- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September, 9, 2015
Reference: Jordan Ilagan, Chairperson, LFS-SFSU, email@example.com
FIL AM STUDENTS PAY TRIBUTE TO FALLEN INDIGENOUS LEADERS
The League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University (LFS-SFSU), along with its various on-campus and off-campus alliances held a candlelight vigil on the evening of September 9, 2015 to pay tribute to Emerito Samarca, Dionel Campos, and Bello Sinzo, educators that were slain in Surigao Del Sur, Philippines.
Emerito, Dionel, and Bello were educators for the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), a learning center that aims to educate indigenous students that were not being reached by social services.
“The struggle is alive, not just in the Philippines. In Ferguson, Palestine, Mexico, and here, people are fighting for their liberation,” Ana-Louise Trinidad, Secretary General of LFS-SFSU and delegate from the Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN) 2014 summer exposure trip. “We must unite and create a people’s movement, because that is how we are going to end militarization in our communities,” Jeannel Poyaoan, coordinator of Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE) and delegate of the KBKN 2015 summer exposure trip.
The vigil was a time of solemn reflection and remembrance. Youth and students came together to pay tribute to the fallen leaders, as stories were shared, tears were shed, and we as a collective were called to action. Students from various organizations and affiliations linked arms in solidarity with the Lumads facing oppression. Grief was turned into courage as students were called forth into their own respective communities to continue to educate and organize against militarization and to defend ancestral domain.
JUSTICE FOR EMERITO SAMARCA, DIONEL CAMPOS, AND BELLO SINZO!
SAVE OUR SCHOOLS! STOP THE KILLINGS IN MINDANAO!
END IMPUNITY NOW!
END OPLAN BAYANIHAN!
ACTIVISM IS NOT A CRIME!