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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.

Stop the Killings, Continue Towards Peace

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BAYAN-USA welcomes the news that the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) have forged an agreement to continue formal peace talks this April 2-6. We applaud the Filipino people and our allies worldwide for tirelessly clamoring for peace rooted in justice and long-term solutions to the crisis of poverty in the Philippines. The people’s perseverance has compelled the two parties to continue the peace talks, despite the many challenges faced along the way and to be tackled in the weeks and months to come.

At the same time, BAYAN-USA condemns the sharp escalation in human rights violations committed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines against poor communities and activists affiliated with the national democratic movement. The military’s extreme operations, under the deceitfully-named counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan (Operation Plan Peace), undermine the success of the peace talks. For example, since the inauguration of President Duterte last July, 43 activists have been arrested on false charges and 39 have been killed–20 of them since January and 16 since the government’s declaration of “all out war” on the New People’s Army. This is on top of the 7,000 people killed in the so-called “war on drugs.” Tens of thousands of residents of rural communities such as Sitio Tangis, Barangay Datal Anggas in Alabel, Sarangani and Pichon Village in Caraga, Davao Oriental have been bombed by the Philippine Army, and others have been forcibly evacuated and occupied by the military and paramilitary forces.

The Duterte administration must rein in its armed forces, paramilitary and police, terminate Oplan Kapayapaan, and terminate its war on drugs in order to create a climate conducive to successful negotiations. The GRP must also keep its promises to uphold previously signed agreements with the NDFP and release political prisoners, if its stated commitment to peace is to be taken seriously.

BAYAN-USA looks forward to the next rounds of peace talks, when the NDFP and GRP will discuss comprehensive socio-economic, political and constitutional reforms. If agreed upon and implemented, these reforms can help lead to the adequate and sustainable food, shelter, health, livelihood, and development that the Filipino people seek. Getting to these roots of the armed conflict in the Philippines is the only way to ensure a just and lasting peace.

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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.