Tag: Anti-War

U.S. Out! A Teach-in Call/Webinar on the U.S. Military Pivot to the Asia Pacific and the Trans Pacific Partnership

Thank you to all 300+ people from six countries and 23 US states who participated in the teach-in! A recording of the webinar portion of the event can be accessed here: http://www.anymeeting.com/BAYANUSA/EF53DD828247. Please forward the link to others who may be interested in the issues of the military pivot and the TPPA.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
3-6 PM Pacific | 5-8 PM Central | 6-9 PM Eastern

Featured speakers:
Renato Reyes Jr., BAYAN Philippines
Hyun Lee, Nodutdol
Masao Suzuki, Freedom Road Socialist Organization
dåko’ta alcantara-camacho,Our Islands Are Sacred & ARKiology

 A live, real-time webinar with international speakers providing critical analysis of the Pivot and the TPPA from the viewpoint of people’s movements resisting the expansion of U.S. militarization and imperialism. Presentations followed by Q&A, brainstorming and planning for local, grassroots actions to oppose the military pivot and the TPPA, as well as ways to support organizing happening in countries in the Asia Pacific region.

To participate:
Online via webinar: Register at http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA52D680884E3E. Participants must register to receive an individual-specific log-in link and password.
In-person: view webinar and participate in discussions at local teach-in sites hosted by BAYAN-USA. Locations:
o Long Beach (Southern California)

Long Beach Coalition Office
920 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90813

New York
Ya-Ya Network
224 West 29th Street
14th floor
New York, NY
closest train: 1 to 28th St or C/E to 23rd St.

o Portland
Buckley Center
205 at University of Portland
5000 N Williamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203

o Stanford, Palo Alto
Pilipino Youth Leadership Conference
Room 220 @ Old Union Stanford
520 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

o San Francisco
SEIU Local 1021
350 Rhode Island St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

o Seattle
WAPI Community Services
3722 S Hudson St.
Seattle, WA 98118

Sponsored by BAYAN-USA, an alliance of 18 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.

Endorsers (partial list): Civilian-Soldier Alliance, Flush the TPP, International League of Peoples’ Struggle, Iraq Veterans Against War, Katarungan Center for Peace Justice and Human Rights in the Philippines, National Students for Justice in Palestine Steering Committee, Occupy Long Beach, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, Portland State University Kaibigan, popularresistance.org, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, SOA Watch, TradeJustice New York Metro, United National Anti-War Coalition, University of Portland FASA, Women for Genuine Security

If your organization would like to endorse this event, please email vc@bayanusa.org.

http://www.peoplepowermedia.net/portfolio-post/will-the-us-militarys-asia-pivot-escalate-human-rights-violations/

Filipino-Americans to Obama– “No to America’s Pacific Century!”

PRESS STATEMENT
October 7, 2012

Reference: Bernadette Ellorin
Chairperson, BAYAN USA
Email:chair@bayanusa.org

As the US military occupation of Afghanistan enters into its 11th year, Filipino-Americans across the US, under the banner of BAYAN USA, condemn the past 4 years of the Obama administration for continuing what is essentially the same international war campaign as its much-hated predecessor. As 4 years of the Obama administration continues its total war for oil policy in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia under the disguise of so-called “humanitarian missions” in conjunction with the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Obama administration has launched another war and militarization campaign towards the Asia-Pacific region, aiming for what US State Secretary Hillary Clinton has called a “America’s Pacific Century” one year ago this month.

War and Neoliberalism: 2-sides of the Same Coin

This campaign has both military and economic components. On one hand, the US pushes to shift its military might towards the region, including increasing its military basing facilities under the largest and most expensive of its global commands– the US Pacific Command (PACOM). In countries critical to this geopolitical strategy, such as the Philippines, increasing US military presence translates to greater human rights abuses committed by the Philippine military through US-funded counter-insurgency operations. There have also been documented US drone exercises in the Philippines, from which civilian deaths have been reported.

On the other hand, US military warfare works in tandem with its economic warfare through neoliberalism. Underneath the US military pivot to the region is its even more aggressive campaign to outline a US-dominated trade zone in the region through the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The massive scope of the TPPA sets it larger and more destructive to the sovereign integrity of the affected countries than that of the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), launched under Clinton in 1994. The NAFTA experience sparked massive peoples awareness and resistance to the destructive character of the US neoliberal offensive, which sowed unspeakable poverty at the root of forced migration while destroying local industries, jobs, the environment, and allowed for patterns of gross human rights abuses.

Control of the Asian Market

The Obama administration frames its pivot to the region as an effort to isolate the threat of China, its main super-rival, even as the US maintains trade relations with China. What dictates the Obama administration’s military and economic moves in the region is its loyalty to the interests of US monopoly capitalism, or imperialism, which is faced with a worsening protracted global economic crisis created by its own neoliberal economic policy. Key to US imperialism’s survival of its own crisis– after wasting billions in its failed war campaign in the Middle East– is domination over Asia’s trade and commercial market, which accounts for over $1 trillion worth of the US export industry. The US ruling elite also sees the region as a source of cheap labor as it is home to 60% of the global workforce.

2-Party System vs Peoples Struggle

US imperialism maintains it control over the US government through its 2 major political parties. The past 4 years of the Obama administration have proven this through its continuation of Bush’s US foreign policy dependent on total war of aggression abroad, as well as a domestic policy dependent on war at home in the form of crippling budget cuts on the public sector in favor of privatization, expanding military and prison industrial complexes, and a wave of fascist legislation against the poor, immigrants, people of color, and the US constitution.

But the global economic crisis caused by imperialism has also borne greater peoples struggle and resistance all over the world. In the Philippines and all over Asia, anti-imperialist struggle heightens through national liberation struggles waged primarily through armed resistance. The same holds true in Afghanistan, Pakistan and across the Middle East/North Africa region where US and NATO forces continue its wars of aggression.

In this era of global economic crisis, US imperialism’s greatest threat is growing international resistance and solidarity. In this respect, Americans burdened by the effects of the same crisis here in the US must unite and raise the level of class struggle against monopoly capitalism’s 1% and forge solidarity with the broader global 99% abroad against the same enemy.

US OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES & ASIA-PACIFIC REGION!
US OUT OF AFGHANISTAN & THE MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REGION!
STOP THE US DRONE STRIKES!
STOP THE TPPA! STOP THE US NEOLIBERAL OFFENSIVE!
DOWN WITH US IMPERIALISM!
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!

BAYAN-USA is an alliance of 18 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 thePhilippines and as a center for educating, organizing, and mobilizing anti-imperialist Filipinos in the U.S. For more information, visit www.bayanusa.org

Drop the Charges on Carlos Montes & Other US Anti-War Activists! Stop FBI & Grand Jury Repression!


Carlos Montes at rally following FBI / LA sheriff raid on his home. (via fightbacknews)

Press Statement – May 28, 2011
Reference: Bernadette Ellorin, Chairperson, BAYAN USA
Email: chair@bayanusa.org

Drop the Charges on Carlos Montes & Other US Anti-War Activists! Stop FBI & Grand Jury Repression!

*sign the online petition to have the charges droppedinitiated by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression*

Filipino-Americans across the United States, under the banner of BAYAN USA, stand in solidarity with LA-based Chicano movement activist Carlos Montes, and dozens of other activists in the Minneapolis, Chicago, Grand Rapids and now Los Angeles areas who have been the recent targets of violent FBI raids in their homes and subpoenaed to appear before a Grand Jury. The trumped up charges against Montes include a violation of a firearm code while others in the Midwest have been charged with allegedly providing material support to US-listed terrorist organizations in the Middle East and Latin America. These subpoenaed activists are clearly being targeted by the state for their political beliefs at a time when social unrest grows over proliferating anti-people US policies and laws. We demand all these false charges by the US government be dropped and that the unconstitutional Grand Jury proceedings be canceled.

This resurrected US government campaign against progressives in the US hearkens back to the 1950’s McCarthyist witch hunts and the repressive campaigns that followed such as the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO). These operations discarded constitutional rights and civil liberties in a violent effort to debilitate and paralyze target organizations such as the Black Panther Party (BPP) and other then-strong resistance movements within the US against wars of aggression, racism, and growing economic marginalization. The tactics being employed now follow suit with the Bush Doctrine of anti-terrorism, specifically fanning anti-terrorist hysteria by targeting US-based anti-war and international solidarity activists mobilizing support for national liberation organizations abroad against US intervention that have been listed as foreign terrorist organizations by the US State Department and in a effort to quell dissent and political activism in the US.

It will not work.

This recent spate of FBI raids and Grand Jury repression must be framed in the context of the worsening global economic crisis under US imperialism, the same crisis that spawned people’s upsurge in the Middle East, North Africa, and even Wisconsin. As the perpetrator of the crisis, monopoly capitalists via banks and large financial firms continue with their bail-out campaign of hoarding the world’s private and public wealth from the people worldwide, relying on governments in both industrialized and non-industrialized countries to suppress strong and emerging people’s resistance and international solidarity through escalating political repression. The targeting of legal activists such as Carlos Montes and many others lines up with the ongoing US-funded counter-insurgency operations in the Philippines and in other regions with strong national liberation movements. In the case of the Philippines, US-crafted counter-insurgency campaigns such as Oplan Bantay Laya under the former Arroyo administration and now Oplan Bayanihan under the current Aquino administration have directly resulted in over thousands unresolved assassinations, abductions, secret detentions, illegal arrests and torture of legal, aboveground, civilian activists. Like the subpoenaed activists in the US, these activists in the Philippines have been baselessly accused of being members of so-called front organizations for groups tagged as terrorists by the US such as the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New Peoples Army (CPP-NPA). An overwhelming majority of these targeted activists were and are associated with our mother alliance, BAYAN Philippines.

Furthermore, the US government’s terrorist list has been widely criticized for being arbitrary, unilateral, and unjust. Among those who, until recently, spent years on that US State Department’s list of foreign terrorists was 1993 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient and anti-apartheid crusader Nelson Mandela. Another widely-respected figure in progressive circles worldwide tagged arbitrarily by the US as a terrorist for his politics is Professor Jose Maria Sison, international chairperson of the International League of Peoples Struggle, author, poet, and Filipino political refugee based in the Netherlands.

The insidious character of CIA and FBI operations throughout history and now currently is another level of imperialist warfare waged against the people, particularly people’s liberation struggles that threaten the interests of the world’s ruling elite and financial oligarchy. Like more overt US wars of aggression in the Middle East, the global spread of the US imperialism’s covert structure of reactionary violence in the form of CIA-crafted counter-insurgency operations, military bases and exercises, and even so-called “humanitarian” civic projects, is another expenditure footed by hardworking US tax-payers who must now contend with deadly budget cuts to healthcare, education, housing, and critical services as well as massive unemployment, union-busting, racism, and strong anti-immigrant hate legislation.

Carlos Montes and other targeted activists in the US represent all across the globe who stand for the cause of freedom, democracy, and justice. In addition, their courageous stand to not cooperate with the FBI and the Grand Jury proceedings remind us all that dissent and uprising are universal human rights and that people should never be targeted for their political beliefs. As an alliance of progressive Filipino organizations in the US actively educating and mobilizing our community against US intervention and structural reactionary violence in the Philippines, BAYAN USA recognizes that resistance is inevitably born, bred, and fueled by economic and political repression. The pain of hunger and thirst for freedom in the stomachs of the world’s impoverished by US imperialism overpowers any intimidating or suppressive force imposed by the reactionary state. As the reality of the economic crisis awakens class struggle in the United States, so does support and morale for righteous national liberation struggles abroad that have taken advantage of the conditions of the crisis to advance and reap peoples victories. Integral to this is advancing the movement for genuine democracy, human rights, and civil liberties in the world’s number one imperialist superpower.

DROP THE CHARGES ON CARLOS MONTES & OTHER ANTI-WAR ACTIVISTS TARGETED BY FBI REPRESSION!
CANCEL THE GRAND JURY SUBPOENAS!
FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY & UPHOLD CIVIL LIBERTIES!
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!