01 10 / 2014

Happy October 1st, the start of Pilipino American History Month! In honor of this occasion, Anakbayan Los Angeles is selling a limited editiont-shirt (sold only from 10/1-10/31), which celebrates four values of our National Democraticmovement: katarungan (justice), kalayaan (freedom), karapatan (rights), and kabuhayan (livelihood). The shirts will sell for $15 each (white white ink on a black shirt, standard S-XL sizes) and will be sold on our online store, servethepeople.storenvy.com. As of this week, however, we will be taking pre-orders before the shirt design gets put online. If you are interested in supporting ABLA’s work, please send us a payment through PayPal at our email anakbayanla@gmail.com and let us know your shirt size and mailing address. Please share widely! Salamat!

Happy October 1st, the start of Pilipino American History Month! In honor of this occasion, Anakbayan Los Angeles is selling a limited editiont-shirt (sold only from 10/1-10/31), which celebrates four values of our National Democraticmovement: katarungan (justice), kalayaan (freedom), karapatan (rights), and kabuhayan (livelihood). The shirts will sell for $15 each (white white ink on a black shirt, standard S-XL sizes) and will be sold on our online store, servethepeople.storenvy.com. As of this week, however, we will be taking pre-orders before the shirt design gets put online. If you are interested in supporting ABLA’s work, please send us a payment through PayPal at our email anakbayanla@gmail.com and let us know your shirt size and mailing address. Please share widely! Salamat!

01 10 / 2014

On August 2, 2014, Anakbayan LA members supported a recent fundraiser event for a new ally, SOOBAK “SoCal Outrageous Organized Bomb-ass Koreans” aka watermelon in Korean. They are sending their members on a two week Exposure and Educational trip to the Republic of South Korea to integrate with progressive organizations working on the peaceful reunification movement and the end to us militarization to the Asia pacific. We look forward to strengthening our work with them and attending their report back!

On August 2, 2014, Anakbayan LA members supported a recent fundraiser event for a new ally, SOOBAK “SoCal Outrageous Organized Bomb-ass Koreans” aka watermelon in Korean. They are sending their members on a two week Exposure and Educational trip to the Republic of South Korea to integrate with progressive organizations working on the peaceful reunification movement and the end to us militarization to the Asia pacific. We look forward to strengthening our work with them and attending their report back!

30 9 / 2014

On July 28, 2014, BAYAN-SoCal held its People’s State of the Nation Address rally in front of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles. Anakbayan LA members presented their cultural piece, the “Royals Remix” matched with a skit of workers and students resisting against President Noy Noy and Obama, and other BAYAN SoCal organizations such as Habi Arts, Anakbayan San Diego, and GABRIELA LA gave rousing speeches, along with speeches and representation from the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), MIGRANTE, and our ally, SURGE LA. Great work kasamas! Don’t know what SONA is? Check out these media clips and online resources!

SONA in the Phils 2014

Photos from SONA in the Phills 2014

Video of SONA in Manila

Video of SONA in Mindanao

NY: Balitang America

SF: CNN photo; Balitang America

LA: Balitang America

Online Prop: BUZZFEED

29 9 / 2014

On July 24, 2014, Anakbayan LA tabled with UC Riverside Katipunan and 909 Hip Hop Dance Troupe at the UCR Freshman Orientation. We connected with freshmen about typhoon relief and rehabilitation and our Save our Schools Campaign. We even casually exchanged tabling strategies objectives with Katipunan and 909 folks! It was triple digit heat, but we all melted together as one!

On July 24, 2014, Anakbayan LA tabled with UC Riverside Katipunan and 909 Hip Hop Dance Troupe at the UCR Freshman Orientation. We connected with freshmen about typhoon relief and rehabilitation and our Save our Schools Campaign. We even casually exchanged tabling strategies objectives with Katipunan and 909 folks! It was triple digit heat, but we all melted together as one!

28 9 / 2014

On July 24, 2014, members of BAYAN-Southern California mobilized into Historic Filipinotown to educate the community about the Affordable Care Act, Medi-Cal and Covered California. Canvassing will continue regularly in the Central LA area on Saturday mornings and Sunday/Monday/Thursday afternoons. If you are interested in helping out please hit us up at anakbayanla@gmail.com or message us on Facebook!

On July 24, 2014, members of BAYAN-Southern California mobilized into Historic Filipinotown to educate the community about the Affordable Care Act, Medi-Cal and Covered California. Canvassing will continue regularly in the Central LA area on Saturday mornings and Sunday/Monday/Thursday afternoons. If you are interested in helping out please hit us up at anakbayanla@gmail.com or message us on Facebook!

27 9 / 2014

On September 13, 2014, faith leaders, community supporters, and trafficking survivors came together to take action and identify ways we can connect to better serve those most affected by the broken system both in the Philippines and here in the United States. Participating organizations included the Filipino Migrant Center, Anakbayan LA and the United Methodist Church.

On September 13, 2014, faith leaders, community supporters, and trafficking survivors came together to take action and identify ways we can connect to better serve those most affected by the broken system both in the Philippines and here in the United States. Participating organizations included the Filipino Migrant Center, Anakbayan LA and the United Methodist Church.

27 9 / 2014

On July 20, 2014, kasamas from Anakbayan LA, Habi Arts, and the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS) marched in solidarity with Palestine by denouncing the anti-people policies of Zionist Israel. On July 7th, Israel launched a large-scale air and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip called “Operation Protective Edge,” which it says aims to stop Palestinian rocket fire into Southern Israel. As of now, at least 2,000 Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians and minors, and hundreds of thousands are now homeless. The support of the U.S. government for Israel is tied directly to U.S. military intervention in the Philippines, which is caused by imperialism and bureaucrat capitalism. Instead of having our social services properly funded, our taxes go to the outrageous U.S. military budget ($756 billion), which is used to drive Palestinians and Filipinos off their land, extract their resources, and use them to only benefit foreign corporations. Despite this, many cities around the world have expressed immense support for Palestine by marching in various protests. International Action Center, a member organization of ILPS-SoCal, also released this article. It is during these trying times that we must continue to resist against U.S. military intervention by fighting alongside our allies and friends.

Free Palestine! Long live international solidarity!

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26 9 / 2014

On August 23, 2014, The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and the Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN) held a community forum on “Environmental Justice in the Philippines.” They had a special guest speaker from the Philippines, Clemente Bautista  Jr. who is the National Coordinator for the grassroots group - Kalikasan: a People’s Network for the Environment. He gave a presentation on the Environmental Justice movement in the Philippines that is being organized by indigenous communities and people’s organizations who are fighting destructive mining and logging by transnational corporations. If you would like to get more involved in NAFCON’s Environmental Justice campaign or attend a KBKN solidarity mission to the Philippines, please check out nafconusa.org and kbkn.tumblr.com!

On August 23, 2014, The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and the Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN) held a community forum on “Environmental Justice in the Philippines.” They had a special guest speaker from the Philippines, Clemente Bautista  Jr. who is the National Coordinator for the grassroots group - Kalikasan: a People’s Network for the Environment. He gave a presentation on the Environmental Justice movement in the Philippines that is being organized by indigenous communities and people’s organizations who are fighting destructive mining and logging by transnational corporations. If you would like to get more involved in NAFCON’s Environmental Justice campaign or attend a KBKN solidarity mission to the Philippines, please check out nafconusa.org and kbkn.tumblr.com!

18 8 / 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 18, 2014

Reference: Romeo Hebron, Chairperson, Anakbayan Los Angeles, anakbayanla@gmail.com

Anakbayan Los Angeles Demands the Immediate Release of Youth Organizers Guiller Cadano and Gerald Salonga!

Anakbayan Los Angeles demands the immediate release of Guiller Cadano and Gerald Salonga from their deplorable arrests. Cadano, a member of Kabataan Partylist, and Salonga, an organizer with Anakbayan-Central Luzon, were abducted in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija on August 9 by suspected elements of the 3rd Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and were later found under the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP), where they are being held on trumped up charges of illegal possession of firearms.

The recent developments with Cadano and Salonga are reminiscent of the 2006 abduction of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno, who are still missing after eight years. We also remember the brutal murder of Anakbayan member, Freddie Ligiw, and his family at the hands of the AFP this past March. To this day, no one has been held accountable for these heinous crimes, providing further proof that genuine peace and justice are just part of the empty rhetoric of President BS Aquino.

Progressive youth activists are not the only people subject to this political harassment. Women, workers, peasant farmers, indigenous peoples, and all other sectors of society are being wrongfully imprisoned for organizing and speaking out against the corrupt government. The human rights organization, Karapatan, reported that there have been 640 illegal arrests and detentions between July 2010 and March 2014 and we know that these numbers are increasing. As the outrage against the US-Aquino regime continues to build, these arrests and unjust imprisonments are acts of desperation by an administration that’s more concerned with retaining its power than serving in the interests of the people.

The absence of investigation into these abductions, disappearances, and killings not only do nothing to repair the damage to their families and communities, but it also lets those responsible continue to live freely with no accountability or consequence. The government has shown that until the demand is deafening, there will be no pursuit for those who are culpable in these revolting acts.

With the recent capture of former AFP General Jovito Palparan, also known as “The Butcher” for his countless human rights violations while serving under former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, we demand that President Aquino holds him accountable for his crimes and does not give any special treatment, which would only further perpetuate the culture of impunity in the Philippines. However, since Palparan became a fugitive in December 2011 after he was charged for the kidnappings of Empeno and Cadapan, the illegal detentions, kidnappings, torture, and extrajudicial killings of activists have continued, so while his arrest is a step in the right direction, we recognize that The Butcher is merely one person who is part of a larger, corrupt system that remains rotten at its core.

We refuse to let the US-Aquino regime’s tactics intimidate us and stifle the voices that speak out against injustice. We will continue to be bold and daring in our demands for justice for all victims of human rights violations in the struggle for national democracy. As the Aquino administration desperately clings to power, its feeble attempts to demoralize the spirit of the people will only serve to strengthen the mass movement in the Philippines and abroad. We will continue to uphold the revolutionary tradition of Filipino youth as we remain unwavering in our fight for freedom.

Free Guiller Cadano and Gerald Salonga now!

Free all political prisoners in the Philippines!

Hold Palparan accountable for his crimes against the people!

Justice for all victims of human rights violations!

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05 8 / 2014

On July 19th, 2014, The International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS) & BAYAN SoCal held an educational discussion at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)’s office, which several Anakbayan LA kasamas, allies, and friends attended. The purpose of the ED, “The Struggle for Peace in the Asia-Pacific” was to learn more about the Asia-Pacific’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and the Philippines’ Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), find out what the role of U.S. tax dollars are in these agreements, provide similar examples of U.S. intervention in the Asia-Pacific, and incite people to take action against the TPPA and EDCA. Armed with this knowledge, we took to the streets at the People’s State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 28th and demanded that the Aquino regime be held responsible for its heinous acts against the people of the Philippines!