Monthly Archives: February 2016

ON TO WASHINGTON DC, FIGHT FOR EQUITY

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February 22, 2016

ON TO WASHINGTON DC, FIGHT FOR EQUITY

JFAV Lobby at the US CongressLos Angeles-On to Washington DC, Fight for Justice and Equity

JFAV and KmB (LA Chapter) organizers Arturo P. Garcia, Eddy M. Gana Jr., and Phylizia Carrillo will be joined by Ugnayan Youth (NYC), Migrant Heritage Commission (DC), and UCLA Samahang Pilipino to Washington DC.

jfav lobby at US CongressFrom February 29th to March 2nd, we will be engaging in policy advocacy for the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act or HR 2766 to eliminate the distinction between Filipino military groups and provide full equity to all Filipino WWII veterans as was rightfully promised before the Rescission Act of 1946.

If you are interested to learn more, e-mail us at propeopleyouth@gmail.com. ‪#‎JFAV‬ ‪#‎SocialJustice‬ ‪#‎WashingtonDC‬‪#‎Lobbying‬ ‪#‎Community‬ ‪#‎ProPeopleYouth‬ ‪#‎Filipino‬ ‪#‎FilAm‬ ‪#‎Veterans‬

KmB at SCAPASA, February 2o, 2016

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KmB at SCPASA, Feb.20, 2016

February 20, 2016

KmB at SCAPASA, February 2o, 2016

Los Angeles--This is the most fun-filled conference in a long time. We facilitated our “Art as a Political Weapon” workshop twice to packed rooms. The students continue to inspire me. Thank you SCPASA for the opportunity to share our work as artists and organizers. #ProPeopleYouth #KmB #Filipino#FilAm #SCPASASummit2016 #SCPASASummit#Steady4Jayne #Calamansi #WriteSteady — withStephanie Sajor, Jayne Michelle and Phylizia Carrilloat UCLA.

FIGHT FOR FILVETS’ BENEFITS CONTINUES ON 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF RESCISSION ACT

Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed The Rescission Act of 1946, which exclusively disenfranchised Filipino veterans and their families access to their rightful benefits. This racist law has endured for 69 years, but we demand NO MORE! Justice and equity for our lolos and lolas now!

Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed The Rescission Act of 1946, which exclusively disenfranchised Filipino veterans and their families access to their rightful benefits. This racist law has endured for 69 years, but we demand NO MORE! Justice and equity for our lolos and lolas now!

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February 19, 2016

FIGHT FOR FILVETS’ BENEFITS CONTINUES ON 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF RESCISSION ACT

SAN FRANCISCO – More than 250,000 Filipinos answered President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s call to serve under the U.S. flag during World War II and in turn they would be promised full benefits.

However, when the Rescission Act of 1946 signed by President Harry Truman, those benefits were denied. And so started the long fight for equity for the veterans.

And on the 70th anniversary of the Rescission Act the fight continues as Fil-Am professionals in San Francisco try to make sense of the law and if there are still ways to get the veterans their benefits.

“This is going to lead us to a better understanding of the Rescission Act and why it came about and we’re going to continue that until we are able to make this thing a little less grey,” said Rudy Asercion of the National Federation of Filipino American Association.

While the law is clear that no benefits would be granted to the Filipino veterans, it also came with an appropriation of $200 million to pay the Commonwealth Army of the Philippines.

However three months after the Rescission Act became law, on May 22, 1946, Philippine Resident Commissioner Carlos Romulo spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to denounce the Rescission Act and not accept the appropriation.

And in 1998, according to General Delfin Lorenzana, Veterans Affairs Liaison of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, there was no record that the $200 million allocation was ever given to the Philippines.

Rodel Rodis, an attorney and columnist, said, “As the facts are what General Delfin Lorenzana said in 1998 is still true so what we suggested tonight was to contact our representatives in the US Congress and ask them what happened to the $200 million that Congress allocated in February of 1946. If in fact that money was never given then it’s owed to the Philippines.”

Discrimination was also discussed concerning the Rescission Act saying that Filipinos were considered second-class citizens as would be described going forward in American history citing the farm labor movement and on-going issues of immigration.

Journalist Emil Guillermo said, “This whole thing is just shrouded by a sense of racism that Filipino-Americans now really need to address and remember because going forward as Filipino-Americans we have the veterans as kind of our moral compass.”

According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs over 42,000 claims have been made by Filipino veterans but more than half of those claims have been denied.

However, a total or more than $225 million dollars have been granted to over 18,000 claims.

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ON THE 70TH RESCISSION ACT DAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1946.

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February 18, 2016

ON THE 70TH RESCISSION ACT DAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1946.

70 YEARS OF THE UNJUST RESCISSION ACT OF 1946Los Angeles--Today,the Justice for Filipino Americans (JFAV) together with the Filipino-American community and the United States marks the 70th year of the passage of the racist, unjust and discriminative Rescission Act of 1946.

70 Years ago, the 79th US Congress disenfranchised the 250,000 Filipino Veterans who served the United States. Out of more than 500,000 Filipinos who fought against the Japanese, only 250,000 were recognized by the US Army as veterans.

But six months before independence, the US Congress passed the Rescission Act of 1946 that declared, “the military service of Filipinos are deemed inactive for the purposes of benefits.”.

Until now, 70 years later, racism and discrimination prevails. The US government never recognized the Filipino Veterans as American veterans.

Up to now, the 28,000 remaining FIlipino Veterans and 68,000 widows or survivors are denied of their rights and benefits.

Fight for Equity, Fight for Benefits!

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Filipino Veterans: Shameful Anniversary in U.S. History

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February 18, 2016

Filipino Veterans: Shameful Anniversary in U.S. History

posted by Randall

Filipino Veterans

By Ed Diokno

Seventy years ago this week the U.S. Congress committed an act of betrayal.

President Truman signed the Rescission Act on February 18, 1946, which took away the rights and benefits of thousands of Filipinos who fought for the United States during World War II. The few remaining Filipino veterans who are alive – many walking with canes or in their wheelchairs – are still fighting this battle against injustice.

At the start of the war against the Japanese, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order incorporating the Philippine Commonwealth Army into the United States Armed Forces of the Far East under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

With that order came the promise that the Filipinos who joined the USAAFE would be eligible to receive the same benefits as the servicemen in the regular U.S. military.

Thousands heeded the call. They fought alongside their American comrades-in-arms against overwhelming odds, under-supplied and ill-equipped, they fought until U.S. forces surrendered in Bataan and Corridor.

RELATED: More details about the Rescission Act

Even after the surrender, thousands still fought as guerrillas, hiding in the jungles, raiding, spying and harassing the Japanese forces so much that the Imperial Army had to expend their energy fighting the U.S-backed units, delaying the Japanese invasion of Australia. It gave the Australians time to beef up their  defenses and the U.S. to bring reinforcements and supplies to their Australian allies.

In 1946, a budget-conscious Congress more concerned about financing the grand Marshall Plan and rebuilding Japan, their former enemy, appropriated a piddling $200 million to the Philippine Army. Contained in that appropriation bill was a rider: the infamous Recession Act, that overturned President Franklin’s promise.

RELATED: Another Memorial Dan, another Congress, another stab at justice

At first, President Truman vetoed the bill because of that provision but when it came back to him, he reluctantly approved the bill on Feb. 20, 1946 saying (emphasis is mine):

“In approving H.R. 5158, I wish to take exception to a legislative rider attached to the transfer of a $200,000,000 item for the pay of the Army of the Philippines. The effect of this rider is to bar Philippine Army veterans from all benefits under the G.I. Bill of Rights with the exception of disability and death benefits which are made payable on the basis of one peso for every dollar of eligible benefits. I realize, however, that certain practical difficulties exist in applying the G.I. Bill of Rights to the Philippines.

 

“However, the passage and approval of this legislation do not release the United States from its moral obligation to provide for the heroic Philippine veterans who sacrificed so much for the common cause during the war.

 

“Philippine Army veterans are nationals of the United States and will continue in that status until July 4, 1946. They fought, as American nationals, under the American flag, and under the direction of our military leaders. They fought with gallantry and courage under most difficult conditions during the recent conflict. Their officers were commissioned by us. Their official organization, the Army of the Philippine Commonwealth, was taken into the Armed forces of the United States by executive order of the President of the United States on July 26, 1941. That order has never been revoked or amended.

 

“I consider it a moral obligation of the United States to look after the welfare of Philippine Army veterans.”

Filipino American groups threw their support behind the veterans’ cause. and were later joined by other Asian American legal and civil rights organizations. Through the years, sympathetic congressmen tried to correct this injustice.

There have been some piecemeal victories: Citizenship was granted to some, but only for a limited group; benefits reinstated for some, but not all; benefits extended to some benefits.   Most of the veterans that would have qualified have died. However, there are still a couple thousand waiting for their heroic deeds to be recognized, still fighting for the respect and justice they deserve.

The least that can be done is for Congress overturn the Rescission Act and fulfill the promise made when America needed them most.

(Ed Diokno writes a blog :Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.)

(AsAmNews is an all-volunteer effort of dedicated staff and interns. You can show your support by liking our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/asamnews, following us on Twitter and sharing our stories.)

SCPASA Event, February 20, 2016 IN UCLA

 

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FEBRUARY 17, 2016

SCPASA Event, February 20, 2016 In UCLASCPASA EVENT

Los Angeles“Art is a hammer we use to change the society.”

We will be facilitating our workshop entitled, “Art as a Political Weapon”

THIS Saturday, February 20th, 2016 from 10AM to 6PM at UCLA.

The theme is ‘Illustrate’ – Culture is expressed every day through many different outlets, and it’s through these outlets that we are able to see how culture is created, developed and preserved.

Fighting for a better community, sharing stories about adversity, performing in a PACN – culture is always being produced. This year, SCPASA asks you to find your voice and express yourself. Email us at propeopleyouth@gmail.com if you’d like to join us.

Hope to see you there!

#‎ProPeopleYouth‬ ‪#‎KmB‬ ‪#‎Community‬ ‪#‎Solidarity‬ ‪#‎JFAV‬ ‪#‎Filipino‬ ‪#‎FilAm‬ ‪#‎Art‬ ‪#‎VisualArt‬‪#‎SocialJustice‬

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FIGHT FOR FILIPINO AMERICAN WWII VETERANS, JFAV URGED PH President B.S AQUINO III LOS ANGELES—The Justice For Filipino-Americans (JFAV) have

For Immediate Release
Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
Los Angeles
February 17, 2016

FIGHT FOR FILIPINO AMERICAN WWII VETERANS, JFAV URGED PH President B.S AQUINO III

Fight For Veterans, Give Them BenefitsLOS ANGELES—The Justice For Filipino-Americans (JFAV) have urged President Aquino to take up the cause of Filipino veterans with US President Barack Obama, and assert Philippine claims to the South China Sea at the just concluded summit of US and Southeast Asian leaders in Sunnylands, CA.”

Arturo P. Garcia, National coordinator of the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV).” called on the President to urge Obama to fulfill his promise to speed up the process of bringing family members of World War II Filipino veterans to the United States.”

Too Much Red Tape at the DVA.

Garcia also said, “ It’s too much red tape at the DVA.

Thus, JFAV and ACFV and the Filipino American community organizations will deliver a petition to President Aquino III to speed up the issuance of applications at the DVA at the community reception at LAX Hilton this February 17, 2015 so that Aquino may bring it up to US President Obama.”

In a welcoming press conference and motorcade at LAX last February 16, 2016, Art Garcia and Franco Arcebal of JFAV said, “It’s been seven months but the guidance hasn’t been released yet. Are they waiting or all the veterans to de before sending out the applications? ‘

JFAV Welcome Press Con:RallyDVA Don’t Delay

“That’s one of our problems. The veterans’ widows have been calling me asking for updates. I hope this issue gets addressed while we’re still alive,” said the 92-year-old Arcebal.

“At the same time, Garcia and Arcebal urged Mr. Aquino to “be brave” in defending the Philippine claims to the West Philippine Sea.”

Garcia added: “We want to boost the President’s resolve to carry on the fight,” he said. “ Our Veterans are getting annoyed. What they’re doing is invasion. He must assert Philippine sovereignty at the West Philippine seas”

China, which claims 90 percent of the 1.35-million square mile South China Sea, last year undertook rapid reclamation around at least seven reefs in Spratly Islands in the sea, based on satellite images. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan partly claim the sea.

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FIGHT FOR VETERANS, AQUINO URGED

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February 15, 2016

FIGHT FOR VETERANS, AQUINO URGED

Fight For Veterans, Give Them BenefitsLOS ANGELES—Filipino-Americans have urged President Aquino to take up the cause of Filipino veterans with US President Barack Obama, and assert Philippine claims to the South China Sea at a summit of US and Southeast Asian leaders here.

The President is attending the two-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-US summit that begins on Monday afternoon (Tuesday morning in Manila) at a resort oasis in California.

A handful of Mr. Aquino’s supporters, mostly garbed in yellow and bearing heart-shaped balloons, held a welcome rally and a motorcade near Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday afternoon.

Art Garcia, national coordinator of the Justice for Filipino American Veterans; Eric Lachica, executive director of the American Coalition for Filipino Veterans, and veteran Franco Arcebal called on the President to urge Obama to fulfill his promise to speed up the process of bringing family members of World War II Filipino veterans to the United States.

Franco Arcebal, #JFAV15DVA DELAYS APPLICATION FOR REUNIFICATION

Responding to pressure from immigrant rights groups, the Obama administration announced a new policy in July last year to expedite this process. Filipino veterans, however, were still awaiting the promised guidance on the application process.

“It’s been seven months but the guidance hasn’t been released yet. That’s one of our problems. The veterans’ widows have been calling me asking for updates. I hope this issue gets addressed while we’re still alive,” said the 92-year-old Arcebal.

At the same time, Arcebal urged Mr. Aquino to “be brave” in defending the Philippine claims to the West Philippine Sea.

“We want to boost the President’s resolve to carry on the fight,” he said. “Veterans like us are getting annoyed. What they’re doing is invasion.”
China, which claims 90 percent of the 1.35-million square mile South China Sea, last year undertook rapid reclamation around at least seven reefs in Spratly Islands in the sea, based on satellite images. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan partly claim the sea.

Bernie Ganon, assistant executive director of the nonprofit Filipino American Service Group Inc. (Fasgi), said her group was glad to welcome Mr. Aquino in Los Angeles.

“If there’s forever, then that would be President Noynoy,” Ganon said in her brief remarks at the rally on Century Boulevard, about half a kilometer from the international airport.

The welcoming party included the President’s second cousin Andrea Aquino and a few members of her family who are based in Anaheim, California.

Several community leaders, including known supporters of presidential candidate Grace Poe and vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, were supposed to be part of the welcoming party, but many of them did not show up.
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JFAV LOBBY IN THE US CONGRESS SET FOR FEBRUARY 29-March 2, 2016

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February 10, , 2016

JFAV LOBBY IN THE US CONGRESS SET FOR FEBRUARY 29-March 2, 2016

Los Angeles —On to Washington DC for Justice and Equity!

The Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), with Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB) Pro People Youth , our East Coast comrades with the Ugnayan Youth Group  and friends have set our lobby to the US Congress this February 29  to March 2, 2016.

The JFAV or  the Justice League lobby group will be headed by  JFAV National Coordinator Arturo P. Garcia, KmB Chairperson  Eddy M. Gana Jr, Phylizia Carillo of KmB and Chevy Evangelista of Ugnayan Youth.

JFAV Lobby Days

The JFAV  lobby days will be from February 29 to March 2, 2016.They  will meet up  with the NY and DC groups on the afternoon or night of February 28 for a final briefing and  start the first day of lobby on Monday, February 29.

This will be the JFAV first lobbying effort  for 2016- an election year

JFAV  will also conduct trainings for our lobby at the US Congress this coming February 24 with UCLA Samahang Pilipino.

Continue with Fundraising and Petition GatheringJFAV Lobby, 2013

In this connection JFAV  reminds all allied and friendly organizations to continue gathering petitions for JFAV.

We need it for our lobbying. Please submit it to KmB or JFAV via People’s CORE by fax (213)241-0995 or mail at People’s CORE c/o JFAV at 1610 Beverly Blvd. Suite.No.2. Los Angeles, CA 90026

We also ask all our allied groups to  continue your fund-raising   for this JFAV efforts for our Filipino World War II Veterans and their relatives for justice and equity. We need the money for our lobby and upcoming JFAV activities.

Please visit our website@jfavusa.org or email us at alpiegarcia@gmail.com or you ca call us at (213)241-0995 /(213)241-0906 and fax at (213)241-0944.

 

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JFAV COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13 AT 9:00 AM AT THE LAKE STREET PARK

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February 09 2016

JFAV COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13 AT 9:00 AM AT THE LAKE STREET PARK

Valor MonumentLos Angeles-.CALLING ON ALL JFAV ACTIVISTS AND VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13 AT 9;00 AM  AT THE LAKE STREET PARK

Our next community service event is to restore the Valor Monument at Lake St. Park in Historic Filipinotown. The Valor Monument is the first memorial dedicated to the 426,000 Filipino-American soldiers who fought in WWII.

PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING:

1) Plastic Pails ( To be filled with water)

2) Rags or Used Clothes ( To be Used as Wipes for the monument cleaning)

3)Windex or any type for finishing after the monument had dried,

4) Cleaning mats like dust pans and Walis

Join on Saturday, February 13th from 9-11am. Please, RSVP at propeopleyouth@gmail.com by Wednesday, February 3rd. or call us at People’s CORE at (213)241-0995 or email us at alpiegarcia@gmail.com

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