Statement on Anakbayan’s Anniversary

Anakbayan NY and NJ Anniversary Statement From the streets, campuses, factories and barrios of the Philippines to the communities of Queens, Jersey and several other major cities in the U.S., Anakbayan Philippines celebrates its 13th founding anniversary and 6th for New York and New Jersey chapter. This serves as a testament to Anakbayan’s resilience and also as a challenge to realize its historic and revolutionary role in our people’s struggle for national liberation and genuine democracy.

It is with utmost pride that we declare the formation of Anakbayan New Jersey and Anakbayan NY Chapter Organizing Committee, together with the launching of Anakbayan Silicon Valley, as new additions to the growing Anakbayan chapters in the U.S.

In 2010-2011, we’ve made huge gains. We were able to breakthrough in organizing and mobilizing the youth. But these gains were not sustained due to weaknesses in organization and leadership. We took one step back, assessed and summed-up our experiences and came out stronger, bringing forth valuable lessons and stronger determination. We must learn our lessons well and put them into practice.

Armed with lessons from our rich experiences, the condition is most favorable for us to make our great leap forward and contribute further to the advancement of national democracy towards a new and higher level here in the U.S. and in the homeland.

International and National Situation

We are witnessing the escalating and irresolvable contradictions of this system called global monopoly capitalism. The 1% continues to accumulate unimaginable amounts of wealth while the global 99% continue to live a life of increasing misery. Massive lay-offs, high unemployment, deteriorating social services on one hand and endless wars for profit on the other.

But the world is waking up in this nightmare called Imperialism. We saw the people’s uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and the middle east in what would be known as the Arab Spring, the student strikes in Chile, workers strike and demonstrations in London and France and the tidal wave of revolutionary people’s war in India, Nepal and the Philippines.

Here in the U.S., the youth’s condition continue to worsen. One in every four youth is unemployed. While tuition fees have went up by an average of 8% as states cut down spending on social services. Migrant youth continues to face harsher and more racist laws. It is clear that the youth does not have a bright future under the current system.

Our Tasks

We need to arm the membership and the community with a clear grasp of the line and program of national democracy through a broad and widespread education and propaganda movement. We must start gearing the organization for campaigns and mass struggles. As the crisis intensifies, we must prepare to participate in Philippines, International, National and Local/Community issues.

We must also pay close attention to the welfare of our community. Through systematic and regular integration in the community, we must identify our community’s most urgent concerns, build their collective power and together, launch campaigns to uplift their conditions.

In order for us to do this, we must daringly expand the mass membership in a solid and well-rounded way towards the building of a national Filipino youth movement to serve as the primary vehicle of the Filipino Youth in confronting the crisis and contributing to the advancement of the national democratic struggle of our people to a new and higher level.

Onwards with the upsurge! Long live Anakbayan! Long live the national democratic struggle!

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State Repression

This coming Wednesday, November 16, is the 7th Anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre. Out of the 4,000 farmworkers who staged a strike against exploitative working conditions, 14 were killed, hundreds were injured by the Philippine military. No one was made accountable for these injustices.

Join us in discussing the issue of State Repression, our rights as citizens in the face of oppressive police and armed forces, and how we can achieve justice for victims of state-sponsored brutality

 

ANAKBAYAN NJ’s CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES FOR NOVEMBER

Nov 4

*NJ Dream Act Coalition Legislative Action with Sen. Stack

12:30 pm, Union City

 

Nov 5 

 * Solidarity March for Scott Olsen (Iraq Vet shot by Oakland PD; in critical condition)

Collab between Veterans for Peace and Occupy Jersey City

March starts 2:30 pm at Stop n Shop in the Heights

 

Nov 10

 * NYU School of Law – “Legislating Lives of Immigrants”

8:30A-4:30P

 

Nov 11

 * Blue Scholars (Geo, the MC, is an AB-Seattle founding member) and Bambu HipHop Show

9PM at Bowery Ballroom

Tickets are $15

 

Nov 12

 * Tweet Open Mic @ Victory Hall

5:30 pm

 

Nov 16

* Anniversary of Hacienda Luisita Massacre

* “State Rape-ression” ED; 4-6 pm; Venue TBA (probably NJCU Library)

 

Nov 17

 * “Emerging from the Shadows: The Struggle of Undocumented Immigrants in the US”

Collab w/ NJCU Student Government Organization

1-4 PM at NJCU – Gothic Lounge

 

Nov 19

* PACCAL Youth Orientation

1:30- 4 pm at the PACCAL Center

 

* Activist Poetry Slam Open mic 

JSQ Café (2881 Kennedy Blvd)

6-9 PM

 

Nov 20

 * NAFCON NE Meeting @ the International Action Center

2 pm

 

Nov 30

* Andres Bonifacio (the great proletarian revolutionary) Day

* Anakbayan NJ 6th Anniversary

 

Dec 3

 * PF NY gala fundraiser

 

Dec 10

 * International  Human Rights Day