CALL TO ACTION: Online Demonstration for Peace in Korea – Sun 11/28 and Wed 12/1

Saturday, November 27, 2010

CALL TO ACTION: Online Demonstration for Peace in Korea – Sun 11/28 and Wed 12/1



Korea Peninsula Candles
President Obama is sending the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (carrying 75 warplanes and a crew of over 6000) and other warships for additional war-games with the South Korean military beginning this Sunday, November 28.

Please read the following fact sheet that outlines the current situation, key facts and historical context to this ongoing armed conflict. Click here to download the factsheet.

This only escalates the already tense situation on the Korean peninsula and brings us dangerously closer to an all-out war.

And the blogosphere is already full of hate-mongering rhetoric calling for “retaliation” after the tragic incident on Yeonpyeong Island earlier this week.

Two civilians and two South Korean soldiers have died.  We say: NO MORE LOST LIVES.

We need all those who stand for peace to call for deescalation on the Korean peninsula and an immediate end to the U.S.-South Korean war games.

On Sunday, November 28, from 12 noon to 3 pm EST (9 am to 12 noon PST) and Wednesday, December 1 from 7 pm to 10 pm EST (4pm to 7 pm PST)

Join the National Campaign to End the Korean War ( in a coordinated online demonstration!

1. Barrage the White House and State Department with emails and urge President Obama and State Secretary Clinton to immediately stop the joint U.S.-South Korean war maneuvers, and sign a Peace Treaty to end the state of war that has existed for sixty years on the Korean peninsula.

2. Post replies on online media sites and blogs where they are discussing the issue and beat back the war-mongering rhetoric with calls for de-escalation and a peaceful resolution.  Refer to the attached factsheet for talking points. Some suggested sites (and their Twitter accounts) are:

• CNN (Twitter: @cnn)
• The New York Times (Twitter: @nytimes)
• The Washington Post (Twitter: @washingtonpost)
• The Huffington Post (Twitter: @huffingtonpost AND @huffpostpol)
• NPR (Twitter: @npr)
• BBC News (Twitter: @BBCBreaking AND @BBCNews AND @BBC_HaveYourSay)
• Yahoo! News (Twitter: @YahooNews)
• Voice of America (Twitter: @VOA_News)
• ABC News (Twitter: @abcnews)
• Foreign Policy (Twitter: @FP_Magazine)
• Reuters (Twitter: @Reuters)
• Associated Press (Twitter: @AP)
• Politico (Twitter: @politico)

3.  Post links to articles calling for diplomacy on listserves, blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Some suggested articles are:

• “North Korea’s Consistent Message to the U.S.”
by former President Jimmy Carter in The Washington Post, November 24, 2010

• “Retaliation, Retaliation”
by Paul Liem of the Korea Policy Institute, Nov 25, 2010

• “Crisis in Korea?”
by John Feffer, Co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus in The Huffington Post, Nov 23,2010

• Obama’s Only Choice on North Korea
by Tim Shorrock in the Daily Beast, Nov 24, 2010

• “Crisis in Korea?” Tim Shorrock: Direct Talks With North Korea Are the Only Answer to End Korean War
Tim Shorrock on Democracy Now, Nov 24, 2010

• “A Return Trip to North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Complex”
by Siegfried S. Hecker, Nov 22, 2010

• ““Review U.S. Policy toward North Korea””
by Bob Carlin and John Lewis in The Washington Post, Nov 22, 2010

4. Change your Facebook and Twitter pictures with the “One Corea” image. You can also use this image for your own blog or website. Click here to download the image(Helpful Facebook tip: Don’t forget to adjust the thumbnail size after you change your picture)

5. Have Twitter? Use the hashtag #koreanpeace in your tweets to make this a trending topic. You can also donate a tweet (click here): I stand for peace on the Korean peninsula. It’s time to end the 60 yr old Korean war. #koreanpeace

6. Have Facebook? Donate a status update: I stand for peace on the Korean peninsula. It’s time to end the 60 yr old Korean War. Learn more at

7. Tweet your elected officials and other world leaders about the escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula and demand an immediate halt to the U.S.-South Korean war games.

• Look for you Members of Congress on Twitter. Click here to look for their twitter accounts.

• U.S. President Barack Obama (@barackobama), the White House (@whitehouse) and the U.S. Department of State (@StateDept).

• South Korean Blue House (@BluehouseKorea) and the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (@mofatkr)

• United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon (@secgen) and the United Nations (@UN)


11/29/10 – The Palestinian Youth Network: “The Only Peace That Israel Wants is the Last Piece of Palestine: The Liberation of Our Land and People is Non-Negotiable”

Jessica Antonio, BAYAN-USA-NORCAL Regional Coordinator will be there to support this event on behalf of BAYAN-USA-NORCAL and Armael Malinis of Anakbayan-EB will be sitting on the panel to discuss Philippine-Palestinian solidarity.  If you’re in or near the east bay on Monday night, this should prove to be a lively discussion on a myriad of subjects regarding the discourse of the liberation of Palestine.  Don’t miss out!

Berkeley, CA: "The Only Peace That Israel Wants is the Last Piece of Palestine: The Liberation of Our Land and People is Non-Negotiable"

Join The Palestinian Youth Network in Observing the International Day of Solidarity With The Palestinian People 

“The Only Peace That Israel Wants is the Last Piece of Palestine:
The Liberation of Our Land and People is Non-Negotiable”

…A Panel of Bay Area Youth Organizers:

Loubna Qutami
Nadeen El Shorafa
Shoaib Kamil
Armael Malinis
Nancy Hernandez

Monday, November 29th, 2010
UC Berkeley
Boalt Hall, Room 100

endorsed by: Al Awda – The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Anak Bayan East Bay, Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), BAYAN USA, The Bay Area Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid (BACEIA), General Union of Palestine Students SFSU (GUPS), Justice for Palestinians San Jose, NorCal Friends of Sabeel, Muslim Student Association Berkeley (MSA), Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT), San Francisco Women in Black, Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG), Students for Justice in Palestine Berkley (SJP), United States Palestinian Communities Network (USPCN)

For more information about the PYN International visit
For information about or to co-sponsor the Bay Area event email

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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 /

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.


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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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

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:

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 ( 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

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:
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

8-30-10 Action to Commemorate the International Day of the Disappeared

To the mark the International Day of the Disappeared on Monday, August 30th the BAYAN-USA-NORCAL region’s member organizations, led by the San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (SF-CHRP) engaged in a procession from Market and Powell which ended with a demonstration in front of the Philippine Consulate.

BAYAN-USA-NORCAL organizations in attendance included Anakbayan-East Bay, babae-SF of the Filipina women’s alliance, GABRIELA-USA, The League of Filipino Students- SFSU, and of course SF-CHRP. Also, joining in solidarity with the BAYAN-USA NORCAL region were representatives of VietUnity and the Xican@ Moratorium Coalition (which you can read more about here, and here)

The BAYAN-USA NORCAL staff and its member organizations would like to offer our allies a HUGE round of applause for marching with us and pass along big time props to Sagnichte Salazar and Phuong Vuong, of XMC and VietUnity respectively, for providing face time for the TV coverage from ABS-CBN. Long Live International Solidarity!!!

Click here to read more news coverage of the action from Henni Espinosa of the ABS-CBN North America Bureau!

8/28/10 National Alliance for Filipino Concerns NOR-CAL Regional Summit

The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and its member organizations in Northern California—San Francisco State University’s League of Filipino Students (LFS), Filipino Community Support (FOCUS) of Silicon Valley, Filipino Community Center (FCC), Liwanag Kultural Center (LKC), and San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (SF CHRP)—are pleased to invite you to the NAFCON-Northern California Regional Summit. NAFCON is an alliance committed to advancing the rights and welfare of Filipinos, celebrating our culture and history, and building unity amongst those living and working in the United States.

Our conference will be held on August 28, 2010 at the Local 2 Hiring Hall at 209 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA from 9:30 AM-6:00 PM. The day-long Summit will bring together various Filipino organizations, ally organizations, and individuals concerned about pressing issues affecting Filipinos and other immigrant/marginalized groups.

The objectives of the conference are as follows:

a. To engage in dialogue with the Filipino community in Northern California regarding current issues in the Philippines and in the United States that affect the daily lives of our community members;

b. To strengthen bonds amongst NAFCON-Northern California’s member organizations;

c. To provide a space for networking and building alliances with other Filipino organizations for future cooperation; and

d. To socialize and celebrate Filipino heritage and culture.

The regional summit will also feature a book launch and signing for Peter Chua’s Ating Kalagayan. Translating to “Our Situation,” Chua’s book is thus far the most comprehensive demographic analysis of the social and economic conditions of Filipinos in the United States. His work will allow Filipino organizations and individuals throughout the country to streamline research on the Filipino American community.

Click here to RSVP!