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BAYAN-USA Condemns Philippine Government’s “New” Counterinsurgency Program Operation Plan Kapayapaan (“Peace”)


BAYAN-USA Condemns Philippine Government’s “New” Counterinsurgency Program Operation Plan Kapayapaan (“Peace”)


Philippine Army’s Continuing Violence and Repression Against Civilian Communities Undermines Pursuit of Peace


Amidst the politically-motivated killings of four peasant and indigenous leaders in less than one month, the Philippine government unveiled its new counter-insurgency plan Operation Plan Kapayapaan (Peace) at the end of January, giving a new name to an old campaign of attacks targeting activists defending their land, livelihood and fundamental human rights.  BAYAN-USA condemns the establishment of Oplan Kapayapaan and demands justice for the killings of Venie Diamante, Veronico Delamente, Alexander Ceballos, and Wencislao Pacquiao by suspected private henchmen of mining corporations and landlords backed by the state.

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) can try to repackage its counterinsurgency programs with nice-sounding names like ‘Bayanihan’ and ‘Kapayapaan,’ but this is nothing but a marketing ploy. At their core, counterinsurgency programs employ violence, intimidation, and lies meant to smash dissent and uphold the status quo. The dubiously-named ‘Oplan Peace’ is the exact opposite of peace,” stated BAYAN-USA Chair Bernadette Ellorin.

“Diamante, Delamente, Ceballos and Pacquiao were protecting their people from the incursions of big palm oil plantations and mining corporations. They had every right to stand up for the people’s right to land, food, and work–the very things that build a foundation for genuine peace in the Philippines,” said Ellorin.

BAYAN-USA also sees the Philippine government’s counterinsurgency program as one reason the New People’s Army decided to terminate its unilateral interim ceasefire with the GRP, which went into effect last August when peace negotiations began between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the GRP. “The AFP’s continuing occupation of indigenous people’s communities, illegal arrest and detention of activists on trumped-up charges, and active military operations under Oplan Kapayapaan are sabotaging the efforts to achieve a just and lasting peace in the Philippines. If the Duterte administration is serious about peace, it should scrap all counterinsurgency programs including Oplan Kapayapaan, rein in its AFP, and pursue the fundamental socio-economic and political reforms that are needed to address the grave inequity that is at the root of the armed conflict in the country,” said Ellorin.





Four activists killed this January 2017, two are Lumad leader-advocates for defense of ancestral lands

Dear friends,

Four farmers – Venie Diamante, Veronico Delamente, Alexander Ceballos, and Wencislao Pacquiao –have been killed in a month, two of them indigenous leaders in Mindanao. Please join us in condemning the continuing attacks against farmers and leaders of indigenous communites who have dedicated their lives in defense of their land and rights. As the Duterte administration and its Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced their new counter-insurgency plan Oplan Kapayapaan, replacing Oplan Bayanihan, attacks targetting land and environmental activists, perpetrated by private armies of landed families and mining firms complicit or in connivance with State security forces, continue. While names of operational plans changed, the military’s objectives to quell dissent and defense of people’s rights remain. Such killings are also reflective of the prevalent dominance of big landlords and businesses in the Philippines and their use of violence against peasants struggling for genuine agrarian reform. The killings occurred before and during the third round of formal peacetalks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), when both Parties started to tackle the crafting of an agreement on socio-economic reforms including genuine agrarian reform and rural development. Let us come together to demand for justice for the slain peasant activists and to call for an end to this climate of impunity. Let us demand and fight for comprehensive reforms and fundamental change to solve the root causes of injustice, landlessness and poverty in the country.


On January 5, 2017, around 4pm, Venie Diamante, 43, a T’boli and municipal tribal chieftain, was brutally killed by an unnamed assailant on board a motorcycle while on his way home from Koronadal City.  Diamante was already near his residence in Sitio Lambusong, Brgy. Puti, Norala, South Cotabato, when the gunman continuously fired at him; he sustained eight (8) gunshot wounds. He was left on the side of the road, when a couple found him while on their way to the market. Diamante’s remains were brought to funeral parlor in Sentro Nola.

On the morning of the next day, January 6, 2017, the regional police arrived to investigate the incident. Residents from the community attested that Diamante was a good person and a respected tribal leader. The police then showed a petition to survey the area which is part of the T’boli ancestral domain, a move that Diamante strongly advocated against. In 2010, a village resolution was passed to conduct the said land surveying, without the knowledge of Lumad residents in the community. On January 12, 2012, when the aforementioned resolution was made known, Diamante and four (4) other datu (tribal chief) filed a petition at the office of the tribal council against plans to conduct the said land surveying of the T’boli ancestral domain. The said barangay resolution, Resolution No. 3, series of 2010, would allow the setting up of a subdivision in the area shared by Lumad and Christian settlers. Captain Honorio Villa was suspected to have passed the resolution to cause divide between the Christian settlers and the Lumad to eventually pave the way for the entry of palm oil plantations in the area.

Weeks later, on January 20, 2017, two activists in Surigao del Norte and in Negros Occidental were killed. Katribu regional partylist coordinator Veronico Delamente, 27, a Lumad-Mamanwa and member of Kahugpungan sa Lumadnong Organisasyon (KASALO) in the CARAGA region, was shot by two unnamed assailants in Punta Naga, Brgy. Cagdianao, Claver, Surigao del Norte. Delamente, along with other council members of Asosasyon sa Madajaw na Panaghiusa sa Tribung Mamanwa sa Tag-anito ug Urbizondo (AMPANTRIMTU), an organization recognized by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), were invited for an emergency meeting with the NCIP with regard to an indigenous people survey to approve the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) proposal of the Platinum Group Metals Corp. (PGMC) to expand their mining operations in the area. Since December of last year, the FPIC proposal was already on the table for the approval of AMPANTRIMTU council members, which Delamente had earlier rejected.

On the noon of January 20, two men on board a motorcycle – the driver wearing a hoodie with his face partially covered by a handkerchief while the person on the passenger seat was wearing a bonnet and a black jacket with the words ‘CIDG’ printed in the back – were seen in the area. By 12:37pm, while Delamente and the others were waiting in the Punta Naga gym, the motorcycle returned to the gym whereby the man in the passenger seat got off and fired his Uzi at Delamente. Delamente was hit, fell down, and was trying to crawl away when the gunman caught him by the hair and shot him at close range. The gunman also fired at Joel Buklas, 42, also a council member of AMPANTRIMTU who was against the PGMC FPIC proposal. Buklas was able to escape but Lovely Delamente, Veronico Delamente’s 4-year-old niece, was hit. After having shot Delamente, the gunman shouted out that he will finish all of Delamente’s siblings, before finally leaving. Delamente and Lovely were rushed to the Miranda Hospital. Delamente died after 5 minutes of attempts to revive him, while the his 4-year-old niece is still in confinement.

On the evening of the same day, around 8pm, Alexander Ceballos, 54, regional council member and district area coordinator of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) was gunned down by two unnamed assailants near his house in Purok Tangke, Brgy. Pandanon Silos, Murcia, Negros Occidental. Ceballos was rushed to the Sanitarium Hospital in Bacolod City but was declared dead-on-arrival.

Ceballos and his family has long been the target of threats and intimidation by the Dela Cruz clan, a political clan who controls the town of Salvador Benedicto for more than 20 years. Ceballos’ involvement in organizing and mobilizing farmers to uphold and defend their rights have earned him the ire of the Dela Cruz family. In fact, on July 17, 2015, Alexander Ceballos’ son, Ariel Ceballos, survived an ambush when armed gunmen indiscriminately fired at the vehicle they were in. His fellow farmers suspected that Alexander was the original target. More recently, in a dialogue between the farmers, the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), and the Dela Cruz family represented by Nehemias Dela Cruz Jr., the latter openly threatened Alexander and Ariel Ceballos with charges to be filed in court and vowed to retrieve all the lands already distributed to the farmers from the Dela Cruz clan.

On January 28, 2017, Quilina Ceballos, wife of Alexander Ceballos, received a death threat via text message. The message stated: ‘You, your companions, and your two children’s place in the cemetery is ready.’ Quilina Ceballos received the threats while still in mourning for her husband’s death.

On a separate incident in January 25, 2017, another farmer from Negros Occidental, Wencislao Pacquiao, 48, member of the San Benito Farmers Association- Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), was shot while doing work in the designated land cultivation area (LCA). He was with Rebeco Pabuaya, another farmer from the same organization. Around 9 in the morning, Pacquiao was approached by a gunman and was shot in the back. He was hit in the thigh and still managed to run but was pursued by the shooter and sustained more shots. Pacquiao sustained five (5) gunshot wounds. Pabuaya was also targeted but because he was working in the lower part of the LCA, he managed to escape. Pacquiao was shot at close range and was clearly targeted by the shooter.

In 2015, there was already an attempt on Pacquiao’s life. His residence was strafed by the goons of then-barangay captain Nonoy Hullesa. Nonoy Hullesa is the brother of Agustilo Hullesa, the leaser of the land that farmers from San Benito are currently cultivating. In 2014, the DAR acquired the land from Angelina Bruce Laguda through the Voluntary Offer to Sell (VOS), but the department awarded Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) to questionable beneficiaries. Pacquiao and several farmers filed a case against DAR for conniving with Agustilo Hullesa in distributing CLOAs to ‘dummy beneficiaries’. The land distributed to these dummy beneficiaries are now under the control of Agustilo Hullesa, who uses the land for leasing. Pacquiao led the filing of the case which seeks to award CLOAs to real farmer-beneficiaries and withdraw the lands awarded to the men of Agustilo Hullesa. The long-standing case has yet to be resolved.

Recommended actions:

Send letters, emails or fax messages calling for:


  1.       The immediate investigation of the separate incidents to be conducted by an independent body;
  2.       The immediate investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators which includes landed elites, mining firms and hired goons under the protection of said landlords and corporations;
  3.       An end to the continued harassment and intimidation of Lumad in and out of their communities;
  4.       The protection of peasant activists and environmental defenders with regard to their work in the defense of land and the environment;
  5.       The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to look into the petition filed by Wencislao Pacquiao and other farmers regarding the questionable awarding of CLOAs, and the resolution of all agrarian cases in favour of peasants;
  6.       The intervention of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in cases where threat, harassment, and intimidation is used to coerce tribal leaders and communities to agree to mining ventures;
  7.       An end to counter-insurgency programs like Oplan Bayanihan and Oplan Kapayapaan;
  8.       The Philippine Government to pursue its commitment for a Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) that comprehensively tackles the deeply-rooted feudal relations in the country, and move towards free land distribution of monopolized lands;
  9.       The Philippine Government to pursue its commitment to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) which includes the right of peasants, indigenous communities, and environmental protection; and
  10.   The Philippine Government to adhere to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all the major Human Rights instruments that it is a party and signatory.

You may send your communications to:

H.E. Rodrigo Duterte

President of the Republic

Malacañang Palace,

JP Laurel St., San Miguel

Manila Philippines

Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80

Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968

E-mail: or send message through


Hon. Jesus Dureza

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)

7th Floor Agustin Building I

Emerald Avenue

Pasig City 1605

Voice:+63 (2) 636 0701 to 066

Fax:+63 (2) 638 2216



Ret. Maj. Gen. Delfin Lorenzana

Secretary, Department of National Defense

Room 301 DND Building, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo,

  1. de los Santos Avenue, Quezon City

Voice:+63(2) 911-6193 / 911-0488 / 982-5600

Fax:+63(2) 982-5600



Hon. Vitaliano Aguirre

Secretary, Department of Justice

Padre Faura St., Manila

Direct Line 521-8344; 5213721

Trunkline:  523-84-81 loc.214

Fax: (+632) 521-1614



Hon. Jose Luis Martin Gascon

Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights

SAAC Bldg., UP Complex, Commonwealth Avenue

Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

Voice: (+632) 928-5655, 926-6188

Fax: (+632) 929 0102


Please send us a copy of your email/mail/fax to the above-named government officials, to our address below:

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Defend the People and Get Organized Against Trump

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2017

Defend the People and Get Organized Against Trump!

U.S. President Donald Trump has not wasted any time in launching attacks against immigrants, refugees, women, and the working class. BAYAN USA strongly condemns Trump’s recent executive orders and joins people in cities across the US rising up to resist fascism.

Trump has aggressively pushed forward plans to steamroll the Dakota Access Pipeline, outlaw abortion and defund reproductive health services for women, eliminate access to affordable health coverage, strip federal funding from “sanctuary cities,” reinstate “black site” detention facilities, further militarize and expand the US-Mexico border, and place restrictions and ban certain refugees, immigrants, and Muslims from entering the U.S. The Trump administration has shown that it will use fascist means to enforce an imperialist agenda that promises to deepen cuts to social services and at the same time create super-profits for the elite who rely on neoliberal policies, state repression, and wars of aggression abroad to maintain its power.

This is only the beginning of an onslaught of attacks to further scapegoat already marginalized communities for the crisis big business, corporations, and the 1% have created. We should expect that Trump will seek to further intensify surveillance, mass incarceration, and militarization of local police, in an attempt to intimidate the people and preempt us from taking action.

In response to the immediate detention of Muslims and refugees at airports across the nation BAYAN USA organizations joined actions in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Washington DC and Seattle demanding for their justice and freedom. The people’s outcry for justice prevailed in Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago that authorities were forced to release the detainees. Members also joined actions in solidarity with the water defenders at Standing Rock and to oppose Trump’s plans to push the construction of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines.

Repression Breeds Resistance

Trump has proven himself to be the racist, misogynist, anti-immigrant, fascist that he is and the people’s movement against the Trump presidency will only continue to grow. We will continue to educate, organize, and mobilize our communities to resist the Trump administration and its imperialist agenda. We welcome the millions that stepped into the streets in protest of Trump’s inauguration day and invite them to join our organizations. Let us join together to build an anti-imperialist movement against this fascist regime. We must strengthen our solidarity and forge strong alliances locally and internationally to launch sharp blows against monopoly capitalism. Only through organized resistance can we truly defend our communities from Trump’s malicious attacks and build a people’s movement for a brighter future.


ABLA at LAX (01.29.17)

Anakbayan Los Angeles joined the thousands at LAX on Sunday, January 29th, 2017, blocking off traffic to the airport for more than 2 hours.


Members of Anakbayan East Bay and GABRIELA San Francisco mobilized in San Francisco, CA in response to President Trump’s executive order to greenlight continued construction of both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. (Photo by Ryan Sin)

AB and GAB SF at SFO action

Members of BAYAN USA organizations and allies joined thousands in San Francisco on Saturday in a successful action that led to the release of the 5 travelers detained at SFO.

In New York, BAYAN USA and ILPS-US organizations mobilized a contingent at anti-Trump protests at Battery Park in Manhattan.


For nearly 12 hours, protesters gathered at SeaTac, only to be met with arrests and pepper spray from the police and airport security. Photo was taken from the vantage of Robert Gavino, Anakbayan Seattle Solidarity Officer, who joined other Anakbayan Seattle and GABRIELA Seattle members in demanding the release of the detainees.

BAYAN-USA Mobilizes #FilipinosAgainstTrump and Joins Millions of People Protesting Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the U.S.


For Immediate Release

January 23, 2017

Reference: Rhonda Ramiro, BAYAN-USA Vice Chair,

BAYAN-USA Mobilizes #FilipinosAgainstTrump and Joins Millions of People Protesting Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the U.S.

In the largest demonstrations the US has seen in decades, BAYAN-USA led contingents of Filipinos and allies in two days of actions in 10 regions of the country to denounce the inauguration of U.S. imperialism’s new commander in chief, Donald J. Trump.  

Speaking to hundreds of thousands of demonstrators during the January 20 Inauguration protests and the January 21 Women’s Marches, BAYAN-USA protesters rallied communities to forge a unified resistance to the increased fascism, racism, Islamophobia, sexism and homophobia promised under the new Trump regime.  Speakers also pushed for the building of the broad anti-imperialist movement within the U.S. as the only way to ultimately defeat the militarism and exploitation inherent to capitalism. At the same time, speakers urged the crowds to support social and national liberation struggles worldwide that are lighting the way toward a brighter alternative society that values people and the planet over profit. Specific calls made by BAYAN-USA included the defense of Filipino and other immigrant communities from Trump’s threats of mass deportation, as well as for the U.S. to withdraw its military from the Philippines and stop using the Philippines as a pawn in its power play with China.

On the eve of Trump’s inauguration, BAYAN-USA’s Secretary General Jessica Antonio also joined the protest organized by BAYAN in front of the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines.  Antonio addressed the protesters, saying “Many people are afraid of what will happen next, who Trump will put in his cabinet, what his foreign policy will be. But US imperialism is US imperialism. And people are overcoming their fear and linking arm in arm together to fight against US imperialism in order to crush it, from all sides–including the inside.”


Portland J20

(Photo Caption:  Portland, Oregon – Member organizations of BAYAN USA in the Pacific Northwest protested on Inauguration Day, including member organizations Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, Anakbayan Portland, and Gabriela Portland)

J20 SF

(Photo Caption: San Francisco, CA.  BAYAN USA marched with Gabriela USA, Migrante NorCal, the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns, and the International League of People’s Struggle)

Gabriela DC in J21

(Photo Caption: Washington D.C.and New York members mobilizing for the Women’s March D.C.)


J21 - Portland Women's March

(Photo Caption: Portland, Oregon.  Women’s March Portland)

J21 - GAB LA Pic

(Photo Caption: Los Angeles, CA.  On January 21, 2017, members marched and protested from Pershing Square to LA City Hall in Downtown LA.)


J21 - Womens March Oakland

(Photo Caption: Oakland, CA.  On January 21, 2017, member organization, Gabriela SF led chants and protests in Oakland, CA.)

J20 SF

(Photo Caption: San Francisco, CA. BAYAN USA, Migrante NorCal, and ILPS US Organizations mobilized at Anti-Trump protests and the Women’s March in San Francisco. Photo by Jack Stephens.)


(Photo caption: Queens, New York. Bayan USA and ILPS-US organizations lead a march and rally in Diversity Plaza)



(Photo caption: Jersey City, New Jersey. Bea Sabino of Filipina Women’s Organizing Committee speaks to crowd at People’s Inauguration at Journal Square on January 20)


unnamed(Photo caption: Seattle, WA. Bayan USA and ILPS-US organizations lead a contingent of over 200 womxn of color, LGBTQ identified people, children, and their families, at Seattle’s Women’s March.)



(Photo caption: Seattle, WA. Rhondalei Gabuat of GABRIELA Seattle and Sharlyn Santiago of Anakbayan Seattle represented BAYAN USA, speaking to a crowd of over 130,000 at Seattle’s Women’s March as they passed through the streets of Downtown Seattle.)


(Photo caption:  Chicago, IL.  Anakbayan Chicago members mobilized to protest the Trump inauguration.)

President Trump… What Now? Q & A with BAYAN USA

Why and how did Trump win?

As understandably disturbing as Trump’s election win is, his election is part of a trend happening in other parts of the world as well. We are seeing an alarming trend in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and now the US in the growing popularity of neo-fascism and white nationalism, which Trump champions.

As in these countries and regions, the people in the US are also facing massive backbreaking economic crisis– poverty, hunger, homelessness/gentrification, rising unemployment, low wages, union-busting, lack of access to healthcare and education– as a result of neoliberal policies of the global capitalist system.

Trump’s win and the rise of neo-fascism in the US can be attributed to this crisis of the capitalist system and the desperate battle of different factions of the ruling class (or the 1%) to cling to power; different factions use racism, hate, and xenophobia to varying degrees as a way to divide people and misdirect the anger and frustration of the people–especially white workers–towards each other and people considered different from them (immigrants, Mexicans, Muslims, Arabs) rather than on the very capitalist system that caused the crisis. By extension, this keeps the super-profits in the hands of the ruling class (aka keep the rich richer and the poor poorer).


What does this mean for people in the US?

This scheme has already been at play. With the decline of the manufacturing sector due to outsourcing in search of cheap labor abroad, as dictated by neoliberal globalization, there is much competition over the scarcity of jobs, at lower wages, in the US. In the “right to work” states in the south, the agricultural, slaughterhouses/meat production, oil, coal and other extractive industries deliberately do NOT hire local white workers and instead import and traffic migrant workers–including the undocumented and people tied to restrictive guestworker visas–to ensure a cheap and exploitable workforce. These workers make easily identifiable scapegoats for the plight of the poor and working class people of those states, who suffer from chronic unemployment and the theft and poisoning of their natural resources.

As the economic crisis intensifies, white supremacist doctrine, and with it hateful, racist, and anti-immigrant tension and violence in our communities is rising. Hundreds of new instances of children staying home from school because of fear of deportation and hate crimes against people of color are being reported in the wake of Trump’s election. As long as people’s anger is misdirected at the wrong targets, the ruling class will continue the status quo of squeezing super-profits through the exploitation and oppression of the majority, and at the same time, beef up state repression through the military industrial complex (more wars, militarism, and militarization of the police) and mass incarceration of poor people of color (including police violence, criminalization, detention and deportation of immigrants).

But people are resisting. From the moment Trump was announced the winner, the people of the US responded immediately with demonstrations on the streets. Students are walking out of the classrooms almost daily, and mass gatherings of people are being convened by different groups to discuss how to resist a Trump presidency.


What does this mean for Filipinos in the US?

As a predominantly new immigrant, working class community, most Filipinos in the US already face crisis in the form of trafficking, low wages (wage theft), job insecurity, family separation and isolation, discrimination, and deportation. A Trump presidency, headed by a man who called Filipinos “animals” who are from a “terrorist nation,” will embolden neo-fascism and will worsen these conditions for Filipinos and other immigrant communities in the US, especially if there is no mass movement on the ground to challenge Trump, fascism, and the capitalist system itself.


What will this mean for US-Philippine relations?

The system that Trump represents in the US will seek to keep the status quo of US domination over the Philippines through a neocolonial relationship. This means violating Philippine sovereignty by maintaining and increasing US military presence in the Philippines as well as US meddling in Philippine economic policy-making for the benefit of US corporations and ruling class.  On the campaign trail, Trump constantly singled out China as a top threat to US interests, indicating that the Philippines will remain a crucial base for US military operations in the region.

The Duterte administration, which made strong pronouncements in the past of seeking to “separate” from the US and assert an independent foreign policy that upholds sovereignty, will be a target of the Trump administration for destabilization. Trump will seek to unseat and undo a Duterte presidency if the latter fails to comply with US dictates as well favor US corporate interests and US-led trade deals

At the same time, the National Democratic movement in the Philippines will also intensify and advance, especially the armed revolutionary movement in the countryside.

The National Democratic mass movement, representing the democratic aspirations of the Filipino people, will continue to wage a vibrant struggle against US imperialism, which is supported by domestic feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism towards a just and lasting peace and genuine freedom and democracy in the country.


What do we do now?

Now is the time to unite to build a movement to resist Trump and fascism. It’s understandable that many are fearful of a Trump presidency, but we are more vulnerable to attack if we are paralyzed by our fear and do not take action.

History teaches us that it’s people united in collective action, not individual leaders, that create and determine change. It was relentless people’s struggle and collective action that brought down slavery, that won civil and voting rights, that won minimum wage laws and regulations, that won the eight-hour work day, that won Social Security and other public benefits, that won the legal right for workers to unionize, that neutralized anti-immigrant legislative proposals such as the Sensenbrenner Bill (HR 4437) and Arizona SB 1070. It was also people’s struggle and mass movement that were critical to ending the US war campaign in Vietnam.
The growing movement to resist Trump must be strengthened and sustained. Now is the time to join an organization where we learn about our rights and how we can take collective action!