What is BAYAN-USA?

BAYAN-USA is an alliance of progressive Filipino groups in the U.S. representing organizations of students, scholars, women, workers, and youth. As an international chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN-Philippines), BAYAN-USA serves as an information bureau for the national democratic movement of the Philippines and as a campaign center for anti-imperialist Filipinos in the U.S.

Why, how and when was the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan formed?

The mid-sixties saw the emergence of a new type of national democratic movement in the Philippines, founded on a clear patriotic and anti-imperialist line. It gained national prominence during the First Quarter Storm of 1970 and took deep root among the people.

The declaration of martial law in 1972 failed to stem the growth of this movement. The peasant movement for genuine agrarian reform rapidly gained ground, as well as the workers’ strike movement. Students, teachers, professionals and the religious took to the streets to defend civil liberties and the people’s democratic rights.

The assassination of opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino in 1983 triggered bigger protests against the Marcos dictatorship. At the core was the national democratic movement, leading such broadalliances as the Justice for Aquino Justice for All Movement (JAJA); Nationalist Alliance for Justice, Freedom and Democracy (NAJFD); and the Coalition of Organizations for the Realization of Democracy (CORD).

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance) was formed in May 1985, bringing together more than a thousand mass organizations composed of more than a million members. Represented were different classes and sectors committed to the people’s struggle for national freedom and democracy. The Grand Old Man of Philippine politics himself, staunch nationalist Sen. Lorenzo Tañada, was elected founding chairperson.

Bayan soon became the coordinating center for open mass mobilizations against the hated dictatorship. It led big demonstrations and people’s strikes in Metro Manila and the country’s major urban areas, contributing greatly to the eventual downfall of the U.S.-backed Marcos regime.

But the end of the Marcos regime was not enough to ensure the fulfillment of the people’s just demands. Succeeding regimes further entrenched foreign domination and elite rule.

Recently, Bayan figured prominently in the ouster of the corrupt and rotten U.S.-Estrada regime.It helped forge the broadest unity of the people and served as core of the mammoth rallies and people’s strikes until People Power 2 ousted Estrada from power.

Today, it is at the forefront of a growing mass movement for democracy and freedom.

What is the program of BAYAN?

A multi-sectoral campaign center for its member organizations nationwide.Its range of activities include fora, seminars, lobbying, pickets, marches, demonstrations and people’s strikes;

Works with other patriotic and progressive organizations and individuals
based on the principles of consensus, independence and initiative;

Supports progressive candidates and parties in elections; Conducts education campaigns
on the country’s basic problems and how to solve them in ways that are democratic and people-oriented;

Initiates and/or promotes socio-economic relief and rehabilitation projects
in support and in defense of the democratic rights of internal refugees and other victims of militarization and natural and man-made calamities, especially among the peasants and national minorities in the countryside.

How do I contact the BAYAN-USA National Executive Committee?

Berna Ellorin

Kuusela Hilo
Vice Chair

Rhonda Ramiro

Jack De Jesus
Deputy Secretary-General

Jeff Rice

Who are the BAYAN-USA NORCAL Regional Staff?

Jessica Antonio
Regional Coordinator

Joshua F. Castro
Regional Secretary



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