Kamayan @ Bayanihan Community Center

What: Kamayan @ Bayanihan Community Center

When: 4/23/11 Saturday

Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Where: Bayanihan Community Center, 40-21 69th Street Woodside, NY

We of Anakbayan NY invite you to join our kamayan event.

One of the literal translations for the word “kamayan” is to eat with your hands.

-So we ask you join us to have some good food, eat with your hands, and good times.

One of our objectives as Anakbayan NY is to get to know our FIlipino community. So we want to get to know you. And we want you to get to know us. What better way to do that than over food?

Our event is actually a POTLUCK. We will bring the rice and some other sides, so please bring some food to the event that you can afford.

If you want to find out more about AnakBayan or Mabu-Kamay, contact us here or our email: anakbayanny@gmail.com

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Fil-Am Youth Condemn 2011 Balikatan Exercises, Call to Junk the VFA

Fil-Am Youth Condemn 2011 Balikatan Exercises, Call to Junk the VFA

 

Asian/ Pacific Islander Contingent at the April 9 Anti-War Demonstration in New York City

 

We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the Balikatan joint US-RP military exercises currently being held in the Philippines. This shameless act, committed by the US and Philippine governments, only deepens the relentless suffering that the Filipino and American people are going through. While the U.S. government continues to slash funding to vital social services, the Obama administration continues its expensive military intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and in the Philippines.

In the latest series of joint military exercises called “Balikatan” or Shoulder-to-shoulder, a total of 3,000 US troops were deployed to the Philippines last week, under the auspices of the Visiting Forces Agreement or VFA. In 1998, under then-President Joseph Ejercito Estrada, the VFA was signed and ratified by the Philippine Senate. This opened the doors for the return of U.S. troops in the Philippines after they were ejected by the Filipino people’s movement against the presence of U.S. military bases in 1991.

The Balikatan exercises are supposedly aimed to help train and modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines while US troops receive training in guerilla fighting. Under this guise, thousands of US servicemen have entered the Philippines since 2001, most come and go without proper endorsement to the Philippine government.

To add insult to the injury, these military training exercises have resulted in human rights violations, injuries and deaths among civilians. In 2005, the country was shocked by the gang rape of a 22-year-old woman referred to as “Nicole” by 4 U.S. servicemen. In 2008, 4 U.S. troops were involved in a massacre in Sulu Province, wherein 8 were killed, including women and children. In 2010, Gregan Cardeño was found dead inside a military facility being used by an elite unit of the U.S. Special Forces. Cardeño was recruited by a private military contractor to serve as an interpreter for the U.S. Forces in Mindanao. Less than two months later, Capt. Javier Ignacio of the Philippine Army – a friend who helped recruit Cardeño and was helping the family shed light on his death – was gunned down on his way to a meeting with a human rights group conducting an independent investigation on the case. Despite continuous denial, U.S. troops’ involvement in the actual combat operations of the Philippine military, particularly in its counter-insurgency campaign, has been exposed time and time again by the trail of their civilian victims’ blood. Without a doubt, the Balikatan Exercises continue to facilitate violations of human rights and Philippine sovereignty.

Filipino youth and students held a discussion and placard making at Action 21 in preparation for April 9 Anti-War Demonstration in NYC

This should be viewed in the context of the U.S. government’s systematic elimination of its public education system through budget cuts. Last year alone, the education sector received a devastating allocation of only 3%, or $140 B, of the total government budget. This is nothing compared to the 24%, or $929B, budget allocation that the military receives. This results in the elimination of pre-K programs, closures and privatization of high schools and increases in college tuition.

While here in the US, Filipino and other low-income, immigrant youth are being targeted to fill the ranks of the US Armed Forces. The lack of affordable education, health care, and jobs makes our high school youth prime targets for recruitment. But as we’ve seen with veterans returning from the various overseas conflicts the US is involved in, service comes with a heavy physical and mental cost. The US government is even trying to entice undocumented immigrants with a path to citizenship if they agree to serve in the military. We find it appalling that Filipinos are forced out of their home country because of the lack of opportunity, are forced to join the armed forces because of the continued lack of opportunity in America, then are sent back to their homeland to teach the Philippine military how to terrorize and destroy progressive movements who seek to disrupt this disgusting cycle of violence.

We demand an immediate termination of the Balikatan Exercises and a halt to U.S. military aid to the Philippines. It is of the interest of every youth and student here in the U.S. to join the call of our brothers and sisters in the Philippines for the termination of these useless military exercises and to demand the re-channeling of our tax dollars to save our public education system and other basic social services here at home.

US troops out of the Philippines now!

Junk the Visiting Forces Agreement!

Fund our education, not military aggression!

Upsurge: Migrants @ Heart

 

poster by: Michael Pasion

Anakbayan New York/ New Jersey, in cooperation with Jersey City Peace Movement and Action 21, is proud to present “Upsurge: Migrants at Heart”, an open mic fundraiser and cultural night. Earnings will go towards Anakbayan’s Exposure Trip Fund, which aims to send 5 youth and student activists back home for the 4th International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS) Assembly in July 2011.

The inspiration behind producing this event is… to create a space for local artists, activists, and members of the community to come together, hangout and share experiences with each other. This month’s Upsurge will be focusing on the issue of immigration. Anakbayan aims to shed light on the plight of migrant workers in the U.S., as well as pay tribute to the courage that comes with the sacrifice of leaving “home”. We believe that each of us can trace our roots to these heroes, whose brave hearts survive even the most dire of circumstances.

So, on April 23, 6:30pm, join us and stand up for migrant rights while kicking it with great artists, great music and great new people.

$5 admission
Light refreshments will be on sale

With performances by:
Koba
Taospuso
Anakbayan
Bayanihan Kultural Kolektib
Krystle “K. See” Cheirs
Randy Maldonado
Jacky Algarin
and more…

FROM NYC:
Take PATH train from 33rd St (Herald Square) to JOURNAL SQUARE (JSQ). Take Bus 88 or 125 from Terminal C. Get off at JFK BLVD/ HUTTON ST. Walk 2 blocks toward Summit Avenue. 107 Hutton St will be on your right.

OR

From JSQ, take Bus 87 from Terminal C. Get off at FERRY ST/ CENTRAL AVE. Walk along Central Ave for about 2 blocks, then turn Right onto Hutton St. 107 Hutton St will be on your left.

For more information, email anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com or call Bea Sabino at (551) 221- 6085.