BAYAN-USA-NORCAL Supports the Rights of the Egyptian and Tunisian People to Struggle for Genuine Freedom and Democracy

The allied organizations of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA Northern CA (BAYAN-USA-NORCAL), as members of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), stand in solidarity with the people of Egypt and Tunisia as they struggle for genuine democracy and freedom. As patriotic and peace loving Filipinos living the United States we feel that the massive demonstrations in which the Egyptian and Tunisian people are aggressively asserting their rights to freedom and dignity are not only just, but necessary considering the unbearable conditions of repression and negligence to basic human rights brought on by more than three decades of rule by respective fascist dictatorships of Hosni Mubarak and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. For Filipinos the world over the scene of a sea of humanity calling out for a dramatic and sweeping change in socio-political conditions is “déjà vu all over again.”

The peoples’ uprisings that are ongoing in the nations of Egypt and Tunisia come literally weeks before the anniversary of the famed People Power Uprising in the Philippines which overthrew the fascist dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Even for young Filipinos who were not alive at the time of People Power the scenes of Filipinos occupying Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (or EDSA) are imbued in their collective consciousness as if they had actually been present during those fateful three days in late February of 1986.

Much like in Egypt and Tunisia today, the demonstrators were not simply a group of activists or students, but represented all classes and sectors of society. Working people, professionals, government officials, clergy members, men, women, youth; they were all present. Over 2,000,000 Filipino civilians spoke in a common voice calling for an end to the regime of Ferdinand Marcos and for definitive solutions to the lack of employment, landlessness, and poor access to basic needs and services.

We have faith in the possibility that Mubarak’s iron grip on the nation of Egypt will in fact be loosened and overcome and we also hope for genuine democracy in Tunisia with the departure of Ben Ali. We are not, however, naïve about the likelihood that the bourgeois interests of the old Egyptian and Tunisian elite will hijack the victory of the Egyptian and Tunisian people simply to recycle the old anti-people policies of the Mubarak and Ben Ali regimes under different names.

Despite the overthrow of Marcos Filipinos came into yet another round of repressive leaders representing the interests of the comprador/landlord class and Philippine elite puppeted by American Imperialism. Filipinos welcomed Corazon Aquino and her yellow-clad Laban Party with open arms, yet were met with the same repression and disregard for human rights that they faced during the Marcos dictatorship. The people’s struggle in the Philippines continues to this day and so shall the struggles of the Egyptian and Tunisian peoples.

Regardless of the immediate outcome of the current demonstrations we are convinced that Egyptians, Tunisians, Filipinos and all oppressed people of the world will continue undaunted in their quest for liberation until genuine freedom has been won. Long Live International Solidarity! ###



San Francisco State University Filipino Student Organizations Stand in Solidarity with Student Led Strikes in the Philippines.

The League of Filipino Students – SFSU Chapter, the Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor, and Kappa Psi Epsilon Filipina Sorority send a message of support to the student led strikes against budget cuts to public higher education in the Philippines.

BAYAN-USA-NORCAL is always proud to see our youth and student member organizations, along with our fellow Filipino American allies, support struggles in the Philippines!

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

Check it out on Facebook:

NOVEMBER 5th Day of Action to FREE THE MORONG 43!

BAYAN-USA-NORCAL is calling on the people of the bay area to educate themselves about the plight of the group of community health care workers known as the Morong 43 who have been illegally and unjustly detained by the Philippine government.  Apparently the Philippine government is slightly (ahem) embarrassed that a group of VOLUNTEERS and socially conscious medical professionals are doing a better job at providing medical care to the Philippine masses than the inept Philippine government and the broken and underfunded Philippine “health care” system.

As of now they are currently imprisoned on trumped up charges resulting from the Philippine military’s anti-insurgency campaign known as Oplan Bantay Laya (Operation Plan Freedom Watch).  November marks their NINTH month of detention.  Despite many international calls for their release Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has all but washed his hands of the issue, which is disappointing since he ran his campaign partially upon a platform of improving human rights in the Philippines.  I’m sure though that if he heard enough people from around the world, he would be more inclined to take action on behalf of the imprisoned health care workers.  Hopefully learning more about the Morong 43 and the political economic conditions of the Philippines will motivate you to also show support for their struggle for freedom.


Click here to check below for more information on the Morong 43:

If you are interested in showing your support for the Morong 43 here are a few things that you can do.

Cool Ways to Help

Morong 43 Info

More information about the case of the ‘Morong 43′:

Karapatan: Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights –

Arkibong Bayan Various pictures and news coverage –

Bangkok Post (8 April 2010): Church urges Philippine military to free suspected rebels –

Philippine Daily Inquirer (16 April 2010): Court to try again to move Morong 43 –

The Wall Street Journal (18 April 2010): Philippine Army Cracks Down Ahead of Vote –

Manila Bulletin (21 April 2010): CHR summons Verzosa to hearing on Morong 43 case –

GMANews.TV (23 April 2010): ‘Morong 43′ supporters ask SC to grant habeas corpus plea – (25 April 2010): Morong 43’s transfer to Camp Crame stalled anew –

Cool “Free the Morong 43” Posters!

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!


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 /

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