Support Anakbayan New Jersey & Philippine Solidarity Week

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Dear Friend,

Warm greetings from Anakbayan New Jersey! As we settle back into our East Coast pace after a successful and activating Anakbayan-USA 2nd National Congress and Kabataan Magkaisa Conference in Seattle, we would like to take a moment to thank our comrades and communities for sustaining our work towards National Democracy by helping us get there. The congress and conference were great examples of how our work brings progressive youth, students, and allies alike together to engage in achieving genuine justice and change at home and abroad.

As Philippine Solidarity Week approaches, we are reaching out to you our friends and allies in the struggle to continue to help us foster and strengthen our solidarity work. This week of action is a yearly event convened by BAYAN-USA, which commemorates the Philippine-American War and the ongoing struggle of Filipino people for liberation from the forces of bureaucrat capitalism, imperialism, and feudalism. The event serves as a grounds for Anakbayan NJ to collaborate and connect beyond our general membership, extending our reach to allies throughout the northeast region.

As a grassroots and comprehensive Filipino youth-and-student organization, we aim to expand our work and our reach by strengthening our work here in New Jersey as well as effectively propagating our national campaigns; it is our goal to broaden our solidarity networks and collaborate with initiatives and organizations who hold similar ideals in order to achieve our collective goals of liberation for our communities. However, we cannot do it without your help.

Leading up to and during Philippine Solidarity Week, we hope you will consider making a personal one-time donation or a long-term investment by becoming a monthly sustainer by visiting Anakbayannj.com/support-us.

Additionally, we hope to see you at our open mic and fundraiser event, Upsurge, hosted by Anakbayan NJ; People’s Organizing for Progress; and Peers Educating Peers Program on Saturday, February 13th from 5-8 PM at Intrinsic Cafe located at 5 Sussex Avenue in Newark, NJ. For more information, please visit Facebook.com/NJPhilippineSolidarity.

Sulong sa daluyong!

 

In solidarity,

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Ruthie Arroyo                                                Devyn Mañibo
Chairperson,                                                   Finance Officer,  
Anakbayan New Jersey                             Anakbayan New Jersey

Download letter: Support Philippine Solidarity Week

Calendar of events for Philippine Solidarity Week:

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Friends and allies, the NJ Philippine Solidarity Committee will be commemorating the Philippine-American War of 1899 beginning on February 4.

In the wake of the approval of increasing US military aid to the Philippines up to $79M and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), let us remember the beginnings of US Imperialism, and honor the Filipino people’s struggle for National Democracy. The Phil-Am War provided the blueprint for many other wars of aggression against resisting peoples, such as in Vietnam, Iraq, and other developing nations. 
We say no more US tax dollars towards human rights violations committed by the military in the Philippines! Uphold the just demands of the Filipino people for sovereignty, jobs, land, education, and social services!

We are asking you to:

  1. Organize an event in your school, community, and/or church,
  2. Write a message of solidarity to the Filipino people’s movement for genuine liberation and democracy and send it to njphilsolidarity@gmail.com,
  3. Take a selfie/ group photo with a sign saying, “I support the struggle of the Filipino people because _________”, and/or
  4. Come out to our upcoming events (details TBA soon).

Thank you for your continued support!

ICE out of New Jersey! Down with Deportations, Down with U.S. Imperialism!

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For Immediate Release
Press Statement
January 6, 2016

Reference:

Ana Robelo, Deputy Secretary General, Anakbayan New Jersey
Nina Mariella Macapinlac, Anakbayan New Jersey
Dan Santiago, Solidarity Officer, Anakbayan New Jersey
(470) 309-2265, anakbayannj@gmail.com

ICE out of New Jersey! Down with Deportations, Down with U.S. Imperialism!

Less than a week into the new year, more than one hundred asylum seekers across the country have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as part of a massive deportation effort by the American government. In New Jersey, there have already been many instances of ICE raiding communities to arrest and deport immigrants, especially families who entered the country within the last two years. As I have said repeatedly, our borders are not open to illegal migration,” Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a telling statement, revealing that the raids are a fear tactic in response to the increase of refugees from Central America. Anakbayan NJ demands the immediate end to deportations and condemns the recent spate of ICE raids as a form of state terror against migrant communities that have already suffered extensively from imperialist violence.

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‘Whole Damn System is Guilty as Hell:’ Non-Indictment of Killer Cops in Tamir Rice Case Caps a Year of Police Terror

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For Immediate Release
Press Statement
January 4th, 2016

Reference:

Ana Robelo,  Deputy Secretary General, Anakbayan New Jersey
Nina Mariella Macapinlac, Anakbayan New Jersey
(470) 309-2265, anakbayannj@gmail.com

‘Whole Damn System is Guilty as Hell:’ Non-Indictment of Killer Cops in Tamir Rice Case Caps a Year of Police Terror

In the last week of December, a local grand jury failed to convict the two Cleveland police officers who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio. This non-indictment comes at the end of a year in which nearly 1000 people were killed by the police alone. The decision joins a growing list of preceding non-indictments like in the cases of Michael Brown; Eric Garner; and most recently, Sandra Bland. Anakbayan NJ condemns this slate of police brutality as state terror, and calls for an immediate end to impunity through the arrest of all police officers responsible for extrajudicial murder.

In November 2014, Tamir Rice was in Cudell Park, a recreation center where he was playing with a toy gun. Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback drove up in their police car in response to a 911-caller who had informed the dispatcher that Rice was “probably a juvenile” with a fake gun.  With fewer than two seconds of reaching the boy, Officer Timothy Loehmann opened fire and killed Rice. Neither officer administered first aid to the dying boy, who lay on the snow-covered grass for four minutes as Loehmann took cover behind the trunk and Garmback situated himself across from his partner.

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Anakbayan New Jersey Holiday Ask!

 

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Dear Friend,

Warm greetings from Anakbayan New Jersey! We would like to take a moment to thank our comrades and communities for sustaining our work towards National Democracy through celebrating our 10 year anniversary during our N30 gala. Our 10th anniversary is a great example of how our work brings progressive youth, students, and allies alike together to work towards achieving genuine justice and change at home and abroad. We are so grateful for your excitement and generosity.

As the holidays approach, we are reaching out to you ― our friends and allies in the struggle ― to continue to help us plunge into the new year determined and ready to take action. As many of you know, we are working towards funding our entire membership and solidarity allies to attend the Kabataan Magkaisa (Youth Unite) conference in Seattle, Washington in January. We want to ensure that Filipino youth and students from New Jersey are represented at this conference as it is a platform for building national unity and action among Filipino youth and student organizations across the United States towards the common cause of advancing rights and welfare both in our local communities and in the Philippines. The conference will serve as a grounds for us to collaborate and brainstorm on a national level in creating a basis for the work we will continue to do locally and globally.
As a grassroots and comprehensive Filipino youth and student organization, we aim to expand our work and our reach by strengthening our work here in New Jersey as well as effectively propagating our national campaigns; it is our goal to broaden our solidarity networks and collaborate with initiatives and organizations who hold similar ideals in order to achieve our collective goals of liberation for our communities. However, we cannot do it without your help.

This holiday season, we hope you will consider making a personal one-time donation or a long-term investment by becoming a monthly sustainer by visiting http://anakbayannj.com/support-us/.

Thank you and happy holidays! We hope to see you in action!

 
In solidarity,

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Ruthie Arroyo                                                Devyn Mañibo

Chairperson,                                                   Finance Officer,  

Anakbayan New Jersey                               Anakbayan New Jersey

Please Check this out! Happy Holidays from ABNJ!

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Condemn the Coddling of Murderer Joseph Pemberton. US Out of the Philippines!

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For Immediate Release
Press Statement
December 5, 2015

References:

Laura Emily E. Austria, Vice Chairperson, Women’s Committee, Anakbayan New Jersey
Devyn Mañibo, Finance Officer, Women’s Committee, Anakbayan New Jersey
(470) 309-2265, anakbayannj@gmail.com

Condemn the Coddling of Murderer, Joseph Pemberton. US Out of the Philippines!

Anakbayan New Jersey vehemently condemns the lesser homicide conviction of the murderer Joseph Scott Pemberton. On October 11, 2014, Jennifer Laude, a Filipino trans woman, was murdered by Pemberton, a U.S. marine participating in joint military exercises in the Philippines. While Pemberton was convicted of homicide, this is an egregious display of injustice given the overwhelming evidence of his guilt of a murder charge. Rather, Pemberton was given a lesser offense and was sentenced to serve 6-12 years in prison with a $95,000 fine payable to the Laude family by the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 74. The U.S. government has attempted to move Pemberton’s detainment to the U.S. and a jailhouse in Camp Aguinaldo is reportedly being built jointly by the Philippine and U.S. government.

Philippines: Playground for US Military

Millions of Filipinos have fallen victim to atrocities committed with impunity by the US military since the Philippine- American War of 1899. Historically, one-sided policies and agreements have shaped US-GPH relations, with the US as the sole beneficiary. US military “benefits” do not only specify full access to Philippine land for bases in these packages, but include infrastructure and people (mostly women) for rest and recreation activities in areas such as around Subic Bay, where Laude was murdered.

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Dugang Kadasig! 10 Years of Arousing, Organizing, & Mobilizing the Youth and Students in New Jersey. Continue the Legacy of Andres Bonifacio and Kabataang Makabayan! Advance the Comprehensive Expansion of the Youth and Students!

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For Immediate Release
Press Statement
November 30, 2015

Reference:

Jonathan Zirkle, Educational Development Officer, Anakbayan New Jersey
Ian Jerome Conde, Anakbayan New Jersey
(470) 309-2265, anakbayannj@gmail.com

Dugang Kadasig! 10 Years of Arousing, Organizing, & Mobilizing the Youth and Students in New Jersey. Continue the Legacy of Andres Bonifacio and Kabataang Makabayan! Advance the Comprehensive Expansion of the Youth and Students!

What is N30?

Anakbayan NJ celebrates ten years of struggle and community involvement in the Northeast on November 30th.  It is on this day that we also celebrate the birth of Andres Bonifacio, Supremo of the Katipunan, the first underground revolutionary organization to fight the colonial rule of the Spanish; the founding of the Kabataang Makabayan in 1964, our predecessors as the first National Democratic organization whose comprehensive nature was the catalyst for the burgeoning upsurge of the youth and students to call for the National Democracy with a Socialist Perspective. Their model is why Anakbayan is comprehensive today in orientation founded in 1999 in midst of EDSA 2 when the U.S.-Estrada regime was ousted by the mass movement.

Andres Bonifacio is the historical figure that youth pull inspiration from. Andres Bonifacio founded and led the revolutionary organization of the Katipunan at 28 years old, and thwarted the Spanish out of our beloved homeland, the Philippines.  It is in the objective analysis of our forebears that provides us with the organizational discipline and perspective to continue to serve the people. Andres Bonifacio rose from the ranks of the lower working class, armed with a love and passion for freedom.  

Kabataang Makabayan (KM), or Patriotic Youth, was the precursor to the founding of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist party of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).  Kabataang Makabayan’s comprehensive orientation is what drew the broadest of people to the KM.

Today, Anakbayan serves the broadest and continues the mission of serving the people from the oppressed classes, whereas previous youth and student formations have had limitations. Anakbayan today is the torchbearer of Andres Bonifacio and Kabataang Makabayan. Anakbayan currently has eleven chapters in the United States and the ongoing growth of Anakbayan chapters illustrates that we still have room to grow and more room to expand the militant youth and student movement for National Democracy with a socialist perspective.

Chronology and Legacy of Anakbayan in New Jersey

The roots of Anakbayan NJ can be traced back to the founding of MAKABAYAN in New York, which was a non-profit youth and student mass organization that provided services to the Filipino and greater immigrant populations in the city.  They were composed primarily of young Filipino factory workers, and their membership would expand to New Jersey as an independent organization known as the Jersey Youth Collective, operating in Jersey City.  The group would become affiliated with Anakbayan National (Philippines) in 2001; and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), an alliance of National Democratic Filipino organizations, in 2003.  The Jersey Youth Collective would eventually adopt the new title “Anakbayan New York/New Jersey,” and become an official overseas chapter of Anakbayan.

Operating as an overseas chapter, this new mass organization was involved in community actions such as protests against police brutality after one of their members was assaulted by police.  They were also involved in the “Stop the Killings,” campaign which called attention to human rights violations perpetrated by the Gloria Arroyo regime.  Through aggressive recruitment, ABNY/NJ would be able to split into several organizing committees for different area, and from Jersey City, Anakbayan New Jersey would become its own chapter in 2012.

Where are we now?

A tumultuous period of ten years of growing and learning has built the foundation for one of our most active years yet.  In 2015, Anakbayan NJ has been involved in campaigns such as “Education is a Human Right,” an exploration of Filipino youth’s experience in the US educational system.  Calls to action like the protests to stall the execution of trafficked domestic worker Mary Jane Veloso, the rapidly organized demonstrations in front of the Philippine consulate bringing attention to Indigenous leaders murdered by paramilitary in the Philippine countryside, and the vigil held for Jennifer Laude, a Filipina Transwoman murdered by a US Marine, have been symbolic of the dedication and newfound vigor the organization has taken on.  

Learning from the lessons of our forerunners, this past summer has seen a rapid expansion in membership and alliance networking.  Political education, as well as an overarching organizational goal of consolidation, has led to a membership that is not only robust in numbers, but also grim and determined.  Collaborations with Saint Peter’s Asian American Student Union (AASU), the newly formed Filipino Immigrant Workers Organizing Project (FIWOP), and Rutgers New Brunswick’s Speak Out, show the organization’s strong presence in the community, as well as our extensive reach.  Our continued involvement with organizations such as New Jersey City University’s Peers Educating Peers, New Jersey United Students, and Food & Water Watch are examples of our international solidarity work.

Upsurge and the Road to Seattle

Anakbayan New Jersey has grown in the previous year and one of our main thrusts is to send as many people to Seattle for Anakbayan USA’s 2nd National Congress. We will also be holding our “Kabataan Magkaisa” National Conference as well and opening the invitation to the Filipino American youth who seek to learn more about the growing mass movement of progressive Filipinos, along with Anakbayan, in the belly of the beast.

On November 26, 2015, we held our 10 year Anniversary Gala to invite our members, family, solidarity allies, supporters, and the community at the historic Barrow Mansion in downtown Jersey City. We had over seventy attendees and presented our newly elected Executive Committee and Year-In-Review for 2015. In addition to the celebratory nature of the night, we highlighted the current situation of the Lumad people of Mindanao and the call to  “Adopt a Community” and “Save Our Schools” that are under attack by Oplan Bayanihan. Exposurists reported back on their most recent trip from the Philippines to capture the feel of the movement back home in the Philippines. Members also facilitated a participatory theatre piece for our ongoing Education is a Human Right campaign. The evening closed in song as Anakbayan NJ members led the attendees in, “Awit Ng Kalayaan.”

 

Education is a Human Right!
Junk APEC! Junk LEP! Junk EDCA!
Continue the Unfinished Revolution of 1896!
Mabuhay Kabataang Makabayan!
Mabuhay Anakbayan!

LUMALAKAS LUMALAWAK LUMALABAN ANAKBAYAN!

 

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Anakbayan New Jersey Endorses the ICE FREE NJ Condemnation of the Blockage of DAPA & “Thanksgiving Dinner” Action

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For Immediate Release
Press Statement
November 29, 2015

Reference:

Brian Flores, Solidarity Officer, Anakbayan New Jersey
Joelle Eliza Lingat, Chairperson, Anakbayan New Jersey
(470) 309-2265, anakbayannj@gmail.com

Anakbayan New Jersey Endorses the ICE FREE NJ Condemnation of the Blockage of DAPA & “Thanksgiving Dinner” Action

Anakbayan New Jersey (ABNJ) proudly endorsed the ICE FREE NJ “Thanksgiving Dinner” action outside the Elizabeth Detention Center on November 20, 2015. The mock dinner was held for families still torn apart despite more than a year of waiting for the relief promised by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Residents (DAPA) last November 9th. Also known as “Executive Amnesty,” DAPA has been halted since Texas Judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction to block the implementation in February 2015. Twenty-six other states have followed suit in suing against the policy.

 

In 2014, there were 11.3 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Newark alone has a population of 300,000 immigrants. “It’s very traumatic living in a new country, working at low income jobs with at times, harsh conditions and no insurance,” said Brian Flores, Solidarity Officer of Anakbayan New Jersey, “You are in fear of being deported, while merely surviving. Not having documents is leaves families vulnerable. Undocumented people have the right to live and work, without any free of being deported.  It is time to hold Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) accountable for its abusive behavior.”

 

Every one in six Filipinos is undocumented. 6,000 Filipinos leave the country every day due to Labor Export Policy, instated during the Marcos regime and still practiced today. The Philippine education system has shifted to add two additional years to prepare youth for overseas labor to other countries. Although the Philippine government boasts increases in GDP, 10% of the economy is bolstered by remittances. All Filipinos must organize to combat the root of an immigration system made for profit and not for people. With initiatives such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will only exacerbate neoliberal economic policies that drive our people out of their countries and to separate them from their families. Delayed legislation will not free our people, only by destroying the three basic problems can migration be a genuine choice for the people.

 

Junk APEC!

Justice for all Overseas Filipino Workers!
End Labor Export Policy!

 

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N30: Anakbayan NJ @ 10

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Dugang Kadasig! Carry on the Revolutionary Legacy of Andres Bonifacio and Kabataang Makabayan! Further engage the masses in the struggle against state repression in the Philippines and the fight against neoliberal education!

SAVE THE DATE: https://www.facebook.com/events/155008531519291/

Anakbayan New Jersey will be celebrating 10 years as a chapter. We will be holding our Executive Committee Elections and summing up the victories and gains of the past year!

We will be holding our 10 year anniversary as Anakbayan NJ in The Barrow Mansion! 

Address: Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

The Barrow Mansion is right off Grove Street Path Station and located on 83 Wayne Street in between Jersey Ave and Barrow St. Feel free to formally dress up and celebrate with us 10 Years of Anakbayan NJ in Downtown Jersey City! Hope to see you there! We will be fundraising to generate funds for Anakbayan New Jersey to attend Anakbayan-USA’s 2nd National Congress in Seattle, Washington during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend!

Help support us in our endeavor to continue advancing the youth’s role in advancing the national democratic movement of the Philippines here in the Belly of the Beast! As we continue to uphold the revolutionary tradition of Filipino Youth, we are also in the midst of the upsurge in the ranks of Youth and Students. We call on you to attend our general assembly and also join Anakbayan!

Join us in serving the broadest of people, join us in the comprehensive expansion of the Youth and Students to take up the call to action to take an active role in pushing for National Democracy with a Socialist Perspective.

LUMALAKAS, LUMALAWAK, LUMALABAN, ANAKBAYAN!

DUGANG KADASIG!

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