GABRIELA USA Commemorates the 45th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion and Rallies Against Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 30, 2014

Reference: Valerie Francisco, Chairperson, GABRIELA USA, gabrielawomen@gmail.com

GABRIELA USA commemorated the 45th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion and rallied against violence drawing attention to the continuing conditions faced by LGBTQGNC Filipinos.

According to a recent report by the Anti-Violence Project, in 2013 there was a 21% increase in reports of physical hate violence against LGBT people, 89% of LGBT homicide victims were people of color and 72% were trans women. GABRIELA USA endorsed and marched on the 10th anniversary of Trans Day of Action organized by TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project in New York City that called for the end of such hate violence and highlights other issues the trans and gender non-conforming community, including: criminalization and incarceration, health care access, economic justice, and affordable housing.

In Seattle, members also participated in the Trans Day of Action event on June 27 attended by 3,000 people to continue the fight against the continued repression and violence against trans people.  GABRIELA Seattle alongside members of API Chaya, came together to honor the recent death of Korean American trans youth, Sun Kim, a dedicated community leader whose commitment to social justice left an imprint on the lives of many and will never be forgotten.

GABRIELA New York together with the BAYAN Queer Caucus, BARANGAY-NY, and Pinay Trans USA also participated in the Manhattan Pride march as the Filipino contingent. Their banners “Justice for the Typhoon Yolanda Victims and After the Storm there is a Rainbow” were calls to hold President BS Aquino and the Philippine government accountable for their lack of response to the Filipino People. Members held signs that said, “Get the Philippines to the Rainbow. Support Temporary Protected Status for Philippine nationals.”

DJ Arucan, National Officer for Education and Training of Gabriela Women’s Partylist marched with GABRIELA New York at this year’s NYC Pride march and stated:

“The struggle of the LGBTQGNC community is not separate from the struggle of the majority of people in the Philippines. It is an integral part of everyone’s fight for social justice. Basic rights such as the right to till land as a peasant, obtain regular employment with a decent livable wage as a worker or professional, and access to free education for all are the major problems every society has encountered for decades.  All LGBTQGNC must join the struggle of the oppressed majority of people to end discrimination and social injustice. LGBTQGNC people can only be freed when the majority are liberated.”

Meanwhile, the Pacific Northwest Bayan Queer Caucus representative, Rosie Dino, was joined by members of GABRIELA Seattle at the annual Dyke March on June 28 to march alongside all queer and trans folks who continue to struggle against various forms of violence including the continued deportation of thousands of immi/migrants by President Obama.  There are 2 million too many immigrants being separated from their families and having their human rights violated.

From coast to coast, Filipinas in the U.S., along with others im/migrant and LGBTQGNC communities must continue to fight and defend their right to live in dignity, free from all forms of violence and repression, because the the Stonewall Rebellion is not over until all marginalized sectors of the Trans, Queer and GNC community, working class im/migrants, women, youth and people of color have justice and are liberated.  We see the liberation of all LGBTQGNC as integral to the liberation of all oppressed people.

Relief and Rehabilitation, Not Militarization!

Stop Criminalization of Im/migrants!

No to Deportation! Legalization for All!

End Profiling, Harassment, and Discrimination by the Police!

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Filipinas Across US Demand Prosecution for Human Trafficker Isidro Rodriguez

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 21, 2014

Reference: Valerie Francisco, Chairperson, GABRIELA USA, gabrielawomen@gmail.com

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Melissa Reyes, Co-chairperson of GABRIELA San Francisco

On May 21, GABRIELA USA organizations and their allies in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and New York City launched a deluge of phone and fax messages to the Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the U.S.  Concerned citizens of the U.S. and Filipino community members expressed their dissatisfaction with the steady stream of migrant Filipino workers trafficked under the direct knowledge of the Philippine government.  Furthermore, the community is outraged over the recent premature release of Isidro Rodriguez, who late last year was arrested and detained for crimes related to his illegal recruitment practices.

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Terry Valen, President of National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)

Since 2003, hundreds of teachers have been illegally recruited and trafficked to the U.S. by Philippines-based recruitment agency owner Isidro Rodriguez. Over this duration, numerous case complaints have been reported to Philippine Embassy officials and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) about the contract substitutions and exploitative work conditions these trafficked teachers experience in the U.S. These complaints have been met with slow and unsatisfactory response from the Philippine government officials and agencies who are purported to protect the rights and welfare of Filipino migrants.

Instead of serving due justice to these victims, the Philippine government has done just the opposite. GABRIELA USA received confirmation from Migrante International, an alliance of Filipino migrant organizations, that Isidro Rodriguez, a proven trafficker of Filipino migrant workers, was released on May 8, 2014 due to the settlement of a few teachers from a primary case. His early release disregards a significantly larger number of teachers currently pursuing cases against him. The Rodriguez was expected to appear before the Department of Justice on May 13th in the hearing of the trafficking case against him but failed to appear and will likely evade charges.

imagejpeg_1The email and fax barrage to Philippine Ambassador to the U.S.,  Jose Cuisia Jr.,  comes at the heels of an in-person meeting with community members at the San Francisco consulate office in which the Ambassador promised to pen a letter of endorsement for Isidro Rodriguez’s prosecution and re-arrest to the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation in the Philippines. Cuisia also made commitments to GABRIELA USA, Migrante Northern California, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and the trafficked teachers that he would pursue the POEA for licensing a proven human trafficker such as Isidro Rodriguez. Lastly, Cuisia communicated that he would follow up the Department of Homeland Security to provide immigration relief for the trafficked teachers victimized by Isidro Rodriguez.

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URGENT ACTION ALERT: Oppose Recent Release of Isidro Rodriguez and Demand Justice for Filipino Trafficked Teachers on May 21st

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GABRIELA USA is calling on our members, community allies, supporters and friends to take action on Wednesday, May 21st, to oppose the release of recruitment agency owner and human trafficker, Isidro Rodriguez, and the incompetency of the Philippine government to serve their compatriots with justice and dignity. We are writing to ask you for your continued support for our Justice for Filipino Trafficked Teachers Campaign.

Background

Since 2003, batches of teachers have been illegally recruited and trafficked to the U.S. by Philippines-based recruitment agency owner Isidro Rodriguez. Case complaints have been reported to Philippine Embassy officials in the past as well as to the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA). However, the response from the Philippine government has been inadequate and unsatisfactory.

GABRIELA USA received confirmation from Migrante International that Isidro Rodriguez was released on May 8, 2014 due to the settlement of some teachers from the first batch, but this disregards a significantly larger number of teachers pursuing cases against him. Isidro Rodriguez was expected to appear before the Department of Justice on May 13th in the hearing of the trafficking case against him but failed to to show up.

Our message

  1. Prosecute Isidro Rodriguez and Investigate Philippine Government Institutions NOW!

  2. Just reparations for trafficked victims! Cancel teachers’ high interest loans NOW!

  3. Hold accountable loan sharks in cahoots with Isidro Rodriguez!

  4. Immigration Relief for trafficked victims in the U.S.!

Join the Filipino trafficked teachers to demand justice for themselves and all other victims of human trafficking by taking the following actions:

Phone and fax barrage to the Office of Ambassador Jose Cuisia and the consulate/embassy responsible for your area of residence.

Office of the Ambassador (ambassador@philippinesusa.org)

H.E. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.

Tel: 202-467-9366

Fax: 202-467-9417

AND

The consulate/embassy responsible for your area of residence: http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/philippines-dc/consulate-finder-dc/

SAMPLE MESSAGE:

“My name is __________, and I am (concerned/appalled/outraged) at the recent release of Isidro Rodriguez. He has committed crimes against hundreds of Filipinos and it is unacceptable that he has been irresponsibly released by Philippine authorities. I urge you to take action. You can do this by making a strong recommendation to the Philippine Department of Justice and to the National Bureau of Investigation to actively search for and re-arrest Rodriguez. Please also make a recommendation for a full investigation on the POEA for wrongfully licensing predatory recruitment agencies such as those owned and operated by Rodriguez. Lastly, with many of Isidro’s victims living in fear and in the shadows, please communicate with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to make an endorsement for immigration relief for the victims of Isidro. Thank you, and I look forward to your follow-up on this very important matter.”

Social Media Blitz to widely propagate the international manhunt on Isidro Rodriguez!

Take photos of yourselves holding the “WANTED” picture with the calls below and post it and share on social media (FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) with hash tags: #ProsecuteIsidro, #Justice4FilipinoTeachers, #gabrielausa

TWITTER INSTRUCTIONS

1) Follow the Justice for Filipino Trafficked Teachers Twitter account @j4FILteachers for updates, details and live tweets on May 21st.

2) Tweet your support and demand justice for the teachers!

Re-arrest and Prosecute Isidro Rodriguez NOW! #ProsecuteIsidro #justice4filipinoteachers #gabrielausa

Investigate Philippine institutions now! #ProsecuteIsidro #justice4filipinoteachers #gabrielausa

Just reparations for trafficked teachers! Cancel teachers’ high interest loans now! #ProsecuteIsidro #justice4filipinoteachers #gabrielausa

Immigration relief to trafficked victims now! #ProsecuteIsidro #justice4filipinoteachers #gabrielausa

Hoy @noynoyaquino! Nasaan ang katarungan? #ProsecuteIsidro #justice4filipinoteachers #gabrielausa

3) Tweet your own message/outrage and tag the following people and/or institutions to amplify our demands:

@PhilippinesUSA – Philippine Embassy of the United States of America

@noynoyaquino – Pres. Noynoy Aquino

@govph – Official Gazette of the Philippines

@poeanews – Philippine Overseas Employment Agency

@dojph – Department of Justice

@iacatnews – Inter-agency Council Against Trafficking

For more information, contact GABRIELA USA at gabrielawomen@gmail.com

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Trafficked Teachers, GABRIELA USA, Migrante and NAFCON Demand Answers from Ambassador Cuisia Regarding Recent Release of Isidro Rodriguez

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Published by People Power Media on May 20, 2014

Representatives from Migrante, Gabriela-USA and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) met with the Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. on 16 May 2014 regarding the case of Isidro Rodriguez who is responsible for over 200 counts of human trafficking.

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Published by Balitang America on May 19, 2014

Representatives from the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, GABRIELA-USA, and Migrante Northern California met with Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. at the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco last Friday to demand justice for hundreds of trafficked teachers from the Philippines.

Trafficking Survivors and Supporters Hold Summit on Human Trafficking and Demands for the Prosecution of Isidro Rodriguez

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 13, 2014

References:

Irma Bajar, Vice-Chair of International Relations, GABRIELA USA, irmabajar@gmail.com

Jo Quiambao, Co-Chair, GABRIELA Washington DC, Jo@gabrieladc.org


Queens, New York – On Saturday, May 10, 2014 over 100 people gathered together for the Summit on Human Trafficking: Communities Mobilizing Against Modern Day Slavery organized by St. James Episcopal Church and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), with GABRIELA USA and ten other organizations co-sponsoring the summit. Participants included survivors of human trafficking, community and service organizations, church groups, and notable public figures such as former Philippine Miss Saigon and current Global Director for the One Billion Rising Campaign Monique Wilson, Reverend Ray Bonoan of Holy Spirit Church in Florida, DJ Arucan of Gabriela Women’s Partylist of the Philippines, and Public Advocate Letitia James.  The summit focused on Asia America, highlighting the experiences of trafficked survivors from home countries in the Asia-Pacific region who had been trafficked to cities in the United States.

The keynote speaker, Reverend Ray Bonoan of Holy Spirit Church in Safety Harbor, Florida shared examples of sex trafficking from Florida and discussed the rescue missions provided by the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, an international and domestic agency committed to raising awareness of the issue and rescuing survivors of human trafficking.

The highlight of the afternoon was a powerful panel of trafficked survivors who shared their life experiences in being a victim of human trafficking and how grassroots organizations like the Philippine Forum, GABRIELA DC, and NAFCON have helped them seek justice and struggle for their human rights. “All I want is for our recruiter to go back to jail and be prosecuted. The summit is just the beginning of more campaign work until both the Philippine government and U.S. government act as soon as possible and justice is served,” stated Janet Gardose, survivor and campaigns chairperson for GABRIELA DC.

Just days before the summit took place, an illegal recruiter and human trafficker named Isidro Rodriguez was released from prison in the Philippines. Isidro is the perpetrator who trafficked over 200 Filipino teachers to the U.S., many of whom are based in Washington DC and make up the membership of the GABRIELA chapter there. “For us, we are asking for support for the case of trafficked teachers who were victims of Isidro Rodriguez. It’s important that we continue to be united in order to continue our fight for justice and hold President BS Aquino accountable for continuing to exploit the Filipino people,” expressed Ma Filipina Ecleo, survivor and co-chairperson of GABRIELA DC.

​Summit attendees hold WANTED signs demanding to Prosecute Isidro Rodriguez for Human Trafficking! 



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Obama’s TPPA: The Profit Over People Agreement

For Immediate Release

May 1, 2014

Reference: Valerie Francisco, Chairperson, GABRIELA USA, chair@gabusa.org

Obama’s TPPA: The Profit Over People Agreement

Filipino Women Resist the TPPA on May Day

Today, Filipino migrant and working women will flood the streets with their families for May 1st International Workers’ Day, to voice their disgust and condemnation for the deplorable state of the lives of poor and working class families in the U.S. Joining the ranks of other migrant and marginalized communities, members of GABRIELA USA have had enough with Obama’s blatant disregard for the needs of hard working families, and his obvious role in lining the pockets of big global corporations.

President Barack Obama recently returned from his tour around the Asia-Pacific to promote the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), a “free trade” agreement promising economic growth and development, and the creation of jobs. In reality, the TPPA would give one hundred percent ownership of land and businesses in countries like the Philippines, South Korea, China, Indonesia, and Latin America to the corporate “partners” behind the agreement. President Noynoy Aquino rolled out the red carpet and bent over backwards to welcome Obama to the Philippines during the TPPA tour, a predictable move for a puppet serving his master.

On April 28th, before President Obama’s arrival in the Philippines, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), circumventing the ban on foreign military bases and troops by the Philippine constitution, and allows the U.S. to increase presence of its troops and military bases in the Philippines. As the Aquino administration relinquishes ALL rights to Philippine land over to the U.S., chronic poverty and widespread unemployment will only increase and will continue to plague the Filipino people, forcing them to desperately find livelihood by migrating out of the country. Many fall victim to fraud, exploitation, and abuse, and an overwhelming number of them are women.

In the U.S., the TPPA negotiations were largely kept from the general public, although the rights of working class and migrant communities would be heavily impacted. With trade relations largely shifting in the Asia Pacific, criminalization of poor and immigrant communities continue to increase in the U.S., as ICE raids run rampant and the use of immigration detention centers increases. Migrants are denied basic labor rights and access to social services while forced to work long hours in exploitative conditions for low wages.

Speaking on behalf of the organization’s sixty members, most of whom are survivors of human trafficking, Jo Quiambao of GABRIELA Washington D.C. states “When presidents prioritize the interests of corporations over the human rights of their citizens, there is no bright future for any of us unless we fight for it! This is the reason why we must build solidarity across countries and communities with other workers and marginalized people!”

The TPPA and EDCA are a betrayal to people of the U.S., the Philippines and Asia Pacific. This May first, Filipino women will expose these presidents for what they truly are: enemies of the working class.

We are Women Workers, We are Not Slaves!

Justice for Filipino Trafficked Teachers!

Stop State Violence Against Immigrants!

Stop the Deportations! Legalization Now!

No to Obama’s TPPA = The Profit over People Agreement!  

US Troops out of the Philippines and Asia NOW! Junk EDCA!

 

GABRIELA USA May Day Mobilizations Throughout the U.S.

Los Angeles, CA

Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC)

BAYAN USA Mobilization @ 4pm

Meeting point: Broadway & Olympic

End point: Federal Building

New York, NY

May 1st Coalition Action

Rally in Union Square @ 12pm

Meet @ Southeast Corner of the Park

5:30pm March

Oakland, CA

Oakland Sin Fronteras Coalition

Fruitvale Plaza @ 3:30pm

International Blvd (at 35th Ave)

Oakland, CA

Seattle, WA

May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights

Meet at 20th Ave S. and Jackson St. in front of the old Hidmo @ 2:30PM

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Top 5 Reasons Why GABRIELA USA Opposes the Newly Signed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA)

Reference: Valerie Francisco, Chairperson, GABRIELA USA, gabrielawomen@gmail.com

Over the last week, President Barack Obama made visits to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in hopes of securing relations throughout the Asia Pacific for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). On April 28th, before President Obama’s arrival in the Philippines, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), which will expand U.S. military presence and occupation in the Philippines. GABRIELA USA strongly opposes the TPP and EDCA – with the following reasons as to why it surrenders Philippine sovereignty, further violating the rights of the majority:

1. EDCA is an agreement for the filthy rich, not for the majority of the people.

President Obama emphasizes the U.S. government’s efforts in continuing humanitarian exercises for disaster relief after Typhoon Haiyan, justifying its increasing presence in Asia by scapegoating China as the major threat.  Focus has been shifted off the fact that the U.S. and China are major commercial partners, with the U.S. economy actually dependant upon China. Given this history, the Obama administration’s reasoning for increased presence in the Asia-Pacific is ultimately a smoke-and-mirrors ruse to peddle a U.S.-led free trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  The motive is to secure economic, political and military domination over the region; with complete disregard for the livelihood and welfare of the people who live there – with women and children as the most impacted by such policies.

2. EDCA is unconstitutional and signs away Philippine national sovereignty.

The newly signed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) reverses the popular vote decision to remove and disallow permanent U.S. military presence in the Philippines, violating the 1987 constitution. The Philippines already has subservient relations under U.S. imperialism, which prevents national industrialization, and causes extreme poverty for the majority of Filipinos. The TPP and EDCA puts previous imperialist policies to shame, as it relinquishes ALL rights to Philippine land, with the power to violate human rights without consequence to law, over to the U.S.  EDCA allows the U.S. military to re-occupy military bases in the Philippines in a broad, more permanent scope; essentially giving the U.S. complete control over natural resources, cheap labor, and a strategic positioning in the Asia Pacific region. Both Presidents, Aquino and Obama, are positioning the Philippines to enter the TPP, which would allow multi-national corporations free reign over 100% of Philippine industries.

3. More U.S. military bases equals devastating impacts on women and children in the Philippines, and throughout the world.

Similar to the various countries where U.S. military is present, it is historically documented that Filipino women and children are the first to suffer whenever troops arrive. Generations of Filipino women have never seen justice against their American rapists, while orphaned Amerasian children are continuously abandoned by American fathers. As in the case of Suzette “Nicole” Nicolas, who was raped by U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Daniel Smith in 2005, despite his being convicted by Philippine courts, did not serve time because of U.S. intervention. In fact, no U.S. military personnel stationed in the Philippines has ever been arrested or charged for rape, harassment, or murder.

4. Exploitation, Deprivation, Dislocation.

In Third World countries like the Philippines, unequal U.S. foreign policies and trade agreements like the TPP and EDCA continue to create conditions for the systematic dislocation of poor people, forcing thousands to leave their country everyday and seek work elsewhere. However, fleeing to countries like the U.S. is not the safe solution, with those migrating in search of better conditions, also prone to becoming victims of human trafficking to parasitic employment agencies. Many jobs abroad are marketed to women, and in turn, are victims of gender violence in additions to the economic exploitation they experience. As migrant women experience wage theft, exploitation and abuse, the cost of basic commodities continue to rise. In the Philippines, there is a continued lack of access to adequate women’s reproductive health care, medicine and services, solutions for unemployment, and the constant threat of evictions and demolitions. Under the TPP and EDCA conditions will only worsen for poor women and their families; creating destruction far worse than any natural disaster that has hit the Philippines.

5. U.S. taxpayers involuntarily contribute billions of dollars annually for U.S. military expenses while the global economic crisis worsens, depriving basic needs and services.

The only country that has 900 bases in over 130 countries around the world, the U.S. spends over $500 billion yearly to protect the imperialist interests of the richest 1% of the world, through military alliances with third world puppet regimes. In the U.S., while the military budget increases – big banks and corporations are bailed out, millions of people are jobless, losing their homes or being displaced due to gentrification.  At the same time, the budget for social services and basic needs continue to be drastically slashed to bare bone.

GABRIELA USA will continue to fight U.S. imperialism alongside people globally who are uniting in response to unfair policies, and the clear unequal distribution of wealth. The global economic crisis brought upon by imperialism is bound to fail in the face of people’s resistance against this oppressive system.  The proof is in the policies and lies of politicians.  Long live International Solidarity!

Stop the Rape of our Motherland!

Our women are not your toys, our country is not your playground!

US Troops out of the Philippines and Asia NOW! No to TPP! Junk EDCA!

Stop Imperialist Wars of Aggression!

#AsPacNot4Sale #USOutofAsPac

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Filipina Women Across the U.S. Protest Against Obama’s Visit to Asia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 25, 2014

Reference: Valerie Francisco, Chairperson, GABRIELA USA, gabrielawomen@gmail.com

GABRIELA women throughout the United States stand together with international allies from Okinawa, South Korea, Malaysia and other Asia Pacific countries to protest against President Obama’s visits in the Asia Pacific in the next week. Obama aims to solidify relations in advancing an imperialist agenda and the resurgence of U.S. military occupation in the Asia Pacific region with talks regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). GABRIELA USA and Filipinos in the Philippines are sending a clear loud message, “Obama, you’re not welcome!” GABRIELA USA is outraged, and believes that the most dangerous and violent presence in the Philippines is U.S. economic dominance and military occupation. U.S. imperialism continues to ravage the lives of Filipinos through neoliberal policies that purport sovereignty while enforcing dependence to the U.S.

Historically, corruption by puppet governments and imperialist policies and free trade laws, like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), allows imperialist plunder and causes extreme poverty. Joblessness, lack of resources and multinational corporate interests prevent industries in these nations from developing. For women throughout the Asia Pacific region, the consequences of the TPP are dire as they lose access to patented medicines and medicine technologies for easily treated communicable diseases, breast cancer screening and treatment, diabetes treatment, and more.

U.S. military presence has resulted in many unresolved and severe violations against the rights of the Filipino people. As demonstrated in the rape of Nicole and other cases, U.S. soldiers who have committed sexual abuse have been released without accountability. Increasing the presence of foreign soldiers, weapons, and nuclear materials near schools, places of work, and peoples’ homes puts at risk the health, safety, and vitality of the Filipino people especially women and children.

After Super Typhoon Haiyan, it is apparent that Obama is using humanitarian exercises to justify the resurgence of U.S. military presence in the Philippines. Thousands of the Filipinos have been protesting the U.S.-backed Aquino administration’s neglect to provide adequate relief, housing, services and access to medicines, food and clean water. “Aquino and Obama’s efforts to serve their own interests outweigh their actions to provide relief and rehabilitation, and they are only taking advantage of the people’s vulnerability. If Obama really wants to help with disaster relief, we call on him to grant all Filipinos in the U.S. Temporary Protective Status (TPS),” says Tina Shauf, Campaigns Officer of GABRIELA USA.

GABRIELA USA calls on the Filipino people, friends, and allies to unite with us to strengthen our resilience and escalate our continued struggle against U.S imperialism and intervention. We say NO to U.S. military expansion in the Philippines!

Stop the rape of our women! Stop the rape of our country!

Our women are not your toys, our country is not your playground!

Stop Imperialist Wars of Aggression!

U.S. Troops Out of the Asia Pacific NOW! No to TPP!

#AsPacNot4Sale #USOutofAsPac

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GABRIELA Seattle Stand in Solidarity with #Not1More Hunger Strikers Demanding an End to the Deportations and Detentions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 8, 2013

Reference: Jill Mangaliman, GABRIELA Seattle, pinayinfo@gmail.com

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GABRIELA Seattle stands with the 1,200 detainees taking part in the hunger strikes at the Northwest Detention Center, and urge the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and GEO Corporation to release those being held in solitary confinement, as well as stop any forms of retaliation, such as verbal abuse and force-feeding.

On April 5th, GABRIELA Seattle members joined hundreds of supporters in the rain at the protest outside the Northwest Detention Center organized by the #Not1More campaign. Stories were shared by relatives of those detained and those who were formerly detained.  People also wrote letters to those participating in the hunger strike since March 6th, due to exploitative and inhumane conditions within the detention center. Since the S-Comm program began, more than 2,500 Washington state residents have been deported and separated from their families. Under Obama’s administration, 2 million people have been deported, more than any other U.S. presidency.

“People not having papers or trying to better their lives and their families lives are not the problem, it’s this unjust, corrupt system,” said Jill Mangaliman of GABRIELA Seattle, “We demand that ICE and GEO corporation stop profiting from people’s lives. We demand that Obama stop all deportations and close the detention centers.”

Members of GABRIELA Washington DC are also experiencing vulnerable immigration situations due to being trafficked to the United States by Isidro Rodriguez, a recruitment agency owner and recruiter. In mid- March, one of the trafficked teachers, Ethelwolda Paat, was picked up by ICE and taken to Montana for questioning and is now pending a court hearing.

Meanwhile, GABRIELA Seattle members were able to meet with Paat in Spokane: “Isidro Rodriguez promised me a lucrative job in the public schools with a pay of $27 per hour in 2009, only to find out upon my arrival that (it) was an unbelievable fraud. I landed working in daycare centers as a nanny, a babysitter, and a caregiver. Until this date I am suffering from Isidro’s manipulation, deception and injustice.”

Sign the petition on behalf of #Not1More Hunger Strikers and latest releases available at: www.notonemoredeportation.com/2014/03/10/detention-hunger-strike/

 

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GABRIELA USA Condemns the Illegal Arrest of NDFP Consultants Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 25, 2014

Reference: Valerie Francisco, Chairperson, GABRIELA USA, gabrielawomen@gmail.com

GABRIELA USA, a Filipino women’s alliance that consists of member organizations in Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles condemns in the strongest terms the illegal arrest of Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria by the Aquino regime’s security forces.

Tiamzon and Austria were investigating the conditions of the people in the Visayas region hit by super typhoon Yolanda. Both were arrested on trumped up charges while serving in the communities that are still struggling in rehabilitation. The people continue to suffer from President  Benigno Aquino III regime’s anti-people, corrupt and grossly inefficient response to the calamity. “Wilma Austria has advocated for the rights of women, unlike Noy Noy Aquino who has done nothing to alleviate the suffering of women due to his ineptitude. His administration has collaborated with US Imperialism to enrich itself at the expense and oppression of its own people,”  says Irma Bajar, Vice Chair of International Relations of GABRIELA USA.

Tiamzon and Austria are National Democratice Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Consultants who have fulfilled and are fulfilling highly significant tasks in the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.  Both are holders of the NDFP Document of Identification under Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), which protects them from surveillance, harassment and arrest. “The arrests in Cebu on March 22nd of the peace consultants clearly violate the JASIG, signed by the government and the NDFP and threatens the ability of the peace talks to move forward. This shows that Aquino is not genuine in his efforts to uphold JASIG and a true peace process,” says Valerie Francisco, Chairperson of GABRIELA USA.

The arrest of the NDFP consultants is illegal and clearly violates the rights of Tiamzon and Austria. GABRIELA USA strongly demands that Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria be immediately released and unconditionally.

Release Wilma Austria And Benito Tiamzon!

Resume the peace talks with the NDFP Now!

Free all Political Prisoners Now!

Long Live The People’s Struggle!

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