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HUNDREDS MARCHED/RALLIED ON THE 15th JFAV ANNUAL VETERANS DAY IN HOLLYWOOD, NOVEMBER 11, 2015

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Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
November 12, 2015

The die-In at the 15th JFAV Annual veterans Day Protest March:Rally in Hollywood, November 11, 2015

HUNDREDS MARCHED/RALLIED ON THE 15th JFAV ANNUAL VETERANS DAY IN HOLLYWOOD, NOVEMBER 11, 2015

Los Angeles – BANKS GOT BAILED OUT, VETS GOT SOLD OUT!

They came as far north as Santa Barbara and as far as south as San Diego, more than a thousand FilAm youth/students, veterans and survivors , community members, women led by the The Justice League march for the fourth time in 15 years on Veterans Day, Wednesday November 11, 2015 in Hollywood, Los Angeles at 11:00 AM

The Justice League with 60 organizations endorsing the mass action on November 11, 2015 marched and rallied to dramatize and remind America of their broken promises and unfulfilled pledges to our veterans and relatives for the last 69 years.

Battery of Speakers

PWC’s Executive Director Aquilina Soriano-Verzosa gave the opening speech at the rally. Doug Kaufman of ANSWER-LA also gave his solidarity statement at the rally.

Filipino World War II Veterans John Aspiras, Pedro Morante and Eliseo Tomines thanked the crowd for their support for the fight for equity and justice.

FASGI’s Asst.Executive Director Bernie Ganon spoke in behalf of veterans survivors and ask the JFAV supporters to keep the fire for veterans equity burning. She was with five other women survivors representing their fathers and husband veterans

Jollene Levid, A3FIRM National Leader called on the crowd to fight systemic racism, discrimination against women survivors and called for benefits for veterans and all 68,000 survivors.

PCORE Program manager Christine Araquel-Concordia traced the struggle from 1993 and the present struggle for 69 years that the remaining 28,000 Filipino Veterans and their 68,000 survivors who remained unrecognized as American Veterans.

BAMBU, a well known FilAm Rap Artist and also an American Veteran of America’s war abroad was featured in the rally and regaled the youthful crowd with a free concert.

Die -In at the 4th JFAV Rally In Hollywood

JFAV National Coordinator Arturo P. Garcia said, “The groups assemble at 10:30 a.m. for a pre-rally that at 11 a.m.AtHollywood and Ivar.

They also did a69 seconds die-in in front of the CNN building to protest the mainstream American media’s like the CNN ignoring the Filipino veterans struggle..

The 69 seconds represented the 69 years since the US Congress passed the Rescission Act of 1946 that disenfranchised the 250,000 Filipino Veterans who fought in World War II for America.

Garcia also added, “ We have been marching for the last 22 years agaist systemic racism and racial discrimination. JFAV have been lobbying at the US Congress at the US Congress and we only got was a lump sum and small benefits like healthcare.

We will continue to march for equity and justice and we will not stop until we get justice and equity for our lolos and lolas and for the FilAm community.”

For more information about the 14th JFAV March for Justice and Equity please call jfav at (213)241-0995 or visit our website at www.jfavusa.org or email us at alpiegarcia@gmail.com

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