Category: BAYAN USA

Honor Eudocia by Fighting For Freedom For Other “Lolas”

For Immediate Release

May 17, 2017

Contact:  Jessica Antonio, secgen@bayanusa.org

Honor Eudocia by Fighting For Freedom For Other “Lolas”

A Response to “My Family’s Slave” Article

Source: Screengrab the Atlantic and www.pep.ph

This month, the Atlantic published an article, “My Family’s Slave,” written by Alex Tizon, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist, that vividly describes the experiences of torment and abuse of Eudocia Tomas Pulido or “Lola,” a young Filipino woman recruited from her village in the Philippines to work for Tizon’s family in 1943 at the age of 18 and forced to migrate and work for his family in the U.S.

“Unfortunately, Eudocia’s story is a common Filipino story. There are many Eudocias and ‘Lolas’ born into poverty and forced into what is called ‘modern day slavery.’ Even though Tizon revealed his perspective of the story, there is much more to it starting in the Philippines,” said Bernadette Ellorin, Chairperson of BAYAN USA. “From the time Eudocia was enslaved in 1943 conditions in the Philippines have only worsened.”  More than 26 million of the population live in poverty rooted in landlessness and joblessness caused by domestic feudalism and underdevelopment, as well as widespread corruption and foreign control over the Philippine economy, military, and politics, due to imperialism, particularly US imperialism.”

“They are stuck in a vicious cycle working and tilling the land that they do not own, and having to owe debts to these landlords. They become victims of feudal and colonial practices such as families being forced to give their women and children as tribute to wealthier families,” Ellorin continued.

The Philippine government has failed to do anything substantial to solve the issues of poverty and landlessness in the Philippines. More than 6,000 filipinos leave the country each day because of the lack of jobs to sustain their families. A majority of those migrant workers are women, just like Eudocia, who are victims of human trafficking, and face many other challenges such as no compensation, low wages, unstable working conditions, contractualization, physical and sexual abuse, wage theft, and exploitation.  Many work as “katulongs”, servers or domestic workers and are forced apart from their loved ones in order to take care of the children of other families.

“In honor of Lola Eudocia, we should organize and work together to end human trafficking and the problems of landlessness, government corruption, and foreign control in the Philippines.” said Ellorin.  “Only through changing the system can we see an end to modern day slavery and create a world where other Lolas, Eudocia and other women can stay in their homeland and live full and dignified lives.”  We call upon all those interested in fighting to end modern day slavery to join BAYAN USA and our many organizations across the U.S. and help to build up the people power needed to genuinely change the system so that slavery no longer exists.

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BAYAN-USA is an alliance of 20 progressive Filipino organizations in the U.S. representing youth, students, women, workers, artists, and human rights advocates. As the oldest and largest overseas 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 Filipinos in the U.S. For more information, visit www.bayanusa.org

 

Resist Neoliberalism and Build International Solidarity! BAYAN-USA Honors International Workers’ Day

For Immediate Release

May 1, 2017

Reference: Jessica Antonio, Secretary General, BAYAN USA

Resist Neoliberalism and Build International Solidarity!

BAYAN-USA Honors International Workers’ Day

Today marks the 131st anniversary May Day, International Worker’s Day, and BAYAN-USA marches on the streets across the U.S. and joins the millions around the world in continuing the legacy of resistance and militant organizing of workers and immigrants. What began as the struggle for the 8 hour work day in 1886 in Chicago has continued today with workers organizing against the growing inequality between the ruling elite and the working class. Then, as now, workers face state-sponsored, violent repression for their courageous organizing. Multinational corporations continue to use neoliberal policies such as free trade agreements, contractualization, outsourcing, low wages, cuts to benefits, corporate tax breaks, and privatization of social services as schemes to squeeze more profits off the backs of workers.  

The first labor federation in the Philippines, Union Obrera Democratica de Filipinas, first honored International Workers’ Day on May 1, 1903 with a protest bringing together over 100,000 workers shouting “Down with U.S. imperialism!”  Today, the message still rings true that US imperialism is at the root of what has kept the Philippine economy backwards and the majority of the population in abject poverty. Instead of creating jobs and raising the minimum wage, the Philippine government continues to capitalize on the Labor Export Policy by forcing 6,000 Filipinos to migrate abroad for work everyday and absorbing the hard-earned remittances of overseas Filipino workers forced to fend for themselves.

The US government continues to exploit public tax dollars to further militarize and repress working class communities in the U.S. and abroad in an attempt to crush the growing resistance against imperialism.  The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) is proof that the US has no intentions of letting the Philippines go as it uses the country as its own military base, a dumping ground for overproduction, and as a strategic location to intensify its hegemony over the region.

Despite these circumstances, we are inspired by the growing resistance of #OccupyLuisita farmers, who recently tore down walls barricading them from land rightfully theirs for collective farming, as well as the #OccupyBulacan campaign which included thousands of urban poor communities seizing public housing that had sat idle for years.  We salute the courageous water protectors who continue resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline, the youth and families combating mass incarceration and police brutality, and undocumented immigrants pushing back against a xenophobic and racist administration headed by Trump.  We remember our vibrant history of militant worker organizing, and we call on all member organizations to continue the struggle through educating, organizing, and mobilizing our communities to defend workers rights and build international solidarity.

End Forced Migration & the Labor Export Policy in the Philippines!

Unite to Fight Fascism! People Power vs. Trump!

Build the Movement of Migrants & Workers!

Stop Neoliberal Attacks on Workers & Migrants!

Resist US-led Militarism, War, and Neofascism!

Fight for Self-Determination!

Long Live International Solidarity!

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BAYAN-USA is an alliance of 20 progressive Filipino organizations in the U.S. representing youth, students, women, workers, artists, and human rights advocates. As the oldest and largest overseas 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 Filipinos in the U.S. For more information, visit www.bayanusa.org

 

US War Machine is the Biggest Threat! US Troops Out of the Philippines & Asia Pacific!

For Immediate Release

Reference: Romeo Hebron, BAYAN-USA Finance Officer, finance@bayanusa.org

 

US War Machine is the Biggest Threat

US Troops Out of the Philippines & Asia Pacific! Down with the US War Machine!

 

 

On the third anniversary of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), which allows for the building of US military bases in the Philippines, BAYAN-USA continues its call for Philippine sovereignty and demands the removal of all US troops from the country.

Although EDCA was enacted by their predecessors Benigno Aquino and Barack Obama, President Duterte and President Trump perpetuate this long standing semi-colonial relationship between the Philippines and the United States.

Despite Duterte’s statements last October speaking out against the presence of foreign troops, as well as a declaration that he’s not a “lapdog of the US,” he and his administration have gone back on their word, confirming that EDCA is “still on” and that the building of US facilities can start at any time. However, as history has shown, the continued US military presence and joint training exercises with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) results in increased human rights violations against the Filipino people.

In the US, President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal calls for a $58 billion increase for the Defense Department, bringing the total to $639 billion. While over half of the federal budget is dedicated to military spending, crucial cuts are being made to housing, education, healthcare, and other much needed social services. Trump and his administration are sending a clear message that his promise to “make America great again” does not apply to the majority of people living in the US, but rather the wealthy elite and weapons manufacturing corporations.

The US war machine is the biggest threat to the rest of the world. With the recent bombings of Syria and Afghanistan and the warmongering against countries like North Korea, we can only expect these attacks to intensify. Now more than ever we must continue the fight against all imperialist wars of aggression. We invite all those against US-led war, militarism, and neo-fascism to join us in Toronto from August 5-7 at a conference hosted by the International League of Peoples’ Struggle and the International Women’s Alliance. Let us continue to strengthen our international solidarity and build the anti-imperialist mass movement!

TAKE A POLL: Where do you want your tax dollars to go instead of funding US militarization and wars of aggression?

 

Uphold Philippine sovereignty!

Junk EDCA! Junk the Visiting Forces Agreement!

Cut US military spending!

Long Live International Solidarity!

 

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BAYAN USA Condemns Trump’s Attack in Syria! No to US War in Syria!

For Immediate Release

April 7, 2017

Reference: Jessica Antonio, BAYAN-USA Secretary General, secgen@bayanusa.org

BAYAN USA Condemns Trump’s Attack in Syria

No to US War in Syria

President Trump’s decision to launch 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syrian Air force base in Homs province was not driven by his humanitarian desires to help the Syrian people against the Assad regime. The Trump administration has proven to be the opposite and has instead closed its doors to refugees and has enacted Executive Orders banning Muslims from entering the United States twice. We also know when those bombs killed more innocent civilians and ultimately the US war in Syria will never resolve the problems in the country and will only create more chaos, destruction, and death.

The proxy war in Syria can seem very complicated, but underneath all the political rhetoric is the true reason that thousands of innocent Syrians have been killed and forced to become refugees due to US monopoly capitalist interest. The mainstream media propaganda machine diverts public attention to focus on good versus evil and religious warfare as the reasoning behind the war in Syria. Trump is merely continuing the trend of his predecessors, whether it be in the guise of humanitarian aid, fighting terrorists, or manifest destiny. The root of all US wars of aggression lies in imperialist geopolitical interests to expand its hegemony over land, natural resources, trade routes, consumer markets for US surplus products and cheap labor markets.

Photo Caption: On April 7th, 2017, members of BAYAN USA, International League of People’s Struggle – US, and Migrante Northern California joined a community protest in San Francisco, CA to condemn the recent attacks on Syria.

BAYAN USA condemns the US led proxy war in Syria and the launching of the 59 missiles. Both the Trump and Assad regimes are using the same exact rhetoric of “Fighting the War on Terror” as their reasoning behind their attacks on the Syrian people, but we must uncover the truth behind their interest in this war which is economic power in a centrally located oil rich region of the world. We must connect the launching of the never ending US “War on Terror” with Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Palestine and Syria to the economic capitalist interest in the middle east and global economic domination. We demand an end to US warmongering and intervention for the sake of humanity. We call on all peoples of the world to stand in solidarity with the Syrian people and their rights to self-determination for their own country. We invite all freedom-loving peoples to gather to build solidarity and fighting capacity against US-led war, militarism and neo-fascism this August 5-7 in Toronto, Canada held by the International League of Peoples’ Struggle and the International Women’s Alliance.

US Out of Syria and the Middle East/West Asia!

Self-Determination for the Syrian People!

Long Live International Solidarity!

 

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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 www.bayanusa.org.