JFAV MARKS 18th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY, DECEMBER 16, 2016

For Immediate Release

Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)

December 22, 2016

JFAV MARKS 18th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY, DECEMBER 16, 2016

Los Angeles—“ Without JFAV, the community and the veterans will have nothing.”14900348_1224741107599896_1617805578308148814_n

The Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), the alliance of Filipino American Veterans organizations, student, youth and community advocates for veterans equity and justice marked its 18th founding anniversary and militant existence.

On December 16, 1998, JFAV was formed to takeover the functions of the December 7 Movement, the California alliance of Filipino Veterans organization that was then wracked by internal division on how the Congressional lobby will go- full equity or incremental success. JFAV went for incremental struggle for equity.

JFAV Milestones

The biggest achievement of JFAV for the last 18 years is to spearhead the Filipino World War II Veteran struggle, continue the lobby in the US Congress and build the JFAV as a national organization since 2006 to the present.

14980762_1234685229938817_5547213784581955310_nIF there was no JFAV, the Filipino community in the United States and the Philippines especially the veterans and their survivors will have nothing. Because there is JFAV, the US government cannot ignore the veterans completely and bury them into oblivion.

Since 1998, JFAV supported the lobby of the American Coalition for Filipino Veterans as its hired lobbyist in the US Congress but it did not end there. JFAV continued to organize grass root support for veterans struggle inside and outside the US Congress.

Spearheading the Veterans and People’s Struggle

JFAV immersed itself in people’s struggle especially the immigrants struggle and the anti-racism and anti war struggle from 2001 to the present. In fact, JFAV was at the van of the historical immigrants rights march in the United States in 2006 and also the anti-war and anti racist struggle in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

In 2006, JFAV held its first national conference and decided to form JFAV as a separate alliance from People’s CORE. JFAV was a campaign organized by the People’s CORE from 1998 to 2006. Its first conference was in UCLA in March 2006. Nine years after, the 2nd JFAV National Conference was held in UCLA in 2014.

Since then JFAV has taken the step to lobby for the veterans and file a court case against the DVA in 2011. The JFAV lobby in the US congress started with the decision of ACFV to stop lobbying in 2009 because they believed that “ the lump sum given to WWII veterans was equity. JFAV held the contrary view that “lump sum is not equity” and it will never be.

Continue Our Struggle for Equity and Justice15068355_1245548922185781_1367704197568119827_o

Since 2011. JFAV has carried the torch for the Filipino World War II Veterans struggle for equity and justice. We have achieved tactical victories like the Presidential Executive Order for Family Reunification and the US Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino WWII Veterans, the highest civilian honors by the US Congress given to veterans after 70 years.

As we commemorate our 18th years with a firm dedication to carry on the struggle for justice and equity., we thanked all our JFAV activists, leaders, advocates, supporters and patrons who led the JFAV through its 18 years of struggle.

Ipagpatuloy at Isulong ang pakikibaka para sa katarungan at pagkakapantay-pantay!

No justice, No Peace!

 

Arturo P. Garcia

JFAV National Coordinator

December 23, 2016

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