Monthly Archives: April 2016

MARAMING SALAMAT PO!

JFAV Updates

April 17, 2016

MARAMING SALAMAT PO!

KmB at InterGenerational Reading,Maraming salamat po to @kmb_la and the needed, important work in fighting for our veterans rights! Thank you for coming to Poets & Writers first Connecting Generations in LA!

‪#‎Repost‬ @kmb_la with @repostapp.
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WWII veteran, widow, and the granddaughters who continue to advocate for full equity. “Connecting Generations” is a celebration of stories between teens and WWII veterans and family members.

Thank you to the organizers for giving our veterans and widows a platform to speak and inspire the youth to carry on the fight.

Art IS a political weapon.

Support HR 2766 (Filipino Veterans Fairness Act).

‪#‎ProPeopleYouth‬ ‪#‎JFAV16‬ ‪#‎JFAV‬ ‪#‎Filipino‬ ‪#‎FilAm‬‪#‎Community‬ ‪#‎Solidarity‬ ‪#‎WWIIVeteran‬ ‪#‎BeyondBaroque‬ ‪#‎SocialJustice‬

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THE TRUTH ABOUT MARCOS JR

Alliance News
April 16, 2016
THE TRUTH ABOUT MARCOS JR
Never Again!Los AngelesNo to Bongbong Marcos as Vice President, Never Again Martial Law
Pinalaki sa layaw! Pinasasa at Nagpakasasa! Isang ampao na walang tinapos at nagawa kungdi mabuhay sa nakaw na yaman. And you want him to be Vice-President?

“Ferdinand Romualdez ‘Bong-Bong’ Marcos was at the time of the Aquino murder trial twenty-five years old. By all accounts a spoiled child, he was packed off to school first in England and later in the United States.

“One of Imelda’s Filipino biographers wrote, ‘His every whim and wish was granted, despite warnings from a stern, candid English headmaster who wrote that he would be ill-equipped for the rigors of serious academic work if he never learned the meaning of the word ‘no.’

“Imelda liked to imply that Bong-Bong finished at Oxford, but he did not finish at the University of Pennsylvania either. He was a perennial adolescent who liked guns, girls, and hanging out with General Ver’s son, Irwin, who was his frequent companion and bodyguard.

“During a trip to America, Bong-Bong was stopped for speeding in New Jersey and state troopers discovered a loaded gun lying in the passenger seat. Charges were dropped because Bong-Bong had diplomatic immunity.”

“To enhance his prestige as heir apparent, Bong-Bong was named chairman of the telecommunications corporation Philcomsat, and was liberal in using its money. During the last three months of the Marcos regime, he withdrew $500,000 in corporate funds.

“The high point of Bong-Bong’s career as crown prince was when President Nixon promised that he would be the first Filipino on the moon.”

– Excerpt from the book “The Marcos Dynasty” by Sterling Seagrave

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4/9/16 National Week of Action: Justice for Akai Gurley.

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April 16, 2016

4/9/16 National Week of Action: Justice for Akai Gurley.

KmB at the Rall, Pershing Square.Los Angeles–“As an API organization. we understand the notion to “save our own” when it comes to Peter Liang, the officer who wrongfully killed Akai Gurley.

However, to do so is to support the murders of all Black victims of police violence.

All police officers, regardless of race, should be held accountable for abusing their power, perpetuating racism, and murdering the people.” – Eddy M. Gana Jr., KmB Chairperson at the 4/9/16 National Week of Action: Justice for Akai Gurley.

Photo Credit: Johana Deleon of ANSWER Coalition – Los Angeles

#JusticeForAkaiGurley #Justice4AkaiGurley#BlackLivesMatter #AsianAmerican #Filipino #FilAm#Solidarity #Racism #Community #LosAngeles#ANSWER #ProPeopleYouth #SocialJustice

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COMPLICATED FACLA CASE UP FOR RESOLUTION IN THE LA SUPERIOR COURT

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April 15, 2016

COMPLICATED FACLA CASE UP FOR RESOLUTION IN THE LA SUPERIOR COURT

FACLALos Angeles “And now the end is near…”

The Los Angeles Superior Court ,Department 86 , Judge Robert H. O’Brien has told both FACLA parties vying for leadership in the oldest Filipino American non-profit organization ” that he will rule in the case soon after studying the matter in his chamber.”

Judge O’Brien of Department No.86 also said, “ he will issue the decision and there is no need for hearing “

FACLA directors and members from both sides who were gearing up as witnesses last April 12 expressed delight at the Stanley Mosk Court House in downtown Los Angeles.

Urgent Case To be Resolved

Atty. Mariano Alvarez, FACLA lawyer said, “the court decision is important in the light of new discovery that Baul and his group has “transferred the deed of sale and might sell FACLA for their own self-interests.”

Atty. Alvarez made the manifestation of these matters to the judge as an amendment to the depositions and briefs to the court last April 12, 2016. It was accepted by the court.

Austin Baul Jr. has declared himself as the de-facto carry-over president of FACLA. Last January 2016.

On the other hand Mr. Fernandico  Gonong Jr. of the FACLA reform group has been elected by a formal FACLA meeting last March 2015.

Speedy Decision

On the other hand, Mr. Fernandico ” Jun ” Gonong said,” I am happy with these development and are looking forward to a favorable decision for us. and the community”

FACLA President Jun Gonong added, “the earlier the court decide on the issue, the better for the community. The Baul group has been barricading FACLA for the last three weeks and there has been no activity and business for FACLA for the community”

It’s now up to the court to be the final arbiter on the four month old crisis that had plagued FACLA this year.

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ALL KIDAPAWAN DETAINED PEASANTS EXCEPT FOR TWO, RELEASED

Alliance News
April 15, 2016

ALL KIDAPAWAN DETAINED PEASANTS EXCEPT FOR TWO, RELEASED

Kidapawan Detainees, April 16, 2016Los Angeles As of 2 AM today, a total of 76 farmer detainees have been released, only 2 (Ruben Carlos Mangga and Ponciano de la Pena Paunil) were inadvertently missed out in release order) remain detained.

Others detained peasants released or bailed out much earlier.

More than 15 FilAm leaders from Southern California signed the petition to release the detained peasants from Kidapawan jail last April 14 at the TALAKAYAN SA KAPIHAN SA HFT at Manila Terrace Social Hall, 2328 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026

76 Detainees Freed

Freed  Kdiapwan Detainees, April 16, 2016The Alliance Philippines is joyous on the release of 76 pesants from jail last April 15, 2016 by the efforts of progressive groups in Mindanao.

They will rest, settle down & consolidate, reunite with families & supporters with their judicial affidavits/testimonies & prepare for legal battles, both for the defensive & countercharges.

Hearing

Kidapawan CartoonHearing on motion for reconsideration of denial of motion to quash set on Apr 25. Senate hearing in Manila set Apr 20. Pre trial of 3 na accused in frustrated homicide set on May 4.

Meanwhile, we received information that 2 farmers seriously injured (Darwin Magyao and Alfie Awe)  were reportedly taken out by police from the hospital and brought to police station and afterwards fetched supposedly via vehicle of mayor of Arakan even if they wanted to go to Spotswood Methodist Compound.

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SIKAP (CCAPS) At UCLA SPACE

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April 16, 2016

SIKAP (CCAPS) At UCLA SPACE

SIKAP:KmB at UCLA,4:15:2016

Los Angeles–Today, we facilitated a workshop about the hxstory and current state of Pilipinx Studies from CCPS (California Coalition for Pilipino Studies) in the 2000s to CCAPS (California Coalition Advancing Pilipinx Studies) or SIKAP today.

SIKAP Commencemnt, April 8, 2016Thank you UCLA SPACE (@spaceucla) for hosting us.

Our hxstory will not be erased.

If you are interested in joining the fight for Pilipinx Studies, e-mail us at propeopleyouth@gmail.com. ISANG BAGSAK. ‪#‎pilipinx‬ ‪#‎Filipino‬ ‪#‎ucla‬ ‪#‎ProPeopleYouth‬ ‪#‎education‬ ‪#‎ethnicstudies‬‪#‎PstudiesNow‬ ‪#‎highschool‬ ‪#‎FilAm‬ ‪#‎Community‬ ‪#‎LosAngeles‬ ‪#‎LA‬

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RELEASE ALL DETAINED PEASANTS ARRESTED AT THE KIDAPAWAN RALLY, NOW!

PETITION:

RELEASE ALL DETAINED PEASANTS ARRESTED AT THE KIDAPAWAN RALLY, NOW!

( Issued at the Talakayan sa Kapihan sa Historic Filipinotown Forum, April 14, 2016 at Manila Terrace Apartments, 2328 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026. Kapihan is every Thursday of thw eek at 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM) 

Kapihan ModeratorsWe, the Filipino-American community leaders of Southern California at the TALAKAYAN SA KAPIHAN FORUM in Los Angeles today, April 13, 2016 , demand that the Philippine Government and the local government of Cotabato and the PNP authorities release as soon as possible the 81 arrested peasants at the violently dispersed Kidapawan Incident last April 1, 2016.

It came to our attention that the arrested peasants were arrested even before the violent dispersal that cause the death of 3 farmers and wounded 116 others.

That most of these who were arrested were seniors, and even some women were pregnant and were thrown into jail.That they are still detained in the Kipadawan jail since April 01, 2016.

At the same time, we vehemently condemn the violent dispersal of the hungry farmers who protested the lack of government attention and care in the El Nino famine that their farms. It was a over-reaction on the part of the police forces who used firearms against the peasants.

Signed:

Arturo P. Garcia of Alliance Philippines (AJLPP-USA) and Knights Commander, Knights of Rizal-HFT Chapter;
Dr. Orlando Cagampan , Deputy Knights Commander, Knights of Rizal, Historic Filipino Town Chapter;
Antonio Berango, Knights Commander,Western Region, California:
Rudy Ferran, Deputy Knights Commander, California Chapter;
Dr. Veronico Agatep, 1st Vice President , Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) Inc;
Paul Julian, 1st Vice President , FACLA Inc;
Rosalinda Nery, Treasurer, FACLA Inc;
Mylah De Leon, President, Pens and Lens Press Club;
Jimmy Salazar, Knights of Rizal, California;
Sid Balatan, FilAm Press Global;
Jun Caringal, Grace Poe Movement –North America-USA;
Jerry Esguerra, BANTAY PILIPINAS-USA;
Edmer Torres, HFT community leader.

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Consulate General of The Philippines -Los Angeles
Malacang Palace, San Miguel Manila, Philippines
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Manila Philippines
Media Outlets, Los Angeles

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KmB Closes SIKAP Pilipino Visibility Week, April 8, 2016

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April 11, 2016

KmB Closes SIKAP Pilipino Visibility Week, April 8, 2016

SIKAP Commencemnt, April 8, 2016Los Angeles–The, Kabataang maka-Bayan  KMB Pro People Youth SIKAP closing ceremonies for Pilipino Visibility Week (PVW) were held at the Advancing Justice (Former APALC) last April 8, 2016

Eddy M. Gana Jr., KmB Chairperson, closes the ceremony by guiding the students and community members to form a circle to represent our unity to fight for Pilipinx Studies.

Our next SIKAP (CCAPS or California Coalition Advancing Pilipinx Studies) meeting will be on Tuesday, May 3rd at People’s CORE in Historic Filipinotown from 7-9 pm with a guest workshop about decolonized curriculum by People’s Education (@peoples_ed).

If you are interested to join this coalition, e-mail propeopleyouth@gmail.com. ISANG BAGSAK.#PVW2016 #PstudiesNow #ethnicstudies#education #filipino #pilipinx #filam #ucla #uci#calpolypomona #ProPeopleYouth

Legacy of the “Battling Bastards of Bataan”

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April 10, 2016

Legacy of the “Battling Bastards of Bataan”

posted by Randall

Melchor Diokno

By Ed Diokno

Last week one of my grandnieces lit a candle in memory of my father and about 80 other survivors of the Bataan Death March who had decided to make this California community their piece of the American Dream.

Twenty years ago, there would have been a score of survivors honored. Today, there are none. But their memory lives on in little ceremonies across the United States.

Three generations after the events of World War II, young Filipino Americans are being reminded about their great grandparents. My grandniece never met my father, but she is connected to him as part of the long story of immigration.

Bataan Death March

The Filipino American soldiers made up what is often called the second wave of Filipino immigration to the United States.

While the First Wave, farmworkers and students of the 1920s are slowly finding their way into the history books especially in ethnic studies in various colleges; and the Third Wave, those who came as a result of the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, are being addressed by contemporary social programs and affirmative action policies; the historic role of the Second Wave is being forgotten as the soldiers grow older and pass away.

Outgunned and without any air support, the U.S. forces fought for months longer than anyone expected. The reinforcements and supplies, including food, that were expected never arrived. They were abandoned by the strategists back in the U.S. The poem below became their rallying cry:

No Mama, no Papa, no Uncle Sam; We’re the Battling Bastards of Bataan.

The battles of Bataan and Corregidor, which fell a month later, resulted in the surrender of 75,000 to 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers on April 9, 1942. It was the largest surrender of U.S. military personnel in history. The U.S. force that surrendered was made up of over 65,000 Filipinos and 12,000 American non-Filipinos.

The prolonged battle delayed the Japanese war machine and forced them to rethink their strategy. It gave the allies time to regroup and reinforce defenses in Malaysia and Australia.

The infamous Bataan Death March that followed the surrender saw thousands of the malnourished, wounded and disease ridden troops perish during the forced march of 40 miles in the tropical heat with little food and water.

Bataan Death March remembered

But what is little noted in the history books is the critical role the Filipinos who survived and were part of U.S. units such as the Philippine Scouts when they immigrated to the United States.

Once here, they wanted a piece of the American Dream. Most importantly, they were able to bring their families with them. Their children went to U.S. schools and their wives entered the work force.  Despite housing discrimination laws and  practices that prevented them from buying in certain neighborhoods or communities, they helped established a stable Filipino American middle-class.

Prior to WWII, the general image of Filipinos in the U.S. was as farmworkers, servants, waiters, domestic help and primarily male. Racist laws limited the immigration of Filipino women, prevented Filipinos and other Asians from buying homes and marrying people of other races in order to start families.

The Filipino image underwent a massive change with the post-WWII immigration of Filipino American soldiers and sailors. The survivors of Bataan and Corregidor were joined by the 1st and 2nd Filipino regiments of the U.S. Army made up of Filipino volunteers who were already in the U.S. Because of the role Filipinos played in the war as U.S. allies, Filipinos became allies, heroes, saviors and comrades-in-arms. In short, it was difficult to not see them as human beings.

Helping change the perception of Filipinos were the thousands of U.S. military personnel who fought along side the Filipinos who proved themselves in battle, whose loyalty was unquestionable and whose belief in America and democracy could not be denied.

It is fitting and important that the accomplishments and sacrifices of the Bataan and Corregidor survivors, most of whom have passed away, are still remembered and honored by their children’s children’s children, their living legacy.

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

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JFAV COMMEMORATES 74th BATAAN DAY BY CLEANING THE VALOR MONUMENT, APRIL 9, 2016

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April 11, 2016

JFAV COMMEMORATES 74th BATAAN DAY BY CLEANING THE VALOR MONUMENT, APRIL 9, 2016

JFAV 74th Bataan Day Commemoration, April 9, 2016Los Angeles–Today,on the 74th Bataan Day,  we washed and scrubbed the Valor Monument, the first memorial dedicated to the 250,000 Filipino and 7,000 Filipino-American WWII veterans.

Afterwards, we held a report back with the veterans and their families in San Francisco. In remembrance of Bataan Day, we will continue to fight for full equity.

Support HR 2766, the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act. Thank you to CPP XPO and Filipino Cultural School for your solidarity. ‪#‎HistoricFilipinotown‬ ‪#‎LosAngeles‬ ‪#‎LA‬ ‪#‎JFAV16‬ ‪#‎jfav‬ ‪#‎justice‬ ‪#‎Solidarity‬‪#‎community‬ ‪#‎filipino‬ ‪#‎filam‬ ‪#‎bataanday‬ ‪#‎bataanday2016‬

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