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Feb 13th NYC: Jose Maria Sison Book Launching, “Portrait of a Freedom Fighter”

Portrait of a Freedom Fighter
A Book Launching of the Selected Writings of Jose Maria Sison Vols. 1-4

Monday, February 13, 7-9pm
Bluestockings Bookstore

172 Allen Street (between Stanton and Rivington)
New York, New York 10002
Trains: F/M to 2nd Avenue or J/M/Z to Essex/Delancey Sts.

In the era of Occupy Wall Street, continuing US war and militarization overseas, and the worst global economic crisis in history, the work and writings of Dr. Jose Maria Sison on socialism, imperialist globalization, and peoples movements for national and social liberation prove to stand the test of time in their relevancy, including the 40+ year demonization campaign of US imperialism against him. Despite his listing as a so-called foreign terrorist by the US State Department, Dr. Sison is a well-respected poet, author, lecturer, former political prisoner, anti-imperialist activist, revolutionary and remains actively involved in peoples struggles against US foreign policy and for democracy. He is currently the international chairperson of the International League of Peoples Struggles (ILPS), a global formation of more than 350 organizations from 40 countries promoting, supporting and developing the anti-imperialist struggles of the peoples of the world. Dr. Sison has been living in political exile in the Netherlands for more than 25 years.

The Selected Writings of Jose Maria Sison, Volumes 1-4 is a comprehensive compilation of Sison’s writings on socialism, imperialism, war and plunder, peace, terrorism, and peoples resistance spanning over 40 years, a period of time in which Sison served as fiery young leader in the Philippine revolution.

Sponsored by ILPS NYC Local Organizing Committee and BAYAN USA

ILPS member organizations in the New York City area include Al-Awda NY, Anakbayan New York/New Jersey, Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST), Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE), Frente Unidos de Inmigrantes Ecuatorianos (FUIE), International Action Center, NY Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP), NY May 1st Coalition, and Philippine Forum.

Professor Sison removed from EU blacklist, US should follow suit

Contact: Rhonda Ramiro
Secretary General, BAYAN-USA

European Court Ruling Removes Professor Sison from EU Blacklist

BAYAN-USA Applauds European Court Decision, Calls on U.S. State Department to Follow Suit

BAYAN-USA celebrated the landmark victory for all progressives and freedom-loving people on September 30, when the Court of First Instance of the European Communities (ECFI) annulled all previous decisions by the Council of the European Union (EU) that had maintained Professor Jose Maria Sison on an EU “terrorist list” and frozen his bank account since 2002. The Court ruled that “the procedures before the Raad van State and the Rechtbank [Hague District Court] clearly do not involve any ‘conviction’ of Mr Sison, nor do they amount to decisions to ‘instigat[e] … investigations or prosecut[e] for a terrorist act’.”

“The tactics used by reactionary governments to vilify Joma in the courts have failed because they stood on false pretenses,” said Berna Ellorin, Chair of BAYAN-USA. “No amount of smoke and mirrors could hide the truth: the only thing Joma is guilty of is serving the people and fighting for national freedom, democracy and social liberation.”

The EU’s terrorist blacklisting of Professor Sison in 2002 and the Dutch government’s subsequent arrest and detention of Sison in 2007 drew immediate criticism; well-respected organizations and individuals internationally denounced the actions as instigated by the Philippine and U.S. governments to silence dissent, particularly since the U.S. State Department had placed Professor Sison on its “terrorist list” earlier in 2002. Warrantless arrests and levying of false criminal charges against political activists are among the skyrocketing numbers of human rights violations committed since 2001 under the administration of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her military. Earlier this year, Professor Sison was cleared of the Dutch government’s charges due to lack of any credible evidence.

“Joma’s vindication underscores the absurdity of the terrorist blacklisting in the first place,” stated Ellorin. “The U.S.-backed Arroyo regime can no longer hide behind the rhetoric of ‘preventing terrorism’ to justify what is actually a campaign of political repression.”

“If President Obama hopes for the U.S. to regain any credibility among international human rights bodies, it would serve him well to ensure that the U.S. State Department removes Joma from the U.S. terrorist list.”

ILPS honors Daniel Boone Schirmer as an outstanding anti-imperialist fighter

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison

Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples’ Struggle

We, in the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, hereby manifest our high respect for Daniel Boone Schirmer as an outstanding fighter against US imperialism and as an exponent of international solidarity of the peoples in the revolutionary struggle against imperialism and reaction and for a better world of greater freedom, democracy, social justice, all-round progress and peace.

We join all the organizations and individuals in the U.S., Philippines and in the whole world in conducting meaningful memorial activities from the day after his passing away last April 21 to June 18 in order to honor him for his militant political work and scholarship in support of the peoples’ struggle against US imperialism. He was a genuine American patriot and revolutionary internationalist in the tradition of the Anti-Imperialist League and Mark Twain.

He was already a veteran of ideological, political and organizational work among the youth and the workers when he went back to school in Harvard University in the 1960s. He became involved in the movement against the US war of aggression in Vietnam. It was by way of supporting the Vietnamese people’s struggle for national liberation that he chose as the subject of his doctoral dissertation the Anti-Imperialist League and the Filipino-American War which started in 1899.

After he got his Ph.D. in 1972, the proclamation of martial law in the Philippines and the imposition of the US-instigated fascist dictatorship on the Filipino people moved him to work for the organization of the Friends of the Filipino People. This was accomplished in 1973. It consisted of American and Filipino-American academics who were determined to support the Filipino people in their struggle for national freedom and democracy.

Through the Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino (Union of Democratic Filipinos), I was able to observe immediately the work of Daniel Boone Schirmer and his colleagues for the Filipino people. I am always proud to be among the first Filipinos in the underground in 1973 to read Boone’s Republic or Empire: American Resistance to the Philippine War. This carried a personal inscription from him which was very inspiring. It was brought to the Philippines by a Filipino who had apprenticed in The National Guardian in New York.

Since then, I had occasional communications with Boone in writing or orally through traveling mutual friends. I received from him interesting reading materials, even while I was already under military detention. Julie and I are grateful that he was able to visit our home in Quezon City twice to express concern about my situation in prison and about issues.

Daniel Boone Schirmer and the Friends of the Filipino People had a major share in gathering support from the American people, in keeping up the spirit of resistance among the Filipinos in the US, in exposing the imperialist motives of the US for propping up the Marcos dictatorship, in influencing American public opinion against the collaboration of the US and the Marcos ruling clique and in contributing to the isolation and fall of the fascist dictatorship.

The service that Boone rendered to the Filipino people did not end with supporting them in the struggle against Marcos. He considered the US military bases in the Philippines as the key point in US imperialist interests in the country. Indefatigably, he demanded and fought for their dismantling. After the US bases were dismantled in 1992, he denounced every attempt of the US and the puppet regimes to somehow allow US military forces to violate Philippine national sovereignty and territorial integrity and to engage in military intervention under such deceptive signboards as “status of forces”,”access and cross servicing” and “”visiting forces.”

It is of great importance to hold in the highest regard and constantly honor the noble tradition of the Anti-Imperialist League and the inspiring work and legacy of progressive Americans like Daniel Boone Schirmer. The more of such Americans in the belly of the beast, the greater is the confidence of the peoples of the world that the No. 1 plunderer and terrorist power will be defeated in many parts of the world and someday in the US itself.

ILPS extends its solidarity with the people of the US against the criminalization of immigrants and intensification of the US War of Terror

Office of the Chairperson

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples’ Struggle

The International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS) extends its firm solidarity with the people of the US, especially the millions of immigrants and their supporters who have taken to the streets in order to oppose the “Border Protection, Homeland Security, and Illegal Immigration Act, also known as HR4437. We salute and congratulate you for your resounding success in mobilizing yourselves and standing up for human rights against the criminalization of immigrants and the intensification of the US war of terror against the oppressed nationalities of the Americas and in other parts of the world.

The massive rallies that surged up in the last few weeks in various US cities, signals the waking of the sleeping giant that is the immigrant communities and oppressed nationalities within the belly of the imperialist beast. It is a just cause to defend and fight for the human dignity and democratic rights of twelve million immigrants and their supporters against imperialist oppression, racism and the looming monster of fascism. Such a just cause enjoys abundant support throughout the world.

House Resolution HR4437 or the Sensenbrener Act, named after US Congressperson F. James Sensenbrenner would have made routine immigration violations “aggravated felonies” and having routine contact with an undocumented person a felony. The measure would have criminalized whole immigrant communities, as well as individuals or organizations that provide basic social services to the millions of undocumented individuals residing and working in the US. Immigrant advocates, lawyers, priests, service providers and employers would be subject to heavy fines and prison time if they refused or otherwise failed to report their client to the authorities.

While these provisions would have been totally unworkable given the millions of people it would criminalize, it would have no doubt led to intensifying immigrant scapegoating, racial profiling, and providing the license or legal device for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to go after critics, political opponents, and advocates of immigrant and civil rights. Congressman Sensenbrener, the author of this bill which passed the House of Representative in December 2005, is the same person who in June 2005, shut down the House Judiciary meeting on the Patriot Act when his congressional colleagues began to raise tough questions about the curtailment of civil rights in the US and the Bush administration policy on the use of torture.

Besides the egregious attacks against immigrants, the bill also includes billions of dollars for the construction of a wall between the US and Mexico border and billions more just to study the feasibility of building a wall on the border of the US and Canada. These provisions surely were pushed by US corporate interests that stand to benefit through billions of dollars worth of government contracts. These proposed walls promise to further isolate Americans from the rest of the world, and will burden generations of American taxpayers. Surely, this boondoggle will misdirect public funds away from the basic services that the American working people need.

The unprecedented mobilizations of the immigrants and their supporters during the last few weeks have definitely jolted members of the House Judiciary Committee into putting out a version of the bill with a few of the most punitive sections left out. The bill is still replete with provisions that are obnoxiously punitive, biased and discriminatory. Moreover, the bill being considered by the Senate is still fatally packed with extreme provisions that would effectively bar millions of people from the chance to earn legalization, take away the right to a fair hearing, legalize the indefinite detention of non-citizens, and allow domestic military bases to be used for immigration detention.

Since the major mobilizations in Chicago, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and the million-person Gran Marcha in Los Angeles, there has been continuous mobilization of communities””from high school walk-outs to hunger strikes, and now the call for a 40 city national mobilization on April 10. These are promising signs for the further development of a sustained movement for democratic rights against imperialism, fascism and racism. While some are calling this the new civil rights movement, ILPS hopes that the rising consciousness, broad mobilization, and alliance building are revitalizers of a much-needed anti-imperialist movement in the heartland of the number one imperialist nation in the world.

This latest attack against immigrants in the US is an intensification of the US War of Terror on all oppressed nationalities. Your struggle is one with the struggle of people around the world against US imperialist aggression and outright disregard for human rights. We fully support you in refusing to be scapegoated and labeled as terrorists and criminals. The real terrorists in the world are the imperialists and their local reactionary accomplices that oppress and exploit the people and force an increasing number of them to emigrate, especially to the US, which has aggrandized itself with resource-grabbing and superprofits under the auspices of neoliberal globalization and the US permanent war of terror against the people of the world.

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle looks forward to your ever greater success in organizing and mobilizing more millions of people on April 10 and in subsequent actions to further condemn and isolate the crisis-ridden and increasingly repressive US imperialism, particularly under the aggressive and rapacious Bush regime. We call on the ILPS participating organizations in the US to join in the forthcoming mass actions, as they have done since last month. We also call on the ILPS participating organizations all over the world to make manifest their fervent solidarity with and militant support for all the oppressed nationalities in the US and the millions of immigrants who have risen up to oppose the ever hateful anti-people policies of the US monopoly bourgeoisie.