CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL OF IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS COMMISSION, A VICTORY FOR JERSEY CITY

For Immediate Release

April 26, 2013

Reference: Bea Sabino, Chairperson, Anakbayan New Jersey

                  201.779.6886, anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com

CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL OF IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS COMMISSION, A VICTORY FOR JERSEY CITY

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Jersey City, NJ- Amidst national discussion on comprehensive immigration reform, immigrant rights groups and dozens of supporters welcomed Jersey City City Council’s unanimous approval for the adoption of City Ordinance 13-047, establishment of an Immigrant Affairs Commission, at City Hall on April 24.

The evening began with representatives from progressive faith-based, advocacy, and student organizations and Councilman-at-Large Rolando Lavarro, Jr. speaking out in support of the said ordinance and fair immigration reform at a rally in front of City Hall. A march around Grove St. followed, with supporters chanting, “Justice for workers and migrants” and “Time is now” before entering the City Hall Chambers for the council meeting.

About 20 people, mostly Jersey City residents, provided testimonies and recommendations for the establishment of an Immigrant Affairs Commission at the public hearing.  “An immigrant affairs commission is an important affirmation that the city council must take a proactive role in addressing the concerns of the Jersey City immigrant population,” said Vera Parra of the American Friends Service Committee.

Community advocates cite disparities in education and healthcare access, workplace abuse, neighborhood violence that have gone unreported among the immigrant community for years due to the lack of a safe platform to do so. “These [disparities] are issues with local solutions. To that end, we look forward to working with the Commission, once approved and appointed by the Mayor,” continued Parra.

While the “Gang of 8” proposal exhibits renewed resolve in border control and economic opportunism on the side of corporate America, immigrant communities are banding together to push for immigration reform that addresses the immediate concerns of immigrants.

Close to 40% of the population in Jersey City is foreign-born, and it is doing its part in holding local officials accountable in upholding immigrant rights.

Jersey City and other communities in New Jersey are taking a stand in the fight for fair and just immigration reform. We have been working hard to organize and rally the community, specifically in support of this commission and for tuition equity for undocumented students, making sure that the immigrant community’s voices are heard,” said Ren Carandang, Educational Officer of Anakbayan NJ, a progressive Filipino youth organization.

Anakbayan and its allied organizations are calling on the Jersey City community to join the vibrant peoples’ movement for immigrant rights and genuine immigration reform. For more information on how to get involved, send your name, contact information and a brief message to anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com.

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Thank you to all participating organizations: Anakbayan New Jersey, American Friends Service Committee, St. Peter’s University Social Justice Program, Gothic Knight Grassroots of New Jersey City University, St. Patrick and Assumption-All Saints Parish, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, 32BJ SEIU, Peoples’ Organization for Progress, South Asian Americans Leading Together, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, and the community at large.

TIME IS NOW Jersey City! Rally for Immigrants’ Rights

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If we want immigration reform, we need to fight for it!

We are calling on everyone to join us for a rally at the steps of Jersey City City Hall to speak out and to tell everyone that the TIME IS NOW for comprehensive immigration reform!

We will be having speakers from various community organizations to speak on issues affecting the immigrant community and why we need immigration reform now.

What: Rally for Immigrant Rights and public hearing for Ordinance No. 13-047 “Establishing Immigrant Affairs Commission in Jersey City” (Click here to rsvp)

* we ask that folks bring wall clocks and placards that says how long you’ve been waiting for immigration reform or to see a family member

Where: Jersey City, City Hall | 280 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ
When: April 24, Wednesday | 5:30pm – 9:00pm

*Afterwards, there will be a public hearing to discuss City Ordinance no. 13-047. This ordinance establishes an immigrant affairs commission in Jersey City. This immigrant affairs commission will help our mostly immigrant community in gathering resources/services, conduct studies and provide recommendations to the city council and mayor about our community’s needs.

*Organizers:*
– Anakbayan New Jersey
– Social Justice Club of Saint Peter’s University 
– Gothic Knights Grassroots
– American Friends Services Committee

*Endorsers:*
* If your organization wants to endorse this action, please send us an email at anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com

For more information, please contact Anakbayan New Jersey at anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com or Bea Sabino, Chairperson, (201)7796886

DREAMers SCORE VICTORY FOR TUITION EQUITY AT JERSEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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Jersey City, NJ- Supporters of the Tuition Equity for DREAMers bill packed the city hall on February 27 in Jersey City as the council put a resolution in support of Tuition Equity to a vote. A dozen DREAMers and supporters gave powerful testimonials at the public hearing which ended with a unanimous city council vote in favor of the resolution. 

About 75 DREAMers, activists, church leaders and community supporters showed up to rally in front of the Jersey City City Hall on Wednesday evening to demand the council’s approval of resolution “J”, co-authored by Councilman-at-large, Rolando Lavarro, Jr. and Councilwoman Nidia Lopez. They marched around Grove St. chanting, “undocumented, unafraid!” and “Up, up with education! Down, down with deportations!” before lining up to enter the City Hall chambers.

Resolution J declares that Jersey City’s local government supports the Tuition Equity for DREAMers bills and urges the state legislature to pass A1659/S2355 and A3509/S2479.  A1659/S2355 would allow almost all New Jersey High School Graduates access to In-State Tuition rates, regardless of immigration status. A3509/S2479 calls for In-State Tuition rates plus access to state financial aid at New Jersey’s public colleges and universities for anyone with a high school diploma or GED from an educational institution in New Jersey regardless of immigration status.

“The community must realize that undocumented or not, every human being has rights to education, a pathway to legitimately contribute to, and benefit from, American society. Tuition Equity in NJ is just a stepping stone in addressing the larger immigration issue in the country. Anakbayan, New Jersey United Students, New Jersey Dream Act Coalition and our allied organizations are taking this step in continuing the fight against the illegalization and criminalization of immigrants. We are demanding an end to modern-day segregation,” said Bea Sabino, Chairperson of Anakbayan New Jersey.

“We welcome this decision by the Jersey City Council. 38.2% of the city’s population is foreign-born. It is clear that Jersey City owes its rich diversity and revitalizing economy to immigrants. The city council recognized that through the hard work of all the DREAMers and supporters who came out to the meeting. It is a proud moment for Jersey City,”Sabino concluded.

Jersey City is the first municipality in all of New Jersey to support Tuition Equity for DREAMers. It now serves as an example to other cities across the state in taking a stand for a person’s right to affordable and quality education, regardless of immigration status.

Anakbayan is calling on Filipino-American youth and the rest of the community to get involved in the NJ Tuition Equity for DREAMers (NJ-TED) campaign now. If you or your organization would like to join the NJ-TED Coalition, please email Anakbayan New Jersey at anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com or Giancarlo Tello, Campaign Manager, at GiancarloT@njdac.org.

Thank you to all participating organizations:  Anakbayan NJ, NJ Dream Act Coalition, NJ United Students, American Friends Service Committee, Action 21, Mujeres Unidas En Accion, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, RAISE, St. Peter’s University Social Justice Program, New Jersey City University Gothic Knights Grassroots, and community at large

Filipino Youth in New York and New Jersey Celebrate “Florida 15” Victory

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Press Statement

27 February 2013

References:
Bea Sabino, Chairperson, Anakbayan NJ
Matthew Cheirs II, Chairperson, Anakbayan NY
Contact: anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com

FILIPINO YOUTH IN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY CELEBRATE “FLORIDA 15” VICTORY

Anakbayan Vows to Keep Up the Fight Against Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

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The “Florida 15” at a Press Conference in Woodside, NY. Photo by Jonna Baldres

On February 18, the “Florida 15” (F-15) labor trafficking survivors announced the approval of their T-Visas and issuance of employment authorization cards in a press conference with Atty. Felix Vinluan and members of the Stop Trafficking Our People (STOP) Task Force led by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) at the Bayanihan Filipino Community Center in Woodside, NY.

The F-15, surrounded by community organizations and supporters, declared their continued commitment to speak out against labor trafficking and to demand justice for other migrant workers experiencing unfair, slave-like labor conditions in the United States.

The “Florida 15” Inspires Us

Anakbayan congratulates the “Florida 15” and the STOP Task Force for reclaiming the workers’ legal right to live and work in the United States. The F-15’s former employer and owner of San Villa Ship Management Co., Jose “Jojo” Villanueva, deprived them of that right when he failed to renew the workers’ H2-B visas without their knowledge, leading them to overstay in the US without proper documentation until the approval of their T-Visas in the beginning of February 2013.

For the F-15, the truth in their shared experiences is the only weapon against the injustices that they suffered. They sacrificed time with their families, safety and security, and even risked unemployment in the name of exposing the plight of migrant Filipino workers. They chose to fight rather than to surrender, despite the obvious challenges of going public with their case.

For these reasons and more, Anakbayan is grateful for the inspiration that the F-15 has given its membership and the community. The F-15 opened their homes to us, shared their stories and their goals with us, and most importantly, helped build people power among the Filipino community. They proved that youth and students united with the workers in struggle makes for a strong movement that genuinely responds to the interests of the broader population.

The Struggle Continues

The efforts to achieve justice for the F-15 are far from over. Villanueva and his cohorts have yet to pay back-wages and costs to all damages imposed on the trafficked workers. Villanueva is currently in hiding from several civil lawsuits filed against him.

Anakbayan is calling on the community to hold Villanueva accountable, and make him face the allegations against him in court. If you have any information regarding Jose “Jojo” Villanueva’s whereabouts, please contact Michelle Saulon, NAFCON Regional Coordinator, at michelle.saulon@gmail.com or call (347) 867-1550.

“Modern Heroes”, Slaving Without Protection From the Government

The F-15 is only one group out of the increasing number of Filipino workers coming out of the shadows of labor trafficking and modern-day slavery. NAFCON has been handling over a hundred individual cases of human trafficking since its founding in 2003.

Anakbayan challenges the Aquino government to be accountable for the gross failure of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Philippine Embassy and Consular Offices across the United States to protect and uphold the rights of Filipino workers.

The estimated 12 million Filipinos living abroad are hailed as “Modern Heroes” because of their significant contributions to the Philippine economy. Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFWs) remittances accounted for 10% of the Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2011. Additionally, OFWs sent $17.3 billion in remittances from January to September 2012 alone.

Despite these figures, OFWs run the risk of being involved in unfair labor operations, various forms of employer abuse, detention and deportation, while also dealing with family separation for indefinite periods of time.

Anakbayan demands that the Philippine government take its duty to protect the rights and welfare of OFWs seriously. We cannot allow any more instances of worker exploitation, abuse and death among the people who contribute so much to the wealth of our nation but receive very little in return.

Scrap the Labor Export Policy

An average of 4,600 Filipinos, coursed through government agencies such as the POEA, decide to leave the Philippines each day to take their chances in other countries in order to provide for the education, healthcare and livelihood of their families.

The Philippine government’s weak attempt at industrializing the country is by selling our people and resources to foreign investors and companies. This has led to low-paying jobs and widespread unemployment at home, compounded by rising costs of basic commodities and privatized social services.

The commodification of the Filipino people as export products to boost the country’s economy has been in place since the 1970s. Anakbayan believes that genuine land reform and national industrialization of vital industries is the only way to truly revitalize the Philippine economy. This will end the nation’s dependence on exporting people and resources for cheap in exchange for expensive imported goods and services that majority of the Filipino people cannot afford or benefit from.

Filipino Youth United for Immigrant Rights

The victory of the Florida 15 is a product of sustained collective action from individuals and organizations that united for immigrant rights.

Anakbayan is urging Filipino-American youth to take a stand against labor trafficking and modern-day slavery. Get involved in the Stop Trafficking Our People Campaign by contacting Yves Nibungco, Coordinator of the STOP Task Force and Secretary General of Anakbayan NJ, at yvesnibungco@gmail.com or call 201 253 5662.

Join Anakbayan’s “Youth for Immigrant Rights” contingent at the International Workers’ Day March in Union Square, NYC on May 1st, and the Philippine Independence Day Celebration on June 2nd.

The youth must be active participants on the side of the workers and not just neutral spectators to these injustices. As inheritors of this society, we are in the position to critique the Philippine government and the global system that forces our people to endure such hardships just to survive. As inheritors of this society, we are also in the best position to push for, and implement, alternatives that would ensure a brighter future for immigrant communities in the US.###

I <3 Philippines: Benefit Party for Typhoon Pablo Relief

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Party for a cause. ( see event page here)

Typhoon Pablo devastated several provinces in Mindanao, affecting more than 5 million Filipinos. The death toll is now at 640 with nearly 900 still missing. In an effort to send as much help as we can, proceeds from this event will go directly to BALSA-Mindanao, a grassroots relief and rehabilitation effort serving communities that needs it the most. 

Anakbayan New York & New Jersey are working with other organizations in the North East to raise urgently needed funds for relief and rehabilitation efforts back home. 
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Friday, December 21st, 2012
Starting at 10PM

JOIN US in a Duo Celebration of our Unity in Bringing Relief after Typhoon Pablo & the End of your Semester! Be a part of Anakbayan’s 1st Official Club Event!

PARTYING FOR RELIEF &&& CHUCKING THE BOOKS (for at least the year)?! CAN IT GET ANY BETTER?

This is a 21+ Event
Aspen Social Club
157 West 47th Street & 7th Avenue NY, NY 10036

Guest List Name at the Door: “I HEART PHILIPPINES // AB”
$5 Ladies // $10 Gents

Did we mention that 55% of ALL proceeds will be donated? The more the merrier!

For all event information contact, Anjelica Baquiran, here on Facebook or Text 917.971.7489
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List of Co-sponsors:
Anakbayan New Jersey
Anakbayan New York
Filipinas for Rights & Empowerment (FIRE-NYC)
Rutgers Association of Philippine Students (RAPS)

Find out how your organization can co-sponsor, please contact us at anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com

For more details on efforts to raise funds for relief work in the Philippines, check outhttp://nafconusa.org/?p=584

 To see updates on grassroots relief & rehabilitation work in Mindanao, check outhttp://www.balsamindanao.net/
 

7: Anakbayan Anniversary Celebration

We invite you to Anakbayan’s anniversary celebration.:D

Established in 2005, Anakbayan New York and Anakbayan New Jersey are proud to mark another year of serving our communities and contributing to the Filipino youth and student movement in the United States. 

Come through as we celebrate the progress that we made in the past year, and our vision to move forward into the next. 

Also, join us as we honor the legacy of Filipino revolutionary, Andres Bonifacio, who is alive in our enduring struggle for a society that is genuinely free and truly serves the people. 

WHEN: Friday | Nov. 30 | 6pm – 9pm

WHERE: Project Reach
39 Eldridge Street, 4th floor
(between Canal St and Hester St)
New York, NY 10002

* Take the B or D train to Grand St

RSVP here
Also, come to our AFTER PARTY, click here 

For more information:
E-mail: anakbayan.nynj@gmail.com
Bea Sabino (NJ): 201 779 6886
Jeremy De Nieva (NY): 213 880 4569
Website: anakbayannynj.wordpress.com

Pack the Court! Support the Florida 15 Workers!


 
15 Filipino workers are speaking out against a corrupt recruitment agency that have victimized hundreds of migrant workers. This will be the first court hearing of the Florida 15 workers and it is very important that we show our support for them and for the long struggle for justice! 
 
Come out and show your support on their first court hearing. Let us pack the court!
 
What: Court Hearing and Rally
Where: U.S. Eastern District Court of New York | 225 Cadman Plaza, East Brooklyn
take the A/C to High Street (for directions, click here)
When: September 24, Monday | 3pm
 
For more information contact the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) at ne@nafconusa.org
or go directly to Michelle at michelle.saulon@gmail.com or Yves at yvesnibungco@gmail.com
 
For more information about the case click here or here
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Filipino Youth and Students hold Founding Congress of Anakbayan-USA in the midst of Anti-NATO Protests in Chicago

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Chicago, IL – On May 18, Filipino youth and student leaders from across the US convened at the Centro Autonomo community center, located in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago, for the historic Anakbayan-USA Founding Congress.  The congress established Anakbayan-USA as a nationwide organization and overseas national chapter of Anakbayan Philippines in the midst of city-wide protest marches and rallies against the ongoing North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit. This, according to organizers, is their symbolic protest and act of defiance against the global 1% represented by NATO.

The theme of the founding congress declared the purpose and direction of Anakbayan-USA: “Makibaka! Huwag Matakot! Unite and Strengthen the Filipino Youth Movement in the US to Advance the Struggle for National Democracy in the Philippines!”  The theme is aimed at calling on the youth to join the struggle against the increased repression in the US and to contribute to the struggle for genuine social change in the Philippines. 

“It [AB-USA Founding Congress] couldn’t have come on any other day than today, in the face of G8 and NATO.  This is our act of defiance.  Our coming here together as youth and students of our people is our act of defiance in the face of imperialism. We owe this to our brothers and sisters who have suffered and who have sacrificed their lives to fight for our people’s liberation,” said Yves Nibungco, elected founding National Chairperson of Anakbayan-USA. 

Over 60 delegates from Anakbayan chapters in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, San Diego, East Bay (Oakland), Silicon Valley and Chicago, including delegates from affiliate organization, League of Filipino Students (LFS) – San Francisco State University came to the founding congress to approve a General Program of Action and elect the National Executive Committee of Anakbayan-USA. Those elected were Yves Nibungco of Anakbayan New Jersey as Chairperson, Janelle Quibuyen of Anakbayan Seattle as Vice Chairperson, Eric Tandoc of Anakbayan Los Angeles as Secretary General, Ivan Penetrante of Anakbayan San Diego as Education Officer, Noemi Teppang of Anakbayan Silicon Valley as Finance Officer and Lyle Prijoles of the League of Filipino Students-SFSU as Solidarity Officer. 

The keynote speech was delivered through a pre-recorded video by Jose Maria Sison, the exiled Filipino revolutionary and founding chairperson of the seminal Filipino youth organization, Kabataang Makabayan (KM). “We are certain that your congress will strengthen your resolve and will instruct you to arouse the Filipino youth throughout the US, expand and consolidate Anakbayan-USA and mobilize an increasing number of Filipino youth along the line of anti-imperialist and democratic struggle and militant support for the struggle of the Filipino youth and people for national liberation and democracy in the Philippines,” said Sison.

A live message was given via Skype by Renato Reyes, Secretary General of Bayan Philippines and founding chairperson of Anakbayan Philippines in 1998, in which he affirmed the role of Anakbayan in the US.  “Anakbayan can introduce Philippine history, society and revolution to a growing number of Filipino-Americans who long to understand their roots and the struggle in the homeland. At the same time, the Fil-Am youth experience first-hand problems of racism and discrimination as well as economic exploitation and imperialist war. Anakbayan should also organize the immigrant youth who are familiar with the severity of the crisis in the Philippines, often the reason why they have to migrate,” said Reyes.

Chanting “Makibaka! Huwag matakot!”, a protest chant popularized during the anti-Marcos dictatorship struggle in the 70’s, members of Anakbayan-USA pledged “to continue to expose the rotten character of the Aquino regime and to raise the struggle for national democracy to a new level of intensity.”  The delegates concluded the founding congress with a group oath-taking and singing of progressive Filipino songs.

Anakbayan-USA later marched with the “national liberation” contingent at the Coalition Against the NATO/G8 demonstrations in downtown Chicago comprised of Filipinos, Puerto Ricans, Palestinians, Canadians and others to denounce NATO and G8 as instruments of the “Global 1%” in exploiting third world countries like the Philippines. ###

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

 

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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.