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Filipinos Across the United States to Launch Three Days of #BanTrump Protests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 9, 2017

Contact: Jessica Antonio, BAYAN-USA, secgen@bayanusa.org

Filipinos Across the United States to Launch Three Days of #BanTrump Protests

As President Donald Trump closes out his 12-day swing through Asia with a three-day stop in the Philippines, Filipinos across the United States will lead protests to condemn Trump’s militarist neoliberal economic agenda in the Philippines and the broader Asia Pacific region.  Organized by the Filipino American alliance BAYAN-USA under the call #BanTrump and #ResistUSWar, Filipinos will be joined by peace activists and members of the Korean and Pacific Islander communities at actions from November 12-14 in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. The protests will coincide with demonstrations being held simultaneously in the Philippines, as Trump touches down in Manila to attend high-level meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the East Asia Summit.  Similar protests drawing thousands of people voicing opposition to Trump’s pro-war, militarist and neoliberal economic agenda greeted him in Japan and Korea earlier this week.

“Trump is in Asia swinging the double-edged sword of a neoliberal economic policy agenda on one side and military escalation and war provocation on the other,” stated Jessica Antonio, BAYAN-USA Secretary General. “The biggest obstacle to genuine peace, democracy, development, and security in the region is not ISIS-affiliates in the Philippines or nuclear weapons in North Korea–it’s Trump and U.S. imperialism,” continued Antonio.

In a “Unity Statement for Peace Not War in Asia” released jointly this week by BAYAN-USA and the organization Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, protest organizers cited examples of how U.S. military policies and actions have benefited the elite to the detriment of the majority of people in the region, historically and up through the present. “For over seven decades, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), the largest and oldest of the nine U.S. unified combatant commands of the U.S. Armed Forces, has carried out military invasions, exercises, wars, and occupations throughout Asia and parts of Africa. These include the Korean War, the Vietnam War, nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands, illegally storing nuclear weapons in South Korea, the destabilization of local communities and denial of their development due to U.S. military bases and military exercises, including drone warfare, in Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines, Guam, and the list goes on. The U.S. has over 180 military bases concentrated in this region alone. Everyday, the peoples of the Korean Peninsula, the Philippines, Asia and the Pacific region continue to wage life-and-death resistance to US-led war and military occupation,” reads the statement.

“Trump and company continue the legacy of trade wars and proxy wars with their rivals Russia and China, and countries like the Philippines are caught in the crossfire. These world powers fight with each other to extract resources, expand territory and trade routes, secure geopolitical spheres of influence, and exploit labor for the profit of the elite and at the expense of the grassroots people,” said Antonio.

Trump’s visit to the Philippines includes a first-ever meeting between the U.S. president and his counterpart, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. “These two are infamously known as fascist presidents who openly attack the poor, whether through Duterte’s Dirty Drug War that has killed more than 13,000 people, or Trump’s authoritarian racist and sexist policies, such as the Muslim ban and multiple cuts to education, women’s reproductive rights, rescission of DACA impacting the whole country. History has shown that people will rise up against fascism and will not be complacent. We will continue to rise up against fascism until this same old system crumbles, so we can build a society that truly reflects the majority of people.”

 

Protests will take place in:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Nov 13th

#BANTRUMP Rally to Stop the US War Machine 5:30pm-7:00pm

San Francisco US Federal Building- Mission St & 7th St

 

LOS ANGELES, CA, Nov 14th

US Out of the Asia Pacific Rally 5:30pm-7:00pm

Wilshire Federal Building

 

NEW YORK, NY Nov 14th

What’s Trump Doing in the Philippines? Forum on East Asia Summit

6:30pm -9:00pm Project Reach 36 Eldridge Street

 

CHICAGO, IL Nov 14th

Action In Solidarity with the Philippines 6:00pm-7:30pm

Corner of East Wacker Drive & Wabash Ave Bridge

 

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Unity Statement: Peace Not War in Asia

For over seven decades, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), the largest and oldest of the nine U.S. unified combatant commands of the U.S. Armed Forces, has carried out military invasions, exercises, wars, and occupations throughout Asia and parts of Africa. These include the Korean War, the Vietnam War, nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands, illegally storing nuclear weapons in South Korea, the destabilization of local communities and denial of their development due to U.S. military bases and military exercises, including drone warfare, in Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines, Guam, and the list goes on. The U.S. has over 180 military bases concentrated in this region alone. Everyday, the peoples of the Korean Peninsula, the Philippines, Asia and the Pacific region continue to wage life-and-death resistance to US-led war and military occupation–the biggest obstacle to genuine peace, democracy, development, and security in the region.  

Asia is the largest market for U.S. exports, including military weapons exports, worth $600 billion. From November 3-14, Trump will visit five countries in Asia–Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Amidst escalating hostility, war provocations, and threats to “destroy” North Korea, Trump will seek to consolidate U.S. lackeys in order to secure U.S. military and economic hegemony in the region. Trump will seek to put pressure on the governments he meets with. Some of his stated goals include re-negotiation of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and permanent deployment of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense system in South Korea.  Trump is expected to praise the Philippine military’s brutal implementation of the U.S.-instigated War on Terror in Mindanao and push for continued collaboration in intelligence gathering, counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism between the U.S. and Philippines. The Trump administration will attempt to dominate the East Asia Summit in the Philippines, a regional gathering of state leaders where talks determining neoliberal economic policies will translate to greater U.S. military basing to protect U.S. trade interests and control major commercial shipping routes.

As Koreans, Filipinos, and peoples of the Asian diaspora, as well as peace activists, we stand with those in the frontlines of resistance to growing U.S.-led war, militarism, and neoliberalism in Asia and the Pacific, especially with those staging massive protests in Japan, Korea (where Nov. 4 is called ‘No Trump Day Action’), and the Philippines against Trump’s visit.  

We call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of U.S. military bases, personnel, agreements, exercises, war games, and all other operations from Asia and the Pacific, and for the US government to respect the sovereignty of the countries of the region, including their right to self-determination. We demand an end to inflammatory rhetoric and anti-people policies of this Trump administration, which has already implemented anti-democratic processes in the United States.

 

We invite your organization to sign on by endorsing this statement: SIGN HERE

Signed:

Nodutdol for Korean Community Development

BAYAN USA

United National Antiwar Coalition

International League of People’s Struggles- Seattle, WA

GABRIELA USA

Anakbayan USA

June 15th Joint Declaration Support Committee

TLtC Justice & Peace Committee

True Muse Productions

Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality

Climate Justice Alliance

NY Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

Indian People Organizing for Change

Center for Political Education

National Lawyers Guild International Committee

Eclipse Rising

Undoing racism committee NJCU

Chinatown Community for Equitable Development

Korean Peace Alliance

International Action Center

Support Committee for Korean Prisoners of Conscience in US

NJ State Industrial Union Council

Xicana Moratorium Coalition

Migrante Southern California

League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University

Alliance of South Asians Taking Action

PUSO- Los Angeles

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Osan migrent center

ASATA

Okinawa Peace Appeal

Democratic Socialists of America Long Beach

Filmcrafting Collaborative

Asian Americans for Peace and Justice

Asian Pacific Coalition at UCLA

NJ Anti War Agenda

Workers World Party

New Jersey Philippine Solidarity Committee

NJ State Industrial Union Council

Pax Christi NJ

Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

Angela M Chung-Human Rights Attorney & Consultant

Michelle Perez

Sandra Ramirez-Bravo

Wily Ramirez Bravo

R Merriex

Art Li, M.Ed Candidate UCLA

Vanessa Banta, PhD Candidate University of British Columbia

Frances Huynh MA Candidate in Asian American Studies, MPH Candidate in Community Health Sciences UCLA

Anthony Bayani Rodriguez, PhD St. John’s University

Derek Lu, Ph.D Student University of Southern California

Maria Lopez, PhD Candidate Albuquerque, New Mexico

Communist Party of Romania (PCdR)

 

Special Facebook Live featuring Renato Reyes Jr., Secretary General of BAYAN

Join us Facebook Live featuring Renato Reyes Jr., Secretary General of BAYAN

Discussing Trump and US Militarism in the Philippines

Trump will embark on a 12 day trip to Asia, including stops in
China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Why? To push the US imperialist agenda at two major gatherings, including the ASEAN and his first meeting with President Duterte. Trump’s policies will continue to promote unequal policies and a military-based economic agenda that benefits US interests over human rights.

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CALL TO ACTION | Down with US imperialism! Ban Trump! US troops out of the Philippines! | Nov 12-14, 2017

US President Donald Trump will be visiting the Philippines between November 12-14, 2017 for the first time. It will be one of many stops Trump has planned for his Asia Pacific tour as he participates in the Association of South East Asian Nations’ East Asia Summit (EAS), where leaders from 18 countries will be present– including China and Russia, US imperialism’s two main competitors–to discuss their plans for expanding neoliberal globalization and domination of the region. Underneath the summit table are trade wars, the US military pivot to Asia, aggressive expansion of China, warmongering on the Korean Peninsula, growing territorial tensions the East and South China Sea, and other local and regional issues.

To assert its own hegemony and contain China’s expansion, total defense spending of the
U.S. in the Asia-Pacific is forecast to hit US$533 billion per year by the end of the decade, up
from US$435 billion in 2015. The region will likely account for one in every three
dollars spent on defense by the early 2020s.

Meanwhile, embattled Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will host the East Asia Summit as he chairs the ASEAN on its 50th year. Amidst his fascist wars on the poor, martial law in Mindanao, and extra-judicial killings, Duterte will play out his precarious balancing act in foreign diplomacy, which to-date has amounted to placating to foreign interests including the U.S. and China. This is a time to voice out the people’s concerns — on the world stage. This is a time for international solidarity.

This is the time to say: Resist U.S. wars! Build peace!

Join the international Call to Action against Trump’s visit to the Philippines and Asia Pacific region, the neo-liberal agenda of the ASEAN and EAS, and towards building a movement of all people who support Philippine liberation and struggle for genuine independence from US imperialism! We say US GTFO of the Philippines!

ACTION ITEMS:

  • Have your organization ENDORSE these days of actions by filling out this FORM
  • SIGN ON to the Unity Statement against Trump in the Philippines! (forthcoming)
  • DONATE to BAYAN’s People’s Caravan and Protest actions to confront Trump at Clark Airbase. They will need to buy tents, sleeping bags, etc. as they camp-out along the 2-day caravan. You can Venmo @BAYANUSA or donate to BAYAN USA
  • JOIN the Resist US-Led War Movement by signing on to the Manifesto
  • TAKE ACTION in the streets confronting the US military & economic pivot!

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE ACTIVITIES IN NOVEMBER CLICK ON THIS BROCHURE

ENDORSERS:

ANAKBAYAN USA

APIENC (API Equality – Northern California)

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)

ASATA

 

Asians 4 Black Lives

Association American Studies Graduate Student Association (UCLA AASGSA)

Catalyst Project

Chinatown Community for Equitable Development

Diwang Kabataan Tri City

Eclipse Rising

Filipino Advocates for Justice

Forward Together

GABRIELA USA

The General Union of Palestine Students

Haiti Action Committee

HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans)

International Action Center

Korean Peace Alliance

 

 

MECHA at San Francisco State University

Migrante SoCal

National Lawyer’s Guild – SF Chapter

National Ecumenical-Interfaith Forum for Filipino Concerns

National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) – NorCal

Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA)

NJ State Industrial Union Council

The Oakland Law Collaborative

ResistanceSF

Students for Alternatives to Militarism- Stanford

Stanford Pilipino American Student Union

Stanford Asian American Activism Committee (SAAAC)

Students for Quality Education (SFSU)

Support committee for Korean prisoners of conscience in US

Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Socialist Action- Oakland

SURJ SF

The League of Filipino Students- SFSU

The United People of Color Caucus of the NLG, SF Bay Area Chapter

Undoing Racism committee NJCU

Viet Unity LA

Workers World Party

Xicana Moratorium Coalition