GABRIELA USA member featured on CUNY BA

Jackie Mariano: Immigrant Community Organizing

By Beth Kneller, Deputy Director ⋅ October 8, 2009

Jackie Mariano
Immigrant Community Organizing

B.A. Sept. 2011, Magna cum Laude

Home College: Hunter

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Lina Newton, Political Science, Hunter

Jackie Mariano entered CUNY BA in Fall 2009. She is a young Filipino-American woman born and raised in Elmhurst, Queens; she lives in the most diverse borough of New York City and goes to one of the most diverse colleges in the United States. Matters of race and identity are deeply important to her. She says “I am a woman. I am a person of color. I am a daughter of immigrants. I am an activist. I hope every day to fit into this world as an equal.”

Mariano is very involved in a grassroots women’s organization called Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE), a member organization of GABRIELA-USA, the first overseas chapter of GABRIELA, the national alliance of progressive women’s organizations in the Philippines. She is also a dedicated advocate of Asian American Studies, and was president of the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH). She says “I am always inspired by the power of student movements to defend the right to an affordable, accessible education, particularly for the availability of ethnic and gender studies.” In her spare time, Mariano is a poet and spoken word artist who infuses her work, often in a comedic style, with issues of oppression and identity.

Mariano is constructed her area of concentration with courses in Asian American Studies, Sociology, Political Science, and Women’s and Gender Studies, courses such as Asian American Civil Rights and the Law, U.S. Immigration Policy, and Social Movements and Social Change. She is considering going to law school to focus on civil rights law and continue organizing the Filipino-American/Filipino-immigrant community locally and nationally.

Upon graduating, she wrote to update us on her activities:

“I spent a month from August to September in Long Beach, CA interning at the Filipino Migrant Center, a relatively new nonprofit organization that educates, organizes, and mobilizes the Filipino migrant worker community. I did research on Filipino domestic workers while attending the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance Congress in San Francisco; lobbied in Sacramento to pass the Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights, which has also passed in NY; received training on domestic violence prevention and case management; taught a workshop to youth on globalization and labor migration; and assisted in the day to day tasks of the FMC.

When I returned to NYC at the end of September, I immediately started a position at the Flushing YMCA Beacon 194, a YMCA community center based in JHS 194 in Whitestone, Queens. I am an after school Program Coordinator for middle school youth. I run several educational and civic engagement programs. They include the renowned Youth and Government, a mock NY State government program, Teens Take the City, a mock NYC government program, and Y-Scholars, a goal-oriented program that teach youth to plan for their future.

As for my community organizing volunteer work, I have recently been elected to serve at the Vice Chairperson of Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE) – GABRIELA USA. I’ve been very active in the recent Occupy Wall Street movement, highlighting the experience of immigrant workers in the 99% in an anti-labor trafficking campaign launched by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and BAYAN-USA.

As for my creative work, I’ve picked up the ukulele and written songs inspired by the communities I work with.”

GAB USA and International Women’s Alliance in the news re: Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street wins round one of Zucotti encampment dispute

New York – UPDATE: A statement from New York City Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway explained that the park’s owners, Brookfield, were “postponing their scheduled cleaning of the park.” Some area news reports on police clashing with demonstrators this morning.
“Our position has been consistent throughout: the City’s role is to protect public health and safety, to enforce the law, and guarantee the rights of all New Yorkers,” Holloway explained. “Brookfield believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use and that the situation is respectful of residents and businesses downtown, and we will continue to monitor the situation.” “However, some area news was reporting Friday morning on police clashing with demonstrators near the protest site. Tension remains high, and it’s not clear what will happen next.”(Raw Story) As Colorado Republican Senator Greg Brophy viciously criticizes Governor John Hickenlooper for not removing the Occupy Denver “smelly hippies” from camping at the state Capitol since September 22, part of the Occupy Wall Street that is fighting capitalism and global economic depression is a member organization of the International Women’s Alliance (IWA) under the banner Gabriela USA, the Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE), will now march with Occupy Wall Street on Saturday, October 15th. Original story on Oct. 14, 2011: A new organization, IWA is a global alliance of North America women’s organizations, alliances, institutions, and people who have committed to advancing national and social liberation. A major movement that is bringing in women’s solidarity from across the world, they represent the frustration of women who are now able to voice their protests against poverty and capitalistic abuse over the 99 percent of the world. According to the October 8th press release, the women’s organization had joined the movement’s mass rally and march to Zucotti Park, site of the 3-week-long Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Wall Street, New York City. The largest demonstration yet, thousands of demonstrators gathered in protest of Wall Street and capitalistic greed. With one of the main complaints about the demonstration being a lack of clarity on what it wants, the growing number of global cities and organizations now showing support all have one thing in common, they are tired of corporate greed—under many names. LIke one demonstrator said, “there is so much the matter with Wall Street, how can we label it under just one problem area?” According to the Nation article, the movement has moral clarity, something corrupt politicians and business people know nothing about—which is why Occupy Together all over the world wants corporate money out of politics. ” The movement also wants immediate meaningful solutions to the jobless crisis instead of continuous bickering between parties.. In short, it wants a system that works for the 99 percent—not just the 1 percent.

“The International Women’s Alliance (IWA) supports the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ actions and calls on women’s organizations, networks, and alliances worldwide to join and express their solidarity especially on the Global Day of Action on October 15.” (IWA)

Over 650 global cities have confirmed they will support “Occupy Wall Street” on Saturday, October 15. According to The Nation, Katrina vanden Heuvel’s article, Will Occupy Wall Street’s Spark Reshape Our Politics, “the Occupy Wall Street has the quality of an exploding star. It is gathering energy in enormous and potent quantities, and propelling it outward to all corners of the country.” Reuters states that activists in London will gather to protest outside the London Stock Exchange on October 15 on the same day that Spanish groups will mass on Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square in solidarity. However, the New York Wall Street Global Day of Action this Saturday may not happen, at least if the New York Mayor and NYPD has their way about it. Possible eviction by NYPD

Protesters in NYC for Occupy Wall Street

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Protesters in NYC for Occupy Wall Street
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According to the Gothamist, New York’s billionaire Mayor Mike Bloomberg has ordered the New York City police to evict the Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday morning, October 14, for cleaning. The NYPD had received a letter from Brookfield, owner of the park, in regard to its condition and needing to clean the park immediately. Park rule changes force protesters to refuse leaving According to International Business Times, the cleaning would take place for four hours and then demonstrators would be allowed to return to the area “for lawful use consistent with [city] regulations.”

Occupy Wall Street Protest: New York Financial District

Occupy Wall Street Protest: New York Financial District
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The protesters cleaned the park themselves, scrubbing and clearing their live-in areas with no intent to leave due to Brookfield’s updated rules, “People will have to remove all their belongings and leave the park. After it’s cleaned, they’ll be able to come back. But they won’t be able to bring back the gear, the sleeping bags, that sort of thing will not be able to be brought back into the park. No lying down will be allowed either.” At this time, NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly is planning on enforcing the eviction notice, prompting all park demonstrators to put out a call for help. If a confrontation occurs, the movement may possibly increase in size even more than simply the International Women’s Movement, teachers or union members. Reuters reports that “Tahrir Square in Cairo, Green Square in Tripoli, Syntagma Square in Athens and now Zuccotti Park in New York — popular anger against entrenching power elites is spreading around the world.” This also includes the International Women’s Organization from the Philippines.

Reuters continues with the fact Chinese newspapers splashed news about Occupy Wall Street with editorials blaming the U.S. political system and denouncing the Western media for playing down the protests. “The future of America stands at a crossroads. Presuming that effective measures to relieve the social mood and reconstruct justice cannot be found, it is not impossible that the Occupy Wall Street movement might be the final straw under which America collapses,” said a commentary in the Global Times. “This movement has uncovered a scar on American society, an iceberg of accumulated social conflicts has risen to the surface,” said the commentary in the tabloid, which is owned by the Communist Party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily.

According to Bloomberg News, “protests also are planned for financial districts in Madrid, Milan, London and Paris, according to a bulletin from the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center,” the authenticity of which has been confirmed. “The Occupy Wall Street movement is coming to Canada, with major cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal participating in the solidary marches.” Read more: PLEASE TAKE ACTION: 1) Call 311 and tell Bloomberg to support our right to assemble and to not interfere with #OWS. If you are calling from outside NY use this number 212-NEW-YORK. 2) Come to #OWS on FRIDAY AT 6AM to defend the occupation from eviction.

Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square in New York City  NY. October 09  10  12  2011.

Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square in New York City, NY. October 09, 10, 12, 2011.
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Public Advocate Bill De Blasio visited Zuccotti Park this afternoon in solidarity with the protesters, and issued this statement: “This has been a peaceful and meaningful movement and the City needs to respond to it with dialogue. We have an obligation to protect New Yorkers’ ability to freely exercise their First Amendment rights. “For weeks now, the police and residents have shown consideration to the protesters, and that respect has been reciprocated. I am deeply concerned that the City has upended this balance by trying to unilaterally remove protesters and their effects from Zuccotti Park. The City and Brookfield Management must engage this movement to find a suitable compromise.”

Meanwhile, organizations are requesting supporters to contact the Mayor and the owners of the protest park: • New York mayor Michael Bloomberg: +1-212-772-1081 ext. 12006 • Brookfield CEO Richard Clark: +1-212-417-7063 • Brookfield US headquarters: +1-212-417-7000 • Brookfield Canada headquarters: +1-416-369-2300 • Brookfield Australia headquarters: +61-2-9322-2000