer, we hope that you will join us for this historic event. We look forward to forming and building Anakbayan-USA to unite and strengthen the Filipino youth movement in the US to further advance the struggle for national democracy in the Philippines!
HistoryTen years ago in 2002, Anakbayan Seattle formed the first overseas chapter of Anakbayan Philippines. Since then, we have expanded to build solid chapters in Los Angeles, New Jersey, East Bay, San Diego, and Silicon Valley, as well as a chapter organizing committee in New York. With our growth in strength nationwide, there has developed a solid basis for the founding of an overseas national chapter of Anakbayan in order to unite as a single mass organization and closely coordinate the further expansion and consolidation of our work.
Chicago 2012Chicago is a significant and timely location for holding our founding assembly, as we will come together in the midst of the anti-imperialist struggle against the G8/NATO Summit. Given the current political situation of increasing repression in the United States and the worsening chronic crisis of the world capitalist system, it is necessary for us to courageously step up our level of work in arousing, organizing, and mobilizing the Filipino youth to build a broad movement for genuine social change. As the comprehensive youth organization in the Philippines, Anakbayan is at the forefront of the youth movement in the struggle for national democracy. As Filipino youth in the US, we must uphold our revolutionary tradition and continue to contribute to the genuine liberation of the Philippines.
Registration:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDZfNFJLd2ZRcDY0TUNEWTJPVVVlRlE6MQ




To say that I’m excited for this would be a huge understatement.  A little over 2 weeks to go — the countdown is on!

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Anakbayan-USA Founding Congress

Makibaka! Huwag Matakot! Unite and Strengthen the Filipino Youth Movement in the US to Advance National Democracy in the Philippines! 

Warm and militant greetings from the Anakbayan-USA National Organizing Committee!

The Anakbayan-USA National Organizing Committee formally invites you to attend the historic Founding Congress of Anakbayan-USA, the first overseas national chapter of Anakbayan Philippines, on Friday, May 18, 2012 at Centro Autonomo in Chicago, Illinois.

We call upon all our allies, chapters, and chapter organizing committees in the US to launch a mass movement and mobilize to Chicago this May for our Founding Congress. Whether as a member organization or observer, we hope that you will join us for this historic event. We look forward to forming and building Anakbayan-USA to unite and strengthen the Filipino youth movement in the US to further advance the struggle for national democracy in the Philippines!

History
Ten years ago in 2002, Anakbayan Seattle formed the first overseas chapter of Anakbayan Philippines. Since then, we have expanded to build solid chapters in Los Angeles, New Jersey, East Bay, San Diego, and Silicon Valley, as well as a chapter organizing committee in New York. With our growth in strength nationwide, there has developed a solid basis for the founding of an overseas national chapter of Anakbayan in order to unite as a single mass organization and closely coordinate the further expansion and consolidation of our work.

Chicago 2012
Chicago is a significant and timely location for holding our founding assembly, as we will come together in the midst of the anti-imperialist struggle against the G8/NATO Summit. Given the current political situation of increasing repression in the United States and the worsening chronic crisis of the world capitalist system, it is necessary for us to courageously step up our level of work in arousing, organizing, and mobilizing the Filipino youth to build a broad movement for genuine social change. As the comprehensive youth organization in the Philippines, Anakbayan is at the forefront of the youth movement in the struggle for national democracy. As Filipino youth in the US, we must uphold our revolutionary tradition and continue to contribute to the genuine liberation of the Philippines.

Registration:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDZfNFJLd2ZRcDY0TUNEWTJPVVVlRlE6MQ

To say that I’m excited for this would be a huge understatement. A little over 2 weeks to go — the countdown is on!

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I had a good weekend retreat with the AnakBayan LA kasamas. I always feel inspired and empowered spending time with them as we grow and become better community organizers together. Even though not all of our members were in attendance, I’m glad that we got to build with those who were able to make it.

Random thoughts:

1.) I’m happy that I finally had a chance to do an in-depth report back of my Philippines exposure trip this past December. Going through the photo/videos I took and sharing all the stories reminded me of what a life changing experience it was, even though it only lasted for a few short days.

2.) The placebo effect — we found out on Sunday morning that we were actually drinking decaf coffee. On Saturday though, I felt more “energized” once I had that “caffeine” in me. Umm…oops?

3.) As much as I love taking pictures, I also like being in them. A lot of times I’m stuck behind the camera, so it was good to have other folks who helped out with documentation.

4.) Chants and gestures: Wildcats Rawr! Kuh-sah-muhs! Sur-vi-vors!

5.) I need to start playing the guitar more. I almost forgot how fun it is!

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Serve the People means to always put the people’s needs and interests before your own personal self-interest (Taken with instagram)

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Serve the People means to always put the people’s needs and interests before your own personal self-interest (Taken with instagram)

Self-interests…

The other day a friend was telling me how I’m the only one she knows who has to check a calendar before making plans to hang out (she hasn’t met my other friends yet. lol). “Don’t you ever have any free time? It seems like you always have something to do or somewhere to be.” While I do sometimes wish that I had more time on my hands, I’d rather be busy than not (it’s kind of tough to remember what life was like when all I did was kick it. lol). Since I’ve become a lot more involved in the organizing work with Anakbayan LA over the last 6 months or so, I’ve had less and less time for myself. However, what I’m actively trying to work on is that it’s not about me anymore, it’s about Serving the People and internalizing that concept so it goes beyond just a cool phrase that’s printed on a shirt or a sticker.

We’re constantly in the process of remolding ourselves, and for me specifically, I’m working on maintaining a truly selfless attitude through my actions. Generally speaking, I feel that I’m more of a giver than a taker in my different relationships w/folks, but I still have selfish tendencies at times (anyone who says they don’t isn’t being honest enough with him/herself). I’m still trying to shake that bourgeois mentality of consumerism, but it’s a tough thing to do. Right now I’m on this whole tip of getting a better paying job so I can eventually get my own place (w/out a roommate) and have nice things, but is that really in the spirit of collectivity? I mean, I still like shopping for camera gear and a fresh pair of kicks (which I went overboard with last year), but are those things really necessary?

Over the weekend I had a really good discussion with some of the Anakbayan LA kasamas about self-interests and also our general approach to organizing. Lately I’ve been guilty of complaining about the organizing work and having a negative attitude towards it, but when I’m actually in that moment I’m reminded of just how inspiring and empowering it is to be in that kind of space. It’s not even about the feeling of self-fulfillment that I get — it’s about knowing that the work we’re doing with and for the people/community does make a difference. It might seem small and insignificant from an outsider perspective, but all these little things do add up into something meaningful.

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, Angie Ipong (who at one point was the oldest political prisoner in the Philippines) came to L.A. to kick off her international speaking tour. Even at the age of 67, I was amazed at how much energy and passion she had for organizing. It was really inspiring to hear how she never allowed anyone to kill her spirit during her 6+ years of imprisonment. There’s so much more to be said about the lessons I learned from her speaking engagement, but I’ll save that for another blog.

The work continues, but this time around I’ll have a much more grounded, principled approach. Our growth will continue as long as we allow it to…

Never forget…

On my first full day back from the Philippines, I asked a couple of friends to interview me so I can talk about my experiences while they were still fresh on my mind. A part of me wanted to do it so I could share with others, but another part was for personal reasons — so I can revisit that interview whenever I feel myself falling off course and hopefully get back on track.

It’s been over three months since my exposure trip, where I integrated with farmers in the countryside as well as folks in the urban poor areas. I feel like the fire that I came back with in January is slowly starting to die out, so today I decided to watch some of that interview, which is over 2 hours long. In the beginning of the interview, I talked about my fear of getting caught up in all the 1st World distractions and how we have to consciously work to not lose ourselves and our vision. I knew that eventually this day would come so it was kind of like I was talking to my future self (which is now my present self).

These last few weeks have been filled with lots of ups and downs, which has made it extremely difficult to focus on whatever it is I’m doing at the time. While I do acknowledge that I need to find a better work/life balance (which is currently leaning heavily towards the “work” side), I also need to take a step back, breathe, reassess, and remind myself of the importance of community organizing.

Although I may not think of them as often as I used to, I’ll never forget the people that I connected with in the Philippines. They opened up their homes and shared their stories with me, which is something I’ll always be appreciative of.

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Anakbayan LA Serve The People NewsletterIssue No. 2, February 2012

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anakbayanla:

Anakbayan LA Serve The People Newsletter
Issue No. 2, February 2012

View here
Download here

Find out more about the organization I’m a part of :)

Please take a few minutes to watch this video of people being uprooted from their homes in the Philippines, which is most likely in the name of “development”. You don’t even need to know the language, you just need to look at their face and hear it in their voice to empathize with their situation — The tears. The despair. The pain. The confusion. The anger.

When I was there just a few weeks ago I heard so many stories, just like this one, of whole communities being displaced. We’re talking about hundreds or thousands of people whose homes are demolished to make way for some new mall or land development project. Of course, the politicians and business people say that it will stimulate the local economy by providing jobs, but the truth is that most of the residents in those surrounding areas couldn’t even afford to shop at those places anyway.

This video shows what’s been going on in the country for years. I understand that this can be tough to watch, but that’s nothing compared to actually having to live through this. Yeah, we can turn a blind eye and pretend this doesn’t exist, but I personally never want to forget images like this.

"That’s all fine and dandy, but what does this have to do with me since I live in the United States? I’m not even Filipino.”

The truth is that this affects all of us in the States. It’s not a Filipino struggle, it’s a People’s Struggle. Did you know that your tax dollars are being used to fund the Philippine military and their counterinsurgency programs like Oplan Bayanihan, which are modeled directly from the United States? Programs like these fall under the guise of combating “terrorism” but it’s really an all out war on the People. The military and the police constantly violate human rights in the Philippines — anybody who tries to organize or speak out against landlords, politicians, companies, etc. is subject to severe forms of repression, including kidnapping, torture and death.

During my trip to the Philippines, I participated in an Exposure/immersion program very similar to the one seen in this video. I met quite a few people who were victims of military and police repression, one of whom included a labor union organizer who was forced to flee his home and family in an attempt to keep them safe from the intense military harassment and surveillance. He hasn’t seen his wife and their 13 year old son in over six months, simply because he’s fighting for basic rights like livable wages and safe working conditions.

Again, these are our U.S. tax dollars that are funding things like this. With all the messed up things going on in this country, wouldn’t you rather have that money go towards things like education and healthcare? It’s just like 2pac said, “they got money for wars, but can’t feed the poor.”

Whether we acknowledge it or not, we’re a part of this struggle…but we can also be a part of the solution.