Philippine Solidarity Week is a week of activities beginning on February 4 to commemorate the Philippine-American War and to raise awareness and support for the continuing struggle of the Filipino people for national liberation. It is led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA or BAYAN-USA.
Since 1899, U.S. troops have maintained their presence in the Philippines through permanent military and naval bases and through military agreements and treaties that undermines Philippine sovereignty. These military bases have served as launching pads for U.S. Imperialist aggression in Asia. With the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPPA) and the Joint Force 2020 ventures, U.S. troops will continue imperialist aggression in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the Philippines.
During this time, several organizations under BAYAN USA will be holding events and activities with our allies. There are a number of ways individuals and organizations can participate:
1) Call for Endorsement
We are calling on all progressive organizations, peace and anti-war activists to launch solidarity actions in support of the continuing struggle of the Filipino people for genuine independence.
As organizations against militarism, war, and imperialism we ask that you join us in solidarity, and we kindly request a brief solidarity statement on behalf of your organization endorsing Philippine Solidarity Week. These collected statements will then be published on our website, and should be sent to bayanusa.ne [at] gmail [dot] com
2) 2016 Photo Campaign
Take a photo and post on facebook/instagram/twitter/etc. with one of the attached signs saying:
Advance the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines!
I stand in solidarity with the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines
OR CREATE YOUR OWN MESSAGE WITH A BLANK SIGN!
Tag with #PhilSolidarity or email to bayanusa.ne [at] gmail [dot] com and upload between Feb 1 – 14
3) Attend Events
All of the activities during this week can be found below. Feel free to attend and share the events with your respective network. Check back often as our calendar will be constantly updated!
****EVENTS FOR THE WEEK ARE AS FOLLOWS****
ABNY & SJP Presents: International Solidarity and Self-Determination
Hosted by: Anakbayan NY with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)
When: Tuesday, February 9th 6 PM
Where: Hunters College
From New Jersey to the Philippines: State Repression and the War on Terror
Hosted by: Anakbayan Nj with Rutger-Newark Student Union (RSU)
When: Wednesday, February 10th 2:30-3:50 PM
Where: 175 University Ave Newark, NJ Conklin Hall Room 351
From NJ to the Philippines: Struggle for Climate Justice
Hosted by: Anakbayan Nj with Food and Water Watch
When: Thursday, February 11th 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: Saint Paul’s Church, 440 Hoboken Avenue, Jersey City, NJ
Our Connected Struggle: The Treaty of Paris Educational Symposium
Hosted by: New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP)
When: Friday, February 12th 6:00-9:00 PM
One Solution: Revolution!
One Billion Rising with GABRIELA New York
Hosted by: Gabriela NY
When: Saturday, February 13th 1:00-4:00 PM
Where: International Action Center 147 W 24th Street
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Upsurge! I ❤ Solidarity Open Mic
Hosted by: Anakbayan NJ with People’s Organization Project (POP) and Peers Educating Peers (PEP)
When: Saturday, February 13th 5:00-8:00 PM
Where: Intrinsic Cafe, Newark (Rutgers Campus), 5 Sussex Avenue, Newark NJ
Email email@example.com if interested in performing!
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY! ILPS 5th Assembly & BAYAN USA Peace Mission Northeast Report Back
When: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 7PM
Where: Migrant Center San Damiano Hall 127 W 31st St. New York, NY
BAYAN USA Northeast Regional Council