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JFAV STATEMENT OF THE 75th DEATH MARCH, April 9-15, 1942.

For Immediate Release
Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
April 14, 2017

JFAV STATEMENT OF THE 75th  DEATH MARCH, April 9-15, 1942.75BD2017

Los Angeles- -“ Old Soldiers Never Die, They Just Fade Away.”

The Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) the national lobby and advocacy alliance for Filipino World War II Veterans rights and welfare, pays tribute to the fallen and living heroes of Bataan and Corregidor on the 75th Bataan Day otherwise known as the Fall of Bataan, April 9, 1942.

Bataan, the battle front surrendered to the Japanese forces after 130 days of intense fighting on April 9, 1942.

death-march2The BATAAN DEATH MARCH

It is also the 75th YEar of the infamous BATAAN DEATH MARCH. What followed after te fall of Bataan in April 9, 1942, was the horrific and brutal “BATAAN DEATH MARCH. It was the 60 kilometers forced march from Mariveles, Bataan to Capas, Tarlac from April 10-15, 1942.

In the BATAAN DEATH MARCH, more than 75,000 USAFFE soldiers were forced to march from Mariveles, Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga. And then were transported by train and marched from Capas, Tarlac to Camp P’Donnel prisoner of war camp (POW camp).

In the process. more than 18,000 Filipino soldiers and more than 1,,000 Americans died during the “Death March” Actually more USAFFE soldiers died in the Death march than the 130 days Battle for Bataan.

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Since then, in 1953 it was declared a national holiday by President Elpidio Quirino. Later in 1987, it was declared as the “Araw ng Kagitingan” or Day of Valor by President Cory Aquino.

But the struggle did not end in the battlefields of Bataan. 75 years later, the remaining 18,000 Filipino-American Veterans are still fighting for their benefits and rights.

All taken away from them by the Unjust Rescission Act of the 79th US Congress in 1946. More than 250,000 Filipino Veterans were disenfranchised by this act of Congress.

No Justice and Equity, No Peace

75 years later, JFAV is still fighting in the 115th US Congress so their rights and privileges be restored , their monthly pension be given to them and to their 60,000 survivors.

The worst racism suffered by Filipinos is to be not recognized as an American Veterans . While the Japanese-American who suffered the same racism were compensated by the US government in 1982.

JFAV pledged that they will continue to struggle for veterans equity and justice no matter how long the struggle maybe. The injury to one, is an injury for all.

Makibaka Para sa Katarungan at Pagkakapantay-pantay!

Fight racism and racial discrimination.

Remember Bataan!

 

Arturo P. Garcia
JFAV National Coordinator

April 14, 2017
Los Angeles. CA

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FOURTH (4th) SIKAP (CCAPS) CULMINATION CEREMONIES, April 15 at PWC-LA

FAI NEWS
April 14, 2017

FOURTH (4th) SIKAP (CCAPS) CULMINATION CEREMONIES, April 15 at PWC-LA17883840_1445924008814937_9110453383109856924_n

Los Angeles– ” No History, No Self”

The Fourth (4th) SIKAP (CCAPS or California Coalition Advancing Pilipinx Studies) cordially inivte the pubic to the Pilipinx Visibility Week Culmination Ceremony: Resistance is Stronger (Mas Malakas ang Pakikibaka) will be held this Saturday April 15th at Pilipino Workers Center, Los Angeles from 6-8 PM.

This is to continue to fight for the inclusion of Ethnic Studies in higher education. One of Kabataang maka-Bayan or KmB / Pro-People Youth’s main campaigns is SIKAP (CCAPS or California Coalition Advancing Pilipinx Studies).

Culmination Ceremonies, April 15.

On Saturday, April 15 is the culminanation ceremonies for the Pilipinx Visibility Week (April 9th-15th) held respectively at 9 different campuses.

They are: Cal Poly Pomona, UC Irvine, UCLA, UCSB, USC, Cal State LA, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton, and Claremont Colleges.

This is a community forum with PACN performances, a keynote to speak about the history and current state of Pilipinx Studies.KEYNOTE: Ivy Quicho, AF3IRM National Chairperson
SOUND SELECTION: DJ J the YB of Sessions LA

There will be an interactive mural to write our stories, and more. Refreshments are provided by Dollar Hits LA (melon juice), and more to be announced.

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SIKAP is comprised of educators, students, and community organizers: Cal Poly Pomona Pilipino American Studies Kollective, UCI Kababayan, UCLA Samahang Pilipino, USC Troy Philippines, Cal State LA Kalahi, Cal State Dominguez Hills Pagsikapan, Cal State Fullerton Pilipino-American Students Association, Claremont Colleges Kasama, and KmB / Pro-People Youth.

This coalition strives for the advancement of Pilipinx Studies on campus, in the community, and beyond. For its fourth consecutive year, each college organization presents Pilipinx Visibility Week from Sunday, April 9th to Saturday, April 15th. See attached for solidarity schedule.

PARKING: Free on the street
ADMISSION: Free

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