ILPS on Wall St.

IT IS RIGHT TO REBEL

The International League of Peoples Struggle, representing hundreds of organizations in 43 countries, stands with the young workers, students and unemployed occupying Wall Street and city centers around the United States. You are fighting a battle that needs to be fought. You have a right to march and protest without fear of arrest or brutality.

MASS ACTION IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD

You are right to take to the streets in mass action rather than waiting for change from overpaid Republican and Democratic politicians who are on corporate payrolls. You are right to follow the militant path taken by people from Egypt and Tunisia to Greece and Spain, from Britain to Chile to Wisconsin. From Social Security and the 8-hour day in the 1930s to civil rights laws in the 1960s, mass action is the only way people in this country have won any rights from the corporate ruling class. You are right to take the battle to the doorsteps of that class, the unelected tyrants who own the top 500 banks and corporations. Every day, at electronic speed, they send trillions of dollars around the world in financial transactions while millions cannot find work or afford health care. Their decisions shutter factories, destroy jobs, throw people out of their homes and wreck the economies of communities and entire nations.

WALL STREET IS THE ENEMY OF ALL HUMANITY

These bankers and billionaires also rake in super-profits from murderous imperialist wars against people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine and elsewhere. In the U.S., they have created a monstrous police state-prison-industrial complex to lock up mostly youth of color, the children of generations of workers, whom they now deny the right to a job.

BLOOMBERG LIES, JOBS DIE

New York City Mayor Bloomberg, one of the richest men on earth, lies when he says that banks create jobs. His banker pals at JPMorgan Chase and Citibank have destroyed 7 million jobs since 2008. This billionaire parasite is closing schools, bus lines, clinics and libraries while increasing his personal fortune by billions of dollars since he took office. WHERE DID THE BANKERS GET THEIR BILLIONS? They stole them! And not just the bailout money they were given by both the Bush and Obama administrations. The fortunes of the top 1 percent are the unpaid labor of generations of workers not just in the United States but all over the world. It was created in farms and factories, mills and building sites, mines and offices from the Nile Delta to the Mississippi Delta, from South Africa to South Korea to South Carolina, from Mindanao to Mexico to Michigan. Many of the biggest fortunes in the U.S were founded on the slave trade. This wealth belongs to all humanity.

IMPERIALISM IS THE SOURCE OF THEIR POWER

It is not a matter of making the rich pay their “fair share.” They have no right to even a penny from anyone else’s labor. We must smash their power over our lives. The source of that power is imperialism, the merger of finance and industrial capital that is plundering the entire world. To fight them we must take a clear stand against imperialism and racism and join hands with people all over the globe who are fighting the same enemy. Both the Republican and Democratic parties represent Wall Street, we have to fight for ourselves. As ILPS Chairperson, Prof. Jose Maria Sison, pointed out in his Keynote Address to the 4th International Assembly this past July, “The Democratic and Republican parties in the US compete as do Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola in flagrantly carrying out the policy dictates of the financial oligarchy and the military industrial complex. Both parties agree on raising the US debt ceiling. And to blunt public protests, they promise to bring down the public deficit, with the Democrats wishing to reduce the tax cuts for the corporations and upper class and the Republicans demanding the further reduction of government social spending.” Everyone on this planet has the right to a job, food, health care, education, a home and a peaceful life. The wealth is there! We created it! But to take it back, we must deepen our struggle, strengthen our unity and increase our organization and continue to fight!

A JOB IS A RIGHT! HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT! EDUCATION IS A RIGHT! A HOME IS A RIGHT!

WE CAN GET THEM IF WE FIGHT!

DARE TO STRUGGLE, DARE TO WIN!

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) is an anti-imperialist and democratic united front of mass formations at the international, global region and national levels that represents the interests of the workers, peasants, indigenous peoples, youth and students, women, queer and questioning, the homeless, migrants and refugees. It brings together and coordinates the people’s organizations according to common multisectoral and sectoral interests and purposes. The ILPS initiates and launches mass campaigns and various types of activities and seeks the cooperation of other anti-imperialist and democratic forces and at the same time, it joins and supports their initiatives. For more information, or link up with us at http://ilps.info/joomsite/

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Anakbayan on Occupy Wall St.

The national youth group Anakbayan joins other progressive organizations and individuals in the Philippines today in expressing its solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement in the U.S, and the other ‘Occupy’ protests that have been launched across America and the world. We salute our members and chapters in New York City for being part of the hundreds of thousands in the OWS. We also hail our members and chapters in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley for taking part in the protests in their areas.

What is the significance of OWS to the Filipino people? First, it is the clearest symbol yet of the failure of globalization and capitalism to provide a decent existence to billions of people all over the world. In the land of the so-called ‘American Dream’, unemployment is at the highest in decades, social services suffer from budget cuts, while public funds are used to save bankrupt banks and other giant multinational and transnational corporations.

Capitalism is bound to fail because it is a system where a minority gets rich off the labor of the majority because the former owns the tools and machines used by the latter. However, due to the elites’ very monopoly of the wealth produced by the capitalist system, the latter is unable to purchase the very goods it produces. To save their system from collapse, capitalist governments have taken over many countries, either as colonies or semi-colonies, for their raw materials, cheap labor, and to create new markets for their surplus goods. It has even reached the point where war is now good business because it consumes products, or where billions of ‘fictitious’ dollars are created in the stock markets for capitalists’ profits.Yet even these measures have failed to save capitalism from itself and the U.S from its worst economic crisis in history.

Second, it has removed what little excuse Philippine president Noynoy Aquino has for advancing his pro-globalization, pro-foreign corporation, and anti-people agenda, which includes: constitutional amendments to allow foreign corporations further control over our economy and natural resources, budget cuts to education and other social services, allowing foreign corporations to exploit us through monopolies in oil and other vital industries, and rechanneling of public funds to the military and foreign debt payments.

Third, it has dealt a solid blow against the lie that there is no alternative, no better system than capitalism. It has now lead millions of people across the U.S and the world to seriously consider any alternatives to capitalism and globalization. Anakbayan urges OWS to intensify its struggles.

With every day that the Occupation continues in Wall Street and in other parts of the world, the lies of capitalism crumble more and more. Not only does it enlighten the American people, it also boosts the national liberation movements across the world today. Furthermore, we challenge OWS and other similar movements to now seriously consider alternatives to capitalism and to plan on how to achieve a more just and humane society.

Meanwhile, Anakbayan calls on the Filipino youth and people to bring our struggle for a more just and humane society to a new, higher level. The protests rocking the very heart of capitalism have removed any justifications to remain apathetic and accept the social status quo. There is no excuse for us Filipinos to remain silent any longer. And there has never been a better opportunity for the youth and oppressed masses of the world to overthrow U.S imperialist control and to establish a truly just and humane society in the ashes of the old.

People over profits!

Long live Occupy Wall Street!

Long live international solidarity between the youth and oppressed masses of the world!

No to corporate greed!

Dismantle the financial oligarchy!Down with U.S imperialism!

Struggle for national liberation and genuine democracy towards socialism!

Fil-Ams on OWS– To Stand Against Economic Inequality Is Justified and Necessary

BAYAN-USA Statement on Occupy Wall Street

Press Statement

October 12, 2011

Reference: Bernadette Ellorin, Chairperson, BAYAN-USA, email: chair@bayanusa.org

BAYAN Northeast at Occupy Wall St to protest against police brutality, September 30

Filipino-Americans across the US, under the banner of BAYAN-USA, salute the historic Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement in New York City and the surge of solidarity protests that have unfolded across the country and even globally. BAYAN-USA member organizations are amongst those who are proudly marching in the streets of downtown Manhattan as well as in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego and San Francisco, under the umbrella call of exposing and opposing the vastly unequal distribution of wealth between the American people and the tiny financial oligarchy of banks and financial firms Wall St. represents.

At a minimum, OWS raises the basic question of fairness and equality, and the fact that there are no such principles under the current state of the US economic system. At a maximum, OWS has the potential to qualitatively raise the level of class consciousness in the US that can contribute to the shaping of a broad anti-imperialist united front in the belly of the world’s number one imperialist superpower. Whatever direction it takes, the unraveling of the rotten character of capitalism and its irreconcilability with human prosperity continues to push the angry American people to the realization that to stand against economic inequality is not only justified, but necessary for change to happen.

Anakbayan NJ at the Occupy Jersey City protest in front of Goldman Sachs, October 6

The ongoing decline of the domestic US economy in the form of the liquidation of the public sector, the hyper-dominance of military and prison industries, and the massive multi-trillion dollar bail-outs of big banks such as JP Morgan Chase and Goldman-Sachs is the result of a protracted domino effect from the worsening global economic crisis. This crisis is attributed to the flawed and unsustainable character of monopoly capitalism, or imperialism. Imperialism’s neoliberal economic framework, with its reliance on finance capital, has transformed the global economy into a virtual pyramid scheme of transnational bank transactions and predatory lending, built on risk and speculation versus the real economy.  It is the same economic decline that moves the OWS protesters across the US because of rising unemployment and that is chronic to the Philippine economy, driving 4,000 Filipinos to leave the country everyday in search of jobs.

As a large immigrant group in the US, Filipino-Americans have a key role to play in exposing that the tyranny of corporate greed is rooted in the system of imperialism that not only impacts our communities here in the U.S., but is the root of the suffering of our people in our homeland and the cause of forced migration of Filipinos throughout the world. This is because of the Philippines’ particular experience as a semi-feudal, semi-colonial outpost for US imperialism, and how Third World poverty is manufactured out of this condition. This continues to be apparent under the regime of Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III, whose neoliberal economic agenda has turned the Philippine economy into one dependent on foreign investment rather than on its own domestic production as a nation. Without a Philippine economy that is nationally sovereign– including a genuine agrarian reform program that is equitable for the majority of the Filipino people who live off of it and a genuine program for national industrialization that can provide jobs so Filipinos don’t have to look for them abroad– the Philippines will remain tied to a rotten global economic system that is showing clear signs of decay, causing more burdensome misery for the Filipino people.

Anakbayan NY and NJ sing songs of freedom on the first night of Occupy Journal Square in Jersey City, NJ, October 11

As with all other pyramid schemes, this one too is destined to collapse. But the timing of this collapse can be hastened by a broad mass movement determined to knock it down and build a better alternative. Just as the people’s movement in the Philippines for genuine national independence and democracy espouses a vision for socialism as a viable and pro-people alternative, as are governments in Latin America asserting their sovereignty by nationalizing their industries and natural resources, so must the American people fight for an alternative economic system that not only puts people’s needs over profits, but one that is not built on world hegemony and the destruction of other nations all over the world.

PEOPLE OVER PROFIT!

NO TO CORPORATE GREED!

DISMANTLE  FINANCIAL OLIGARCHY!

DOWN WITH US IMPERIALISM!

LONG LIVE OCCUPY WALL STREET! ###

BAYAN-USA is an alliance of 15 progressive Filipino organizations in the U.S. representing youth, students, women, workers, artists, and human rights advocates. As the oldest and largest overseas chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN-Philippines), BAYAN-USA serves as an information bureau for the national democratic movement of the Philippines and as a campaign center for anti-imperialist Filipinos in the U.S. For more information, visit www.bayanusa.org

Anakbayan NJ’s Calendar of Activities for October

Here’s a list of activities, please let us know if you’re interested.For questions and concerns, please send us a message or email us at anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com

 

10/8 Sat- Solidarity Rally vs. Anti-Immigrant Alabama Law 12-3pm @ Paterson Museum, 2 Market St. Paterson)

Handang Tumulong Aid to Humanity Walk 8am @ Pier 45, NYC

 

10/9 Sun- Hudson Pride LGBT March, 10:30am-12pm @ 280 Grove St. Jersey City

Protest vs Expansion of Immigrant Detention Center 1:30pm-4:30pm @ Newark Penn Station

 

10/10 Mon- Occupy NJ General Assembly 3:00pm onwards @ Grove St. Jersey City

PCUE Community Meeting on Educ Situation w/ Dr. Epps 6pm-8pm@ Mary Bethune, 140 MLK Blvd,

Jersey City

 

10/13 Thurs- Understanding Immigrant Detention Process , 7pm-10pm@ 321 S. Broad st. Newark

 

10/15 Sat- Anakbayan NJ’s Educational Discussion on JMS’ Message and Resurgence 1pm-5pm @ 149

Bentley, Jersey City

October Babies Celebration & Breast Cancer Awareness Fund Raiser 18+ @ Embassy 37 W17th St &

6th Ave, NYC

 

10/16 Sun- Breast Cancer Walk 10:30am-6pm @ Central Park

International Migrants Alliance Kick-off event tba @ Renaissance Charter School, NY

 

10/18 Tues- DREAM Act Pannel Discussion , 6pm-8pm@ New School, 55 W. 13th St. 2nd Floor, NY

 

10/19 Wed- Gas Pipeline Forum , 7pm-9pm@ Ferris HS, Jersey City

 

10/ 17 Mon, Press Conference for Worker’s Campaign

 

10/21 Fri, NAFCON General Assembly Day 1

-picket at Phil. Consulate in the morning

 

10/22 Sat, NAFCON General Assembly

-Sumisigaw Youth Festival at night

 

10/23 Sun, IMA-USA Founding Assembly

 

10/29 Sat, ILPS Reportback 2pm-5pm @ IAC

 

10/30 Sun, Halloween Party 6pm-9pm @ Bayanihan Community Center

Filipino-Americans in New York City Join Occupy Wall Street, March for Jobs and Justice

News Release

October 1, 2011

Reference: Jackelyn Mariano, BAYAN USA Northeast Regional Coordinator, email: bayanusa.ne@gmail.com

NEW YORK, NY— Approximately 20 Filipino-Americans under the banner of BAYAN USA joined yesterday’s massive march and rally from the Occupy Wall Street site in Manhattan’s financial district to the nearby headquarters of the New York Police Department (NYPD). They converged at the packed occupation site, now in its 3rd week, carrying bright yellow signs reading “Jobs and Justice! Food and Freedom!” and “End Imperialist Wars of Aggression! Dismantle the US Military-Industrial Complex!”

BAYAN USA joined forces with the local citywide anti-budget cuts network known as the Bail-Out the People Movement (BOPM), which helmed the march and rally in response to the mass arrests and police brutality against the otherwise peaceful and non-violent occupiers last Saturday. They were also joined by the People’s Justice Coalition for Community Control and Police Accountability, a grassroots network of low-income immigrant and people of color groups against police brutality. Instances of excessive violence and pepper-spraying from the NYPD caught on videotape has since sparked a massive outcry from the international community and drawn support for Occupy Wall Street from high-profile personalities such as filmmaker Michael Moore, actress Susan Sarandon, and academic Dr. Cornell West.

The messages carried by BAYAN USA, joined by the flags of GABRIELA USA and the International League of Peoples Struggle (ILPS), projected issues of US foreign policy in poor countries such as the Philippines, and sought to relate the occupiers’ initial message against corporate greed with the international context of neoliberalism and war, and the situation of forced migration to the US. It was also the first time since the beginning of the occupation that an organized contingent of mainly immigrants and people of color with clear anti-imperialist messages joined the protests.

“We are here as immigrants and children of immigrants,” stated BAYAN USA Chairperson Berna Ellorin, addressing a crowd thousands from a makeshift stage in front of the police headquarters at the end of the march. “We are in this country for the same reason you are occupying Wall Street– because our governments could not provide us with jobs. Imperialism destroyed our countries…What we are doing here today is not just for us, it is for every person in this world fighting imperialism.”

Due to the absence of a sound permit, the lack of  a sound system did not deter the demonstrators from practicing a so-called “peoples mic”, a practice in which the crowd repeats what the speaker says. With such a sizable crowd yesterday, Ellorin had to wait as her words traveled some 4-5 times to reach everyone.

“We will continue to monitor and participate in this historic occupation,” stated BAYAN USA Northeast Regional Coordinator Yves Nibungco. “As the fastest growing immigrant community in the US from a home country controlled economically and politically by US interests, Filipinos in the US must also involve themselves in raising the level of class struggle in this country.”

As of the first quarter of 2011, the unemployment rate in the US jumped considerably to 10.2%. Following the momentum of the historic public employees labor strike in Wisconsin, which many compared to the so-called “Arab Spring” revolutions prior, social discontent in response to the lack of a viable jobs program and massive budget cuts in the country has risen. Occupy Wall Street has spurred similar actions in other US cities. The following day, BAYAN USA organizations participated in solidarity protests along the West Coast. ###