Category: BAYAN USA

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

 

 

 

 

Down with Duterte and Trump’s Fascism! The People Rise Up to Stop the Killings, End Martial Law, and Smash Fascism

Down with Duterte and Trump’s Fascism!

The People Rise Up to Stop the Killings, End Martial Law, and Smash Fascism

Duterte’s three dirty wars against the people have created a bloodbath in the Philippines. The drug war alone has claimed beyond 13,000 victims; add the civilian deaths under Oplan Kapayapaan’s counterinsurgency war and the so-called war on terror and Martial Law in Mindanao, and the numbers are continuing to grow. In just over one year, Duterte has already surpassed the recorded killings committed by his idol Marcos during his 14-year dictatorship. The death toll would only increase dramatically if Duterte decides to expand Martial Law to the entire country as announced by Defense Secretary Lorenzano recently. This September 21st marks the 45th anniversary of when Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines and became a dictator for more than a decade.  BAYAN USA condemns the US-Duterte regime and its anti-people policies. We demand President Duterte to end Martial Law now and end his brutal wars against the poor. We call upon the people to rise up against his tyranny and fascism.

The increasing fascism around the world is evidence of the worsening crisis of the global capitalist system. Right after Duterte threatened to declare martial law upon the whole country if protests get too rowdy on September 21st, he then declared September 21st, not as a holiday but a National Day of Protest.  

“Duterte will say whatever serves his purpose, at any given time, rightist or leftist, because he’s an opportunist politician trying to hold on to whatever power he has left.” stated Bernadette Ellorin, BAYAN USA Chairperson.

The blatant disregard of both Trump and Duterte for their constituents have made them an enemy of the people.  Duterte’s “Punisher” style of rule and Trump’s open support to white supremacists give us no choice but to stand in solidarity with one another and fight back against fascism.  

“The people won’t allow Duterte to declare Martial Law across the whole country without a fight. We will never accept his tired old tactic of labeling legal protests as ‘terrorism’ to  justify the extension of Martial Law,” stated Ellorin.  “We also won’t let Trump attack immigrant communities with the rescission of DACA or deploy more troops to Afghanistan under the never-ending “War on Terror” without taking to the streets to demand an end to US wars of aggression and to smash fascism!”

BAYAN USA calls for genuine change to the rotten system of capitalism and pushes for a socialist solution of redistribution of the land and national industrialization in the Philippines to address the basic needs of the people.  Join us in these demands by participating in one of our many organizations across the country.

STOP THE KILLINGS! FIGHT AGAINST DUTERTE’S FASCIST WAR AGAINST DRUGS, ALL-OUT WAR AND MARTIAL LAW!

END MARTIAL LAW NOW!

NO TO US MILITARY INTERVENTION! US TROOPS OUT NOW!

FIGHT FASCISM! END IMPUNITY!