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JFAV SOLIDARITY MESSAGE TO THE 16th ANNIVERSARY OF KmB

JFAV National Coordinator and FAI Los Angeles Bureau:Editor Al. P. GarciaJFAV UPDATES
December 06, 2015

JFAV SOLIDARITY MESSAGE TO THE 16th ANNIVERSARY OF KmB

( Delivered by Arturo P. Garcia, JFAV National Coordinator, at the KmB’s 16th Anniversary Solidarity Night at the Search to Involve t he Pilipino Americans (SIPA on December 5, 2015) ).

Magandang Gabi sa inyong lahat . Tonight I have no prepared speech. I want to speak from the deepest bottom of my heart.First, I congratulate the new leadership of the Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB) on your 16th Anniversary and all those who kept on supporting JFAv all through these years.

You are the reason why JFAV and the struggle for Filipino WWI veterans and their survivors keeps burning.

What is common between our heroes Andres Bonifacio, General Antonio Luna , the Manongs or the Filipino Farm workers and the Filipino World War II Veterans?

The ruling class and their collaborators wanted to bury them. Forget them and erase them from history. They continue to malign them, discredit them ignore that they ever existed and deny them of their historic role both in American and Philippine history.

I would like to tell you my story, When I was going to school in grade I, my father told me: “ Son, you are going to school and they will teach you and you will learn many things which is not true. This is for you and only for our family. But never tell it to anyone and don’t argue with them.”

For our family, our hero is Andres Bonifacio and not Jose Rizal. It was Andres Bonifacio who lead our country to freedom when he led the armed struggle against Spanish colonizers.”

In my young mind, I cannot understand why. I just went along with it. Later in high school, I understood why my father told me that.

I later learned that everybody who was associated with Andres Bonifacio and Antonio Luna were persecuted not only by the Spanish but Aguinaldo were persecuted, murdered, killed, maligned and hunted during those times. Until now, they continue to malign, discredit and ignore them who were our true heroes.

Even on my family side, I wondered why they changed their family name, I learned that they were related to Emilio Jacinto who was close to Andres Bonifacio They changed their family name to Alcantara and Cabal to avoid persecution during the Spanish times and from the Aguinaldo’s.

NUJP-USA CONCERT FOR MAGUINANDAO MASSACRE VICTIMS, NOVEMBER 23, 2015

Even here in the United States, the Manongs, our Filipino Farm workers were forgotten, completely ignored and not remembered in the farm workers movement history.

You should know that even the United Farm Workers (UFW) , ( pardon me for some Mexicans who are here ) tried to erase our leaders like Larry Itliong, Philip Vera Cruz and others. They even want to erase the word-Filipino in UFW’s history.

The same happened to Filipino World War II veterans. They fought in World War II for American yet until now, 70 years after- they are still unrecognized as American Veterans.

But we will not let this happen. Again, next year, JFAV will lobby in the US Congress for recognition and benefits. This is an emotional issue even among JFAV advocates and leaders. Some thinks it just a waste of time , money and effort.

But this is our duty, To educate the US Congress and tell them to their face especially the Republicans that WE WILL NOT GO AWAY..

So I ask you especially the youth to continue to l fight for Filipino Veterans equity, recognition and justice for our community. Be with your community and serve them.

Again, we thank you and please continue supporting JFAV.

MAKIBAKA, HUWAG MATAKOT!

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ALL SET FOR THE DECEMBER 4th HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN CHRISTMAS LANTERN PARADE

For Immediate Release
Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
Contact Person; Al P. Garcia
Phone: (213) 241-0995
December 03, 2015

ALL SET FOR THE DECEMBER 4th HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN CHRISTMAS LANTERN PARADE

HFNC2Los Angeles- All is set and go for the Historic Filipinotown Christmas Lantern parade on Friday, December 4, 2015

More than 25 Filipino American organizations including the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) are participating on the Historic Filipinotown Christmas Lantern Parade on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM

The Christmas lantern Parade will start at the Loreto Church at 250 Union St t 5:00 PM and will end at The Filipino Disciples Church at 301 Union St.

The assembly time for mounted parols and all types of vehicles will start at 2 ;00 PM at the Loreto Church parking Lot.

25 FilAm Organizations

HFNC MeetingMore than 25 Filipino organizations will participate in the caravan with pole mounted giant lanterns or parol in their vehicles will go around around Historic Filipinotown district or the Temple-Beverly corridor.

The organizations are the Band of the Loreto School, The Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC), The Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), Kabataang maka-Bayan( KmB) Filipino Channel (TFC),  Silver Lake Medical Center (SLMC), Rotary Club of HFT, Rampart Village Neighborhood Council (RVNC), MONEYGRAM, Philippine Benevolent Missionary Association (PBMA), Filipino American Service Group Inc .(FASGI), CalPoly Pomona PASK,  TDB Boys, San Carlos Association of Los Angeles (SCALA) and Burlington School.

The Philippine National Bank(PNB), the United Church of God (Jesus Is Lord ), Kalayaan Inc, Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA), Villa Ramos, Mountain View Terrace, FACLA, Filipino Disciples of Christ (FCC), Cebu Brotherhood, San Diego Group, Manila Sky Ice Cream, the Pilipino Workers Center of SC, JUSURU Group, Emy Cephass , Pedro Calungsod c/o Tom Bartolome and Queen of Asia Pacific (QAP).

Filipino-American Tradition

The Christmas Lantern Parade has been a tradition of the Filipino American Community in Historic FIlipinotown Los Angeles.

This will be the second time the parols or lanterns will be mounted on vehicles and will caravan around the HFT district.

The first time was last year when 25 lighted parols were paraded around the HFT district.

For more information please contact Al P. Garcia at (213)241-0995  or email us at Pilipinokami76@yahoo.com

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