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!

Free All Political Prisoners! End Impunity in the Philippines!

For Immediate Release
December 10, 2016
Reference: Jessica Antonio, Secretary-General, BAYAN USA,

On International Human Rights Day, BAYAN USA joins the millions of people across the globe in fighting for human rights! We must always remember that in the midst of great political darkness in the United States and in the Philippines, it is the power of the people who stand up against the tyranny and injustice that holds the light directed towards genuine change. We must speak out for those who can no longer speak, because their voices were taken from them by state forces, or their civil rights snatched away from them because they stand behind bars.

Philippine State Impunity Continues
President Duterte is beginning to show his true colors as his actions speak much louder than words. President Duterte continues to deny the freedom of the more than 400 political prisoners, even when he has stated numerous times that he will free them. The Armed Forces of the Philippines continue to harass, detain, occupy schools, and violently disperse protests when he once welcomed activists into Malacanang. And the number of killings related to his “War on Drugs” continues to grow with impunity. The secret burial of former Dictator Ferdinand Marcos was an added slap in the face to the Filipino people.

Duterte won his Presidency by winning over the populace as a different type of politician. BAYAN USA supported the appointment of known progressives into his cabinet and had hope in his administration with the immediate resumption of the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). However, the mounting human rights violations under Duterte’s watch must be stopped. President Duterte has the responsibility to serve the people of the Philippines. He must listen to the people and carry out their will, not “serve the interests of any one person or any group or any one class” as he mentioned in his inauguration speech. Not the Marcos’, or big business, or military interests, or US influence.

Free All Political Prisoners Now!

Over 150 political prisoners in the Philippines began a hunger strike on International Solidarity with Political Prisoners Day on Dec. 3rd and ended on the 8th day to press President Duterte to free all political prisoners and to shed more light on their stories and fight for freedom! He had promised to release the elderly and sick; however it was too late for Bernabe Ocasla, who died of cardiac arrest on November 28th. The continued detention of the political prisoners makes the Philippines government in violation of the agreements signed during peace negotiations with the NDFP, since both parties had committed to the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHRIHL).

Join BAYAN USA events across the nation to stand up for human rights and to promote genuine just and lasting peace in the Philippines! Sign the online Petition! We are also collecting letters of support to political prisoners, please see the template and directions on our BAYAN USA FB page.




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

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