The San Francisco State University (SFSU) chapter of the League of Filipino Students (LFS) celebrated its 33rd anniversary on September 9, 2010.
On September 11, 1977 the LFS started as the Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral Laban Sa Pagtaas ng Tuition Fee (Alliance of Students Against Tuition Fee Increases). Gathering militant students, and organizations, LFS promised to protect the democratic rights of students in the midst of the blatant repression of then-President Marcos’ martial law declaration.
In 1997, after witnessing first-hand the work LFS in the Philippines, a group of youth and students were inspired to build an overseas chapter of LFS in the Bay Area. Eventually they decided to build their home in San Francisco State University. Since then, LFS has been in the forefront of bridging the connection SFSU FIlipino students have with their kababayan back in our homeland. Also, we have been an active voice fighting for the issues students care most deeply about, such as the ever worsening budget crisis and the unnecessary wars of aggression waged by the U.S. overseas.
It is only fitting that we commemorated LFS’s 33rd anniversary and our own chapter’s 13th year in existence at our annual hip hop event called Kilusan Underground Sound Session (KUSS), a fund raiser for our summer exposure program to the Philippines, Baliksambayanan (BSB). KUSS is a celebration of the four elements of hip hop through performances by Filipino American artists and activists around the Bay Area. KUSS also centered itself around the budget cuts issues in California, which asserts the urgency of creating action from the youth and students against the government’s deprivation of our rights to education.
For 33 years, we have been fighting against tuition fee increases, and we still are today—from the Philippines to the U.S.
For 33 years, we have been educating the students about their rights, their history, and their impact to the masses.
For 33 years, we have been empowering our students to dare to struggle, and fight the grip of imperialism, which has kept our people and our country repressed.
For 33 years, we have been learning, serving, and expanding to struggle for genuine liberation, and democracy in the Philippines as well as in the belly of the beast, the U.S.—and we will keep going until this is achieved.
The LFS of SFSU promises to continue to expand, and flourish for many years to come. We stand in solidarity with all LFS chapters across the Philippines in recognizing our anniversary and hope for many more in the future!
Magaral, maglingkod, mangahas na makibaka.
Reference: Faye-Denise Lacanilao, Vice Chair, LFS-SFSU