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Cultural Work in the Philippine National Democratic Movement

by Julian Jaravata and Michael Tayag, ’13

From May 18 to May 20, activists from throughout the country travelled to Chicago to attend the 4th congress of BAYAN-USA, the 2nd congress of Gabriela-USA, and the founding congresses of Anakbayan-USA and the United States Chapter of the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS)—all of which are progressive, anti-imperialist alliances of groups fighting for genuine social change in the Philippines and other countries around the world. Anakbayan-USA (the youth organization to which we belong), Gabriela-USA, and BAYAN-USA are national democratic alliances that work specifically to address the root causes of issues such as forced migration, corruption, and poverty in the Philippines. The movement working for national democracy in the Philippines offers an important example of how peoples subjected to colonialism and imperialism have risen up to reclaim the history, land, and culture that have been taken away from them. Furthermore, the establishment of a US chapter of ILPS highlights the need for international solidarity, especially as a weapon against imperialism. The congress included figures such as Fred Hampton, Jr. and Carlos Montes, who spoke out about the oppression engendered by imperialism. One May 20, the congress attendees mobilized against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the G8, a military alliance and the world’s eight most powerful economic powers, respectively. Continue reading

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Reflections on the NATO Protests, US Imperialism, and International Solidarity

by Julian Jaravata, ’13

By Pablo Serrano

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago and be a part of the fourth congress of BAYAN-USA, as well as the founding congresses of Anakbayan-USA (AB-USA) and the United States chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS-US). BAYAN-USA, AB-USA, and ILPS-US all comprise of of progressive organizations throughout the United States fighting for genuine social change and the rights and welfare of peoples all over the world. BAYAN-USA and Anakbayan-USA specifically fight against the conditions that have historically oppressed the people of the Philippines and to bring about the national liberation of the country. Gabriela-USA, an alliance of progressive women’s groups also fighting for national liberation in the Philippines, met for its second congress too although I did not have a chance to attend because it occurred simultaneously with AB-USA’s. These congresses marked extremely important landmarks for the advancement of peoples’ movements all over the world. We came to establish our general programs of action for the next three years, determine the leadership for the alliances, and overall reach a higher level of unity as many people dedicated to a greater movement.

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