Tag: Neoliberalism

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.


Revive the Spirit of May Day! Unite Immigrants and Workers to Fight Super-Exploitation! — BAYAN USA

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2013

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

Revive the Spirit of May Day! Unite Immigrants and Workers to Fight Super-Exploitation! — BAYAN USA 

* Click HERE to hear the song “MIGRANTE” by Alpas, Filipino and Tagalog lyrics below.

Filipinos across the US, under the banner of BAYAN USA, march with our fellow im/migrant and all other exploited workers in the US and around the world this International Workers Day 2013. The immigrant struggle is at the heart of the global and US class struggle, where capitalist exploitation is most acute, and from where greater mass movement and resistance signals hope.

Immigration “Reform” Answers the Needs of Big Business

US immigration policy being crafted in Washington seeks to manage the import of foreign labor from poor countries in order to answer the labor needs of big business in the US in a time of crisis. This includes beefing up the US economy’s reliance on its military and prison industrial complexes. It is no wonder that Correctional Corporation of America (CCA) and Geo-Group (GG)– the two largest private prison companies in the US– are investing tens of millions of dollars to influence the Gang of 8 to enact an enforcement-heavy immigration bill. The bill includes heavy militarization of the US-Mexico border, increasing the operations of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as building and filling up more immigration prisons across the country.

Another demand of big business in the US is surplus, undocumented labor living in fear. This makes it easier for employers to exploit their workers through wage-theft schemes. Labor trafficking also worsens under the current guest worker or work visa program. Employers connive with illegal recruiters who extract exorbitant fees from foreign workers migrating to the US falsely advertising they will have their work visas processed once they get here, only to have their visa applications shelved and passports confiscated by their employer, forcing them into undocumented status. An example of the modern-day slavery brought about by the exploitation, wage-theft, and trafficking combination scheme can be seen through the struggle of the Grand Isle Shipyard workers in New Orleans.

Philippine LEP as a “Tool for Development”

Over 4,000 Filipino leave their country daily to work abroad. The Philippine government oversees this massive outmigration through it Labor Export Program (LEP). The Philippine economy relies on remittances from its overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to service its chronic debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB). While the Philippine government lauds OFWs as so-called heroes, they turn a blind eye to the systemic exploitation, discrimination, and abuse faced by OFWs all over the world, including the US. In 2012, OFW remittances hit a record USD $20 billion. OFWs currently toil in over 110 countries.

The Philippine LEP practice of commodifying migrant workers into cash cows and neglecting their social conditions served as a model for the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in 2007. The GFMD was created out of a UN High-Level Dialogue on Migration that sought to adopt a framework for managing global migration to serve the needs of neoliberalism. Since its founding assembly, migrant workers across the world have gathered to protest every GFMD meeting, and expose it as a tool for the super-exploitation of migrant workers.  The mass movement of migrant workers against the GFMD every year has forced UN member states to re-assess it in another UN High-Level Dialogue this October in New York City. Immigrant workers are gearing up to gather in protest once again to further frustrate their neoliberal agenda.

Advancing the Immigrant Struggle is Advancing the Class Struggle

The immigrant struggle is key in advancing the anti-imperialist struggle in the US, as the US is the world’s biggest labor-hosting state with an increasing demand for foreign workers.

BAYAN USA remains committed to advancing the anti-imperialist struggle in the US by linking the immigrant struggle to the overall class struggle within the US, as well as the struggle against US economic, political, and military intervention abroad. Regarding the current immigration reform discourse, we endorse the platform of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON).

There are approximately 4.5 million Filipinos in the US, 1 million of which are undocumented. The dire economic conditions that force the mass exodus of Filipino workers from their country are tied to over 114 years of US intervention– including 114 years of US military occupation. The Philippines was the first and only direct US colony in Asia and to this day the Filipino people suffer from that colonial-turned-semi-colonial relationship. It is this type of unequal relationship to global monopoly capitalist powers that prevents many labor-sending countries, where the majority of the world’s immigrants come from, to develop the economic capacity to provide for their domestic populations.

All over the world, workers are commemorating International Workers Day by struggling against the neoliberal economic offensive of monopoly capitalism. Immigrants in the US, as economic refugees of imperialism, continue to fight for human rights and dignity under US immigration policy and the pro-deportation stand of the Obama administration. Let us unite to strengthen and advance the immigrant and workers rights struggles in the US to resist and frustrate all exploitative provisions to immigration policy and towards a brighter future for all workers!

Long Live the Spirit of May Day!

Stop the Deportations!

Stop Wage-Theft!

Stop Labor Trafficking!

End Forced Migration!

Scrap the Philippine LEP and GFMD!

No to the Neoliberal Economic Offensive!

Justice and Dignity for All Immigrants and Workers!

“MIGRANTE” Lyrics in Tagalog and English

Tayong lahat ay nagbuklud-buklod
Isiwalat sa buong daigdig
Kapit-bisig nating babaguhin
Sistema sa ti’y nagpapahirap
Prinsipyo’y yakapin ng mahigpit
Upang pagbabago ay makamit


Migrante, migrante, mabuhay ka!
Tinataguyod ang kapakanan
At karapatan ng mga manggagawa
Tayo ngayon ay nagsama-sama
Sa iisang mithiing makamasa
Migrante, migrante, mabuhay ka!

Mga manggagawang Pilipino
May paninidigan at prinsipyo
Hindi na tayo papaabuso
Ating hangarin ay pagbabago
Para sa bayan, bayan, bayan ko
At Pagbabago sa buong mundo

Ulitin ang Koro

Migrante (English) 

We all come together
All over the world
Link arms to change
A system that oppresses us
Embrace the principles
Towards genuine change


Migrant, migrant, rise up!
Uphold migrants welfare and
Workers rights
Now, we unite
For one purpose, for the people
Migrant, migrant, rise up!

Filipino workers
Firm in our stance & principles
We will not be abused
Our purpose is to fight for change
For our country, people, our country
And for the entire world

Repeat Chorus


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 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.

BAYAN USA Stands in Solidarity with OWS, Chicago Teachers Strike, & All Efforts to Build People Power!

September 17, 2012

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

On the 1st anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, Filipino-Americans under the banner of BAYAN USA salute and stand in solidarity with all groups in the United States who are organizing against increasing economic inequality and mobilizing in the streets. This includes the inspiring example set forth by the courageous Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) which recently voted to continue on with their historic strike against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s aggressive neoliberal offensive to privatize the city’s public education system, despite the latter’s threats and attempts to thwart their actions.

At a time when the 2-party electoral system in the US is spending gross amounts of money on political mudslinging and celebrity-glitzed conventions, the worsening global economic crisis brought about by the financial oligarchy– also known as the 1%, whose interest both parties represent in government–is driving working people in the US into greater desperation to survive. Despite the superficial economic growth championed by the Obama administration, the real US economy suffers from an ever-increasing federal defense budget, deepening jobs depression, growing public debt crisis, and wide-scale economic deregulation and privatization of the public sector. More and more Americans are left with no choice but to organize and resist increasing neoliberal offensives within the US that are akin to the neoliberal offensives launched by the US government abroad.

TPPA–Washington’s Secret Neoliberal Offensive

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)–the new free-trade agreement being pushed by the Obama administration since 2008–is one of the most egregious examples of how the current administration is renewing US neoliberalism on a grander scale than of the advent of the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) back in the 1994. The 14th round of secret negotiations over the drafting of the TPPA, which just recently concluded in Leesburg, Virginia this past weekend, was met with protest rallies organized by multi-sectoral groups, including labor unions, who would be negatively impacted upon the agreement’s implementation. Dubbed “NAFTA on Steroids” by policy analysts, one only need to look at the destructive impact of NAFTA on job industries, labor conditions, rural communities, food and agriculture, the environment, and in social relations within the signatories of the agreement, including within the US, to have a glimpse of what’s in store for the Asia-Pacific region with the TPPA.

US economic intervention and consolidation over the Asia-Pacific region cannot exist without political and military intervention. As such, the Obama administration continues to implement it’s so-called military rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, beefing up its war economy tied to a super-profitable US military industrial complex, all the while sowing an anti-China scare propaganda campaign to justify its military posturing in the region. With a constant threat of war and economic intervention, this pivot to the Asia-Pacific will wreak havoc in the lives of the people in that region. On the other hand, it also spells a bleak future for working people in the U.S. who will be met with increasing unemployment, layoffs, and limited access to basic social services and civil rights.

2012 US Elections: What Matters is Most is People Power

During this US election period, what matters most is not who to vote for in the November 2012 elections, but rather what is the future of organized peoples resistance against neoliberalism at home and abroad, and sustaining a movement for economic equality in the US? Will the union strikes in Wisconsin, Occupy Wall Street, and the Chicago teachers strike be relegated into isolated spurts of class outrage of the 99% versus the 1%, or will they continue on and coalesce into a broader peoples movement for change, with an alternative vision and platform of concrete reforms to demand from traditional politicians in Washington?

There remains numerous examples in world history of how organized people power, built from the parliament of the streets, have challenged the reactionary and anti-people character of state governments, at times bringing traditional politicians to their knees. More recent examples include the Arab Spring, the continuing workers strikes and anti-austerity actions across Europe, as well as others. BAYAN USA believe the worsening economic crisis worldwide and its growing impact on the American people presents the best framework for continuous organizing in the US and the prospects for building a people power movement, especially when organizing against economic inequality in the US is linked in solidarity with counterpart peoples struggles against neoliberalism in developing countries.

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 the Philippines and as a campaign center for anti-imperialist Filipinos in the U.S. For more information, visit www.bayanusa.org



Press Release

July 9, 2012

Reference:  Theresa Jaranilla, BAYAN-USA Southern California Regional Coordinator,

On July 2-10, leaders of the Pacific Rim hold 13th round of negotiations for the secret US-led free trade agreement, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)

“Obama’s push for the TPPA is a sign of desperation of the 1%, they are scared of the working people, they are scared of our solidarity!” proclaimed Ivan Penetrante, chairperson of Anakbayan San Diego, on the first day of the 13th Round of TPPA talks.  “While the TPPA and the oncoming military pivot are geopolitical moves of the US to contain its rival China, the US ultimately needs to exploit the Asia-Pacific region for cheap labor and raw materials to survive the economic crisis.”

On behalf of BAYAN USA,  Anakbayan San Diego joined the July 2 rally and press conference organized by the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council at the Bayfront Hilton Hotel on while the secret negotiations took place inside.  The event was the first of week-long actions that member organizations of BAYAN-USA took part to expose and oppose the TPPA.

A People’s Conference:  A Better World is Possible
The rally also kicked-off a series of roundtable discussions and panels about the effects on the TPPA on the rights of workers, women, intellectual property, food sovereignty and the environment.  On July 5, BAYAN USA joined panelists from the San Diego Maquiladores Worker’s Solidarity Network, the International League of People’s Struggle, and indigenous people’s organizations for a panel on Geopolitics and Empire followed by a discussion on Indigenous People’s Rights.

Country co-coordinator of the International League of People’s Struggle-US (ILPS-US) Kuusela Hilo highlighted the need to stand in solidarity against neoliberal policies such as the TPPA. “Neoliberalism is the tomb that is putting workers, indigenous people, and people around the world in the grave,” said Hilo.  On the indigenous people’s panel, Southern California Coordinator for BAYAN-USA, Theresa Jaranilla, emphasized that “the effects of the TPPA would be distressing for indigenous communities in the Philippines who already experience wide-spread displacement, environmental destruction, increased militarization,  and gross human rights violations as a result of large-scale mining by foreign mining companies.”

A Call to Stop TPPA
On Saturday, July 7, 2012, member organizations of BAYAN USA joined allies and friends donning aprons and banging on pots and pans as they marched through the streets of downtown San Diego to the Bayfront Hilton Hotel calling to stop the TPPA.  Allies, including members of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), marched with the BAYAN USA contingent.  Speakers from around the US condemned the TPPA, stating lessons we should have learned from NAFTA which led to massive migration of US industries for countries with less regulation and cheaper labor.

Speaking on behalf of BAYAN USA, Ivan Penetrante denounced the TPPA and stressed the need for solidarity. Connecting the Obama administration’s public announcement to shift the US military to the Asia-Pacific region and the need to protect its economic interests, Penetrante highlighted the covert counter-insurgency tactics, including politically-motivated killings and abductions under the watch of the US-backed Philippine president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino.  “The Philippines is key to the TPPA and the US military pivot to the Pacific.  The US already has the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and are looking to re-open bases in the Philippines.  Moreover, the US also funds, arms, and creates strategy for the human rights violating Philippine military.  The US will need to enforce the TPPA with military might because the people will fight against it.  People stood up against NAFTA, and they are standing up against the TPPA,” said Penetrante.

BAYAN USA continues to call on greater international solidarity between the American people and people of Asia-Pacific region against all forms of US intervention, including economic intervention through the TPPA.

BAYANUSA 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), BAYANUSAserves 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