Anakbayan Los Angeles joins our peers in the Philippines by participating in the Blog Action Day to support the Filipino youth and student fight for a greater education budget as well as to stop tuition fee increases and budget cuts to education and social services.
For the Filipino youth in the US and overseas, we offer this English translation of the fierce and militant speech by Anakbayan’s national Secretary General, Charisse Bañez, (aka ”Chaba”) made in front of the Mendiola march during the National Youth Walkout for Education on July 19, 2011.
She explains in the clearest terms the unjust and oppressive state of the Philippine education system and outlines the alternative pro-people solution to the current system.
We recognize that, as youth and students in the US, we are facing the same cuts to our public education budgets nationwide. This is an all-rounded and concerted attack by the monopoly capitalists worldwide to make higher education inaccessible to youth from working families and deny them their basic right to education.
It is important for us to carry our fight beyond the bounds of the universities and recognize that our struggle for education is ultimately interconnected and linked with the struggle of all working people who are also suffering under the exploitation and oppression of the current economic and social system.
Let us continue to unite our fellow youth and students nationwide to build a strong comprehensive movement that links the struggles of students with the struggles all working people for education, employment, social services, and immigration reform. We call for an end to the misuse of our nation’s resources in waging imperialist wars as well as an end to the tax cuts for big corporations and the wealthiest Americans.
Let our generation take up its historical role as a powerful force for pushing our society towards genuine social change. Let us remember and bring to life the words of Jose Maria Sison: “Only through militant struggle can the best in the youth emerge.” (Youth On The March)