Author: National EC

BAYAN-USA Salutes the Indigenous Peoples’ Victory in Battle Against DAPL Filipino Americans Vow to Continue the Resistance for Water, Land and Self-Determination

December 5, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jessica Antonio, Secretary General, BAYAN USA,


Photo Caption: BAYAN USA members and delegates recently traveled to Standing Rock this
past November to express solidarity and support for the water protectors.

BAYAN USA, an anti-imperialist alliance composed of 20 progressive Filipino organizations in the U.S. representing students, scholars, women, workers, artists and youth, applauds the water protectors of Standing Rock in their struggle against corporate plunder and greed. From September-December 2016, BAYAN-USA members from Southern California, Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, and Chicago traveled to North Dakota to take action in solidarity with the water defenders at Standing Rock. The unrelenting fight of the Standing Rock Sioux, along with other indigenous nations and their allies, to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline is a testament to the collective power of the people to resist and beat back corporate plunder and greed. BAYAN-USA salutes the historic gathering of over 600 indigenous nations and their supporters: as many as 10,000 people at a time camped in prayer and action in arduous struggle against the pipeline.

The Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL, is a $3.7 billion pipeline project that aims to transport crude oil from North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa to Illinois. The pipeline, which travels through approximately 50 counties, was originally planned to go through the capital of North Dakota, Bismarck, which is north of the Standing Rock reservation. The pipeline was rerouted after the community voiced concern regarding its threat to the water supply. However, when the Sioux Tribe objected this rerouting to the boundary of the Standing Rock reservation, their petitioned was ignored. The pipeline will threaten the main water supply of the reservation and ancestral land.

This unjust trend of trampling indigenous peoples rights – particularly the right to free prior and informed consent – by military and corporate interests is something that the Filipino people know all too well. The Lumad people of the southern Philippines have been engaged in many parallel struggles to the Standing Rock Sioux for their rights to ancestral land and clean water. They face paramilitary death squads and the Philippines military, who act as the servants of multinational mining and logging corporations much like the Morton County Sheriff Department and the armed security of DAPL in North Dakota. Also like the indigenous people of North America, they stand united and refuse to be intimidated by state and corporate violence in their undying determination to liberate their land and their people from the forces of capitalist exploitation.

On Thanksgiving Day November 24, 2016, a day when the United States celebrated a contrived story of friendship between Native Americans and the Pilgrims, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers notified the water protectors that they were to evacuate the camps by December 5. However, on December 4, the Army Corps of Engineers released the decision to deny DAPL the easement needed to legally drill under lake Missouri River and complete the pipeline, temporarily halting the project. This decision is a result of the people’s collective action!

However, the fight is not yet won. Despite the denial of the easement to continue drilling, DAPL has announced that they will proceed as planned and pay a daily fine. The water protectors will remain camped at Standing Rock to resist DAPL until its final defeat, and BAYAN USA will continue standing in solidarity with them until victory and beyond. From the Philippines to Standing Rock: Water is Life, Land is Life, Fight for Self-Determination!

#MniWiconi #TubigAyBuhay #WaterIsLife #LandIsLife
#FightForSelfDetermination #NoDAPL #LongLiveInternationalSolidarity





For Immediate Release

November 18, 2016

Reference: Bernadette Ellorin, BAYAN USA,


BAYAN USA joins the Filipino people in our utmost condemnation of the secret and cowardly burial of the late fascist dictator Ferdinand Marcos yesterday by the Duterte administration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani or LNMB (National Heroes Cemetery) in Metro-Manila.

The manner in which the burial took place shows the cowardice, opportunism, and anti-people character of the Marcos political dynasty, as well as the collusion of the Duterte administration and the Philippine Supreme Court, in thinking they could undermine the Filipino people and avoid massive protest and condemnation.

They are wrong. We will never glorify a fascist.

Not only are the Filipino people protesting and resisting this latest atrocity and injustice of the Marcos’ family and their apologists to proclaim the late tyrant a hero and rewrite history, but we will resist their rabid ambition to cling to political power, to whitewash their crimes, to keep the billions of ill-gotten wealth stolen from the Filipino people, to remain unaccountable to the victims of Martial Law, and to eventually return to Malacanang.

There are scores of Filipinos who fled to the US in the 70’s and 80’s because of the tyranny of Martial Law. The wounds run deep. They have not healed.  And each subsequent regime following Marcos–from Corazon Aquino to Rodrigo Duterte–must be held accountable for their part in failing to hold the Marcos family accountable and ensure justice for the Filipino people.

The Martial Law years in the Philippines also saw a strong pro-democracy voice cry out from the United States. This voice rises up again as one with the continuing protests in the country for justice and accountability for the victims of Martial Law and continuing state repression and impunity in the Philippines. BAYAN USA calls on our member organizations, friends, and supporters to take action.

We will never forget.

We will not rest.

We will resist.

Until Marcos is exhumed, held accountable for his crimes, and justice is served.

As with the People Power Uprising that deposed Marcos from Malacanang in 1986,

Our fight remains on the streets.

We cry outrage.


BAYAN-USA is an alliance of 20 progressive Filipino organizations in the U.S. representing students, scholars, women, workers, artists, and youth. As the first and largest international chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN-Philippines), BAYAN-USA serves as an information bureau for the national democratic movement of the Philippines and as a center for educating, organizing, and mobilizing anti-imperialist and progressive Filipinos in the U.S.  For more information, visit

Time for Unity, Courage, and Organizing Against a Trumped Up Government



November 9, 2016
Reference: Jessica Antonio, BAYAN-USA Secretary General,

President-Elect Donald Trump confirms the true conditions of the Unites States. A capitalist country that places the interest of corporations and the 1% of the population that controls the wealth above the overall basic needs of the majority of people living in this country. A racist country that promotes the violent police state in communities of color with impunity. The continued xenophobic anti-immigrant and anti-muslim culture that heightened as a tactic of the Bush regime to expand the US war machine under the guise of “the War on Terror.” BAYAN-USA adds our voice to the millions of people angered by this Presidential election and denounces the status-quo system and the rising fascism.

Trump was able to appeal to large number of the population feeling the brunt of neoliberal policies that have led to the outsourcing of jobs, low wages, housing crisis, and widespread unemployment.  

“The fear tactics Trump used to win his campaign have heightened the divide in this country, but we must remember who our real enemy is, and it’s not with the people who voted for Trump, but to target the US capitalist system that enriches oligarchs and monopoly capitalists like Trump and oppresses the majority of the people,” Jessica Antonio, Secretary General of BAYAN USA.  

In this time, it is the opportunity for the people to generate the opposite of fear: Courage.

BAYAN-USA joins the millions of people throughout the U.S. who are demanding an alternative to the business-as-usual politics of not only Trump but the system itself which caused the massive income inequality, global war zones, and systemic violence and repression we face today. Fundamental change in the US is never going to be delivered by any candidate who represents US imperialism.  It is only through the organized and unrelenting struggle of the mass movement that we will ever eradicate the roots of poverty, inequality, war, and injustice.

BAYAN-USA reiterates its commitment to organizing for genuine change in solidarity with the 99% as the only lasting solution to the current economic and political crisis in the world.  We must continue to build an anti-imperialist struggle to resist Trump’s pronouncements to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, deport 11 million migrants and refugees, reinforce the US-Mexico border, and deny entry to thousands of Muslims.  These threats only serve to scapegoat already marginalized communities for the crisis of capitalism.  We also urge President Duterte, who remains a target of intensifying destabilization schemes, to live up to his bold declarations to chart an independent foreign policy that is not beholden to U.S. imperialist dictates, which we have no doubt will be pushed further by Trump. Now is the time for unity, organizing, and collective action!


BAYAN-USA is an alliance of 20 progressive Filipino organizations in the U.S. representing students, scholars, women, workers, artists, and youth. As the first and largest international chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN-Philippines), BAYAN-USA serves as an information bureau for the national democratic movement of the Philippines and as a center for educating, organizing, and mobilizing anti-imperialist and progressive Filipinos in the U.S.  For more information, visit

From the Philippines to Standing Rock: Water is Life, Land is Life, Fight for Self-Determination

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lean Deleon, (510) 586-8799,
BAYAN USA, a progressive anti-imperialist alliance made up of over 20 Filipino mass organizations from all over the US, are being represented today by two organizations–one from the youth and student sector, Anakbayan East Bay in Ohlone lands (also known as San Francisco Bay Area), California, and the other from the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) in Lenape lands also known as NYC, to stand in solidarity with the deepest indignation with Standing Rock, and the Sioux Dakota and Lakota indigenous peoples in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. We are here to carry messages of love, hope, solidarity, and resistance from our homeland, the Philippines, which is comprised of dozens of distinct ethnolinguistic tribes and national minorities. We stand with you—the water and land protectors of North Dakota, as the U.S. government continues to prioritize corporate interests over your autonomy, self-determination and ancestral relationship to the land and water. We stand with you in resistance against the U.S. military state and its violent dispersal of your people, trumped-up charges, and human rights abuses, which have not been covered by mainstream, corporate media. We stand in solidarity, as police deploy military-grade equipment, including armored vehicles, surveillance helicopters, planes, drones, and attack dogs—knowing that this state repression is endemic to U.S. imperialism and the suppression of resistance all over the world. We saw this global complex come full circle at Urban Shield held in the Bay Area—a regional, national and global weapons expo and SWAT training that brought together law enforcement agencies and first responders in order for them to learn how to better repress, criminalize, and militarize black and brown communities. We can see these tactics here on Dakota land and in our homeland, the Philippines. Similar to the 280 indigenous tribes that have united here at Standing Rock, SANDUGO, an alliance of national minority groups in the Philippines held a protest at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, against U.S. imperialist plunder and militarization and are fighting to defend their ancestral lands and right to self-determination. Just yesterday, they were violently dispersed with water cannons, teargas, and over 50 people were injured when a police van was used as a weapon to run over people repeatedly. The brute force from the Philippine military and police to protect the U.S. embassy is in line with maintaining US imperialism over the rights and welfare of the Filipino people. From our homeland in the Philippines to the militarization of communities by Urban Shield, to the killing of Berta Caceres in Honduras, and to defending indigenous rights in Standing Rock, we denounce the criminalization of resistance and stand with the protectors of land, water, and human dignity all over the world. Next we’d like to read a message from our indigenous comrades from the International Indigenous People’s Movement for Self-Determination & Liberation in the Philippines.

Protect Our Waters and Territories, No to Dakota Access Pipeline!

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) stands in unity with the Standing Rock Sioux Dakota and Lakota Indigenous Peoples in asserting their right to protect the waters of their ancestral lands. Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux reminds the world that Indigenous Peoples suffer from poverty and environmental sabotage because we are forced to subsidize for-profit corporations through schemes such as Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The United States of America under President Barack Obama in 2010 endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The US, however, has yet to substantially implement the provisions of this declaration. The case of the Dakota Access Pipeline is a case in point. The US government started the construction of the DAPL without the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of the Standing Rock Sioux Dakota and Lakota Peoples.

Lumads (indigenous people of Mindanao) stand with standing rock! Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline! #NoDAPL #InternationalSolidarity #StopDakotaAccessPipeline #LandisLife
The US is a model for human rights violators worldwide as they demonstrate that human rights, and particularly Indigenous Peoples rights, are optional. With this, the US encourages other colonial powers to follow its example, ignore treaties and human rights obligations, and take by force whatever they want despite the cost to human life. By forcing this destructive, inhumane, climate-changing development on Standing Rock Sioux and other Indigenous Peoples, the US threatens the security of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples. The IPMSDL strongly urges the US government to respect the rights of the Indigenous Peoples within and outside its territories. IPMSDL also calls on the US government to immediately halt the construction of the destructive Dakota Access Pipeline and honor the obligations and treaties it has signed and endorsed with respect to Indigenous Peoples and human rights. The IPMSDL also calls on the Standing Rock Sioux Dakota and Lakota Indigenous Peoples to continue asserting their rights as Indigenous Peoples and for other Indigenous Peoples Rights organizations and groups to support the Standing Rock Sioux Dakota and Lakota Indigenous Peoples in their continuing fight for their right to self determination.