FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2014
Reference: Pyxie Castillo, Chairperson, LFS-SFSU, email@example.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!