Messages of Solidarity for Filipino Registered Nurses in Their Campaign Against the Racist Practices of Sutter Health / California Pacific Medical Center

Here are few solidarity messages from the petition to demand justice for Filipino Registered Nurses and to hold Sutter Health / California Pacific Medical Center accountable for their mistreatment of the Filipino American community.

Please sign the petition if you haven’t already done so, and feel free to leave your own message of solidarity!  Your words of support and encouragement matter to those most affected by the policies of Sutter/CPMC.  Your words of outrage and calls for justice should be heard by the management of Sutter/CPMC!

SIGN THE PETITION HERE!

We are the most hardworking, considerate and loyal workers you will ever come across. We are considerate because we bring lumpia for all our coworkers for lunch. We are hardworking, because Filipino nurses dominate the medical field. We are loyal because we work until our hands and feet bleed and grow wrinkled. Put anyone else in our place and you will see patients suffer.

– Maritess Jangar, San Francisco, CA

We are hard working, knowledgable, & we Filipino Nurses don’t deserve to be discriminated! We need to fight for our cause & let’s unite!

– Ruinia Conde-Pastor, Union City, CA

Filipino Nurses are not looking to receive special treatment – as a future nurse that is working hard to have the best qualifications, it is disheartening that my ethnicity may trump my credentials in the application process.

– Victoria Marie Conlu, Daly City, CA

The Filipino nurses have served the U.S. population for years and have served well.What is the cause of discrimination? Is this bigotry or racism in action? The U.S. government agency handling Discrimination cases should be brought in. The ospital personnel should be made to explain this rascist policy.

– Josefina M. Dumdum, Chino Hills, CA

9/17/10 Political Prisoners Nationwide to Hold Protest Fast for the Release of Morong 43 and All Political Prisoners

No pie from Bakesale Betty’s

No ribs from Everett and Jones

No chicken and waffles from Roscoes

No greasy meals in San Francisco.

Today my plate will go empty

Until freedom and justice are served

For the Morong 43 health workers

And all political prisoners.

Dear friends,

Tomorrow, September 17, is a Day of Action in support of the Morong 43 healthworkers, who have been unjustly imprisoned in the Philippines since February 6.  They are among 300+ political prisoners in the Philippines today–mothers, fathers, teachers, lawyers, students, workers, son and daughters who have been locked up on trumped up charges, simply for serving the people and speaking out against the corrupt and exploitative Arroyo administration.

During the Day of Action, political prisoners and their allies will be fasting in solidarity with the Morong 43 healthworkers and to demand the release of the 43 and all political prisoners.

Tomorrow, the Executive Committee of BAYAN-USA will all be fasting in solidarity with the Morong 43. I hope you will join us in the fast, by skipping a meal or two!  If you decide to do it, please let me know–it will help to know that i’m not the only one who is hungry and grumpy!

Rhonda Ramiro

Secretary General, National Executive Committee, BAYAN-USA

Regional Coordinator BAYAN-USA NORCAL Region

Supporters of the Morong 43 march to Mendiola bridge on their first month of detention. (Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea / bulatlat.com)

MEDIA RELEASE – 16 September 2010

Political prisoners nationwide to hold protest fast for the release of Morong 43 and all political prisoners
Detained health workers in Bicutan, and hundreds of political prisoners in various detention facilities in the provinces will stage a national protest fast tomorrow, September 17, to press for the immediate release of all political prisoners.  Human rights alliance Karapatan, Free the 43 Health Workers Alliance and the Samahan ng Ex-Detainess Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA), together with relatives of the detainees, cause oriented groups and rights advocates will also hold sympathy fast in Quezon City and other parts of the country.

“More than 300 prisoners of conscience are languishing in jail in various detention centers and many of them are illegally arrested and imprisoned for fighting the corrupt and fascist Arroyo regime”according to Jigs Clamor, acting secretary general of Karapatan and convenor of the Free the 43 Health Workers Alliance.
Clamor specifically cited the case of the 43 health workers collectively known as the Morong 43.  “It has been almost eight months since the illegal arrest of the 43 health workersin Morong, Rizal, and their rights are still being violated in their continued detention. It has been almost 100 days since Noynoy Aquino became president  and he has yet to show any steps in giving freedom to political prisoners, and concrete actions in resolving human rights violations in the country,” added Clamor,  whose wife Dr. Merry Mia Clamor is one the detained Morong 43.
Clamor declared that tomorrow, they will hold a day-long protest action and sympathy fasting at the Ninoy Aquino Monument in Quezon City. A mass, to be officiated by Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, shall also be held at 12 noon at the St. Paul the Apostles Parish.

Senator Loren Legarda, Human Rights Commissioner Jose Mamauag, beauty queen and actress Isabel Lopez, church people, civil libertarians and artists shall also join in the mass and program that will follow. Former Martial law activists Director Bonifacio Ilagan, UP Faculty Regent Judy Taguiwalo and community leader Trinidad Herrera, all newly elected board members of SELDA, will also participate in the said activity.
“We are calling on the Aquino administration to be true to his promises of “daang matuwid,” and unconditionally release the Morong 43 and all political prisoners,” concluded Clamor. ###

September 17, 2010           NATIONAL DAY OF SYMPATHY FASTING

Sympathy Fasting Center:                    Ninoy Aquino Monument, Delta (Panay corner Timog Avenue), Quezon City

9:00am-12:00nn                                     Photo Exhibit/Symbolic Tyng of Ribbons/Ritual Activities

12:00nn – 1:00pm                                  Mass to be officiated by Bishop. Iniguez at the St. Paul of the Apostle Parish

1:00pm-4:00pm                                      Signing of Petition for the Release of Morong 43 and All Political Prisoners

Children’s Workshop and on-the-spot painting

4:00pm-6:00pm                                      Cultural Program

6:00pm-7:00pm                                      Candle Lighting and Signing of the Unity Statement

Detention centers and facilities from the following regions will participate in the said event:

Cordillera, Cagayan and Isabela, National Capital Region,Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Bacolod,

Misamis Occidental and Compostela Valley.

Relatives, invited guests and friends of the Morong 43 will be available for interview.

LIVE COVERAGE IS MOST REQUESTED

September 18-19                5th CONFERENCE OF LAWYERS IN ASIA PACIFIC

There are about 200 foreign lawyers and 100 local delegates to the International Conference hosted by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers to discuss “Human Rights and Peace Amidst Global Crisis and Conflict”

12:00nn                                             A Press Conference of IADL Bureau Members

September 20                      A Visit to the MORONG 43 at the Camp Bagong Diwa

Foreign delegates to the International Conference will visit the Morong 43 to give their support and

to investigate on their present situation inside the detention center. For the itinerary please contact

Tinay Palabay, TANGGOL BAI convenor 09175003879.

September 21                      Commemoration of Martial Law

Human Rights groups led by KARAPATAN will participate in the multi-sectoral rally ked by Bagong

Alyansang Makabayan to denounce the continuing political repression in the country and to

demand the immediate release of the Morong 43 and other political prisoners in the country.

For details please contact Abby of BAYAN

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publicinfo@karapatan.org

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Yolanda Billeza, one of the 43 Morong detainees, raises her fist in protest as she disembarks from a bus at the Court of Appeals for the writ of habeas corpus hearing

On the Anniversary of the Ending of the Republic of the Philippines-U.S. Military Bases Agreemenf

A reflection on the junking of the RP-US Military Bases Agreement by Anakbayan-NY/NJ member Gary Labao:

September 16, 1991

by Gary Labao on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 1:27am

It’s been almost two decades ago today when the RP-US Military Bases Agreement was junked and became a significant portion of Philippine history.

September 16, 1991 was just as historical as the Katipunan revolution that put an end to centuries of Spanish colonial domination, or the turbulent First Quarter Storm that eventually led to the dismantling of the US-Marcos dictatorship.

September 16, 1991 was one of those days in Philippine history that was victoriously marked due to the simple idea of “love for country and love for freedom”. The Philippine Senate at the time, one that represents the interest of the big bourgeois-compradors and big landlords, stood with a principle and on the same side as the Filipino patriots, progressives, militants, workers, peasants and even with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in demanding an end to the RP-US Military Bases Agreement. It was a true emotional moment for the Philippine nation to stand firmly united, brave, daring and defiant, a true characteristic of a genuine red-blooded Filipino in the tradition of Lapu-Lapu, Rizal, Mabini and Bonifacio.

It was a victory of the Filipino people. The move proved to the world that as a nation, we the Filipinos can and have the ability to defend national sovereignty and uphold patriotism against foreign intervention. It proved that we as a nation can unite together along patriotic ideals disregarding political or ideological differences. It proved that we can oppose and say “NO!” to the most powerful country in the world the United States of America.

Of course, like the Katipunan revolution and the EDSA uprising of 1986, such victories were short-lived. The declaration of Philippine independence was never recognized and the US immediately occupied our country as a US colony. When the US-Marcos dictatorship fell it didn’t take long until tyranny and corruption were also restored. The September 16, 1991 victory was also short-lived. As soon as the last US soldier left the Philippine shores and the gates of the largest US air and naval military bases in the Pacific was locked, more troops soon arrived and occupy various parts of our country via the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

Now in the 21st century, the Filipino people have waited too long for genuine nationalism and democracy. We have yet to be a nation genuinely free from any foreign domination, control or influence, or at the very least without the presence of any foreign military on our soil as mandated by the Philippine constitution.

Philippine society obviously has many other problems and issues such as land reform, unemployment, crimes, drugs, corruption, traffic, jueteng, etc. But as a society, we need unity and without unity it is difficult to accomplish any goal, and now that the nation is under a new regime, we need to continue to work together and unite for a common goal. A goal that can ensure that our nation is not only free from corruption, wang-wang, drugs and crimes, jueteng, incompetent and abusive Police force, etc. but most importantly free from US military intervention. We must unite to junk the VFA and oppose any effort of any foreign military powers to use and abuse our land, our people and our resources for their own interest, we must protect our own national interest. We must fight for genuine nationalism and democracy.

On September 16, 1991, under the first Aquino regime, we united as a nation together with the Philippine Senate to stand against the extension of the RP-US Military bases. Now that we are under the regime of another Aquino, the Filipino people must be able to push it even further towards a truly US military free Philippines!

Support Filipino Registered Nurses! Demand Justice from Sutter-CPMC for Discrimination Against Our Community!

Community Complaint vs. Sutter-CPMC Discrimination against Filipino Registered Nurses


To:  Warren Browner, CPMC CEO and Diana Karner, Sutter West Bay Vice-President of Nursing

Warren Browner, Chief Executive Officer, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC)
Diana Karner, Sutter West Bay Vice-President of Nursing
2333 Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

RE: Community Complaint vs. Sutter-CPMC Discrimination against Filipino Registered Nurses

Whereas, On August 19, 2010 Filipino community groups, led by NAFCON-NorCal, the Filipino Community Center (FCC), the California Nurses Association (CNA), Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ), and the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) held a press conference at the FCC exposing a clear pattern of discrimination by Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC).

Whereas former CPMC managers have written statements, which indicate that Diana Karner (Sutter West Bay’s Vice President of Nursing) gave orders not to hire any more Filipino or foreign graduate nurses at the St. Luke’s campus in SF.

Whereas the following statistics demonstrate legitimate cause for suspicion of discrimination: Before CPMC took over the operations of St. Luke on Jan 1, 2007 Filipino RNs at St. Luke’s comprised 66 percent of the nursing population. Between 2007 and 2008, just 48 percent of new hires were Filipino. From Feb. 2008, to the present, the percentage of new RN hires who were Filipino dropped dramatically to just 10 percent.

I agree to join the campaign to defend Filipinos against discrimination and hold health management corporations accountable to community health and fair employment practices.

I wholeheartedly support the following demands:

1. We urge the SF Human Rights Commission (HRC) to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation of the apparent pattern and practice of discrimination by Sutter CPMC against Filipino Registered Nurses.

2. We request Sutter CPMC’s full and prompt cooperation with the HRC investigation.

3. We demand a meeting with CPMC CEO Warren Browner and Vice President Diana Karner within one month to discuss discrimination against Filipino RNs and specifically the alleged discriminatory hiring directives by Vice President Karner.

4. We further demand that CPMC publicly renounce this discriminatory practice and issue a public apology to Filipino nurses and the Filipino community.

5. Lastly, we demand that CPMC provide equal opportunities and treatment for all job applicants regardless of race, national origin or any other protected status.

*For more information or background on this campaign, please visit http://www.nafconusa.org, or email justice4filnurses@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION HERE!

http://www.petitiononline.com/filnurse/

CPMC CEO Denies Filipino Nurse Hiring Ban By Claiming He Loves Lumpia, Just Not Balut: NAFCON Demands that Sutter Seriously Address the Filipino Community’s Charge of Illegal Discrimination based on Race and National Origin

Dr. Warren Browner loooooves Filipino food. It’s too bad that he won’t offer the same “respect” to Filipino people.

From The National Alliance of Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) http://nafconusa.org/

CPMC CEO Denies Filipino Nurse Hiring Ban By Claiming He Loves Lumpia, Just Not Balut: NAFCON Demands that Sutter Seriously Address the Filipino Community’s Charge of Illegal Discrimination based on Race and National Origin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
07 September 2010

REFERENCE:
Terrence Valen, Northern California Regional Spokesperson, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)
Email: justice4filnurses@gmail.com

San Francisco–Days after the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), California Nurses Association (CNA), and other community members charged Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) with discrimination against Filipino nurses, Warren Browner, the hospital’s CEO, unleashed a campaign to divert public attention away from the facts. In separate correspondence sent to community leaders, hospital employees, and city officials, Browner repeatedly claims the allegations are untrue and made without any factual basis; however, Browner does not once refute testimony from three former CPMC managers who state that Diana Karner, Sutter West Bay’s Vice President of Nursing, ordered them not to hire Filipino and foreign graduate nurses. In fact, press releases, letters to community, and Browner’s blog all omit Karner’s name, which community members suspect is a tactic being used by CPMC to avoid accountability.

CPMC further attempts to downplay statistics which support charges of discrimination by claiming the data used does not exist. Terrence Valen, Executive Director of the Filipino Community Center in San Francisco and NAFCON NorCal Regional Spokesperson responds by saying, “CPMC claims that they do not keep records of the national origin of new hires. However, if they were to take the allegations seriously, a simple study of new hires from January 2008 onward could confirm the sharp decline in the hiring of Filipino nurses since that time.”

Adding insult to injury, Browner pleads that he is incapable of discrimination against Filipinos by writing on his blog about his voyeuristic experiences with the Filipino community and the Philippines. Browner blogs about lumpia, exoticized balut, the rice terraces, white-sand beaches, and hand carved chess sets; all of which are irrelevant to the real issue. Valen comments, “We are talking about thousands of highly qualified Filipinos and their families struggling every day to find good jobs, and CPMC’s CEO is talking about being fed lumpia at midnight! The real issue concerns unequivocal testimony by hospital staff indicating a blatant and institutional practice of racism by a VP of San Francisco’s largest hospital management corporation.”

CPMC’s letters and public statements also try to paint the discrimination charge as a meritless tactic by CNA to degrade the reputation of the hospital. Similar to Browner’s failure to respond to the facts, CPMC also fails to recognize the long list of Filipino community organizations and individuals involved in this campaign to hold the hospital and its management accountable. Lyra Ibarra, a student at San Francisco State University studying to be a nurse and a coordinator of the Filipino organization Active Leadership to Advance the Youth, says, “Even though there are a lot of Filipino and community organizations that see the charge of discrimination as very serious, Dr. Browner and CPMC do not seem to recognize how important this issue is to us.” Ibarra continues, “It is already hard enough to be an immigrant working in the U.S.; it only makes it harder to have to face discrimination.” The list of signatories demanding accountability includes over 35 individuals and organizations across the SF Bay Area.

In the official August 19, 2010 letter to Sutter-CPMC, NAFCON, CNA, and other community members gave the company until September 19th to answer to the following demands:

  1. We urge the SF Human Rights Commission (HRC) to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation of the apparent pattern and practice of discrimination by Sutter CPMC against Filipino Registered Nurses.
  2. We request Sutter CPMC’s full and prompt cooperation with the HRC investigation.
  3. We demand a meeting with CPMC CEO Warren Browner and Vice President Diana Karner within one month to discuss discrimination against Filipino RNs, specifically the alleged discriminatory hiring directives by Vice President Karner.
  4. We further demand that CPMC publicly renounce this discriminatory practice and issue a public apology to Filipino nurses and the Filipino community.
  5. Lastly, we demand that CPMC provide equal opportunities and treatment for all job applicants regardless of race, national origin or any other protected status.

“Now is the time for everyone who believes in justice and equality to take a stand. NAFCON urges the public to join the campaign to defend Filipinos against discrimination and hold health management corporations accountable to community health and fair employment practices,” states Valen. Specific action steps delineated by NAFCON include signing the online petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/filnurse/ to end discrimination and support fair hiring practices. A complete list of action steps as well as background material on the case can be found on NAFCON’s website www.nafconusa.org.

To view CEO Warren Browner’s blog responding to the charge of discrimination, Click Here.

Related information:
Los Angeles Times article
Sacramento Bee article
Valerie Francisco’s blog

The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns [NAFCON] is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. It was launched in San Jose California in 2003. At present, NAFCON members encompass over 23 cities in the United States.

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HIJ@S de RESISTENCIA: SOMOS ONE (BRWN BFLO) CD Release Pachanga / AWOC NFWA Commemoration

Saturday September 11th at 7:00pm – Sunday at 1:30am

La Peña 3105 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA

BRWN BFLO presents:
HIJ@S de RESISTENCIA:

An ALL AGES Celebration of SOMOS ONE’s solo DEBUT: “The DOUBLE EP”

…and a Commemoration of the Historic Filipino-led AWOC Delano Grape Strike started on Sept 8, 1965 – later joined by Huerta, Chavez and thousands of mostly Raza NFWA farm workers on Sept 16, 1965, ultimately creating the first ever farm worker union contracts and the UFW (http://ufw.org/) union.

On Sept 11, 2010, join an ALL STAR Lineup of progressive Hip-Hop, Reggae, n Cumbia Musicians, Deejays and Fans as we play our own special blend of radical, ass-shaking music to celebrate the ONGOING SOLIDARITY demonstrated by ALL OUR RELATIONS organizing in the wake of Oscar Grant’s murder and racist laws like S.B. 1070.

COME SUPPORT BRWN BFLO’s OWN SOMOS ONE (aka Encyclopedia BRWN) and find out how EL MOVIMIENTO continues…

Think Tank Collective (FABC)
Cihuatl Ce
The Tenderloins
Power Struggle
Para La Gente w/ Cambio
BRWN BFLO

with
DJ China tu Madre (Pelanga)
DJ Treat U Nice (LWFC)

Adults $10
Youth 18 and under $7

The League of Filipino Students – SFSU Presents The Kilusan Underground Sound Session

The League of Filipino Students @ San Francisco State University Presents KUSS. KUSS stands for Kilusan Underground Sound Session. This event is going to celebrate the 4 elements of Hip Hop: The MC, DJ, Breakdancing and Graffiti. We will also be discussing the effects the Budget Cuts has had on students all over the State. We will be using Hip Hop as an outlet for us to express our concerns on a large issue that is effecting individuals of all ages. Through music, dance and art we will let our statement be heard. The night will be filled will music, dancing and amazing people from all over the community. In collaboration with KUSS this will be LFS’s 33rd Anniversary Celebration. So all of our kasamas who have paved the way for us please come out and join us in celebration.

Mink Bar and Lounge
Thursday, September 9th
18 +
Price: $8-10 Sliding Scale
Doors Open: 9 pm.
Show: 10 pm.-12 am.
Dance the Night Away: 12 am. – 2am.

Performances By:
Nomi of Power Struggle
Tha Kasamas
Project 21
Jive Core Legion

Art Auction from artists:
Keithrie Jennings
Jessicka Antonio
Elaine Villasper
Mike Luat

Community Organizations that will also be at the event:
LFS SFSU – BAYAN USA
Filipino Community Center
Liwanag Kultural Center

“Piece of Cake” by Krizia Mendoza will be selling cupcakes throughout the event.

This will be a night to remember so please join us in the Underground Movement…
League of Filipino Students – San Francisco State University

http://www.lfssfsu.wordpress.com