Register NOW for the Sandiwa Youth Conference!

Register now for the Sandiwa Conference Here: http://www.sandiwa.org/?page_id=222
Click JOIN on the Facebook Event Here! https://www.facebook.com/events/349266845091177/
FREE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!

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The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) is an alliance of organizations, institutions, and individuals throughout the United States committed to protecting the rights and welfare of the Filipino community in the U.S. and around the world.  SanDiwa is the youth arm of NAFCON, and the Northern California chapter consists of the following youth and student organizations:

·        Pilipino American Student Union (PASU) of Stanford University

·        League of Filipino Students (LFS) of San Francisco State University

·        Active Leadership to Advance the Youth (ALAY) in San Francisco

·        Filipino Youth Coalition (FYC) in San Jose

·        Pagkabata in San Jose

·        Anakbayan Silicon Valley

We are pleased to invite you to the SanDiwa-Northern California Regional Conference, which will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Stanford University. The theme of the conference will be “Kababayan, Kabataan, Kumilos” (Community and Youth, Take Action!).

This day-long conference will feature speakers, workshops, performances, and community organizations. It aims to bring together youth and students around Northern California to learn about and find ways to address pressing issues affecting the Filipino and Filipino American community, covering topics such as education, mental health, workers rights, identity, and particularly immigration.

The regional conference will also feature “Sumisigaw,” SanDiwa’s cultural solidarity night, showcasing the talents of youth and students in NAFCON and ally organizations and among conference participants.

To register, visit our website www.sandiwa.org.  Please email us at sandiwa2012@gmail.com for questions or further information.

Thank you, and we hope to see you at the conference!

A Love Letter to Filipinos in the U.S.

February 14, 2012

Dearest Filipino,

I love you with all my heart and soul!

I have always admired you and felt inspired by your many wonderful talents; your voice so beautiful it gains the most votes in American Idol; your fantastic ability to move to the rhythm of the music you shine to the top of America’s Best Dance Crew, your intellect so smart you invented the karaoke sing along system.

But what I love about you the most is your courage to face the hardships and challenges of our people because our love is born in the hope and struggle for a better future.

I adore that you have critical thoughts about what is going on in the Philippines and I think it’s so sexy that you won’t accept the corruption of the Philippine government. You inspire me most by your commitment to not only talk about the problems but to do something to resolve them.

Darling, I affirm my love and commitment to you and I promise that I will stand by you and continue to fight for you to protect you no matter where you are.  When you were in the U.S. and the authorities threatened to deport you, we organized together, we gathered thousands to stand beside you, and together we succeeded in giving you the choice to stay.

But even after this one success you impressed me so much because you knew our relationship had higher mountains to climb.  You knew that the true fruit of our love was to not only keep you in the U.S. but to one day raise a child who could grow up in a vibrant homeland where all our children wouldn’t have to make the difficult decision to migrate in order to survive.

I know you are the one for me my sweet because our love inspires me to action, motivates me to make a change, and gives me the hope that we can make a difference in the lives of many. You and I together remind me of a famous saying that someone once said, “Justice is what love looks like in public!”

Happy Valentine’s day, mahal!

Mahal kita sa aking puso!

NAFCON

League of Filipino Students invites you to our SPRING OPEN HOUSE!

League of Filipino Students SFSU
SPRING 2012 OPEN HOUSE
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20

San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, SF
@ ROOM TBA*, 7PM

Come learn more about our organization, the work we do, our upcoming events and workshops, current campaigns and programs, and find out how you can get more involved!
Free food and drinks will be served! Bring a friend!
RSVP at our Facebook invite page!
*Location updates will be posted at our Facebook page
LFS-SFSU is a member of BAYAN-USA, an alliance of anti-imperialist Filipino organizations in the U.S., organizing for social and economic justice. As the only international chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), it serves as an information bureau for the national democratic movement of the Philippines.We focus to deepen our understanding of the concrete connections between Filipinos in the United States and in the Homeland by studying and propagating the rich and proud revolutionary heritage of our People’s continuing struggle for liberation and National Democracy. We take it upon ourselves as youth and students to renew our Filipino culture and history, define our present situation as Filipinos all over the world, come to a proper understanding of how to remedy our current condition, and take action.

February 4: The League of Filipino Students joins BAYAN in commemorating the Phil-American war

February 4: The League of Filipino Students joins BAYAN in commemorating the Phil-American war

Slams Aquino for consenting intensified US operations in the country, tags it as outright treachery to Filipino heroes who fought for the country’s independence.

Press Release

Reference, Gema Canalis, Spokesperson, League of Filipino Students, 0926.888.4655

4 February 2012

The war between the Philippines and the American colonizers officially broke out after a Filipino soldier was shot in the streets of Manila on February 4, 1899. Only a year after the Philippines assumed independence from the 3-decade long colonization of Spain, they are resolute that they will not succumb to another colonizer. Thus, the Filipino revolutionaries pursued armed defense against US marines from 1899 until US President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed that the war was “officially” ended in 1902.

The US-Phil war of 1899 can be recalled as the first war of US as a world power. Clearly, the motive for aggression was to maintain an empire in the Pacific.

On January 26-28 of this year US met with representatives of the Aquino government to commence what would be called the Strategic Defense Dialogue. From the talks, the Aquino kowtowed to US’ demands to build their base in the country as part of their motive to neutralize and contain China’s influence in the region. Legitimized by the Mutual Defense Treaty and the Visiting Forces Agreement, US’ plan to dock naval warships, launch more “join military exercises,” fly drone surveillance in Philippine airspace, sustain some 600 permanent US troops in camp Navarro in Zamboanga and allow operations in Palawan under the jurisdiction of Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Command.

“Since the granting of the country’s “independence,” the US troops has never left the country. Even with the success of junking of the US Military Bases in 1991, this is rendered futile with the 60-year implementation of the Mutual Defense Treaty and the upcoming 13-year anniversary of Visiting Forces Agreement,” said Gema Canalis, spokesperson of the League of Filipino Students.

She also said that “the political and economic motives of US in 1899 seem no different with its motives at present. With the recent establishment of the Trans Pacific Partnership (and recently, Strategic Defense Dialogue), US’ plans to intensify its economic, political and military operations in the region is clearly a desperate move to maintain its superpower stature on a global scale. Nanginginig ang tuhod ng US, dahil alam nitong malaki ang potensiyal, kung hindi man kayang-kaya yanigin ng Tsina ang ilang dekadang paghahari ng US sa buong mundo.”

“Traydor si Aquino sa mga Pilipinong nag-alay ng buhay para sa paglaya ng sambayanan, noon at ngayon!” argued Canalis.

With the sustained and normalized presence and operations of US in the country spells economic and political disaster for the country. It would mean ultimate perversion of the country’s national sovereignty and patrimony. ###

US OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES! US OUT OF ASIA-PACIFIC!

News Statement
February 1, 2012

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

US OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES! US OUT OF ASIA-PACIFIC!– BAYAN USA

Aquino Aligns with US Military Build-Up in Asia-Pacific, a Threat to Peace in the Region


Filipino-Americans across the US, under the banner of BAYAN USA, express condemnation and disgust over the efforts of Philippine President Benigno Simeon “Noy-Noy” Aquino III to accommodate the “new” US defense strategy that entails a so-called “rebalance to Asia”, including an increase in US military presence in the Philippines. BAYAN USA also denounces the US government’s Cold War-style media offensive against economic rival China as a pretext to justify its gross expansion of US military powers in the Asia-Pacific in order to increase US economic, political, and military investments in the region.

Economically-Motivated

Under neoliberalism, the US economy is largely dependent on the Pacific Rim, particularly because of its export position. In 2010, the 21 economies that make up the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum accounted for 61% of US exports ($775 billion) and 37% of private services exports ($205 billion). The US economy’s export position in the region accounts for nearly 5 million US jobs. But for countries such as the Philippines, the US investment and export position is at the heart of deepening crisis and poverty due to lack of sovereign claim to natural resources and territory. In line with their national interests, countries like the Philippines must wage fierce struggles against US interventionism in order to assert their right to chart their own economic and political paths.

With China’s economic growth threatening US dominion over the region, and with Obama’s push for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that would outline a US-dominated free trade zone in the region, the US government has announced it will shift its military focus away from Iraq and Afghanistan and renew its commitment to assert it’s position in Asia-Pacific. It has found a reliable stooge in the Aquino government. Recent negotiations framed as a Strategic Dialogue between top Washington security and defense officials and the Aquino administration have laid the ground work for the consolidation of the Philippines as a key US military base location, serving as a permanent staging ground for US military offensives, storage space for surveillance drones, resupply and refueling station for US warships and aircrafts, as well as rest and recreational facility for US servicemen.

In addition to violating Philippine national sovereignty, Aquino’s compliance in accommodating US saber-rattling seeks to undo the 1991 landmark decision of the Philippine Senate to reject the US bases treaty that essentially shutdown permanent US military bases Subic Naval and Clark Air Field, by once again opening these ports for indefinite and “rotational” basing of US troops and throughout the archipelago.

Aquino Positions the Philippines in the Crossfire

Not only does Aquino government reach an all-time high in the barometer of US puppetry with these negotiations, it is aligning the Philippines with a military scheme that will threaten peace in the entire Asia-Pacific region. The US government, driven by its war-dependent economy, is expanding its military presence in Asia-Pacific region under rhetoric of security in the South China Sea and in particular the territorial dispute over the Spratly Islands, when in fact it seeks an excuse to provoke military aggression and create a war-like situation against China that will boost up it military-industrial complex at the expense of the surrounding countries. Such compliance on the Aquino government’s part will surely position the Filipino people in the middle of the crossfire.

Starting with the Philippine-American War of 1899, which marked the advent of US imperialism onto the global stage at the turn of the 20th century, 113 years US geopolitical strategy in region has left the Philippines with a tragic history and ongoing reality of US military infestation whose social costs have burdened its people with untold pain and misery. From hosting the largest US permanent foreign military bases to succumbing to the onerous US-RP Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT)– the mother of all unequal military treaties and agreements– to the virtually permanent Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), over one century of US military presence in the country has been directly linked to the indiscriminate killings, rape and other sexual offenses, massive displacement of rural communities, waste, disease, and other forms of human rights abuses.

Call for Resistance & Solidarity

As Filipinos in the US, BAYAN USA sees concretely how both the Aquino and Obama governments– guardians of financial oligarchy– are acting in betrayal of the broad interest of the Filipino and American peoples. Just as the poor grow poorer in the Philippines under Aquino’s failed economic policies, so are working people in the US forced to carry the heavy burden of paying for a debt crisis they did not create. As peoples resistance to the intolerable 1% escalates amidst the crisis, BAYAN USA joins the call for greater solidarity between people in the US struggling against the US military-industrial complex and for economic equality and the Filipino people’s ongoing struggle for genuine national independence and democracy. This must translate to greater efforts to expose and oppose the US geopolitical strategy in the Asia-Pacific region as a scheme of the purveyors of crisis and war to maintain tight control over the region’s wealth. Peoples resistance and firm solidarity are key in our efforts to frustrate US interventionism in the region!

US OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES! 
US OUT OF ASIA!
JUNK THE US-RP MUTUAL DEFENSE TREATY!
JUNK THE US-RP VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT!
UPHOLD PHILIPPINE NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY!
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!

U.S. Troops Out of the Philippines, Korea and Asia-Pacific!

Please join BAYAN-USA, GABRIELA-USA, 
The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans (HOBAK)….

U.S. Troops Out
of the Philippines, Korea and Asia-Pacific


Saturday 2/4
11:00am – 11:45am
@ Union Square, SF
(At statue symbolizing Dewey’s battle at Manila Bay in 1898)

11:45am: US Troops Out of Asia-Pacific contingent will march to Powell & Market to join anti-war march


As the U.S. steps up its war propaganda against Iran, it has announced a renewed commitment to build up its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region, in particular the Philippines, Korea and Australia. On Jan. 19, the Washington post released an article about the U.S. and the Aquino government talks of broadening U.S. military operations in the Philippines. This is clearly part of the U.S. government’s attempt to maintain its domination over the region’s economic sphere and contain its biggest economic rival—China—but at the expense of the people of the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific, who bear the cost of these “war games” in environmental destruction, violence against women and children, increased prostitution, human rights violations against civiliams, and loss of national sovereignty.

 

This Feb. 4, on the 113th anniversary of the start of the Philippine-American war of 1899, BAYAN-USA calls on the community to come and join us in front of the Adm. Dewey statue in Union Square, San Francisco to protest the US government’s violent domination of our homeland and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III’s continued puppetry to the US government’s hegemonic schemes. We will then be marching to merge with the bigger action in solidarity with the people of Iran. 


BAYAN-USA is an alliance of 15 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