FIL AM STUDENT ALLIANCE REMEMBERS TYPHOON HAIYAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

November 8, 2014

 

Reference: Pyxie Castillo, Chairperson, LFS-SFSU, lfs.sfsu@gmail.com

 

FIL AM STUDENT ALLIANCE REMEMBERS TYPHOON HAIYAN

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The League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University (LFS-SFSU) with Mula Sa Ugat, the alliance of Filipina/o American student organizations at San Francisco State University, held a candlelight vigil on the evening of November 6th, 2014 to commemorate the one year anniversary of super typhoon Haiyan hitting the Philippines.

Member organizations of Mula Sa Ugat, including LFS-SFSU, Alpha Kappa Omicron (AKO), Chi Rho Omicron (XPO), Intervarsity Kapwa, Kappa Psi Epsilon (KΨE), and Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE) all had representatives give words of solidarity for the victims and survivors of the typhoon.

Mula Sa Ugat organizations recognized their contributions in the collection of donations and the direct organizing efforts of Task Force Haiyan, a part of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), in support of grassroots, people-to-people, relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Student representatives shared personal stories of their families affected by the typhoon, how the devastation included the loss of loved ones. They also shared about how in the midst of tragedy they found solace in the community created through the Filipino student organizations at SF State.

LFS-SFSU sent delegates on two separate relief and rehabilitation missions to the city of Tacloban, as well as to less visible communities in the Visayas. “…When we got there to give relief goods they said, ‘Thank-you, you’re the first relief that we’ve been given. This was eight months after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) had hit them,” Ana-Louise Trinidad, Education Development Officer of LFS-SFSU and delegate of the North-American Philippines Solidarity Affair (NAPSA) 2014 with Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network, “We should also remember that the survivors and the rest of the people in the Philippines continue to suffer from storms of poverty, storms of corruption, and storms of injustice.”

“We arrived in Tacloban, and it looked like the typhoon had just hit a few days before,” Jordan Ilagan, Secretary General of LFS-SFSU and delegate of the Pastoral & Solidarity Visit 2014 with Cal-Nev Philippine Solidarity Task Force, “…At one of the mass graves we visited there was a statue of Jesus in the middle, but the statue had one arm missing…they left it like that because we are supposed to be that missing arm, the missing hand. We must reach out our hands and link arms together to continue helping those who need our help and to continue serving the people…”

Students also highlighted the revolutionary heritage of youth and students and to continue extending our help to the Philippines. Not only to highlight a year after typhoon Haiyan, but to reveal the injustices the people face and will continue to face because of the corrupt and broken  system that is in place. Students were also encouraged to write individual messages of solidarity under a banner that read simply “Remember Haiyan.”

This event was held in a national coordinated effort by member organizations of Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (Youth Link Arms). Other events to commemorate the one year anniversary of typhoon Haiyan will happen nationally across the U.S. as well as internationally on November 8th.


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Justice For Victims Of Typhoon Haiyan!

#RememberHaiyan


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LFS-SFSU MESSAGE TO VISITING B.S. AQUINO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 24, 2014
Reference: Pyxie Castillo, Chairperson, LFS-SFSU, lfs.sfsu@gmail.com

LFS-SFSU MESSAGE FOR VISITING B.S. AQUINO, YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE

This is a message for B.S. Aquino, on behalf of the League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University, YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE. You have failed the people of the Philippines far too many times. You failed in preparing the citizens of the Philippines for what was being called the strongest typhoon on record. You took 3 days to call a state of national calamity. You sent soldiers in place of relief goods to the most devastated areas where super typhoon Haiyan hit. You neglected to allocate funds for the remaining survivors to sustain themselves long enough to bury their dead. You continue to defend government officials, like yourself, who pocket money meant for the people of the Philippines. You, B.S. Aquino are not fit for presidency. You only worsen the ecological and economic crisis of the Philippines and the lives of the Filipino people.

LFS-SFSU sends exposurists to the Philippines to integrate and witness firsthand the daily struggle of the most oppressed peoples in the country. We continuously witness the worsening situation of the people of the Philippines to survive in a country whose leaders in office value profits over people. We see typhoon after typhoon hit the Philippines. And we’ve seen that it is only through grassroots people to people relief and rehabilitation that devastated areas and typhoon survivors are able to get closer to recovery. We stand with the growing movement of all sectors who rally for national democracy and genuine liberation.

We call on Filipino youth and students from the Bay to NYC, to rise up as a testament to the growing youth and student movement and greater National Democratic movement to demand that the B.S. Aquino regime is held accountable to the Filipino people. We will not stop until you, B.S. Aquino, realize that you failed the Filipino people and are unfit for Presidency. We stand proudly and recognize the history of youth and students in the Philippines who have risen and resisted political repression, from the Katipunan to the martyrs of Martial Law, to the so called “hooligans” who act and speak against your B.S. regime, we rise up.

JUSTICE FOR TYPHOON HAIYAN VICTIMS!
NEVER AGAIN TO DICTATORSHIP!

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LFS-SFSU Celebrates 37 Years of Advancing the Struggle for National Democracy!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 11, 2014
Reference: Pyxie Castillo, Chairperson, LFS-SFSU, lfs.sfsu@gmail.com

LFS-SFSU Celebrates 37 Years of Advancing the Struggle for National Democracy!

The League of Filipino Students (LFS) celebrates 37 years of continuing militant struggle for national democracy and genuine liberation of the Philippines. As an overseas chapter, League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University (LFS-SFSU), we stand firm in our role to arouse, organize, and mobilize youth and students in the United States to solve the root problems that continue to force Filipinos out of the homeland everyday. We call on all youth and students in the “belly of the beast” and beyond to stand with us, to unite with all sectors of society, and to struggle against the monstrosity that is U.S. imperialism.

LFS first began as Alyansa ng mga Magaaral Laban sa Pagtaas ng Tuition Fee (Alliance of Students Against Tuition Fee Increases). In 1977, militant students and organizations gathered to protect and fight for their democratic rights as students during martial law and quickly recognized the need for students to link their struggles with the broad masses of the Filipino people. Thus forming the national democratic, anti-imperialist, youth and student organization: LFS.

LFS-SFSU was established in 1997 after a group of Filipino American youth and students witnessed the work of LFS in the Philippines. LFS-SFSU continues to connect the everyday issues that Filipino American students face with the struggles of our people in the Philippines. Through our annual Baliksambayanan summer exposure trip, we have been successful in sending exposurists to the Philippines to integrate with the various sectors of Philippine society and to gain a firsthand account of the struggles that our people face at the hands of U.S. imperialism, semi-feudalism, and bureaucrat capitalism.

“As we witness the militarization of local police forces in the wake of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri to the continued repression of the people in Palestine by forces of U.S.-backed Israel, we see even clearer the connection to increased militarization in the Philippines now through the U.S.-backed EDCA (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement). We commemorate LFS’ 37th year and our own chapter’s 17th anniversary by making a promise to continue in the spirit of militant youth and students, to intensify youth and student organizing, and to continue to fight for genuine liberation and national democracy for Filipinos in the Philippines and throughout the globe.” -Pyxie Castillo, Chairperson, LFS-SFSU.

With the ever rising local, national, and international conflicts engendered by sharpening contradictions in the aftermath of the global economic crisis, we recognize the need for more militant and anti-imperialist youth and students to stand with all peoples struggling for self-determination and liberation from the oppressive and exploitative agents of U.S. imperialism. We stand in solidarity with all LFS chapters throughout the Philippines in celebrating 37 years of militant youth and students, and will continue to arouse, organize, and mobilize against the crumbling system of U.S. imperialism.

 

MABUHAY ANG LEAGUE OF FILIPINO STUDENTS!
STRUGGLE FOR NATIONAL DEMOCRACY AND GENUINE LIBERATION IN THE PHILIPPINES!
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!

 

MAGARAL, MALINGKOD, MANGAHAS NA MAKIBAKA! LFS!


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Post-Statement for “Justice for Freddie Ligiw Vigil and Mobilization”

3/15/14

 

Reference: Pyxie Castillo, Secretary General of LFS-SFSU, lfs.sfsu@gmail.com

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On March 14th 2014, League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University (LFS-SFSU) called for a silent rally and vigil to be held at the Philippine Consulate and Union Square in San Francisco to coincide with the National Day of Action called for by Anakbayan-USA. Our silent protest and vigil was to call attention to the continued and recent extrajudicial killings of Freddie “Fermin” Ligiw, a youth activist with Anakbayan in Abra, along with his brother, Freddie, and father, Licuben.

 

The silent rally at the Philippine Consulate was postponed due to the unforeseen closure of Union Square. The command for yesterday’s rally decided to postpone the action to ensure the security of the members of supporting organizations. The presence of several dozen police officers, firefighters, and FBI agents scattered around downtown, hindered us from continuing the rally. We decided to push forward with the Vigil, and relocate our constituents at the Federal Building, just in case it was still unsafe to be in the downtown area.

 

The vigil aimed and was successful in attracting the attention of pedestrians and passer-by’s. We proceeded with the vigil without a bullhorn due to a technical difficulty, and made sure that our contingent was not blocking the sidewalk. Towards the end of the program, the Federal Building’s security officer asked us for a permit, which we did not have (as we understood we were on public property), and proceeded to ask us to leave. We recognize that the security officer was doing his job, and acknowledge the professional manner in addressing our vigil.

 

LFS-SFSU is disappointed that we were unable to continue and finish our vigil program at the Federal Building, having been denied our right to freedom of speech, even with our action being both solemn and peaceful. LFS-SFSU along with participating organizations of the vigil will continue to express our concern over the US Military Aid that produces oppressive security operations such as Oplan Bayanihan and continues to target activists much like ourselves. Activists that want and work towards genuine freedom and liberation to be realized and reached in our homeland.

 

“…Freddie lived for revolution until his last breath and until the last shots were fired for his brother and his father. And I thank you, Freddie, for reminding me that to commit to our communities and to be participants in genuine change means that revolution informs our lives…to laugh and cry and sing and dance with one another, to build a future that belongs to us, to our children. This loss reminds me that I have no choice but to work toward ushering in and creating a world where the authenticity and beauty of life can flourish and exist. We remember you and honor your life. Until we’re free. Justice for Freddie Ligiw and his family!” – Melissa Reyes, Chair of GABRIELA-SF.

 

 

Today, we were given the news that yet another activist, and former political detainee, Romeo Capalla, was killed in IloIlo. His killing marks the 11th extra-judicial killing of this year. LFS-SFSU again, calls for all fellow youth activists, women, and workers, Filipino or not, to join us to boldly move together and dare to take action and speak out against the pattern of human rights violations happening against activists in the Philippines!

 

“What we experienced at the Federal Building is ten times worse in the Philippines. That is the nature of an oppressive state. We must continue in taking action and seeking justice for our fallen brothers and sisters in the Philippines! We must not let our US tax dollars continue in supporting the murders of those who take action! We must not let the US dictate and take lead in the militarization of the Philippines! We must take action against US backed militarization in the Philippines!,” said Pyxie Castillo, Secretary General of LFS-SFSU.

 

Justice for Freddie Ligiw & Family!
Justice for Romeo Capalla!
Justice for all victims of state sponsored violence!

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LFS-SFSU Condemn the B.S. Aquino Regime for the Murder of Freddie ‘Fermin’ Ligiw

For Immediate Release

 

March 9, 2014

 

Reference: Pyxie Castillo, Secretary-General, LFS-SFSU, lfs.sfsu@gmail.com

 

League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State Condemn the B.S. Aquino Regime for the Murder of Freddie ‘Fermin’ Ligiw

 

League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University (LFS-SFSU) vehemently condemn the U.S.-Aquino regime for the murder of Freddie ‘Fermin’ Ligiw, a fellow youth organizer and member of Anakbayan in the northern province of Abra.

 

On March 8th, the bodies of Freddie ‘Fermin’ Ligiw, his father Licuben and his brother Edie were identified having been buried in a shallow grave. According to reports they were found blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs. Fermin and his father and brother were likely tortured before being killed by suspected forces of the Philippine Military.

 

According to a report by the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA), Freddie Ligiw was to meet with Human Rights workers and give testimony on his experience of military soldiers forcibly using him as a ‘guide’, (and more likely as a shield,) by the Philippine Military’s 41st Infantry Battalion in their operations against the New People’s Army in the area.

 

LFS-SFSU is outraged at the U.S. backed Aquino regime. As an overseas chapter waging the fight for national democracy in the Philippines against U.S. imperialism, we see the U.S.-Aquino regime pushing for 100% foreign ownership of businesses and land in the Philippines and the continuation of extrajudicial killings of those who boldly continue to fight for genuine liberation and for national democracy of the country.

 

“We call for the end of U.S.-backed militarization of the Philippines! We do not pay taxes in the U.S. to have our brothers and sisters in the Philippines get killed, and contribute to the culture of impunity that’s been normalizing torture and killings of young activists like Fermin.” Faye Lacanilao, BAYAN-USA Nor-Cal Regional Coordinator.

 

As thousands of women, workers, peasants, youth and students marched to Malacañang Palace on March 8th to honor International Women’s day, the reasons are becoming even clearer for their call of the ouster of B.S. Aquino. The current government has disregarded the welfare of its people and only furthers the exploitation of the Philippines. With more murders of our people and plundering of our motherland, it is not hard to see that the true killer is the oppressive state.

 

As youth and students we must boldly move together with our fellow youth and students, women, and workers and dare to stand up and speak out against the human rights violations happening against activists in the Philippines! We must not allow U.S. tax dollars to fund the ongoing murders of Filipinos and plunder of the Philippines! We must not be complacent to the continuous suffering of the Filipino people under the U.S. Aquino regime! LFS-SFSU calls upon all young activists in the U.S. and beyond, Filipino and non-Filipino, to stand with us and call an end to the U.S. puppet Aquino regime!

 

Justice for Freddie “Fermin” Ligiw and his family!

Justice for all victims of state-sponsored murder against activists in the Philippines!

 

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Filipino Organizations of San Francisco State University call for TPS now!

   

 

February 11, 2014

 

Reference: Eirish Sision, Chairperson of LFS SFSU, lfs.sfsu@gmail.com

 

We, the six Filipino student organizations at San Francisco State University, (AKO, XPO, KPsiE, LFS SFSU, PACE,  and InterVarsity Kapwa) call for and support the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the Philippines. The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan is not limited to only areas in the Visayas region, but it affects the whole Philippines and Filipinos worldwide. Due to the destruction caused by super typhoon Haiyan and the Philippine government’s lack of political will to aid victims, we believe that Filipino workers would benefit by working to support their families under TPS instead of being under threat of deportation back to devastated areas in the Philippines. We as students show our solidarity with the workers and recognize the connections to the struggles of Filipinos in the Philippines, in the U.S., and all over the world. We urge the U.S. government to grant TPS for the Philippines to support Filipino workers and their families.

 

Further, beyond granting TPS, we urge the US government to support genuine comprehensive immigration reform for ALL workers by prioritizing human rights over the interests of big business.

Alpha Kappa Omicron (AKO)
Chi Rho Omicron (XPO)
InterVarsity Kapwa
Kappa Psi Epsilon (KPsiE)
League of Filipino Students (LFS SFSU)
Pilipino Academic Collegiate Endeavor (PACE)

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Go to NAFCONusa.org for more information on how to help grant TPS for the Philippines

 

Philippine Solidarity Week

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Philippine Solidarity Week is a week of activities to commemorate the Philippine-American War, which began on February 4, and to raise awareness and support for the continuing struggle of the Filipino people for national liberation. It is led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA or BAYAN-USA.
Since 1899, U.S. troops have maintained their presence in the Philippines through permanent military and naval bases and through military agreements and treaties that undermines Philippine sovereignty. These military bases have served as launching pads for U.S. Imperialist aggression in Asia. With the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPPA) and the Joint Force 2020 ventures, U.S. troops will continue imperialist aggression in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the Philippines.
This week, BAYAN-USA’s NorCal region has been releasing a series of “Myths/Facts” about U.S. militarization in the Philippines.
LFS SFSU has created limited edition trading cards to reflect the games that were played during the Philippine-American war in hopes to dispel the myths we have been taught and to highlight the facts about U.S. militarization in the Philippines.

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Treaty of Paris 1898

Myth: The US gained the Philippines as a territory by defeating Spanish military forces.

Fact: The US purchased the Philippines, along with Guam, Cuba, and Puerto Rico from Spain for $20 million dollars. They then staged the Battle of Manila Bay to give the illusion of their military superiority.

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Execution Order

Myth: US colonization of the Philippines was benevolent.

Fact: During the Philippine American war, US soldiers were instructed to kill everyone over the age of 10 to prevent armed resistance.

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Mass Resistance

Myth: Today, Filipinos welcome US military presence in the Philippines.

Fact: Filipinos and our allies all over the world hold protests and actions against the US military’s violation of the people’s rights and sovereignty.

As long as the 3 basic problems affect the Philippines, this card must be in play.

To share and see more “Myth/Facts” visit and like the BAYAN USA Northern CA page on facebook!

Check out Myth #1 from Anakbayan Silicon Valley