11/23 – 11/24 San Jose – PAWIS Garage Sale for Typhoon Relief Effort.

Garage Sale
pilipino association of Workers and immigrants
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To all our friends and family
please come and join us and bring items to
sell for our community garage sale
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all proceeds will go to nafcon
www.nafconusa.org
typhoon relief effort
#haiyanrelief
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Saturday & Sunday
November 23-24
8am – 4pm
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1426 Morril Ave
san jose ca 95132

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11/23 Union City – Typhoon Haiyan Donation Drive

On Saturday, November 23, 2013, Pacific Island Blood, a coalition of Bay Area Motorcycle Clubs will be hosting a donation drive at James Logan High School (1800 H. Street, Union City, CA 94587). The “rally” will be from 11am – 4pm. There will be food, merch tables, a raffle, as well as performances and martial arts demonstrations. PIB will be hosting a box drive, for which they will be accepting in-kind donations. Blankets, towels, canned foods, water, matches, candles, baby formula, powdered milk, and baby bottles are among the items requested for donation.

JLHS Filipino Heritage Studies and KAISAHAN will also be present to take monetary donations, 100% of which will be donated to NAFCON.

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11/22 New York – Gabriela Presents Un-Natural Disasters: 5 Women’s Findings from an International Solidarity Mission in the Philippines.

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11/23 San Francisco – KAPWA: A Benefit Show for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors

Bay Area activists and talent come together for this pop-up talent showcase to benefit survivors of the typhoon in the hardest hit areas of the Philippines.

Featuring music performances by Native Elements and End The Suffering. Stand-up comic Kevin Camia. Special guest Freska Griarte of 99.7 NOW and Allan Manalo of Bindlestiff Studios.

And more!

Saturday November 23, 2013

1:00pm until 4:00pm

1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco State University


Sponsored by Chi Ro Omicron, Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center of San Mateo County, LBC, ABS-CBN and others.

Special thanks to Oscar Gonzales, Cindy Sacramento-Enriquez, Mary Nite, Andy V Galeon, Jeremy Jocson, Johnathan Ezekiel Winston Siu, Allan S. Manalo, Kevin Camia, Native Elements, Lorenzo BigLarr Santiago, Augustus Tagaro, and YOU!

110% of fund proceeds will be donated to NAFCON and material donations will be shipped via direct distribution to affected areas. $10 only!

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11/20 Long Beach – “Hope For Haiyan” An Open Mic Fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Boba and the arts for a cause…

“Hope For Haiyan”

An Open Mic Fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan Victims

 

1946 N. Lakewood Blvd., Long Beach, California 90815
Wednesday – 7:30pm until 9:30pm


Hosted at Hiccups Tea House with Anakbayan Los Angeles, CSULB Pilipino American Coalition, Filipino Migrant Center and NAFCON (National Alliance for Filipino Concerns) folks!

10% of all purchases (food and drinks) will go straight to relief efforts aiding Typhoon Haiyan victims in the affected areas in the Philippines!

Come through! 7:30-9:30PM

ALL AGES

If you can’t make it out, please make a donation to www.nafconusa.org to directly support relief efforts in the Philippines.

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11/23 San Francisco – P.E.A.C.E. (Pilipinos for Education, Arts, Culture, & Empowerment) “REBUILD PHILIPPINES”

P.E.A.C.E. (Pilipinos for Education, Arts, Culture, & Empowerment) + NAFCON (National Alliance for Filipino Concerns) presents…

“REBUILD PHILIPPINES”

Next Saturday, November 23, 2013 | 12-5pm

City College of San Francisco: Student Union
50 Phelan Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112

This event hopes to bring the community together to build stronger bonds, empower our youth/young ones, inform ourselves a midst a media whirlwind and take care of our families across the ocean.

100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to relief efforts on the ground to the affected communities in the Philippines.

GUEST SPEAKERS x LIVE PERFORMANCES by local hip-hop, r&b and spoken word artists. Local DJs, as well.
(Roster will announced on monday)

We’re encouraging everyone to bring some food to share-POTLUCK Style

This is a family friendly event. Activities for children 10 yrs and under during the event.

ENCOURAGE YOUR LOVED ONES TO COME & SUPPORT.

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12/18 New York – Artist Collective for Haiyan Relief

Artist Collective for Haiyan Relief

7:30pm in EST December 18
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
74A East 4th Street, New York, New York 10003

La Mama e.t.c and Kinding Sindaw present Haiyan Relief
Featuring performances and Artwork auction to benefit the victims of Haiyan/Yolanda.

PERFORMERS:
Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage
Maria Elena Anaya (Flamenco)
Saung Budaya Indonesian Dance group
Kilusan Bautista
10tecomai Yosakoi Dance project
(We will be updating the performers list constantly) Please keep checking.

Tickets $20.00
All proceeds will go to NAFCONUSA #HaiyanRelief fund# nafconusa.org
for more info: info@kindingsindaw.org

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Al Jazeera America: Cris Hilo of NAFCON on Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

11/20 New Jersey – Fundraiser for Typhoon Relief with Red Horse, San Miguel, Calamansi Cosmos, and Ube Cheesecake

We are all devastated by the news of the damage done by the typhoon in the Philippines. We will be donating 100% of sales from Red Horse and San Miguel Beers, our Calamansi Cosmo, and Ube Cheesecake from Blackbeard’s Dulceria. We will also be auctioning off a gift certificate for a 9 inch Ube Cheesecake.
Funds will be donated to http://nafconusa.org/programs/

“In this state of calamity, there is an urgent call for support and assistance. In an effort to have a united and
concerted response, we encourage all supporters to coordinate with respective NAFCON chapters throughout the
United States to ensure that our actions are effective, sustainable and empowering of the local communities,
especially those that are the hardest hit, poorest and underserved.
At this time, NAFCON will assist in the direct transfer of MONETARY donations. Your donation will be sent
directly to Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan or BALSA (People’s Cooperation for the People), a national grassroots
relief and rehabilitation organization composed of broad church-based organizations, schools, disaster response
NGOs, and individuals, working with victims of disasters in the Philippines.”

 

5:00pm until 1:00am in EST

140 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

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11/18 New Jersey – A fundraising event for the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines.

A fundraising event for the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines. All proceeds will go to NAFCON who directly helps severe calamity victims.

Location: WPU, Student Center Cafe

7:00pm until 10:00pm in EST

300 Pompton Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07474
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11/20 Brooklyn – benefit show for the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort. Come show your support for the Filipino People ♥

This is a benefit show for the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort. Come show your support for the Filipino People ♥

100% of all proceeds will go to BALSA and Lingap GABRIELA, Philippines-based coalitions comprised of volunteer-led church organizations, schools, and disaster relief organizations that work with victims & survivors of calamity in the hardest hit areas by Typhoon Haiyan.

Bands:
+ Ava Lunahttp://avaluna.bandcamp.com/
+ Rebel Diazhttp://rebeldiaz.bandcamp.com/
+ Celestial Shorehttp://celestialshore.bandcamp.com/
+ Eartheaterhttp://eartheater.org/

DJs:
+ Caroline from Chairlift
+ DJ Juan Farrakhan

When: Wednesday, November 20th at 8PM

Where: 285 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

$7 in advance, $10 at the door

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11/17 Oakland – Philippine Relief Fundraiser

Hello everyone,

 
I would like to personally invite you to a Fundraising Event I am organizing this Sunday for the Philippine relief efforts for the victims of typhoon Haiyan at the East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC) in Oakland from 11:00AM to 4:00PM
 
We will be selling traditional filipino food as the main source of income for the charity. We will also be holding raffles with multiple prizes and selling merchandise as well. EBAYC will also be serving as a donation station for a specific list of supplies that the relief effort has an immediate need for. 
 
Please come out and support this event, all proceeds go directly to the relief efforts. 
 
“Come out and eat good food, with good people for a good cause.”
 
Attached is a flyer with all the details included. Please spread the word.
 
Philippine Relief Fundraiser 

Sunday November 17th, 2013
Located @
East Bay Asian Youth Center
2025 East 12th St. 
Oakland, CA 94606

Details for donation items are below 
 
Send SPECIFIC items to the Philippines for FREE: LBCexpress is a Philippine shipping company that has partnered with the Red Cross and will send specific items for FREE!
Details:
Items they need:
                Toothbrush
                Toothpaste
                Soap
                Shampoo
                Towels (all sizes)
                Blanket (thin cotton)
                Medicine adult and children (aspirin, ibuprofen, cold medicine, Tylenol) Please be mindful and make sure they are not expired or will expire soon!
                Mosquito nets
                Juices- again please make sure they do not expire soon
                Sleeping bags
                Tent
                Detergent
                Canned goods they can eat right away without cooking (check expiration dates)
 
a. Do not wrap any items in plastic-use towels or blankets instead
b. NO CLOTHING
c. You must box them no bigger than 24X18X18 or smaller
d. Deliver items to the nearest LBC warehouse- in our case it’s in Hayward:
 
 26517 Danti Ct
Hayward, CA 94545
510-265-0580
Hours: M-Sat 9-6
(Call in the morning; they don’t seem to answer in the afternoon)
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11/17 New York – New York University’s International Filipino Association presents Mr. Philippines 2013!

New York University’s International Filipino Association presents Mr. Philippines 2013!

**PROCEEDS from Mr. Philippines 2013 will benefit NAFCON USA’s Bayanihan Relief & Rehabilitation program. Learn more here: http://nafconusa.org/programs/**

This year, our theme is “Legacy” and we are looking for the timeless Filipino-American man who bridges his cultural roots with having a meaningful influence on the next generation of Filipino-Americans. Contestants are challenged to think about the dichotomy of the two identities and ask themselves: “What is my legacy?”

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SUMPA NG KAWAYAN (THE BAMBOO CURSE) — Filipino poem (with translation) for the survivors of Yolanda

SUMPA NG KAWAYAN (THE BAMBOO CURSE) — Filipino poem (with translation) for the survivors of Yolanda

November 13, 2013 at 2:51pm

SUMPA NG KAWAYAN[1]

Joi Barrios-Leblanc, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Women’s Desk

 

Matibay ang kawayan.

Iyan ang sumpa.

Hayaang ipaghampas-hampasan

ng unos,

lumangoy at magpaanod

sa baha.

Pigilin ang hininga

at baka malanghap

ang bangkay na naaagnas.

Tiisin ang gutom ng sikmura

na kahit sa papuri,

ay hungkag na hungkag.

 

Kalimutan natin ang kasakiman

na sa kabundukan

ay nagpapatag,

at nagbabago sa daloy

ng hangin at dagat.

Kalimutan ang pangulo

na mainit ang ulo

at sa sariling pulong

walang pakundangang lumalabas.

Kalimutan ang ayuda

na higit na bumabagal,

sa ating paghihintay.

 

Yumuyuko at umiindayog

sa hangin ang kawayan.

Ngunit kami ay tao, tao lamang,

Balat at dugo, luha at buto.

Ipagpaumanhin ang galit

at pusong nagpupuyos.

Naghahanap kami ng katarungan

sa gitna ng dalamhati’t pagluluksa,

sa aming di matapos-tapos

na dalamhati’t pagluluksa.

 

 

 

THE BAMBOO CURSE[2]

 

Resilience is the curse of the bamboo.

Suffer the storm,

swim through the floods.

Bear the stench of corpses

and the hunger

that does not go away

with praise.

 

Forgett he greed

that levels mountains

and changes wind and seas.

Forget the president

who walks out,

Forget the aid

that crawls slower

as we wait.

 

The bamboo bends and sways

with the wind.

We are human, only human,

All flesh and tears and bone and blood.

Forgive us our anger

as we seek for justice

in our grief,

in our inconsolable grief.

 

 

[1] Nakabatayang tula na ito sa tekstong “Resilience is a Dirty Word” na  sinulat ng dati kong estudyanteng si Soleil David.

[2] This poem was inspired by Soleil David’s piece “Resilience is a Dirty Word.”

 

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Cupertino – De Anza College – Help Support Relief Efforts for Typhoon Haiyan

Help Support Relief Efforts for Typhoon Haiyan

Please join the De Anza community in supporting the people of the Philippines who have been impacted by the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which hit and ravaged numerous provinces in the central Philippines on November 8. Haiyan’s 195 mph winds and huge storm surges killed thousands, displaced nearly 600,000 and affected 9.5 million people across the Philippines, according to the United Nations.

Nearly 4 million of those affected are thought to be children, according to international aid organization Save the Children. Officially, confirmed deaths stood at 2,357 on Thursday morning, Nov. 14, according to the Filipino government.
Make a Monetary Donation through NAFCON

The National Alliance for Fillipino Concerns (NAFCON) has provided an easy way to make a monetary donation online. Donate today.

For information about how the money will be distributed, read the Letter of Appeal from NAFCON Bayanihan Relief & Rehabilitation Program.

NAFCON has a well-respected track record in supporting disaster relief efforts since the devastation of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 and has been widely publicized as a top option for donations. NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. At present, NAFCON members are active in 23 cities in the United States. Read about the relief efforts in Northern California.

Volunteer Opportunities on Campus

Also please consider volunteering time for much needed assistance. There will be upcoming events on campus in support of relief efforts. For more information about how to get involved, contact Associate Vice President of Instruction Rowena Tomaneng, a former volunteer with NAFCON USA, at tomanengrowena@deanza.edu or 408.864.8510.

Donate Support through NAFCON

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San Jose – Know Your Roots Apparel Collaborates with NAFCON to Raise Funds for the Typhoon Relief Effort.

Check out the website at www.kyrapparel.com or click the image
ARTWORK by Elaine Villasper-Dizon

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11/22 Union City – Project Haiyan Fundraising Event for Typhoon Relief Effort

During the week of November 18 – 22, multiple school sites within the New Haven Unified School District, in Union City, will be holding a donation drive for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Spearheaded by the students of the Filipino Heritage Studies class at James Logan High School, the drive, entitled PROJECT HAIYAN, will culminate with a benefit event held on Friday, November 22 at Alvarado Elementary School from 7pm – 9pm.

The event will feature performances by local youth and artists, Filipino and mixed martial arts demonstrations, and updates about Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Merchandise and food will be sold with proceeds going towards NAFCON’s relief and rehabilitation efforts in the Philippines.

The event is free and open to all who wish to support the effort. Monetary donations will be accepted in exchange for admission. Filipino Advocates for Justice and PYC will be hosting a booth to take in-kind donations: non-perishable food, bottled water, towels, and blankets are among the list desired items.

Alvarado Elementary School is located at 31100 Fredi St., Union City, California 94587

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/173229059551816/

The community partners helping to host the event are KAISAHAN, PASE, and FAJ/PYC.

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Mango Fix Helping to Raise Funds for NAFCON Typhoon Relief Effort

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11/19 San Francisco – FBANC and NAFCON Typhoon Haiyan Relief Drive

Please show your support and love for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Mix, mingle, and have a drink for a good cause!

Event: FBANC and NAFCON Typhoon Haiyan Relief Drive
Location: Drake Bar and Lounge, 508 4th St., San Francisco, CA 94107
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Time: 6-9PM pm

*FBANC has teamed up with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) (Terry Valen) to host a fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. All donations will go to NAFCON, a volunteer-run Filipino-American alliance in 23 US cities. Since 2009, NAFCON’s Bayanihan Relief and Rehabilitation program has responded to all major typhoons and other calamities that have hit the Philippines. 100% of the proceeds collected for relief go to those most affected and devastated, on the ground in the Philippines.

Well-known community leaders will be attending, including some as guest bartenders!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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11/15 San Francisco – Turn Up for the Philippines

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11/16 Oakland – We Love the Philippines Party to Raise funds for Typhoon Relief

Queer and allies party to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. THIS Saturday, Nov 16th (10pm-2am).

WE LOVE THE PHILIPPINES AND WE KNOW YOU DO TOO. TOGETHER WE CAN LINK ARMS WITH THE SURVIVORS TO RE-BUILD, FIND HOPE AND EMPOWERMENT IN THE MIDST OF SEVERE DEVASTATION & GOVERNMENT NEGLECT. 100% OF OUR DONATIONS WILL REACH THE PEOPLE. #HaiyanRelief #TaskForceHaiyan #GABRIELAUSA

1924 Franklin Street (3rd Floor), Oakland
$5- 10+ Sliding Scale @ the door.

**PLEASE RSVP – Email or FB private message us if you are attending. You will need a special passcode to get into the building.**

www.gabusa.org
Mention GABRIELA USA when you donate online. Encourage others to do the same @ www.nafconusa.org

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Seattle – Juan Alonso-Rodriguez Artwork Fundraising Efforts for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Excelsion #2
 Excelsion #2, 2008, ink & graphite on Claybord, 24″ x 24″
Please help me raise some much needed cash for victims of typhoon Haiyan 
that has devastated the Philippines.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Go to my personal fundraising page through Mercy Corps: 
    and donate as little as $15. 
2. Donate directly to National Alliance for Filipino Concerns – NAFCON http://nafconusa.org/
3. Purchase any artwork from my studio through November 23 and I will donate 10% of all sales to
    NAFCON and Mercy Corps.
4. Donate $5000 through my fundraising page and I will give you the painting shown above just for being
    a generous person.

Juan Alonso-Rodriguez

Artwork, Photographs & Essays by Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, Seattle, WA – Contact: juanalonsostudio@gmail.com

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11/21 New York – Filipino American Museum Bayanihan Spirit to Raise Funds for Typhoon Relief Efforts

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11/15 San Francisco – Candle Light Vigil for Typhoon Haiyan Victims.

Please join us. Everyone is welcome!
Where: Corner of Powell and Post (Union Square)

Volunteers from the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), a member of the broad formation “Bay Area Task Force Haiyan” invites you to a candle light vigil to honor the lives of our brothers and sisters in the Philippines who fell victim to Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda in the Philippines. This week vigils have taken place throughout the bay area.

We are humbled by the overwhelming support and sympathy we’ve received from every day people such as yourself. We would like to take this opportunity to gather together, mourn, pay our respects, and most importantly share how we can continue the long journey ahead and rebuild the lives and areas affected.

10,000 are feared dead in Leyte, and 300 more in Samar. We are still waiting for information from other provinces. Many remain missing, and it is estimated that 4 million people have been affected. We need to provide immediate relief for the families and individuals who have survived.

100% proceeds of the donation will go to the victims. For more information about NAFCON, please visit www.nafconusa.org. We will be collecting donation during the vigil.

Here is a glimpse of NAFCON at work, as we launch Task Force Haiyan.
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/9526222-taskforce-haiyan-launched-quickly-get-bay-area-donations-to-typhoon-victims/#.UoRtz-LJ_nY.facebook

Check out the facebook event page here > https://www.facebook.com/events/565684516842903/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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11/15 D.C. (area) – Taking the P*ss – Benefit for the Philippines

 

Link to facebook event page

 

D.C. (area) – Taking the P*ss – Benefit for the Philippines

 

Marx Cafe has generously agreed to make this a benefit for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Proceeds of the bar will go to GABRIELA Washington, D.C., which has partnered with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) to accept online donations via nafconusa.org.

 

When: Friday, November 15, 2013

Time: 10:00 pm – 3:00 am

Where: Marx Cafe 3203 Mount Pleasant St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20010-2103

 

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11/14 UC Davis – Rise Up! UCD Fil Am Typhoon Relief Fund

Link to Campaign

Rise Up! UCD Fil Am Typhoon Relief Efforts On November 8, the Philippines experienced the strongest storm ever to make landfall in history. With an estimated death toll of 10,000+ (in one province alone) and 10 million people directly affected by its path, Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan razed communities to the ground in Central Philippines, many of these towns, cities and provinces have yet to recover from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake last month. In solidarity with the Filipino people, the UC Davis Filipino American community (or the Filamily, as we fondly call it) is coordinating a joint effort to raise money for the relief and rehabilitation of those directly affected by this tragedy.

A dollar goes a long way in the Philippines. All monetary donations will be sent through the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns or NAFCON, an organization that works closely with grassroots community organizations in the Philippines. Their Bayanihan Relief and Rehabilitation Program ensures that monetary donations go directly to the communities in need.

Our goal is currently at $1500 but we will continue to raise it to reflect the amount of support we receive. We shall also be sending our donations in increments to address both immediate and long-term needs. Everything will be documented through photos/videos and social media (follow the hashtag #UCDRiseUpPh).

We will also have a series of fundraising events in collaboration with other groups, so please keep an eye out!

This is a crucial time for our communities to come together to raise awareness of these natural disasters and mobilize relief efforts.
Your generous donations are very much appreciated!
Every penny counts 🙂


We are also accepting monetary and material donations at the Student Recruitment & Retention Center located in the Student Community Center.

Suggestions for material donations:
– Non-perishable food that DOES NOT require water, electricity or can openers.
– Basic medicine and first-aid kit supplies for surface wounds.- Bottled water. Currently, there is no drinkable water in affected areas.
– Candles and matches since there is no electricity. – Clothing
– Blankets.
– Any other items that may be useful.

*This will be an ongoing effort so we will continue updating this gofundme and our social media pages.*
*This is a collaboration between Project: Bulosan, BRIDGE, FAHC, FILAH, Mga Kapatid, PASE, KPE and XPO.

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Hayward – Students fron Tennyson Highschool Fundraising for NAFCON Typhoon Relief Effort

API club at Tennyson High School in Hayward. They did a fundraiser with the money going to Gabriela USA/NAFCON. It’s actually via Jaynee Ruiz’s instagram. She’s from babae/Gabriela USA, and she’s a teacher here at THS.

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11/21 San Francisco – PUSO/VSA fundraiser for typhoon haiyan survivors

Hey Everyone,

PUSO (Pilipinos at UCSF student organization) and VSA (vietnamese student organization) will be hosting a fundraiser next THURSDAY 11/21/13 to raise money for relief efforts that have been going on for Typhoon Haiyan (please follow the link below to order). ALL PROFITS will go to NAFCON (National alliance for filipino concerns). For more information about how NAFCON is helping and about their organization please follow the link: http://nafconusa.org/

Typhoon Haiyan is considered to be the worst calamity and natural disaster that Philippines has ever faced with speeds as high as 195 mph and gust speed up to 235 mph with around 10,000 people are feared to be dead or displaced. Families affected by the storm are in drastic need of basic supplies, medical supplies, food, and clean water. Thus, Our goal is to provide support and relief.

So please come out and support our cause! Any donations are welcome and will definitely make a difference!

WAYS TO HELP:
1. Directly donate to NAFCON http://nafconusa.org/

2. Attend and donate at our fundraiser event on THURSDAY HSW Lobby 11/21/13 at :

BREAKFAST 8AM-9AM
Distributing biscotti, bagels, and tea. We are asking for recommend donations. (pre-order is not necessary)

LUNCH 12PM-1PM
Distributing BBQ pork skewers, vege lumpia, and meat lumpia.

**********PLACE YOUR ORDER HERE***********************
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12pgvwn3hsawoFqkXvpADlUHQe0zpG7NGihapzQM6cog/viewform

WE ARE ACCEPTING ORDERS UNTIL MONDAY 11/18/13 at 9AM.

After filling out the survey, you can pick up your order for your BBQ pork skewer, vegetable lumpia, and/or meat lumpia and drop off your donation on Thursday 11/21/13.

We are asking for recommended donations but you are free to choose what ever you want to donate to the cause!

3. Donate supplies:
We are currently setting up a canned food, medical supplies, and bottled water drive. In the next few days we will have more information on how you can donate goods and where to donate the supplies to.

Thank you for your support and time. Your donations do make the difference to those out there in need.

#Support&Relief

Also if you have not heard about what is going currently in regards to the storm please follow the link: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/11/11/bay-area-organizations-ramp-up-typhoon-haiyan-relief/#.UoG9aNsk4R0.facebook

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11/21 San Jose – PASS IT AROUND: A Fundraiser For The Philippines

In the last few months the world has seen the powerful and devastating destruction that earthquakes and typhoons caused much of the Philippines coastal areas. This effort is not just to only fundraise aid to the people of the P.I. but to also rally ourselves here in the Bay Area to causes abroad and at home. We must remember we are a part of a global community. Neither seperate or alone. But connected by life. Let us give art, support, and love to one another. Let’s pass it around.- DandiggityShowcasing words and songs from a variety of talent from all over the Bay Area.Jason Bayani (Proletariat Bronze/The ReWrite)
Lorenz Dumuk (The ReWrite)
Kristen Sajonas (The ReWrite)
Astralogik
Amy DabalosHosted by: Dandiggity & Ruby VeridianoSounds by DJ Sig-O (Affinity Sounds)

$10 at the door All Ages

 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Doors at 7:30pm. Show promptly at 8:30pm.

The Blackbird Tavern Annex
200 S. 1st St., San Jose, California 95112

100% of the proceeds go to nafconusa.org

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JASON BAYANI is a graduate of Saint Mary’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene whose work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax, Write Bloody’s classroom anthology–– Learn Then Burn, and other publications. As a member of 7 National Poetry Slam teams, he’s been a National Poetry Slam finalist and represented Oakland at the International World Poetry Slam. He is also one of the founding members of the Filipino American Spoken Word troupe, Proletariat Bronze, and has been an organizer for the Asian and Pacific Islander Poetry and Spoken Word Summit. His first book, “Amulet” was published in 2013 through Write Bloody Press and has garnered acclaim in literary magazines such as Zyzzyva and Glint. www.jasonbayani.com

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KRISTEN SAJONAS

ASTRALOGIK

AMY DABALOS

DANDIGGITY

RUBY VERIDIANO is a glamour girl off to change the world. A writer, speaker, and media personality, she was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in Sacramento, and has spent time in Italy, France, Atlanta, Oakland, and New York City, shaping her global perspective as an advocate and voice for Asian American women. Ruby is passionate about creating media that bridges entertainment with messages of positive social change, and is the founder of a writing empowerment program called “The Glamourbaby Diaries”.

Since 2002, Ruby has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, presenting her writings, lectures, workshops, and media projects at hundreds of venues including Cornell University, Columbia University, Morehouse College, the United Nations, De La Salle University Manila, and the American University of Paris, France, inspiring tomorrow’s leaders and visionaries. She has reached thousands of youth through her spoken word performance work with iLL-Literacy , an artist collective that she co-founded in 2002. Through her work with iLL-Literacy, she has shared the stage with the likes of Common, Mos Def, Goapele, and Saul Williams. Her movement to empower youth extends to her work with non-profit organizations such as Youthspeaks, Urban Word, LitWorld, and Book-In-A-Day. In 2008, she became a VJ for international music channel, MYX TV North America. In the same year, she published her first book, Miss Universe.

In 2010, she made it as a Top 3 Finalist for Alicia Keys’ head blogger search for her women’s empowerment website venture, “I Am A Superwoman” (IAAS.COM). During this time, Ruby was flown out to London to meet with Alicia Keys and attend the Black Ball, upon which she interviewed celebrities such as Christian Louboutin, Swizz Beatz, and Alicia Keys on the red carpet.

In 2011, she became the first LitCorps Ambassador for Global Literacy Organization LitWorld, where she spearheaded LitWorld’s girls literacy empowerment program in her home country of the Philippines. During the same year, she founded Meeting of the Minds, an initiative to connect the global youth Filipino diaspora to galvanize social change.

Currently, Ruby travels the University circuit to tour her program, Glamourbaby Diaries, and serves as a TV Host/Correspondent for global Filipino channel ABS-CBN.
www.rubyveridiano.com

DJ SIG-O

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11/16 Los Angeles – Pray for the Philippines – A Benefit Event for those Affected by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan

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11/20 Daly City – Typhoon Relief Call for Action! Hosted by the Northern San Mateo County Taskforce Haiyan

Hello Northern San Mateo County community members,

Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, ravaged central Philippines this past weekend. More than 10,000 people in Leyte alone are estimated dead and thousands more elsewhere are missing. Countless are homeless and hungry throughout the archipelago and are in dire need of water, sanitation, food, and safe shelter.

On Wednesday, November 13th, Bay Area Taskforce Haiyan was launched by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) with different organizations to coordinate typhoon relief efforts in the Bay Area.

As part of this bigger network, we invite organizations and individuals to join the Northern San Mateo County Taskforce Haiyan with LAYA Migrant Youth for Change and Action, Migrante-San Mateo Organizing Committee, Westmoor High School, and NAFCON.

At this event we will discuss what Taskforce Haiyan is all about, how you or your organization can get involved in the relief efforts, and how we can further gather support from the larger community.

Event is open to all groups and individuals — teachers, youth, students, professionals, workers, church groups, unions, or any concerned resident of Northern San Mateo County, Filipino or Non-Filipino alike!

Hope to see you there!

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Campbell – Tapsilog Bistro X JLG Lawyers Collaborates on a Haiyan Relief Effort

Haiyan Relief Fundraiser

Friday, November 15, 2013

 

4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Tapsilog Bistro, 819 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell, CA 95008

 

*Light Appetizers hosted by the Jaurigue Law Group

Donations will be combined for the NAFCON Bayanihan Relief

JLG will donate an additional $10 for every donation received.

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New York – Gabriela New York Hosts HOPE After Haiyan #haiyanrelief

Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE) is a mass-based women’s organization serving New York City and its surrounding areas. We connect the Filipino diaspora to the women’s struggle in the Philippines. We are women of Philippine descent, including those who are migrants, immigrants and US-born. We recognize Filipino women of mixed heritage and adoptees. FiRE is a LGBTIQ-(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer/Questioning) friendly organization that is inclusive of transgender people of Philippine descent. For more information, please visit http://www.firenyc.org.

We are a proud member organization of GABRIELA-USA that is the first overseas chapter of GABRIELA Philippines. To learn more, please go to http://www.gabusa.org

FiRE is a member of BAYAN-USA, an alliance of progressive Filipino groups in the U.S. representing organizations of students, scholars, women, workers, and youth. To learn more about BAYAN, please visit http://bayanusa.org/

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Portland – URGENT CALL FOR DONATION: Typhoon Haiyan(Yolanda) Bayanihan Relief Effort

We, Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP) & PSU Kaibigan Alumni Advisory Board, are keeping our hearts and minds with the Filipino people who are experiencing one of the world’s strongest and most devastating typhoons this year. In times of disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, Filipinos in Portland and all over the world are all thinking of our loved ones and the millions who will be displaced because of the calamity.

Currently, the Philippines is bracing itself for Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Typhoon Yolanda), a category 5 super typhoon, which is expected to displace more than 25 million Filipinos. Families are packing up anything they can and are making their way to safety. The storm is expected to make landfall over Samar-Leyte area today (11/08/13) and continue until early tomorrow morning. It is expected to go through parts of the Philippines including Leyte, Northern Cebu, Capiz, and Semirara Island. Winds are expected to reach up to 195 mph, gusts of 235 mph and a diameter of 1,150 miles as it moves west over the country. This is one of the highest wind speeds ever recorded in a storm in world history.

This storm will not only affect the Philippines, but also Filipinos across the world as many OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) who still have families back home are watching from afar. Even right here in Portland, community members are still trying to contact family and friends back home to check on their safety.

In this state of calamity, there is an urgent call for your support and assistance. Our fellow Filipinos need your prayers and your monetary donations. In the past month, we have been working with grassroots organizations in the parts of the Philippines that will be most impacted. Your donation will be sent directly to the poor and underserved who need our donations the most through organizations such as Visayas Primary Health Care Services (VPHCS), our partner organization on the ground in the Visayan region. We hope that you can join us in supporting our kababayans back home as they go through one of the toughest storms to hit the Philippines. Donations can be made through National Alliance for Filipino Concern’s (NAFCON) Paypal account at http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort or you can make checks payable to PCHRP and mail to PCHRP ℅ Rossella De Leon at 5250 SE 73rd Ave. Portland, OR 97206.

It is as simple as skipping your morning coffee – that same amount can feed a family of four for at least three days in the Philippines.

Please contact Rossella De Leon at portlandchrp@gmail.com or 503-915-7283 for any questions regarding this relief effort or ways to collaborate.

*** Please let us know by posting on this page if/once you make a donation through the link provided so that we can keep track of the total amount donated from Portland.

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San Francisco – Emerge(ncy): Community Open Mic & Fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan

Join us as we raise funds for relief efforts in the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan. All proceeds will to go to NAFCON USA where 100% of funds raised will go directly to relief to where it is needed most. NAFCON USA will assist in the direct transfer of monetary donations to Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayan or BALSA (People’s Cooperation for the People), a national grassroots relief and rehabilitation organization composed of broad church-based organizations, schools, disaster response NGOs, and individuals, working with victims of disasters in the Philippines.

Come and share words and song on the mic. Share your thoughts, your grief, your anger, your inspiration, and your drive to rise up. In the midst of disaster, let’s emerge together in solidarity.

For more information or to sign up on the open mic ahead of time, please contact Megumi Yoshida.

Pine United Methodist Church, San Francisco
426 33rd Ave, San Francisco, California 94121
Sunday, November 17, 2013
3-5pm
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Stanford PASU – Pilipino American Student Union Fundraising for NAFCON Relief Effort

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Stockton – Kilusan Pilipino at University of the Pacific in Stockton Fundraising for NAFCON

Kilusan Pilipino at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA

If you are interested in donating to the Typhoon Haiyan relief fund, Kilusan Pilipino has a table outside of the DeRosa University Center. We will be here everyday from 11-2pm until December 5. Please stop by and show your support, we accept cash and card. every little bit counts! ❤️

Pictured below left to right Kevin Hernando, Rebecca Liu, Val Taylor, and Maurelle Bagus and photo credit goes to Leah Cruz

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San Mateo Medical Center through Ms. Lorda Rumbaua of the Department of Resource Management has endorsed NAFCON

San Mateo Medical Center through Ms. Lorda Rumbaua of the Department of Resource Management  has endorsed NAFCON and Careway Health Institute to all its staff for all monetary donations.

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Union City – Sari Sari Underground taking in monetary donations to give to NAFCON Bayanihan Relief Effort

Make sure to check out Sari Sari Underground inside Island Pacific in Union City, they are taking in monetary donations to give to NAFCON Bayanihan Relief Effort

Sari Sari Underground

4122 Dyer Street

Union City, Ca 94560

 

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Press Conference – TASKFORCE HAIYAN to Coordinate Urgent Disaster Relief

MEDIA ADVISORY

November 13, 2013

Contact: Terrence Valen, 415-203-0696

Bay Area Community and Civic Leaders Launch

TASKFORCE HAIYAN to Coordinate Urgent Disaster Relief

San Francisco Supervisors John Avalos and Jane Kim to Co-Chair Collaborative Grassroots Response
San Francisco — In response to the growing and urgent need to step up relief efforts for the victims of
Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, civic leaders, community organizations, businesses, and faith groups
from throughout the Bay Area launch Taskforce Haiyan, to coordinate people-to-people grassroots
response to what is being touted as one of the strongest typhoons in recorded history.  This local launch
is part of a US-wide effort led by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) to coordinate and
strengthen community-based relief efforts across the U.S.

WHO:     Supervisors John Avalos and Jane Kim
Bay Area Families of Typhoon Haiyan Victims
Filipino and Faith-based Civic Leaders

WHAT:  Launch of Bay Area Taskforce Haiyan

WHEN:  Wednesday, November 13

TIME:   10:00 am

WHERE: Bayanihan Community Center:  1010 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

BACKGROUND:
Typhoon Haiyan, slammed through the Philippines when it made landfall on November 7, 2013. The
destruction caused by the storm quickly claimed over 10,000 lives in one city alone- Tacloban City in
the province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas.  Many Bay Area families with families in affected areas are still
waiting to confirm whether their loved ones have survived.

NAFCON, a volunteer-run Filipino-American alliance in 23 US cities, calls on organizations, communities,
and residents of the Bay Area to join in the grassroots relief efforts.  Since 2009, NAFCON’s Bayanihan
Relief and Rehabilitation program has responded to all major typhoons and other calamities that have hit
the Philippines. 100% of the proceeds collected for relief go to those most affected and devastated, on
the ground in the Philippines.

“These last few days have been very difficult for Filipino-Americans with loved ones back home. Haiyan is
the fourth major typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, and by far the most destructive. The devastation
of poverty-stricken communities is simply beyond our collective imagination,” states Terry Valen,
NAFCON President. “There is a need to increase our efforts. That’s why we are happy to join hands with
community, labor, business, and church groups across the Bay Area and the nation to form Taskforce

Haiyan, to increase and better coordinate the aid and relief to the most devastated areas in the country.”

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Anakbayan Seattle – Updates from Local Disaster Relief Efforts

Anakbayan Seattle extends our deepest gratitude to everyone that supported us yesterday as we sang and played music in the heart of downtown Seattle’s Westlake Center in effort to raise funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines. Without your help, we would not have been able to raise nearly *$500 for the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns’ (NAFCON) Bayanihan Relief & Rehabilitation Program.

It was inspiring and uplifting to have been able to turn this idea around so quickly in less than 24 hours and mobilize the large group we had. A big thank you to the organizations of Filipino American Student Association of the University of Washington (UW FASA), the Pacific Islands Club of the University of Washington, and Pinay sa Seattle for joining the efforts.

Please stay tuned for  local upcoming relief effort events and opportunities in Seattle or donate now at NAFCON USA. To learn more you can visit the website Disaster by Design | How the Natural Disasters in the Philippines are Worsened.

Our Chairperson, Jenilee Policarpio, also recorded a small message to share with the community.

www.anakbayan.net

Seattle – Candlelight Vigil for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Please join Anakbayan Seattle in coming together as a community to send love and healing to typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda survivors in the Philippines.

***NOVEMBER 13, 2013 AT 6:00PM @ RED SQUARE***

If you are not able to physically be at the vigil, please continue to keep the Philippines in your hearts as this will be a continuous relief process.

***For more information about why these natural disasters occur/how the Philippine government contributes
to worsening the immense damage the Philippines
has to endure please visit —> http://relief.anakbayan.net/

***If you are interested in donating to fund disaster relief in the Philippines please visit: http://nafconusa.org/

***100% OF ALL FUNDS THAT ARE DONATED THROUGH NAFCON WILL GO TO DISASTER RELIEF***

Please share this event!

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San Francisco – Kapit Bisig – Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan @ SFSU

November 13th, 2013 is a call for International Solidarity with the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. Please join us in a candlelight vigil honoring the lives lost and the people struggling to survive in wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.

Meet up at Malcolm X Plaza at 5:30pm. The vigil will being promptly at 5:45.

Folks will be collecting donations to send to NAFCON: www.nafconusa.org

Let us gather as a community in solidarity. ISULONG!

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San Mateo – Careway Health Institute Taking in Monetary Donations for the NAFCON Bayanihan Relief effort

San Mateo – Careway Health Institute Taking in Monetary Donations for the NAFCON Bayanihan Relief effort

Please Contact Rico Foz

1528 South El Camino Real, Suite 308, San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 627-4685 or info@carewayhealth.com
www.carewayhealth.com

 

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Milpitas – Home Elements Supply & Consulting Taking in Cash Donations for NAFCON

Home Elements Supply & Consulting 200 Serra Way Ste #34 Milpitas, CA 95035

Jocelyn Deona de Leon

408-204-3840

monetary donations can be made now through 11/16 and continue from 12/3 to 12/14. call or visit for most current operating hours.

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Holiday Bazaar @ International Hotel Manilatown

Proud to announce that proceeds of this event will go to NAFCON’s Bayanihan Relief campaign to help victims of Philippine Calamities. See http://nafconusa.org/ for more info

You can check out their facebook event page here https://www.facebook.com/events/1379367855641676/?source=1

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GABRIELA Endorsing NAFCON Bayanihan Relief Effort

With the lack of government investment into Visayan livelihood, built environment and safety protocols, impoverished Filipino women have had to subsist at an atrocious level of poverty. Filipino women, at the helm of family structures, were not able to work and find the money to evacuate their families into safety or save up for emergencies such as these.

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Chicago – Fellowship for Filipino Migrants had a fundraiser at Allegretti’s Pizzaria

National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and Fellowship for Filipino Migrants had a fundraiser at Allegretti’s Pizzaria. It was a successful event and we thank the owner (a family of ours) for opening their doors to have the venue at their restaurant. They also donated the food and drinks for the fundraising! Thanks to everyone who came and donated! And we are still accepting donations!

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD
For folks in Chicago area who wants to donate:

Address cheques to: Fellowship for Filipino Migrants or FFM

Drop off cash/cheques at: Allegretti’s Pizzeria, 933 E. Oakton St. Des Plaines

Mail your cheques to: 113 Washington Rd. Glenview, IL 60025

For material donations please contact:
Nerissa 2243816888
Lorena 2246781897
Monique 2246783562

For online donations go to: http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort

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Tselogs in Daly City Supports NAFCON Relief Efforts

Tselogs in Daly City Supports NAFCON Relief Efforts

NAFCON thanks Tselogs for supporting our relief efforts for typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines!

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Why You Should Donate to Peoples Organizations for Typhoon Haiyan Relief

The images of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan are heart wrenching.  They are the gaping wounds of a Philippines that has been beaten again and again by natural and not-so-natural disasters.  This time the world cannot turn away. It cannot deny the suffering of the Filipino people.  We are moved and compelled to open our hearts and give, but time and time again we are faced with the dilemma of which organizations or groups to support.

For me, the answer to that question is clear.  I will not give my money to giant NGOs with huge overhead costs, other foreign organizations, or militaries that swoop in on these communities for a week or a month or two and then leave.  When I look at images on my computer screen or my television, my eyes focus and linger on the faces of people who are hungry, homeless, and hurt because of these calamities.  I do not see the faces of transnational organizations or their CEOs.

My heart is with the people.  I would like my money to go there aswell.  This is why I will give my time, energy, and financial support to organizations like NAFCON (National Alliance for Filipino Concerns) in the US that donates to BALSA (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan- Peoples Cooperation for the People) in the Philippines.  These relief efforts are led and conducted by all volunteer grass roots and community organizations–organizations that are committed not only to the immediate needsof the people for relief, but the much more difficult task of rebuilding,rehabilitating, and restoring these communities with dignity and compassion.  These are peoples organizations thatare built by the people in the communities in which they live.  They know the conditions, the struggles, and the aspirations of people in these communities because they are therewith them.

Participating in the International Solidarity Mission in Mindanao this summer, I was surprised to see so many people in communities devastated by Typhoon Pablo still living in tents or crumblingstructures with only a piece of tarpaulin to protect them from the elementseight months after the typhoon. It was shocking to see these tents and piecesof tarp emblazoned with the names of international relief organizations likethe Red Cross and UNICEF.  It washard to accept that with the millions of dollars donated by people all over theworld, that these organizations along with many other transnational NGOs wereonly able to erect tent cities and distribute plastic coverings for homes andcalled it “relief.”  They are no longer there in these communities.  They have wiped their hands clean.  They believe they have done their jobs.  Hand in hand with the broken-ness of the Philippine government’s ability to respond to the needs of the people, these organizations failed to serve the people ofthe Philippines.

Thankfully, I was able to witness peoples organizations in action.  I saw their rebuilding efforts in parts of Mindanao devastated by Typhoon Pablo.Their efforts were conducted quietly and humbly; they were ongoing eight months after the disaster.  They were there for the long haul.  One afternoon I was able to visit an evacuation center where people sought shelter because of militarization of their villages.  The center was buzzing with activity as volunteers from peoples organizations were hard at work. I did not have to stay long to see the comprehensiveness of their work–from the cooking crew to the medical team to the psychosocial team for the children.  The volunteers were tireless in their efforts to not only meet the immediate needs of the people,but to also find a way for them to return to their homes and live their lives peacefully once again.

These peoples organizations know that every child, woman, and man deserves to be fed, housed, and given medical care as soon as possible.  But the difference is that they also know that the relief work only feeds, houses, and treats a person for that day or a few weeks. Their work cannot and will not stop there.  They work for rehabilitation and rebuilding of communities.  They will take a hammer and nails and wood to create new homes, hospitals, and schools, but they will also work at building a better system–one that responds to the needs of the people, one that fights for environmental justice, one that brings hope and courage for people to fight for what they need and deserve in the face of injustice.

Our people deserve more than pieces of tarp emblazoned with the names of international relief organizations or tent cities that are supposed to replace sturdy, livable homes. They deserve more than spoiled rice after it was withheld from them by the Philippine military.  They deserve more than empty promises and poor governance.

And you–people from all over the globe with big hearts who donated for a whatever reason–maybe you have family members in Tacloban or you simply turned on the television and were moved by the images you saw, you deserve more than that, too. You deserve to know that the support you offer will be delivered to the people you so care for.  You deserve to know that you have not only given someone a chance to fill their bellies with a healthy meal and sleep under a roof, but in supporting peoples organizations, you have also given people a chance to participate in the (re)building of a better, brighter community and world and the hope that they may thrive again.

Donate to support Typhoon Haiyan victims at http://nafconusa.org and support peoples organizations working for typhoon relief!

Written by Theresa De Leon Jaranilla – Chairperson for Anakbayan Los Angeles

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Anakbayan Seattle Fundraising for the NAFCON Bayanihan Relief Effort.

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Anakbayan-USA Urges You to Donate through NAFCON

Anakbayan USA is helping to fundraise for NAFCON Bayanihan Relief Effort.

Link to donate http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort

Also check out their website, beautifully designed http://relief.anakbayan.net/

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San Jose CA – Candle Light Vigil for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Come join Anakbayan Silicon Valley (ABSV) as we commemorate the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) this Wednesday, which has been designated as the International Day of Solidarity for Victims of Typhoon Yolanda. It was possibly the strongest storm to ever make landfall, and the estimated death count to date is over 12,000, with over 4 million families affected.

The event will take place in front of MLK Library on the corner of E San Fernando St. and 4th St. in downtown San Jose, right by City Hall and San Jose State University campus.

We will have speakers and cultural performances, and will be fundraising during the event as well. 100% of funds donated will course through the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns‘s Bayanihan Relief efforts. For more information, please visit http://nafconusa.org/. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate, please visit http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort.

ABSV is a comprehensive youth organization that seeks to unite all youth in the struggle for genuine social change and liberation of the Philippines. By educating, organizing, and mobilizing the youth in Silicon Valley, ABSV fights for the rights of Filipinos in America and advances the Philippine struggle for national democracy. ABSV is a member organization of NAFCON.

Anakbayan stands in solidarity with those affected by the typhoon. We also realize that our work does not stop with relief efforts alone. While natural disasters are inevitable for the Philippines, systemic corruption in Philippine politics has exacerbated the effects of natural disasters. We believe that in addition to raising much-needed funds for our kababayan back home, we must also link arms and fight against such injustice. For more information, please visit http://relief.anakbayan.net/.

Also check out their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/219523028225100/?source=1

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New York – Community Forum on Typhoon Haiyan and Vigil for Families Affected by the Typhoon

Taskforce Haiyan Northeast

Light a Candle with Us and Uphold the Bayanihan Spirit
When: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 6:00pm
Where: Bayanihan Community Center
40-21 69th Street
Woodside, NY 11377

http://www.nafconusa.org

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Bayanihan Community Center

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NAFCON Socal Vigil for Typhoon Victims

NAFCON Southern California and the Filipino Migrant Center will be holding a Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan on Friday November 15, 2013.  It will be held at at 7:45pm in front of Grace United Methodist Church (2325 East 3rd St.) in Long Beach, CA.  Monetary donations will be collected for NAFCON’s Bayanihan Disaster Relief campaign to aid disaster victims of the typhoon.
For more information call: (562) 438-9515 or send an email to alex@filipinomigrantcenter.org.
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LAYA – Migrant Youth for Change and Action Fundraising for NAFCON Bayanihan Relief Effort

On November 8th, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, Super Typhoon Yolanda, pounded central Philippines with torrential rains and powerful winds. Just a little less than a month before this, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Central Visayas, resulting in over 200 deaths and $20 million in property damage. Many people have died in these disasters, and thousands are currently homeless. Please consider making a donation to our Nov 23rd Run for Relief and help our team support affected communities.

You can donate online at nafconusa.org (click Help Victims of Philippine Calamities Donate button), and also donate by cash or check. Please make check payable to “NAFCON” and write “5K Run for Relief” in the memo.

For any questions or comments, please email us: layayouth@gmail.com. Thank you so much for your support!

LAYA

Migrant Youth for Change and Action

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Hip Hop Artist Macklemore Mentions the Typhoon in the Philippines and Shows Support for NAFCON

One of the biggest hip hop artists this year tweeted: “Over 10,000 people died as a result of the typhoon in the Philippians… If you want to help those affected go to nafconusa.org”. He then added later, “*Philippines…Points finger at auto correct and 6th grade teacher.”

Please support grassroots organizations doing work for the people. Visit http://www.nafconusa.org or make a donation at http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort.

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NAFCON SoCal Holds a Press Conference for the Bayanihan Relief

NAFCON SoCal held a press conference for their fundraising efforts for the Typhoon Haiyan victims with major news stations – ABS-CBN, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, KCAL, KTLA, LA Times, and Press Telegram.

Please encourage your friends and family to donate to NAFCON’s Bayanihan Relief at http://nafconusa.org/

 

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Filipino Community Center Fundraising at Powell and Market in San Francisco

Beautiful and kind hearted San Francisco tourists, visitors, employees and residents reaching out to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda and donated to Nafcon Us.

Tomorrow, Monday November 11, a group of us will be at Powell and Market 11:30am until 3pm.

We will be singing Filipino songs and sharing the current situation. If you or someone you know will be in the area please feel free to stop by and donate. A dollar goes a long way! www.nafconusa.org

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Local South Bay Organizations Fundraising for the NAFCON Bayanihan Relief Effort.

PAWIS – Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants,  ABSV – Anakabyan Silicon Valley and PASU – Pilipino American Student Union posted up in front of the new Island Pacific in San Jose to outreach and raise funds for the NAFCON’s Bayanihan Relief Effort.  We were able to take in cash donations and talk to people about the Bayanihan Relief Effort and how 100% of the donations will go to a trusted partner organizations in the Philippines.

PAWIS

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PAWIS – Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants – http://www.pawissv.wordpress.com

ABSV – Anakbayan Silicon Valley – http://www.anakbayansv.com

PASU – Pilipino American Student Union – http://pasu.stanford.edu

 

Please donate to the NAFCON  Bayanihan Relief Effort at http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort

 

 

NAFCON Ramps Up Relief Campaign as Super Typhoon Yolanda Ravages Central Philippines

For Immediate Release

November 8, 2013
Contact: Terrence Valen, NAFCON President
415.333.6267, info@nafconusa.org

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National Alliance for Filipino Concerns

NAFCON Ramps Up Relief Campaign as Super Typhoon Yolanda Ravages Central Philippines

The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) is appealing for increased donations for its Bayanihan Relief and Rehabilitation Campaign to assist communities in the Philippines  affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”). On November 8th, one of the strongest typhoons in recent history pounded over provinces in the central part of the Philippines resulting in massive devastation of crops and homes and loss of electricity and communication lines. Around 10 million people who live in the central Philippine islands were most at risk of a direct hit of the super typhoon. Yolanda also lashed communities in Cebu and Bohol, two cities that have yet to recover from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake last month.

“I was just in the Philippines this summer when another storm hit and caused a lot of damage and I’m really not sure if my family was prepared for something even stronger and more destructive. We are hoping that they are okay, but we haven’t heard from them since electricity and phone posts were toppled by typhoon winds and powerful stormwater surges,” says Julian Jaravata of Anakbayan Silicon Valley, member organization of NAFCON. Julian has relatives in Romblon, one of the islands in central Philippines hit by super typhoon Yolanda.

NAFCON is collecting monetary donations, ensuring the fastest way of getting aid to the Philippines for what is needed most. Donations can be made through NAFCON’s Paypal account at http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort. Checks can be made payable to “St. George Fontana,” and on the memo line, write: “NAFCON Bayanihan Relief” to clearly allocate it for this purpose.

NAFCON Bayanihan Disaster Relief Regional Coordinators can collect your donations or mail it to our local nonprofit partner, c/o Naida Castro at 17895 San Bernardino Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335-6155. Please, include your return address with your donation. For qualifying tax- deductible donations, please, email trea@nafconusa.org for the necessary documentation. “Every year, NAFCON stays alert and ready to respond, knowing that calamities frequently threaten the livelihood of our kababayans (countrymen). The alliance knows overseas community support is important to relief efforts due to the Philippine government’s consistent inability to effectively assist victims and its culpability in contributing to the environmental injustices plaguing our country,” said Terrence Valen, NAFCON President.

For more information on regional collection centers and fundraising activities in your area, please contact NAFCON Bayanihan Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation regional coordinators nearest you or go to our website at www.nafconusa.org.

 

Northwest: Freedom Siyam; nw@nafconusa.org; (206) 659–1896
Northeast: Michelle Saulon ne@nafconusa.org (650) 808-5043
Midwest: Nerissa Allegretti mw@nafconusa.org (224) 381-6888
Norcal: Ryan Leano nc@nafconusa.org (626) 534-4971
Socal: Alex Montances sc@nafconusa.org (253) 381-7444

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Typhoon Pablo Survivors Deserve Relief, Not Repression

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 06, 2012

Contact: Terrence Valen, NAFCON President
415.333.6267, info@nafconusa.org

Typhoon Pablo Survivors Deserve Relief, Not Repression

Filipinos Demands Justice in response to recent killing of Cristina Morales Jose

The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) demands for immediate investigation and subsequent prosecution of those responsible for the murder of Cristina Morales Jose, leader of a Typhoon Pablo survivors group Barug Katawhan, a councilor in her local town Baganga, and also a member of the progressive partylist Bayan Muna.

Jose was killed on March 4 in Davao Oriental, Philippines. According to human rights organization Karapatan in Southern Mindanao, she was killed by a motorcycle riding assassin as she was on her way home from a Barangay Council session.

According to Jose’s text message to fellow Barug Katawhan leaders, military and other local state forces threatened residents who joined the barricade that they will not be rationed food. The typhoon survivors were subjected to threat and intimidation by members of the Philippine Army. Before she was killed, Jose intended to travel to Davao City to file a complaint about the blacklisting of those who joined the protest and barricade of typhoon survivors.

“The Philippine government and its military is again the prime suspect in the gross violation of human rights. Typhoon Pablo survivors deserve compassion and support as they rebuild their livelihood not repression,” states NAFCON Midwest Coordinator Nerissa Allegretti, who visited Pablo-stricken communities early this year. “The demands of Barug Katawhan are legitimate. They have the right to food, shelter, and humanitarian aid. We condemn the repression of the typhoon survivors as they fight for these basic rights.”

In January, Jose was among those who exposed the food blockade and militarization of relief efforts by members of the Philippine Army in her town. In February, she joined more than 4,000 typhoon survivors in a 3-day barricade of the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and demanded the release of 10,000 sacks of rice that was earlier promised to typhoon survivors. DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman threatened to press legal charges against leaders of various organizations involved in the barricade.

Since Typhoon Pablo hit Mindanao in December last year, NAFCON has coordinated relief in the United States to support our fellow sisters and brothers in Pablo-ravaged areas, raising relief donations and educating our local communities.

“We are not only disgusted by the Philippine government’s ineptness in preparing for these disasters and failure to distribute much-needed relief goods to affected communities. We are equally outraged that this spate of extra-judicial killings has intensified and directed not only towards the typhoon survivors but also progressive Party List members who exposed the government’s criminal neglect of its own people,” declares NAFCON President Terrence Valen.

“The hard-earned money we send back home must not be used for human rights violations, especially against those who are merely defending their basic right to land and life. We call on the Philippine government to immediately provide much-needed relief to typhoon survivors, pull out the military forces from the affected communities and stop large-scale mining by foreign and large corporations which aggravates the effects of environmental disasters,” ends Valen.###

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Call for Support for Marawi and Mindanao

May 24, 2017

APPEAL FOR URGENT SUPPORT FOR CONFLICT AFFECTED COMMUNITIES IN MARAWI AND MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES

The Consortium for People’s Development-Disaster Response (CPDDR) strongly condemns the recent violent attacks on civilian communities resulting from the encounter between the Islamic State (IS) militants affiliated Maute Group and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).CPDDR protests the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao that will likely escalate the armed conflict, and intensify military operations in the region at the expense of civilians and communities.

Peoples and rural communities in Mindanao have long struggled for peace and genuine development. Further intensification of militarization in the region will only result to widespread displacement, and destruction of lives and livelihoods. It will drastically impede all efforts in long-term rehabilitation efforts for rebuilding communities affected by crisis and conflict situations.

CPDDR is calling for urgent support for the communities in Marawi and the whole of Mindanao.

We are accepting in-kind contributions and cash donations. However, due to reported food and supplies blockade in major entry-points, we encourage cash donations. CPDDR will facilitate the delivery of all donations to partner organizations directly working in the affected communities.

FOOD RELIEF:
• Halal food (rice, dried fish, beans, etc.)
• Bottled Water

NON-FOOD ITEMS
• Mats, blankets
• Toiletries
• Medicine and first aid
Delivery address:

Consortium for People’s Development – Disaster Response
114 Timog Avenue, Quezon City, 1103 Philippines

FOR CASH DONATIONS:
Account name: Consortium for People’s Development-Disaster Response Inc
PHP Account Number: 9593-0095-45
Dollar Account Number: 9594-0027-81
Bank of the Philippine Islands – Timog Edsa (959)
SWIFT CODE: BOPIPHMM

NAFCON will collect and facilitate transfer of monetary donations to CPDDR.

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No to Martial Law

 

NAFCON Foreword:

With Filipinos across the United States, NAFCON expresses deep concern regarding the peace and security of the city of Marawi in southern Philippines, where clashes have been occurring between the Maute group and the Philippine military and police since May 23, 2017.

We share the fear and anger over civilians being affected by the clashes. We recognize that this situation is rooted in the long-standing historical issues of landlessness, dire poverty, and the right of the Moro people to self-determination.
We appeal to President Duterte to lift the Martial Law in Mindanao. We urge President Duterte to also refrain from extending Martial Law to the entire Philippines. We believe that this militarist approach will not resolve the problem, but instead will put more lives in danger and further aggravate the insecurity in the area.

We encourage a diplomatic approach that will truly address the outstanding issue of land, livelihood, and self-determination for the Moro people, the people of Mindanao and all Filipino people. These issues could be addressed by continuing the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and forging the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms.

Much-needed socioeconomic reforms and a just and lasting peace for all Filipinos, not further militarization and displacement, will resolve the problems in Marawi and Mindanao.

Petition:

 

#StandWithMarawi
#NoToMartialLaw

 

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Modern Day Slavery: It Exists and It Must End

Modern Day Slavery: It Exists and It Must End

US Filipinos Respond to Atlantic Article “My Family’s Slave”

 

The Atlantic released an article in the June 2017 magazine issue entitled “My Family’s Slave” by journalist Alex Tizon. In his written account, Eudocia Tomas Pulido or “Lola” – a term for grandmother – was “gifted” to Tizon’s parents by his grandfather in order to care for the family for generations, without pay, essentially becoming the family’s slave. NAFCON shares the sadness and outrage that our communities feel in the inhumane treatment of Lola.  Unfortunately, Lola’s experiences are not unique, and to this day the Filipino community is still all too familiar with modern day slavery, not only in their own homes here in the U.S. and in the Philippines, but also in the homes of families across Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. NAFCON has received numerous stories and has taken on campaigns of Filipinos who survived modern day slavery and trafficking in every corner of this country. We are one with the community in seeking justice for all victims of slavery and trafficking by launching campaigns and addressing the root causes that allow for this to happen in the first place.

 

Lieutenant Tom in the Philippines in 1943

Lieutenant Tom had as many as three families of utusans living on his property. In the spring of 1943, with the islands under Japanese occupation, he brought home a girl from a village down the road. The lieutenant was shrewd—he saw that this girl was penniless, unschooled, and likely to be malleable. Tom approached her with an offer: She could have food and shelter if she would commit to taking care of his daughter, who had just turned 12. Lola agreed, not grasping that the deal was for life

The Philippines is a country whose land is continually ravaged. It has gone through centuries of foreign domination, from the Spaniards, the Americans, the Japanese, to the current relationship with the United States. The feudal culture that views women as property has been reinforced in the colonial Philippine society to date, from using them as a way to pay off debts to tying their roles in the family to household chores.  During American occupation, the Tydings-Mcduffie Act was enacted. It established the 10-year transition of the Philippines from an American colony to a nominally independent country. The act specified a number of unequal provisions that not only benefitted U.S. interests, but also required approval of the constitution by the U.S. President and the Philippine government.  This act established limitations on Filipino immigration to the United States, institutionalizing the exploitation that Filipino farmworkers in Hawaii and the West Coast already faced, leading many migrant workers to be undocumented or TNT as Tizon explained. To date, U.S. forces still function in the Philippines through unequal military agreements between the two countries, with devastating impacts on the Philippine environment, women and children, and communities.

 

Why are the people of the Philippines, whose natural resources are valued at more than a trillion dollars, living in poverty?

“While she looked after us, my parents went to school and earned advanced degrees, joining the ranks of so many others with fancy diplomas but no jobs. Then the big break: Dad was offered a job in Foreign Affairs as a commercial analyst. The salary would be meager, but the position was in America—a place he and Mom had grown up dreaming of”

The Philippines is not industrialized, and the vast natural resources are being mined and exported by primarily foreign corporations. At the same time, the country is filled with government officials who are businessmen seeking profit, not looking after the preservation of our natural resources or the welfare of everyday Filipinos like Lola Eudocia. This leads to a widening gap between the rich and the poor, with 7 out of 10 seeing themselves as poor. Government officials enact policies that further line the pockets of themselves and their landlord and business friends, including collaboration with foreign corporations, and when workers and people resist, they are met with repression by the police, military, and even U.S. military forces protecting American interests in our homeland.

This leads to countless individuals who are forced to migrate to provide for themselves and their families due to extreme poverty, political instability, and no livelihood opportunities in our home country. In the era of globalization, migration is forced, not a choice, but one of the only means to survive.

 

How does the Philippine government’s Labor Export Policy encourage modern day slavery?

On average, 6,000 Filipinos leave the Philippines every single day in order to work overseas. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are pushed into the global market to find jobs in order to find better opportunities. They hope to rise from the impoverished state of their communities and the country, from landlessness, and from a government infected with corruption.

The Labor Export Policy (LEP) of the Philippine Government encourages emigration.  The policy hails OFWs as modern day heroes as the country depends on the LEP Program for economic survival. The system has both a private and public component. Private agencies are proliferating as middlemen to  facilitate the recruitment and placement of poverty-stricken Filipinos to serve employers abroad. Public agencies further facilitate this system of exploitation, offering few and inconsistent support for vulnerable migrant workers, like pre-migration training and eligibility for pre-departure and emergency loans.  At the same time, LEP government agencies like the POEA, OWWA, DOLE, and CFO charge fees, while the workers see little to none of the benefits, protections, or services from those agencies.

NAFCON believes that the LEP, a policy which commodifies Filipinos and pushes them out of our homeland as cheap labor commodities, makes Filipino forced migrants prone to abuse by employers abroad because of weak monitoring or enforcement of any labor or migration laws. Keeping the migrants under the system of forced migration has never been the solution to the people’s or the country’s economic problems.

 

Are there other Lola Eudocias out there?

Yes. Filipino nurses. Hotel workers and cooks. Oil rig workers. Teachers. Domestic workers.

These are just several examples of how Filipinos experience modern day slavery. Desperate to provide better lives for themselves and their families, they are put in a vulnerable situation away from loved ones, into an unfamiliar culture and society with inadequate protection of their human rights.

 

CALL TO ACTION

Let us end trafficking and slavery altogether through education, organizing, campaigns and actions that address the immediate needs of survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and change the conditions that leave Filipinos vulnerable to modern day slavery. If change is what we seek, action is what we need. NAFCON member organizations exist in over 23 cities in the US, and we urge you to advocate with us for justice for trafficked survivors and empowerment of immigrant workers.

We also invite you to join NAFCON this summer in New York for our Mission to End Modern Slavery (MEMS)’s Summit:

MEMS Summit

Affirming Dignity and Justice for Trafficking Survivors: Guestworker Trafficking in These Times

Saturday, June 24, 9-5pm

Christ Church, UMC

524 Park Avenue

 

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Confirm Sec. Rafael Mariano, Sec. Judy Taguiwalo, and Sec. Gina Lopez

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An open letter by concerned Filipinos living in the United States to the Philippine Commission on Appointments

We, concerned Filipinos living in the US call on the Commission on Appointments in the Philippine Congress to confirm Sec. Rafael Mariano, Sec. Judy Taguiwalo, and Sec. Gina Lopez, as secretaries for Agrarian Reform, Social Welfare and Development, and Environment and Natural Resources, respectively, on their hearing on May 3. We fully support the efforts of these secretaries to genuinely protect the rights and welfare of the most underprivileged, under-resourced, and exploited people in the Philippines.

These secretaries are far from business-as-usual politics. Since their appointment, Mariano, Taguiwalo, and Lopez have served as good models for what democracy can look like when a government actually serves the needs of the majority versus the interests of the elite few.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has upheld the rights of farmworkers to genuine land reform, opposing the various ways big landowners have used to trick reform beneficiaries into “selling” or “leasing” the land the farmworkers rightfully own.  Sec. Mariano has also exposed former President Benigno Aquino III for turning a blind eye to the recruitment of seasonal contractual sugar farmers to work in slave-like conditions on Hacienda Luisita, a large plot of land owned by his family.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) set aside almost 1 billion pesos worth of standby funds and relief supply in preparation for the impact of ‘Carina,’ a severe tropical storm affecting parts of southern Luzon and eastern Visayas. This is in stark contrast to the previous administration’s handling of Typhoon Yolanda when the DSWD failed to utilize nearly 8 million pesos worth of foreign and local cash donations.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has shown deep commitment to Filipinos especially to the poor indigenous people by ordering the cancellation of  75 mining contracts and suspending over 20 mining operations due to the destruction of watersheds.

Many of us have participated in educational programs and relief and solidarity missions to the Philippines where we witnessed the everyday conditions of the Filipino people. We understand that social injustice is a systemic problem being perpetrated by corrupt government officials whose financial investments grow off the suffering of the Filipino people. Secretaries Mariano, Taguiwalo, and Lopez go against the grain of the status quo by firmly standing for social justice and against agrarian backwardness, privatization of social services, and environmental destruction.

We also recognize the importance of the scope of work of their three departments to realizing the main agenda item of the ongoing Peace Talks between the GRP and CPP-NPA-NDFP, the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms. Essentially, these talks strive to address the root problems of mass poverty, chronic joblessness and socioeconomic inequality that have given rise to the armed conflict in the Philippines. Sec. Lopez’ statement on Earth Day “If you look at the history of the NPA, why did they go to the mountains? Because they were dissatisfied with what is happening in the country. The reason for the NPA and MILF is social injustice. If people are happy, taken care of, and well, then why would they fight?” highlights the integral need to solve these root problems.

These are the same reasons that force 6000 Filipinos everyday to leave their families behind in search for work abroad. The Filipino people in the Philippines and abroad can benefit from concrete reforms being implemented by these secretaries — reforms that aim to allocate resources back to the majority of the Filipino people instead of a few landlord and corporate families.

We demand that the members of the Commission on Appointments fulfill their sworn duty of serving the Filipino people and confirm Secretaries Mariano, Taguiwalo, and Lopez into President Duterte’s cabinet for they truly represent the majority of the Filipino people, a most welcome change in Philippine politics. A negative vote on their confirmation would be a betrayal to the interests of the Filipino people.

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This open letter is authored by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network. NAFCON is a multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. At present, NAFCON members encompass over 23 cities in the US. KBKN is a Filipino-American youth and student led relief network built in response to Typhoon Haiyan, comprised of 21 organizations and 13 universities across the United States.

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Our Solidarity is Our Best Defense

 

For Immediate Release

April 29, 2017

Reference: Terrence Valen, NAFCON President

Contact: president@nafconusa.org, 415-203-0696

Our Solidarity is Our Best Defense

US Filipinos Mobilize on International Workers Day to Defend Rights and Communities

The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) joins migrants, refugees and all workers in the nationwide strike and mobilizations this May 1st, 2017 International Workers Day, dubbed “A Day Without Immigrants.”  Just 100 days into office, Donald Trump’s immigration and labor policies have further exposed how bankrupt and unjust the US immigration system has become.

While previous administrations have also criminalized migrants and restricted immigration based on U.S. economic need, Trump’s administration promised open and directed attacks on migrants, but he has failed at every turn.  Filipino migrants, workers and many others have organized a growing resistance to Trump’s blatant racism and use of fear to demonize migrants and refugees.

Trump’s attacks include the twice-stopped ban on refugees, visa-holders, and even legal permanent residents from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, and Syria.  While cutting funding to education, healthcare, housing, and environmental protection, the Trump administration has increased the number of Border Patrol agents and ICE officers and empowered state and local law enforcement as immigration officers.  Migrants without felonies and even DACA recipients are now being detained and deported in immigration sweeps.  Trump has also threatened to strip sanctuary cities of federal subsidies, but just like the “Muslim Ban,” organized communities in these cities, even city mayors and their attorneys, and federal courts blocked this empty threat.

Filipinos have suffered alongside other migrants, workers, and refugee communities, from the time they were forced out of their home countries to the current rise of attacks on civil rights, health, education, and social services in this country.  Emboldened by Trump’s racist rhetoric calling Filipinos “animals” and “terrorists” and his promise to deport 300,000 Filipinos, racists and white supremacists have attacked Filipinos, and some of our kababayans have already been detained, deported and separated from their families by ICE agents raiding our homes and communities.

While Trump’s failed immigration policies seem extreme, this is not the first time that the U.S. government has openly attacked, criminalized, or exploited migrants, nor is it the full scope of what can be seen as a war on our communities here and in our homelands.  Since the beginning of the 20th century, the U.S. launched its empire-building project overseas and pursued colonial, occupation, and direct intervention policies to protect and expand U.S. profit for the 1% in America.  In 1898, the U.S. “bought” the Philippines in the Treaty of Paris, from the dying empire of Spain, to secure cheaper raw materials, and a military and political foothold in the Asia Pacific Region.  While pretending to assist the Philippines in obtaining our liberation from Spain, they waged a violent war on the Filipinos killing over ⅙ of the total population.

After declaring the Philippines its colony to teach the “uncivilized” Filipinos about democracy, the US government began importing Filipino workers for cheaper labor as farmworkers, from Hawaii and California, to the canneries in Alaska.  This was to fill the gap of cheap labor and pit local workers and different migrant groups against each other, after the U.S. passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, banning the further migration of Chinese workers.  Like the Bracero Program that violently exploited and then disposed of tens of thousands of Mexican farmworkers, the U.S. eventually expelled many Filipino laborers with the Tydings-McDuffie Act, in the wake of the Great Depression, when “disposable” Filipino laborers were seen as “taking away” jobs from white Americans.

This same inhumane treatment of migrants as exploitable and disposable, violent threats and economic scapegoats, continues until today, more than a hundred years later, and just 100 days into the Trump administration. This president has just elevated the racist fear-mongering and scapegoating to a much higher level, from his campaign to his first few months in office, and while millions of people resisting him at every turn is hopeful, we have to continue to organize and defend our basic rights, especially as he continues and even expands US wars and conflict with our homelands and other countries overseas.

By fanning the flames of war, dropping bombs in Syria, Afghanistan, and threatening North Korea, the US under Trump is terrorizing the home countries of many of our migrant and refugee communities. These wars combined with the climate crisis (which Trump denies is real) have created the largest mass displacement of forced migrants and refugees not seen since the global devastation of World War II.  The inhumanity of this administration’s policies is clear now, more than ever, when the U.S. government bombs the Syrian people, while simultaneously rejecting the humanitarian entry of thousands of Syrian refugees.

The U.S. has imposed exploitative economic policies via the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and free trade agreements that have impoverished nations, later admitting that these policies don’t work at all to develop economies, much less alleviate poverty; and the US has waged war on countries to pacify them and ensure mega-profits like the recent costly and failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  These economic, political, and militaristic attacks are at the root of the current crisis of forced migrants and refugees from the Global South, fleeing devastation and wars aggression and seeking a basic livelihood for themselves and their families.

NAFCON stands against the xenophobic exclusion and inhumane treatment of these migrants and refugees in the US, across Europe, or anywhere, and we stand with the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) to ensure that migrants and refugees speak for themselves and are treated with dignity and respect.  As our friends from the Arab Resource and Organizing Center mentioned in the SF Bay Area campaign against the Muslim Ban, we should uphold, assert, defend, and even advance our right to stay, our right to move, our right to return, and also our right to Resist!

On this International Workers Day, May 1st 2017, “A Day Without Immigrants,” Filipinos stand in solidarity with all other migrants, refugees and workers to defend our communities and demand:

END THE CRIMINALIZATION OF MIGRANTS!

END THE RAIDS AND DEPORTATIONS!

NO BAN, NO WALL, SANCTUARY FOR ALL!

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NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. At present, NAFCON members encompass over 23 cities in the United States and is an active member of the International Migrants Alliance.

Download this statement: NAFCON on May Day 2017

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NAFCON on the Trump Administration’s 100th Day

Today, on Trump’s 100th day in office, Filipinos across the United States under the banner of NAFCON reaffirm our commitment to defend the rights of our community against the divisive and oppressive policies and actions of the Trump administration that tear families apart, cut social services, and prevent workers from having a safe working environment. We will continue to educate ourselves and others, and take action collectively to ensure our families live at peace and thrive in our community. We will work in solidarity with all affected communities of all ethnic backgrounds.

NAFCON Commemorates Earth Day

April 22, 2017

Reference:  Terry Valen, President, president@nafconusa.org ​

 

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NAFCON Commemorates Earth Day

A commitment to the environment is a commitment to justice and peace

Today, April 22nd, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns celebrates the 47th anniversary of Earth Day. As NAFCON promotes that rights and welfare of Filipinos worldwide, we work for a society where the health and well-being of the people are protected, which includes a safe, clean, and peaceful environment to live in. NAFCON reaffirms our commitment to work toward a society that respects our planet and values the lives it holds.

In 1970, Earth Day gave voice to emerging global ecological consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement that was led by mostly students. In the US, it is no accident that communities of color, who are often poor, are routinely targeted to host facilities that have negative environmental impacts. As a result, the environmental justice movement has been championed primarily by those who address these issues — working class African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans.

47 years later, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day. Industries continue to have massive oil spills and belch out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences. Air pollution was and is commonly accepted as representation of economic growth. The destruction of marine resources like coral reefs are occurring at a more rapid rate. Severe super storms are on the rise.

In 2017, attacks on the environment and the people are still all too familiar. The most recent U.S. environmental injustice actions include:

  • North Dakota Access pipeline was approved, which has a plan to pipe some of the world’s dirtiest oil through America’s heartland, threatening our land, water, climate and communities, from Montana through Nebraska and to the Gulf coast impacting yet again, Native Americans, people of color and working class communities.
  • Trump set forth Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cutbacks, ending climate research to avoid proof of the rapidly worsening environmental degradation and for less corporate accountability and expanding the oil industry.
  • Last month Trump signed an Executive Order to dismantle a slew of climate rules that would virtually guarantee that the United States will fail to meet its 2015 Paris Agreement pledge to reduce emissions in order to curb the effects of climate change.
  • EPA head, Scott Pruitt, denies the human impact on climate change.
  • EPA budget cuts targets mostly environment justice programs that are meant to protect communities of color and working class areas.
  • The US continues to bomb countries around the world, most recently Syria and Afghanistan.

In the United States, Democrats and Republicans have played crucial roles in the 47 years battle for environmental justice that poor communities of color have yet to win. Environmental justice has become a tug of war between multinational corporations and the working class communities. The answer does not lie with a single party to improve lives and protect ancestral lands, but lies in the perseverance of environmentally-impacted communities to fight economic and foreign policies that prioritize corporate interests and expand US military control abroad over the welfare of the people.

Ecological balance and social justice are inseparable. From Flint, Michigan to North Dakota, we echo the demand of the affected communities for a right to investigation of water-contaminated crisis and comprehensive clean up, and a repeal to the unlawful approval for TransCanada to build the climate-wrecking Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. From war torn countries throughout the Middle East specifically Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Iran to the Philippines throughout Africa and Latin America, we elevate our demands to withdraw US military support and U.S.- instigated warfare that has demolished the environment, massacred millions, destroyed culture, erased history of people who are now forced to migrate to seek refuge.

People in underdeveloped countries like the Philippines bear the brunt of climate change even if they least contributed to it. The trend of deaths caused by the annual typhoons continue. Indigenous people of the Philippines continue to be been killed for protecting the environment and their ancestral land from further destruction and militarization. Let us stand alongside the peasant and indigenous communities who are  supporting the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and National Democratic Front of the Philippines that aims to address the root causes of landlessness and poverty, corruption, and foreign influence, essentially discussing the need for national industrialization and protection of natural resources and the environment.

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Filipino Leaders Launch Coalition Against Trump, Vow to Defend Community

For Immediate Release

March 14, 2017

Contact: Aurora Victoria David, NAFCON Secretary General, alliancesec@nafconusa.org, 650-491-4561

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Filipino Leaders Launch Coalition Against Trump, Vow to Defend Community

San Bruno, CA – On March 12th, a new network of Filipino groups and individuals from different backgrounds across the Bay Area gathered at Skyline College to unite against the divisive and oppressive policies and actions of the Trump administration. They united to stand together to advance the rights of our communities. Representatives from more than 15 organizations launched Filipinos United Against Trump, or Filipinos United, and united on a plan of action in the current political climate.

Filipinos United will not just stand by as the Trump administration enacts policies that tear families apart, cut social services, and prevent workers from having a safe working environment. The group’s basis of unity states that it will “educate [members] and others, and take action collectively to ensure our families live at peace and thrive in our community. [It] will work in solidarity with all affected communities of all ethnic backgrounds.”

Though each organization addresses specific issues such as immigration, labor, gender justice, environmental justice, self-determination, and education in its work, the groups came together knowing these issues are linked to each other. Filipinos United choose not to be divided by particular concerns, but to build strength through collective unity and resistance.

Eugene Gambol of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) discussed Trump’s executive orders and emphasized that attacks on immigrants are not particularly new. Organizations that were present have been working on issues such as trafficking, wage theft, discrimination, and other abuses in the workplace for many years. Noel Abalos from Migrante Northern California underscored the poverty and lack of livelihood pushing Filipinos outside the Philippines, where they often face abuse and exploitation yet receive little to no support from the Philippine government.

Daly City Vice Mayor Juslyn Manalo sent a message of support. Attendees also discussed specific issues affecting Filipinos such as threat of deportation and budget cuts for social services. The group plans to continue to reach out to other Filipino organizations, businesses, government officials, lawyers, educators, faith groups, and others to grow the coalition and further strengthen the united voice of Filipinos in the Bay Area to protect our communities and defend our human rights. Filipinos United will organize Know Your Rights trainings, mobilize for actions like International Workers’ Day (May 1), and develop legislative advocacy and rapid response (e.g. in case of detention of an undocumented community member) structures.

Patrick Racela of the Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN) concluded the event urging continued outreach to individuals who would like to get involved in assisting fellow Filipinos. Filipinos United is ready to respond to protect our fellow kababayans from deportation and other forms of abuse and harassment.

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1. Filipino leaders from over 15 Bay Area organizations form Filipinos United Against Trump
2. Eugene Gambol of NAFCON discusses Trump’s attacks on immigrants and refugees
3. Noel Abalos from Migrante Northern California shares about the Labor Export Program of the Philippine government
4. Michael Tayag of NAFCON gives a thumbs up as the coalition approves the basis of unity
5. David Delena of Laya Migrant Youth for Change and Action and Charles Ramilo of Migrante Northern San Mateo County share about upcoming Know Your Rights trainings in Daly City
6. Justher Gutierrez and JP Sanchez of Anakbayan Silicon Valley talk about the need for active outreach to English as a Second Language (ESL) students in schools
7. Chris Quines of Migrante South of Market/Tenderloin discusses lack of resources and legal support for immigration cases in San Francisco
8. Pat Racela urges leaders to further grow the coalition for a stronger voice and power for the community

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U.S. Filipinos to Duterte: It is your duty to protect Filipinos abroad!

For Immediate Release

 

January 31, 2017

Reference: AV David, NAFCON Secretary General, alliancesec@nafconusa.org, 650-491-4561

 

U.S. Filipinos to Duterte: It is your duty to protect Filipinos abroad!

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Filipinos and allies mobilize at JFK airport in New York to protest Trump’s anti-refugee and anti-Muslim Executive order

As it continues to organize the Filipino community to combat Trump’s racist and inhumane policies on Muslims, refugees, and immigrants, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) denounces Duterte’s statement that he would “not lift a finger” to help Filipinos deported from the US by the Trump administration. NAFCON demands that Duterte follow through on the proposal for the Philippines to welcome Muslim refugees, and that the Philippine government justly support its Filipino citizens abroad.

“We would like to remind President Duterte that Filipino immigrants abroad, regardless of immigration status, must be served by the Philippine government.  He himself has said before that he plans to improve the Philippines so that leaving the country would be a choice, and not a need for survival. He knows full well that Filipinos are forced to leave because of unemployment and poverty,” says AV David, NAFCON Secretary General.

Over the past weekend, thousands across the United States took it to dozens of airports across the country to protest Trump’s executive order banning immigration from 7 predominantly Muslim countries and suspending the entry of refugees. Filipinos participated in these actions, standing in solidarity will the Muslim, immigrant, and refugee communities.  During his campaign, Trump included the Philippines in his “terrorist” nation list and even called Filipinos “animals”, so it would be no surprise if he also banned immigration from the Philippines.

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Stanford students stand in solidarity with immigrant communities on Trump’s inauguration day

“While we welcome Duterte’s pronouncements that he will consider offering sanctuary to refugees affected by Trump’s Muslim ban, we challenge him to see the same humanity in Filipinos abroad. Many are already sharing heightened experiences of racial discrimination, fear of deportation, and lack of support,” continues David. Out of the over 4 million Filipinos the US, 1 million are undocumented and Philippine officials in Washington DC recently reported that more than 300,000 could be facing deportation due to Trump’s anti-immigrant policies.

NAFCON has long called for Consulates in the US to provide free legal services and “Know Your Rights” trainings to the Filipino community as vital resources. The group also scores the Philippine government for failing to stop the execution of Jakatia Pawa, a Filipina domestic helper in Kuwait, last week.

Michael Tayag of Migrante Northern California also draws connection to Duterte’s strong pronouncements criticizing the unequal relations between the Philippines and the United States, as exemplified in his latest tirade stating that the Mamasapano fiasco that killed 67 Filipinos is CIA operation and sending notice to the US military not to build permanent weapon depot in the Philippines. “He knows that US big businesses and the US government have exacerbated the conditions that push Filipinos abroad in the first place. Rather than turning away Filipinos who have been victimized by these unequal relations that Duterte himself has called out in the past, he should fulfill his promises to assert Philippine national sovereignty and defend Filipino citizens abroad,” says Tayag.

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Filipino workers and youth in New Jersey hold a forum and vigil in solidarity with refugees and Muslims

“The Philippine government must provide timely and sufficient services to Filipinos abroad. Ultimately, it must create conditions in the Philippines, such as ending contractualization and creating industries, to ensure that Filipinos can find work domestically and would not need to leave the country to feed their families,” ends David.

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NAFCON Calls for Donations for Typhoon Nina Victims

January 5, 2017

 

For Immediate Release

Reference: AV David, NAFCON Alliance Secretary, alliancesec@nafconusa.org

NAFCON Calls for Donations for Typhoon Nina Victims


typhoon-nina-flyerThis past Christmas, Typhoon Nina (Nock-Ten) hit the central eastern Philippines, affecting over 400,000 families or 2 million people in four regions of the country. Three people have been reported dead and 21 are missing. More than 240,000 houses were damaged while the estimated damage to agriculture was $2.4M and to infrastructure $20.6M. Several provinces and towns were declared under state of calamity.

NAFCON appeals to our community here in the U.S. for support for Typhoon Nina victims whose holiday meant evacuation and loss of livelihood and homes as their communities were ravaged by typhoon. We are collecting cash donations only (not in-kind) as this has been the fastest and most efficient way to send our support.

Our local partner organization Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) is on the ground conducting a 3-month emergency assistance project. Immediate needs identified include food and shelter materials. Every dollar would go a long way to help those in need. $62 equates to a relief pack for one family, which includes the following:

Food items:

  • 25 kgs rice                              
  • 1 kg mung beans                  
  • 1.5 kg dried fish
  • 12 tins sardines                    
  • 2 liters cooking oil

Non-food items:

  • 1 sleeping mat
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 hygiene kit
  • 1 water container
  • 5 meters plastic sheet       

For the month of January, NAFCON’s Bayanihan Disaster Relief funds will be allocated for Nina victims. Monetary donations can be made online or by sending a check. To donate and for more information, visit http://nafconusa.org/typhoon-relief-info/. Please feel free to contact NAFCON at info@nafconusa.org.

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NAFCON Statement On International Migrants Day 2016

December 19, 2016

 

For Immediate Release

Reference: Terrence Valen, NAFCON President, president@nafconusa.org

On IMD 2016, NAFCON Supports Migrante and Grassroots Movement of Migrants, Readies Filipinos in the US for impacts of Trump Administration in 2017 and beyond
 

On International Migrants Day 2016, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) vows to continue the struggle to protect and advance the rights and welfare of Filipinos across the U.S., alongside all peoples who have continued to struggle this year but feel increasingly at risk from an incoming Trump administration.

The close to 1 million undocumented Filipinos and 12 million undocumented immigrants from around the world in the U.S. were directly threatened this year by then presidential candidate Donald Trump who promised to deport them all and build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border as soon as he takes office.  He also personally attacked women, Muslim, LGBTQ, black and people of color communities in his campaign, and this has already unmasked the sexism, racism, Islamophobia and homophobia in this country, leaving our communities increasingly polarized, while he mobilized millions of voters dissatisfied with the worsening economic situation to target and scapegoat these communities and elect him as president.  Unfortunately, both here in the U.S. and around the world, Trump will only exacerbate these problems, and we must ready ourselves for the challenge ahead.  NAFCON vows to continue to stand firm with grassroots movements for change in the U.S. and will mobilize all of its resources and strength to defend our community and build grassroots power to turn the tide on this “right turn” in U.S. politics.

As exploitation, forced migration, and wars of aggression increasingly rage on all over the world, particularly in Syria and across the Middle East, the displacement of migrants and the current refugee crisis is at a critical stage.  NAFCON, together with the International Migrants Alliance (IMA), participated in a September UN Forum in New York on the Massive Movement of Migrants and Refugees, which is aiming for a 2018 global compact for “safe, orderly and regular migration.” IMA has stated that, “While such will answer some concerns of migrants, it will not resolve the larger economic, political and social issues of migration. It may even be used to further restrict borders and legitimize the criminalization of undocumented migrants.”  Both internationally and here in the U.S., we can expect that both the UN and Trump’s policies on migrants and refugees will continue to expose them to scapegoating, discrimination, harsh enforcement measures, and continued exploitation. But through grassroots organizing and mobilization with IMA, we can build the international movement of migrants and refugees to offer more concrete and lasting solutions to this mounting crisis.

NAFCON also congratulates the international grassroots organization of Migrante on its 20th anniversary this December 18th.  With almost 10 overseas chapters and affiliates of Migrante in the U.S., overseas Filipinos are bonding together to tackle the issues of forced migration, wage theft, trafficking, discrimination, and exploitation faced by Filipino migrant workers here and across the globe. On Migrante’s 20th anniversary, NAFCON stands together with Migrante International chapters all over the world to demand that the ongoing Peace Talks address the root causes of forced migration and end the bankrupt Labor Export Policy of the Philippines.

NAFCON has waged powerful campaigns in 2016 to support peace and development in our homeland, the rights and welfare of our kababayans (fellow Filipinos) in the U.S., and the struggles for justice of indigenous, immigrant, people of color, and working class communities.  With our ongoing relief, rehabilitation, and development programs promoting Environmental Justice for the Philippines, we have engaged in solidarity, relief, and medical missions and successfully completed and documented one of our first water systems in the Talaingod region of Mindanao.  We have continued to wage campaigns in support of trafficking and wage theft victims across the country, helping them to organize and advocate for justice, adjust their status, reunite with their families, and recover millions of dollars in unpaid wages.  From supporting both the Lakbay Lumad Tour across the US and Gabriela’s powerful mobilization to stop the “Mail Order Family” NBC show, NAFCON connected the struggles of our kababayan in the Philippines and in the US to the struggles of indigenous people like the Sioux Tribe at Standing Rock, and immigrant and black communities across the country against mass incarceration, deportation, and police racism, violence, and killings.  We also engaged Filipinos in the US to participate in the May 2016 Philippine elections and contribute to the Migrants’ Agenda, and we continue to mobilize them through the Kababayan4Change platform for true justice and lasting change in the Philippines.  We will continue to build our grassroots power through waging even more powerful campaigns in the years ahead, with the over 4 million Filipinos in the U.S. and in solidarity with all struggling peoples thoughout the United States.

In 2017, we call on all our kababayans to join us, as we support grassroots organizing and build NAFCON into an even more powerful alliance.  We are currently launching educational forums, and we will immediately share resources from our successful work across 23 different cities such as “Know Your Rights” information for all immigrants and workers. Join us in mobilizations across the country on inauguration day, January 20th to raise the calls and demands from Filipino migrant, workers’ rights, and other progressive groups.  We will defend our communities and advance our rights and welfare in this country, in the Philippines, and around the world no matter who is in office, and we know that when we work together and stay grounded in our communities, we will find the solutions and build the power we all need.  On this 2016 International Migrants Day, we recommit ourselves to building the grassroots movement of migrants, refugees and people’s struggles with our kababayans and with all people demanding and fighting for change, progress and peace, in the Philippines, US, and around the world.      

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Attached: Photos from various International Migrants Day gatherings in cities across the US

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NAFCON Condemns the Burial of Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani

For Immediate Release

November 19, 2016

Reference: Terry Valen, NAFCON President, president@nafconusa.org

NAFCON Condemns the Burial of Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani

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Bay Area Filipinos gather at the SF Philippine Consulate to oppose the hero’s burial for Marcos

The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) joins our kababayan (fellow Filipinos) worldwide in condemning the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery). The rushed, secretive burial of Marcos is a betrayal of justice for the tens of thousands of Filipinos who fell victim to the brutal dictatorship and the millions who fought courageously for Marcos’ ouster.

There is no justification for allowing Marcos to be honored as a hero. Marcos destroyed the Philippine economy, plundered an estimated $10 billion from the nation’s coffers, instituted the Labor Export Policy as a stop-gap mechanism for appeasing widespread unemployment, and perpetrated wide-scale torture, abductions, illegal detention, extrajudicial killings, and other grave violations of human rights against the Filipino people. The hero’s burial serves to erase this history instead of honoring the memories of the people brutalized by the dictatorship.

NAFCON finds it equally reprehensible that no presidential administration since after the fall of the dictatorship–from that of Corazon Aquino up to and including current President Rodrigo Duterte–has ensured the indemnification of victims of the Marcos dictatorship nor compelled the Marcos family to return the billions of dollars in wealth that they stole.

The legacy of the Marcos dictatorship has impacted the life of virtually every member of NAFCON. Our members include survivors of imprisonment and torture; people who fled the repression of the Marcos regime; and families forced by the Labor Export Policy to migrate abroad in search of work and a decent livelihood. Our members also include those who joined the People Power uprising and fought to end the dictatorship, as well as those who continue to work against the vestiges of the dictatorship.

NAFCON is a national alliance of more than 30 organizations in more than 20 cities across the United States that has been fighting for Filipinos here in the US and in our homeland on issues such as wage theft, labor trafficking, the displacement, militarization, and killing of indigenous communities like the Lumad in Mindanao, and for environmental justice and the victims of the intensifying typhoons. We see our work today as advancing the legacy of People Power to ensure that an undemocratic dictatorship NEVER emerges again and we make the changes we need to create a Philippines where Filipinos can live with dignity and justice in our homeland and wherever we choose to go. We stand with all peace-loving people to make sure that the Filipino People Power legacy is what is celebrated as heroic and that Marcos is not enshrined as a hero in our national history.

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From the Philippines to North Dakota, Raise the People’s Struggles and Build International Solidarity!

NAFCON Statement on the 3rd Anniversary of Haiyan

November 14, 2016

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Photo courtesy of Kalikasan PNE

November 8, 2016 marked the 3-year anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan. NAFCON draws a connection between the struggle of disaster victims and indigenous peoples in the Philippines and that of indigenous communities 7,000 miles away at Standing Rock, North Dakota. As Haiyan survivors continue to recover from the devastation of the Super Typhoon and demand appropriate aid from their government, and as the water protectors at Standing Rock stand their ground even in the face of militarized attacks, we must understand the root causes of these natural and manmade disasters and forge people’s solidarity for environmental justice and human rights.

The destruction wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan was an inevitable ramification of the global climate crisis and a portent of more devastation yet to come if we do not address it. The combination of mining, deforestation, and constantly eroded topsoil lead to poorly functioning watersheds and destroy the natural environmental barriers that would otherwise offset the destruction caused by calamities like Haiyan. The largest resource extraction companies in the Philippines, most of which are owned by foreign corporations, are allowed by the Philippine government to operate largely without restrictions. They are the main contributors to the conditions that exacerbated the effects of Haiyan, as well as the increasing severity, frequency, and length of tropical storms through global and ocean warming. Three years after the typhoon, several hundred thousand survivors who lost their lives, homes, and livelihoods have yet to receive aid, and only 1% of targeted permanent shelters for victims have been built. In response, the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan have formed the powerful grassroots network known as People’s Surge to demand accountability for the government’s neglect, lack of disaster preparedness, and inadequate regulation of extractive industries.

Impacts of foreign plunder of land have also long been felt by indigenous and Moro (Muslim) communities in the Philippines. Militarization brought by business and government “development” interests displaces and threatens the livelihoods of these national minorities. They recently launched an alliance called Sandugo (“blood compact” in Filipino) to support one another in their quest for self-determination. They vow to resist corporate greed, local fascism and foreign domination.  Just on October 19th, local police led a violent dispersal of Sandugo protesters at the US Embassy in Manila as the national minority groups expressed support for Philippine President Duterte’s plan to implement an independent foreign policy.

Meanwhile, the movement centered at the Standing Rock Reservation to recognize Native Americans’ basic rights to safe water and the protection of their ancestral lands continues to gain momentum.  It aims to mobilize international support and solidarity not only to prevent the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers from being poisoned by the planned “Dakota Access Pipeline” (DAPL), but also to protect their sacred sites and uplift Indigenous Peoples’ demand for the right to self-determination. Filipino organizations such as Anakbayan East Bay and New York and Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP and PCHRP) crossed the country to learn from and contribute to the #NoDAPL movement, bringing supplies and aid last month. “We witnessed powerful non-violent tactics of direct action. The Dakota, other IP’s from across ‘Turtle Island’ and the Pacific Islands, and non-Indigenous water protectors used their bodies and other means to deter the Dakota Access Pipeline from being completed at the Standing Rock Reservation and other points along the pipeline whose proposed endpoint is in southern Illinois,” said Matt Cumings of PCHRP.  Lauren Johnson, also with PCHRP, added, “Clashes between militarized law enforcement and the peaceful water protectors have been well-documented nationally and even internationally. Make no mistake: The escalation of violence by the police and national guard at Standing Rock are clearly acts of continued colonization.”

The life-threatening tactics employed by local and state police in concert with the US National Guard at Standing Rock are clearly linked to the militarized police response against Sandugo protesters in Manila. Indeed, the violent and unjust colonization of Indigenous Peoples’ ancestral lands and resources, perpetuated by the US and Philippine governments, is blatant. Yet indigenous communities at Standing Rock and the Philippines are also linked in their legacy of anti-colonial struggle and their noble and just fight for the self-determination of all oppressed peoples.

In light of recent events, it is more important than ever that we are united. President-elect Donald J. Trump has chosen climate change denier Myron Ebell to lead the transition of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Ebell has vowed to dismantle the already-insufficient environmental regulations that seek to reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation. American industries are some of the greatest contributors to climate change and calamities in vulnerable third-world nations. Ebell’s short-sighted and unscientific proposals would truly be catastrophic, and we cannot allow them to be implemented.

On the 3rd anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan, NAFCON is proud to stand with our partner organizations and people’s movement in the Philippines and with the Standing Rock Indigenous People’s Struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Our community-based initiatives — including sustainable water pumps, relief and rehabilitation efforts, medical missions, and people’s development — empower local communities to preserve their local knowledge and indigenous cultures while continuing to resist their displacement and erasure as peoples in their struggle for self-determination. With our arms linked in international solidarity, let us take united action for a world in which the rights of indigenous peoples, women, peasants, workers, and migrants are respected; in which military and police are not used as tools to repress the people in their calls for social and environmental justice; and in which all people have access to decent livelihoods, food, and clean air and water.

#NoDAPL

#EJ4PH

#Kababayan4Change

#JustPeacePH

 

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Building Communities for Disaster Resilience

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In August 2016, two members of the Disaster Support Network for the Philippines (DSNP), myself and Jaki Joanino, participated in a week long program integrating with communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. This trip was hosted by the Leyte Center for Development (LCDe), one of the organizations that NAFCON supported during the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan through the Consortium for People’s Development. Based in the South San Francisco Bay Area of California, DSNP is the last standing formation of Taskforce Haiyan, an initiative that NAFCON helped to establish in response to the massive devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. We transitioned from being South Bay Taskforce Haiyan to DSNP in recognition of the impacted communities’ long-term path to recovery and our group’s commitment to providing support in this path.

art2To inform DSNP’s continuing work, we coordinated with LCDe to facilitate a program that would provide important context for addressing the persisting needs of those affected by Haiyan and subsequent disasters. LCDe commands important leadership in the Eastern Visayas region with respect to community-based disaster risk management (CBDM) work and we were fortunate to witness this work throughout our trip. LCDe prioritizes working with communities in far-flung areas reach and have higher incidences of poverty. These communities were dramatically impacted by Typhoon Haiyan and suffer damages that continue to this day. A majority relies on farming and fishing for their livelihood, but due to extreme weather events brought on by climate change, struggles to produce an income from these industries that can sustain their communities. When we visited farmers discussed how they noticed extreme weather patterns that affected the growing of food that they would be able to sell for income as well as feed to their families. At the time, they were experiencing a drought that lasted the duration of our stay. Moreover, coconut trees, which played an important role in the region’s economy, were decimated by Haiyan. It will take ten years for new trees to grow and reach the same level of production that farmers had seen before the storm. That is, given other disasters do not damage the ones that are currently growing. The Eastern Visayas region as a whole is now the poorest in the Philippines.

Following the CBDM model, LCDe strives to work with communities to build infrastructure which will better support themselves, emphasizing the need for communities to build people’s organizations that can manage the resources provided to them. As part of our itinerary, we had the opportunity to observe a two-day disaster risk reduction training facilitated by LCDe staff to community members in Barangay Rubas of Jaro, Leyte. During the training, participants identified potential hazards that their community was vulnerable to, including typhoons, floods, landslides, sickness, and even armed conflict, and assessed their possible impacts. The following day, based on the prior day’s discussion, community members evaluated their capacity to prepare themselves as well as respond should a disaster occur. Topics discussed ranged from possible evacuation routes to creating a calendar that could anticipate when disasters would happen. At the conclusion of the training, community members reported back on their discussions which would then form the backbone of a disaster risk reduction plan. As next steps, LCDe will work with the residents of Rubas to host a community drill and establish a Disaster Preparedness Committee. These steps will pave the way for the people of Rubas to build their leadership in a way that will bring them closer to how they hope their community to be in spite of disasters.

In light of the work DSNP hopes to further build, it was critical for us to see what it means to provide people-to-people support on the ground in areas that are vulnerable to disasters of an increasingly larger scale. Communities such as those we visited face the brunt of consequences brought on by environmental degradation and exploitation which is often compounded by government neglect and corruption rampant in the Philippines. LCDe’s work addresses this further marginalization of these communities and continues to build upon the support that many of us contributed when Haiyan initially hit. They work not only to be the first responders when disasters strike, but also increasing the capacity of communities themselves to be resilient in the face of what disasters and environmental injustice may bring.

By Julian Jaravata

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The Assassination of Hermie Alegre and the Struggle of the Bagobo People

sam_0501-1Our successful mission to the remote villages in Talaingod, Davao Del Norte had finished and we convened at the International Conference for People’s Rights in the Philippines (ICPRP) to link with human rights activists around the globe to continue our efforts in pursuing justice for the lumad and people of the Philippines. The colorful reportbacks from all the International Solidarity Missions tied the suffering of the lumad we visited to those across the islands to the effects of the Philippine government and multinational corporations’ militarization and harassment while the people’s determined resistance was highlighted as the key to seeking lasting peace.

On our way to the workshop sessions, I received another jolt of reality. Text alerts poured in asking if some of the international delegates could attend the parangal (wake) and burial of a lumad leader who had been shot. A group of us boarded a rented jeepney and headed to the banana plantations of Sitio Kahusayan, Barangay Manuel Guianga in Davao City.

When we arrived, we were guided by children of the community through the seemingly endless rows of banana trees. Grieving members of the community lined the dirt roads leading to the house of Hermie Alegre. Hermie was a beloved leader whom community members would go to for advice and who stood strong in the battle to win back their land from Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, a man claiming he is the appointed son of God and founded his own religious sect – Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name. His self-aggrandizement apparently doesn’t stop with the names he’s chosen.

According to community members, Quiboloy has a direct hand in the Bagobo lands of the lumad in Kahusayan shrinking from 800 hectares to a mere 2 hectares. These ancestral lands were supposedly protected by the Philippine Department of Natural Resources but were sold off by individuals from the community under false pretexts to Quiboloy’s followers and complex laws on ancestral domain have limited what the Bagobo have been able to claim are theirs.

Hermie was on his way home on a motorcycle with Danny Diarog, a Bagobo tribal chieftain of Kahusayan, from a meeting with the National Commission on Indigenous People. Motorcycle-riding gunmen shot and killed Hermie and left Danny critically injured. What would I think if a landlord drove my community from their ancestral lands, built miles of fence to cut my community off from the main road and enlisted the military to shoot at us when going near the fence, and threatened us with lawsuits and imprisonment for not selling our lands? This is exactly what Quiboloy has done, and thus it makes perfect sense for the community to point to him in the assassination plot of Hermie and Danny. Quiboloy’s publicly known friendship with former Davao City mayor and now Philippine President – Rodrigo Duterte has sealed the deal for him to act with impunity.

We parted ways with the Bagobo back in July and today the peace talks between the Government of the Philippines and the revolutionary forces represented by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines have achieved unprecedented headway. As I continue to support and promote the peace talks as one means to resolve the social, economic and political root problems of the lumad and the rest of the Filipino people, my time with the people of Talaingod and Kahusayan along with the voices of the people’s struggle at ICPRP ring clear in my mind – at the final call, the people’s resistance will be the determining factor for the people’s victory. Meaning to say, we cannot wait and rely on the government to clear the way for our liberation. We have to take the fight into our own hands and be an active part in tearing down the system that is drowning us and build a new society where we put people’s needs, in balance with the earth’s ecosystems, at the forefront.

Contributed by Bev Tang – member of GABRIELA Los Angeles and International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines fighting for #JustPeacePh

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Beyond the Ballot, Organize and Unite Our Communities!

Nov 9, 2016

Reference: Terry Valen, NAFCON President, president@nafconusa.org

 

Beyond the Ballot, Organize and Unite Our Communities!

NAFCON on the 2016 US Elections

 

Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States.  Using hate speech, he has fashioned himself as an unorthodox presidential candidate, who despite lack of political experience would bring something new to the White House. His election reflects the American people’s yearning for a shift from the status quo, including rising prices, fewer jobs, lack of affordable housing, and debilitating student debt. While many Americans believe there was no choice but to participate in “choosing between the lesser of two evils,” the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) fervently asserts that it is not Trump, Clinton, or any individual president who can herald genuine change of the economic and political crisis facing the US, but the people united in action.  NAFCON calls on Filipinos in the US to continue organizing our community and building stronger solidarity with all peoples toward a movement for genuine change both in the United States and around the world.

We saw an unprecedented number of deportations under the outgoing Obama administration.  With the failed grand promise of comprehensive immigration reform, Obama’s development into “Deporter-in-Chief” shows that defending the rights and welfare of immigrants cannot rest on one individual.  Trump’s election to office gives no indication that the attacks on immigrants will subside.  Trump has slandered immigrants, including Filipinos in the US as uncontrollable “animals” who must be kept out. Clinton and Trump offered no real solutions to the $19 trillion US debt and the worsening economic stagnation since the 2008 financial crash that continues to devastate the US middle- and working-classes.

Similarly, NAFCON predicts that Trump will continue to protect and defend American economic interests in the Philippines, which the US has long viewed as an abundant source of exploitable natural resources and cheap labor.  For instance, multinational mining corporations persist in displacing indigenous communities and destroying the environment in order to exploit Philippine minerals.  Further, aid agreements such as Obama’s Partnership for Growth (PFG) Initiative unduly influences Philippine legislation to soften trade requirements by weakening protections for Filipino businesses and workers.  The US and its trading partners have even aggressively pushed the Philippines to lift Constitutional limitations on foreign investment in domestic industries so that the Philippines can join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

During his campaign, Trump unfoundedly labeled Muslim countries and the Philippines as “terrorist nations,” and NAFCON expects that Trump will continue the long history of US instigation and complicity in wars around the world.  For example, the US has maintained military influence in the Philippines, in line with the “Asia Pacific Pivot” authored by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and implemented by the Obama administration.  Unequal military agreements between the US and the Philippines like the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) help ensure ongoing US military presence and impunity in the Philippines.  To prevent further US military-related fiascos like the Mamasapano carnage, the murder of Jennifer Laude, and the destruction of the Tubbataha Reef, we must stand staunchly against US military, economic, and political intervention in the Philippines and other countries.

Being presented with only two top presidential candidates whose funding, media coverage and Wall Street support dwarfed that of any other candidates, demonstrates just how undemocratic the US electoral system is. The ultimate decision brought Americans to choose between Clinton, a staunch advocate and player in expanding US militarism and aggressive wars globally, and Trump, an inimitable billionaire who scapegoats and demeans immigrants, workers, women, and racial, ethnic and religious groups.

NAFCON vows to advance its campaigns for workers’ and immigrant rights, for environmental justice, and for Philippine national sovereignty. Let us link arms in solidarity with each other to intensify our campaigns to stop deportations, protect human trafficking survivors, end police brutality and impunity, demand rightful wages for workers, and uphold indigenous peoples’ self-determination. Only we the people united in action can create the just, equitable society we need!

 

Bay Area Filipinos and Supporters Assess 100 Days of Duterte, Vow to Continue Engagement on Platform for Change

REFERENCE: Michael Tayag, NAFCON NorCal Regional Coordinator; mtayag3@gmail.com, (760) 831-8789

 

Bay Area Filipinos and Supporters Assess 100 Days of Duterte, Vow to Continue Engagement on Platform for Change

San Francisco, CA – On Saturday, October 8, marking Rodrigo Duterte’s 100th day as President of the Philippines, over 100 Filipinos and supporters from throughout the Bay Area convened to discuss both positive and negative political developments under the new administration, one that has definitively differentiated itself from traditional Philippine politics.

Terry Valen, President of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), called attendees to examine developments in the Philippines with a critical eye, beyond Duterte’s sensational rhetoric and media representation. Valen stated, “The purpose of today’s forum is not to decide whether or not we will endorse Duterte as a politician. Instead, we must focus on analyzing the substantive policies enacted and actions taken by his administration, and ensure that these align with the fundamental interests of the Filipino people and their demand for change.”

Valen and Princess Bustos of Migrante Northern California presented an overview assessment of the administration against the 15 Points of the People’s Agenda for Nationalist and Progressive Change (People’s Agenda), developed by hundreds of cause-oriented groups, institutions and individuals in the Philippines in June 2016, prior to Duterte’s inauguration.

Some community members expressed that the Duterte administration has positively exceeded expectations in his first 100 days.  For example, Adnan Alonto of the Brotherhood for Duterte USA saw greater public safety and an improved business climate in the Philippines. He also lauded the resumption of peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Bangsamoro groups, as well as the Philippines’ “resoluteness in pursuing an independent foreign policy…for the first time in a long time.”

Similarly, Bustos stated, “In the peace talks with the NDFP, Duterte has already accomplished more in his first 100 days compared to Aquino’s entire six-year term. We hope the peace talks and the assertion of Philippine national sovereignty in light of ongoing U.S. military intervention pave the way for meaningful change, pro-people reforms and nationalist development in the Philippines.” In addition, she praised Duterte’s administration for the repatriation of hundreds of overseas Filipino workers stranded in Saudi Arabia and the suspension of at least ten mining corporations notorious for their violations of environmental, land, and human rights policies.

Despite these and other cited reforms, attendees expressed serious concerns, highlighting intensifying contradictions within the government. For instance, Valen explained, “Although 1,500 indigenous Lumads who evacuated their ancestral lands due to military harassment have been able to return safely, the human rights organization KARAPATAN has also documented at least 16 political killings and 9 cases of illegal arrest and detention of activists. While Duterte has successfully exposed the enormity of the Philippine drug problem and its links to officials at various levels of government, we denounce the rapid rise in killings of suspected drug users and pushers, and Duterte’s public statements condoning and even encouraging these killings without respect for life or due process. The Philippine government can solve the drug problem only by comprehensively addressing the economic, political, and social issues of the people, especially the poor and marginalized.”

Following discussion and cultural performances, attendees planned local outreach, education, and organizing activities to garner support for #Kababayan4Change, an international platform to unite Filipinos on their collective demands to tangibly improve their lives and working conditions at home and abroad through the People’s Agenda. NAFCON, Migrante, the National Ecumenical Forum for Filipino Concerns (NEFFCON) and local organizations and individuals drafted several plans for follow-up activities.

Migrante Northern California Spokesperson Bernadette Herrera concluded, “Through the #Kababayan4Change platform, we must continue to build a global movement of Filipinos, especially given Filipinos’ demonstrated desire to break away from the corruption and inutility of previous administrations. Let us organize to ensure Filipinos chart our own path to just and lasting peace without foreign intervention. Ultimately, it is not up to the president or any one person, but the masses of the Filipino people united in purpose and action that will ensure genuine change for the better in our homeland.”


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NAFCON On Philippine President Duterte’s First 100 Days

For Immediate Release

October 8, 2016
Reference: Terry Valen, NAFCON President, president@nafconusa.org

 

NAFCON On Philippine President Duterte’s First 100 Days

The overwhelming victory for the Philippine Presidency of Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who promised to break from traditional corrupt politics and eradicate criminality in the nation, is an indication of the Filipino people’s deep desire for change. NAFCON’s Agenda for Empowerment, Sustainability, and Peace outlined the concrete demands that Filipinos in the United States wanted to see from the Duterte administration as meaningful changes for the Filipino people.  This assessment of Duterte’s first 100 days in office pertain to two of NAFCON’s major campaigns: Environmental Justice for the Philippines and Dignity and Justice for Filipino Im/migrants.

Economic sovereignty, independent foreign policy are keys to environmental justice

NAFCON launched its Environmental Justice for the Philippines (EJforPH) campaign in 2014 shortly after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the central Philippines. In addition to a timely response during a strong typhoon or disaster, this campaign allows community members to be proactive in protecting communities against further destruction of natural resources and fighting for greater access to sustainable livelihood and agriculture in the Philippines. As such, our concrete demand was for Duterte to stand against the incursion of multinational mining corporations and foreign ownership of national industries.

The Duterte administration has shown political will in stopping the destruction of the environment by mining companies and US militarization. We especially commend the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for its mining audit that upheld the suspension of at least 10 big mining companies known for their violations of environmental, land, and human rights policies.  We also laud President Duterte for taking a stand against foreign militarism, which has time and again destroyed the Philippine environment as in the cases of the damage of the Tubbataha Reef and hazardous waste dumps in former US bases in Clark and Subic. In his first 100 days, Duterte has consistently pronounced his plans to end Philippine-US military exercises and review the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) that essentially turns the countryside into military bases and war zones at risk of environmental degradation.

However, we express alarm and demand justice for the killings of 5 environmental defenders during Duterte’s first 100 days. We also disapprove of two mining companies that passed the DENR audit — Philex mining, which caused one of the worst mine spills in Philippine history but did not adequately compensate affected communities, and Taganito Mining, notorious for massive environmental degradation and grave human rights violations in Surigao del Norte. These companies must be held accountable and the affected peasant and indigenous communities sufficiently rehabilitated.

Local livelihood and self-reliant economy will end forced migration, drug menace

As a staunch advocate of Filipino migrants’ rights and welfare, NAFCON called on President Duterte to institute reforms in several government agencies mandated to serve and defend our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) but failed to do so due to corruption and neglect by previous regimes. His administration positively responded by moving to exempt returning OFWs from the overseas employment certificate (OEC) requirement as directed by the new Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Just recently, he ordered the repatriation of more than 100 OFWs who were victims of massive layoffs and were stranded for many years in the economically depressed Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He warmly welcomed and promised them immediate relief as family reintegration and livelihood programs commenced. As someone who pledged to make OFW concerns a top priority, Duterte still has a long way to go in terms of permanently abolishing exorbitant fees charged from OFWs, completely eradicating corruption in the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), POEA, and other government institutions, as well as fully and effectively reaching out to millions of OFWs experiencing economic trouble, discrimination, and exploitation in foreign land, but he is definitely off to a very good start.

But we also remember Mary Jane Veloso — a mother and OFW who was framed for carrying drugs in her desperation to provide her family a better future by seeking opportunities abroad. Related to this is President Duterte’s fierce anti-drug war, which has gained the attention of the international community over the past months due to reported fatal police encounters, vigilante killings, and other unexplained violence that have already claimed over 3,000 lives. When a country’s economics is dominated by local elite and foreign interests, the impoverished people suffer and are driven to look for relief elsewhere, be it in drugs or jobs overseas. While NAFCON supports campaigns against forces that drive Filipinos into further poverty and destitution such as illegal drug trade and the governing narcopolitics, we also stand against state-sponsored violence and impunity, and we do not find the two advocacies conflicting. In fact, we believe that only in upholding the rule of law can we reclaim the country from grave crimes and abuses, the same way that only in upholding social justice can we free Mary Jane from the threats of death row. We call on Duterte to truly unite with the people and respect due process, while addressing the deep causes of drug abuse in the Philippines and fulfilling his promises to end contractualization, bring forth the creation of national industries to sustain local jobs, and consequently end the government’s labor export program.

The fight for environmental justice and to end forced migration is a fight for just and lasting peace

In his first 100 days, the Duterte administration’s strong political will and sincerity in resuming the peace talks with the revolutionary movement represented by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is worthy of commendation. Currently in the second round of peace talks in Oslo, both parties are discussing the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER), which addresses the issue of both jobs and the environment.

Article 4, Section 17 of the CASER calls for “economic growth within the framework of sustainable development,” proposing “equitable access to the development and use of the country’s natural resources, not only for the present generation but for the future generation as well.” It becomes evident that the peace talks between the Philippine government and the NDF are at the center of resolving many of the problems that Filipinos face. NAFCON believes that foreign militarism, environmental plunder and the trafficking and exploitation of Filipinos abroad are all results of lopsided foreign policies characteristic of previous administrations, the same policies that left the country with a backward, import-dependent, export-oriented agrarian economy with no thriving local industries to sustain homegrown jobs for the people. Fortunately, these are the same crises that CASER aims to resolve. We find no more worthwhile advocacy to pursue than resolving the problem of environmental degradation and forced migration while pushing for just and lasting peace where environmental and economic sustainability is possible.

NAFCON’s migrants’ agenda aim to promote the rights and welfare of the Filipino people, both at home and overseas.  After Duterte’s 100 days in office, we reaffirm our support for his policies and actions that advance the migrants’ agenda and benefit the Filipino people. At the same time, we continue to offer constructive solutions to his administration’s shortcomings.  We believe that it is through both support and critical accountability  that the best interests of the Filipino people will be upheld, sharpened, and won. We reiterate our challenge to President Duterte after his 100th day in office: Listen to the Filipino people! Heed their aspirations for an independent, democratic, just and peaceful Philippines, where every Filipino migrant will truly aspire to return home.

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NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. At present, NAFCON members encompass over 23 cities in the United States.

 

Download a printable copy of this statement: nafcon-on-dutertes-first-100-days.

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NAFCON Celebrates Victory with NBC’s Cancellation of Racist “Mail Order Family” TV Show

October 3, 2016

Reference: Terry Valen, NAFCON President, president@nafconusa.org

NAFCON Celebrates Victory with NBC’s Cancellation of Racist “Mail Order Family” TV Show

nbc mail orderOn Friday, September 30, NBC Entertainment executives announced that they will not move forward with the pitch for Mail Order Family after backlash and criticism from Filipino Americans and the larger Asian-American community.  NBC’s Mail Order Family was supposed to be a half-hour comedy about a widower who orders a mail order bride from the Philippines to raise his pre-teen daughters. GABRIELA USA, NAFCON, and Migrante were some of the first Filipino American organizations to respond to this racist and offensive pitch for a TV show by organizing a Change.org petition that garnered 9,000+ signatures in a day and a protest action at the NBC Universal headquarters in Los Angeles. The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) considers NBC’s decision to stop the project a huge victory for Filipino Americans, survivors of human trafficking, and the entire community.

NAFCON urges NBC Entertainment to focus on not just providing entertainment for its consumers, but to more deeply understand the diversity and the context of the communities they serve and represent in their shows. According to the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment, over 6,000 Filipinos leave the country every day to find work abroad and provide for their families because they have no livelihood in their home country.

“Can the NBC writers and executives even begin to understand the sacrifice, hardship, and challenges that Filipino immigrants and migrants experience around the world? Filipino migrants face some of the worst forms of discrimination, labor exploitation, human trafficking, injury, and even death,” stated Terrie Cervas, of Gabriela USA.  Human trafficking and forced migration are very serious problems that are rooted in poverty that many Filipino migrants (most of whom are women) face every day.  The forced migration and suffering of Filipino women is not a source of entertainment or cheap laughs.

This is not the first time Filipinos have endured negative portrayals based on racial stereotypes in mainstream media. In the mid-1990s, Filipinas were mentioned as mail-order brides in an episode of Frasier. In 2007, the validity of Filipino doctors was belittled and denigrated in an episode of the American sitcom Desperate Housewives. Further, Filipina housekeepers were “comically” portrayed as sex entertainers in the British comedy show Harry & Paul as well as on the David Letterman Show and Torchwood in 2008.

NAFCON calls on NBC to publicly apologize to the Filipino community, to meet with our representatives and to partner together to educate its company and the larger entertainment industry to better understand and support Filipino migrants and survivors of human trafficking. NAFCON plans to hold community fora with other Asian American advocacy organizations, impacted communities and our supporters, to continue the dialogue about the issue of representation in the media, and the real lived experiences of migrants and trafficking survivors. Through the #Kababayan4Change platform, NAFCON will continue to unite with Filipino organizations and individuals in the U.S. in advocating for progressive reforms in the Philippines, including addressing the poverty, joblessness, landlessness, and corruption that compel many migrants and survivors of human trafficking to look for economic opportunities abroad in the first place.

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On the 44th Anniversary of the Declaration of Martial Law

Reference: Terry Valen, NAFCON President, president@nafconusa.org

 

nafcon-on-mlNAFCON sees our work as not only honoring and upholding the legacy of the anti-fascist People Power movement, from the legacy of Andres Bonifacio, and the fighting legacy of the Filipino farmworkers (whom we celebrated at last year’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the Delano grape strike), to all of the struggles we continue to wage today to fight for our kababayan here and in our homeland.

We see our work today as also advancing that legacy to ensure that an undemocratic dictatorship NEVER emerges again and we make the changes we need to create a Philippines for Filipinos who live with dignity and justice in our homeland and wherever we choose to go. We stand with all peace-loving people to make sure that the Filipino People Power legacy is what is celebrated as heroic, and Marcos is never enshrined in our national history or honored for the insult, injury, and inhumanity he inflicted on the Philippines.

NAFCON is a national alliance of more than 30 organizations in more than 20 cities across the United States that has been fighting for Filipinos here in the US and in our homeland on issues such as wage theft, labor trafficking, the displacement, militarization, and killing of indigenous communities like the Lumad in Mindanao, and for environmental justice and the victims of the intensifying typhoons, sending millions in grassroots relief to our kabayan in the Philippines.

More than 80 people from the US just returned from the Philippines where they visited water projects, communities where we sent grassroots relief donations, and where local communities are organizing themselves and building grassroots power to protect and defend their communities, ancestral domain, and our national patrimony – for Filipinos FIRST!

These communities and the work of grassroots People’s organizations are the hope and change we need for our country, even while we have a President that is pursuing peace and promises change.  We invite you to join us as we advance our platform as Kababayan for Change (K4C) to truly establish democracy, independence, and social justice in the Philippines.

It is our vigilance, our organizing, our struggle, and our strength that will create the meaningful change and just and lasting peace that the people are clamoring for.  It is the same vigilance, organizing, struggle, and strength that will guarantee:

Never again to martial law! Never again to fascist dictatorship!

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