For Immediate Release Press Statement April 28th, 2016
Laura Emily E. Austria, Vice-Chairperson, Anakbayan New Jersey
Monica Macaro, Anakbayan New Jersey
Brenda Guzman, Anakbayan New Jersey
(470) 309-2265, firstname.lastname@example.org
Uphold National Sovereignty in the Philippines! Junk EDCA! U.S. Out of the Philippines!
April 28th, 2016 marks the second anniversary of the signing of the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the US and the Philippines. EDCA, as a supplement to the controversial Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), allows the US to rotate troops for extended stays in the Philippines; to build and operate facilities on Philippine bases; and to store and position non-nuclear weapons and other war materials on these bases. This agreement was intended to strengthen the alliance between the Philippines and the US and foster peace and stability in the region. On March 6th, 2016, both countries agreed on five locations of military bases to station US troops.
Anakbayan New Jersey condemns EDCA and stands firm on our position that EDCA is an unconstitutional and one-sided military agreement. We believe that increased U.S presence threatens the sovereignty of the Philippines by allowing the US greater access to Philippine natural, financial, and human resources without the promise of stability or peace. “The militarization of our families’ communities caused by the EDCA is a major concern for Fil-Ams. Abuses of the local populace criminality, and red light districts sprout up wherever US bases are.” stated Jonathan Zirkle, Anakbayan New Jersey’s Educational Officer.
On April 30 @ 10 AM, Anakbayan New Jersey is joining BAYAN USA Northeast in a 5k walk/run-a-thon and community picnic at Prospect Park. This event aims to raise funds and awareness for Neri Colmenares‘ senatorial campaign and also Migrante Partylist! Bring your family, friends, kasamas, and co-workers for a fun-filled day and a great cause! We are calling on all supporters of clean, honest elections and candidates that serve the interests of overseas Filipino migrants to join in!
We will have a picnic area set-up for the community picnic as well as an information booth to learn more about the Philippine elections, especially our candidates Neri Colmenares and Migrante Partylist. Those who choose to take part in the 5k will have an option to run/ walk the perimeter of the park, which is the length of a 5k. There will be games and prizes to win!
Please click here to fill out the registration form, and join the Anakbayan New Jersey team! On the registration form is also a number of tasks that we need volunteers for, so please check them off if you are able to help with any.
If you are not able to make it with us on Saturday, no worries! You can still support Migrante Partylist and Neri Colemenares! You can make a donation through the Team ABNJ Fundly page: https://fundly.com/5k-for-neri-anakbayan-nj and share the link! 🙂
For Immediate Release April 3rd, 2016 Press Statement
Laura Emily E. Austria, Vice-Chairperson, Anakbayan New Jersey, NAFCON NE Regional Representative Daniel Santiago, Solidarity Officer, Anakbayan New Jersey (470) 309-2265, email@example.com
Livable Wages for All! Justice for the North Cotabato Farmers!
On April 1st, 2016, farmers in North Cotabato stood up for their rights as they appealed for better working conditions and wages. Similarly in the United States, coalitions uniting together for a livable wage – $15/hour specifically – have organized and mobilized the working class because of their similar realities, manifesting in rallies such the 15 Now NJ April 3rd rally that many members of Anakbayan NJ have attended.
As of April 3rd, 3 people have died at the hands of the Philippine National Police while they tried to get rid of farmers and lumad that had been barricading the Cotabato-Davao highway in Kidapawan City. More than 116 people have been injured, and at least 18 have been hospitalized. In addition, there are still at least 88 people missing – including children that have incurred minor wounds and are stuck at the United Methodist Church compound in Kidapawan City.
For Immediate Release Press Statement April 3, 2016
Ruthie Arroyo, Chairperson, Anakbayan New Jersey Ana Robelo, Deputy Secretary General, Anakbayan New Jersey (470) 309-2265, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bigas Hindi Bala! Rice Not Bullets! Hold Aquino Accountable!
Anakbayan New Jersey vehemently condemns the violent and bloody dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan City by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). On April 1st, government troops opened fire on 6,000 unarmed farmers and Lumad who barricaded the Cotabato-Davao national highway to demand the release of 15,000 sacks of rice and immediate government assistance for the drought following El Niño. Pedro Arnado, chairman of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas Cotabato chapter, stated they barricaded the region because they wanted drought relief; the Cotabato region has been in drought conditions for the last seven months.
We stand with the farmers and the Lumad in asserting their right to protest and to expose the negligence of the Philippine government — specifically the failure of Governor of Cotabato Lala Mendoza who in the face of environmental disaster withheld relief and did not prepare or respond to meet the needs of her constituents. The protesting farmers were only asking for the government to fulfill its duties to help the people during a calamity.
For Immediate Release Press Statement April 1st, 2016 Reference: Laura Emily E. Austria, Vice-Chairperson, Anakbayan New Jersey (470) 309-2265, email@example.com
15 Now Rally in Jersey City: Why We Need a Livable Wage for All People
Jersey City, NJ – Anakbayan NJ approves an executive order issued by Jersey City mayor, Steven Fulop, to raise the minimum wage of approximately 500 city workers to $15 an hour. In a November rally organized by labor groups in City Hall, Fulop said that “[i]t is important to make sure every single person in Jersey City has a living wage.” We agree with this as well, especially when considering the situation of youth and students here in the United States and the Philippines when it comes to the accessibility of relevant higher education and the inability to survive on an unlivable wage.
College tuition costs and the cost of living are rising sharply, yet the current minimum wage nationally does not reflect these costs at all. In New Jersey, the minimum wage only rises by a few cents each year whereas New Jersey College students are projected to leave school with around $23,000 in debt. Students are struggling to obtain a college degree because they cannot afford it — and often have to take out loans with exorbitant interest. They often work multiple jobs while attending classes, and this makes it even harder for students to graduate on time. The inability for youth and students to obtain a college degree means opportunities are cut drastically. In addition, if they are lucky enough to graduate relatively on time, college graduates are often stuck paying back their college loans for years. Students in the Philippines face the same struggles as students in the United States; because tuition costs are too exorbitant, they see no other choice but to take their own lives.