FILIPINOS & COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS DEMAND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR THE 99% IN THE U.S. AND ABROAD
Statement of Solidarity and Support for OCCUPY
December 10, 2011
To all Occupy participants and supporters, we express our gratitude for your efforts and guidance and we applaud your courage and determination.
This December 10th, known as International Human Rights Day, marks the 63rd Anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As progressive Filipino organizations and supporters of Human Rights for the 99%, we stand in solidarity with and we support the Occupy Wall Street movement taking place across this nation and elsewhere. We also stand as witness that Occupy is an extension of historical resistance movements throughout the world. The Occupy movement successfully articulates the existing financial inequities and mobilizes across class lines the 99% who continue to feel the economic depression first hand.
These inequities are the cause of suffering and oppression that not only breach constitutional protections guaranteed in the U.S. but give rise to human rights abuses both in the U.S. and abroad. The “Human Rights for the 99%” committee strongly believes that the rise in state political repression and human rights violations here in the U.S., particularly in the wake of the OWS movement, is a result of the same global monopoly financial-capital corporate system that protects the interests of the 1% whom have continuously exploited the land and people around the world.
In the Philippines, human rights violations have worsened with the implementation of Counterinsurgency programs modeled after the U.S. government’s Counter Intelligence program (COINTELPRO). The Philippine Oplan Bantay Laya I & II and now the Oplan Bayanihan are responsible for over 1,250 political killings and 206 disappearances over the last 10 years, due to the corrupt Philippine government controlled by the 1% of the U.S. While the U.S. government continues to send our tax dollars to the Philippines–$32 Million, annually–to fund the “War on Terror” and military training for counter-terrorist activities, peaceful protests on our school campuses and on our streets are increasingly ending in police initiated brutality and violence blamed on U.S. citizens exercising their constitutional rights.
In the Philippines, any kind of “activism” can be dangerous, including legitimate political activities, political organizing, awareness-building and community-based education. Even service-oriented institutions and workers are targets for human rights violations, as is evidenced by the case of the “Morong 43,” community health care workers who were brutally and unjustly imprisoned for months before being released. The military and local police are constantly implicated in severe human rights abuses, with little or no accountability. Patterns of abuse are ongoing from one administration to the next, including the present Aquino administration, which attempts to silence political opposition through: intimidation of ordinary citizens, threats, kidnapping, disappearances, false imprisonment, torture and beatings, assassinations and extra-judicial killings, of both lay and clergy community leaders and members of peoples’ organizations.
The priorities of our governments, both in the Philippines and in the U.S., are skewed to fit the demands of the few, the 1%, including the bailing out of big banks and corporations. Local governments across the U.S. have allocated funds to clear Occupy encampments, but in contrast deny funding to keep public schools open, for affordable housing, and for much needed social programs and health care. The 1%, including large corporate owners and shareholders and our elected representatives, enjoy above six-figure salaries, guaranteed pensions, and order in lunches on tax payer’s money, but are unable to reach an agreement on how to reduce the economic deficit and budget for—our social security, Medicare and other social safety nets that provide access to basic human needs. Furthermore, this dysfunctional economic system and institutionalized abuses are discernible in forms of legislation, such as SB (Senate Bill) 1070, the anti-immigrant and racist law, and other copy-cat laws that blame and criminalize immigrants and migrants for the failing capitalist system.
In the U.S., we further stand as witnesses to the failure of the government and all elected representatives, including President Obama, to protect and serve the people by providing the necessary opportunities to contribute to society. These inequities have not only been ignored, but institutionalized and protected in order to perpetuate the class divide. Yet they continue to cripple the economic and social fabric of this country, causing undue suffering and hardship for the greater majority of its citizens. We are the 99% and we demand accountability.
In closing, we declare our solidarity and pledge our continuing support for the Occupy movement for systemic change. We know the truest intention of this movement is not to recreate the status quo by replacing current players with new ones, but to mend the fabric of our society by making our political processes responsive to the needs of the majority of the people. By healing the 99%, we heal the 100%. The peoples’ resistance movements around the world and the Occupy movement in the US must continue to unite and strengthen its opposition against the claws and fangs of the global monopoly financial-capital oligarchs. Together, the 99% of the world must unite against the 1% in order to participate in transforming our society to reflect the needs of the majority.
Human Rights and Dignity to the 99%!
Long Live the Occupy Wall Street!
Long Live the Occupy Movement in the US and all over the world!
Long Live the peoples’ opposition against the onslaught of the monopoly financial- capital oligarchy!
Advance the Struggle for Human rights in the Philippines, in the US, and all over the World!
Join the “Human Rights for the 99%” mobilization near you on December 10th:
2:30pm Gather at Market & Drumm St. (Hyatt side, near cable cars)
3-3:30 Program at Justin Herman Plaza
3:30-4 March to Market & Powell
4-5pm Program @ Market
1:30pm Panel Discussion on International Human Rights Day!
@ the Peace & Justice Center
(48 – South 7th Street)
This statement and events are sponsored by community organizations and members of the alliances of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN USA), National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), and Ecumenical Forum for Filipino Concerns (EFFCON).
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