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FILIPINOS DEMANDS LEGALIZATION AND IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

by AJLPP Saturday, May. 09, 2009 at 10:49 AM
ajlpp_socal@yahoo.com 213-241-0906 337 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

Last Friday, May 1, International Workers’ Day, women workers, youth and allies of the Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines (Alliance Philippines) joined the groundswell of immigrants and workers demanding for Obama to deliver on his promise of immigration reform in nationally-coordinated marches. The Alliance Philippines called for full legalization, amnesty, a stop to racist enforcement measures like deportations, detentions and border militarization, full protections for all workers, and an end to US imperialism, the root cause of the Filipino people’s forced migration. “We are here to echo the voices of the 14 million undocumented who are struggling and working hard despite the economic crisis,” said Mona Lunot, nanny, housekeeper and Chairperson of DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association, in her speech at the concluding rally in New York City. DAMAYAN is a member organization of Alliance Philippines. “Undocumented workers are called ‘aliens.’ But we are the workers who take care of Americans’ homes and children, cook their food, build their houses, and plant the food they eat.

FILIPINOS DEMANDS LE...
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Ana Liza Caballes, 212.564.6057, alliancephilippines.nyc@gmail.com
May 8, 2009

FILIPINOS DEMANDS LEGALIZATION AND IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

New York—Last Friday, May 1, International Workers’ Day, women workers, youth and allies of the Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines (Alliance Philippines) joined the groundswell of immigrants and workers demanding for Obama to deliver on his promise of immigration reform in nationally-coordinated marches.

The Alliance Philippines called for full legalization, amnesty, a stop to racist enforcement measures like deportations, detentions and border militarization, full protections for all workers, and an end to US imperialism, the root cause of the Filipino people’s forced migration.

“We are here to echo the voices of the 14 million undocumented who are struggling and working hard despite the economic crisis,” said Mona Lunot, nanny, housekeeper and Chairperson of DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association, in her speech at the concluding rally in New York City. DAMAYAN is a member organization of Alliance Philippines. “Undocumented workers are called ‘aliens.’ But we are the workers who take care of Americans’ homes and children, cook their food, build their houses, and plant the food they eat.”

In the Los Angeles, the epicenter of the immigrant rights movement, in the biggest rally more than 30,000 marchers led by the Full Rights For immigrant coalition turned out and marched from Broadway and Olympic intersection around 1;00 PM. Composed mostly of Latino workers and advocates who filled the streets, the militant march overflowed the main streets of LA.

They held a rally at Temple and Broadway where a battery of labor leaders, immigrant rights advocates spoke. Among them were AJLPP West Coast Coordinator Arturo Garcia who said:

“ The Filipino farm workers led by Philip Vera-Cruz united with Cezar Chavez and formed the United Farm Workers. We will do the same to demand legalization and defend immigrant rights against scapegoating and racist attacks.”

Bail Out the People, Not the Corporations

According to the Alliance Philippines, immigrant workers, especially women, bear the brunt of the current economic crisis. From the Bush regime to the Obama administration, $13 trillion have been given to corporations and banks. Using US taxpayers’ money, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, AIG, auto industry, Citigroup and Bank of America have been bailed out in the largest transfer of wealth from the working to the upper class by state intervention in history.

“US bribery goes to the pockets of Philippine government officials while the working class pays the country's debt to the World Bank and IMF,” said Lunot. “This is the same as the US government bailout to the giant corporations while the American working class struggle hard for their basic needs.”

Starting in Manhattan’s Union Square, the contingent of about 100 Filipinos and allies marched with Gabriela Network of the Mariposa Alliance, Immigrant Communities in Action (ICA), and about 10,000 people to the city’s financial center downtown. The pouring rain and soaked banners and signs did not stop the contingent of mostly women domestic workers, students and youth from marching shoulder to shoulder.

US -wide march-Rallies

Also in San Francisco, more than 1, 5000 marched and braved the pouring rain and trekked from Dolores Park to the Civic Center.

In Chicago more than 5,000 marched to Union park to demand legalization and defend immigrant rights. The AFIRE , an immigrant alliance of Filipino Americans joined the march-rally.

In San Diego, also in California, more than 1,000 marchers including GABNEt San Diego marched with the group.

The Alliance Philippines is composed of Filipino and non-Filipino organizations and individuals based in the US in support of a peaceful, just, free, democratic, and prosperous Philippines. It also upholds and promotes the rights and welfare of Filipinos in the US. New York-based organizations DAMAYAN & Ugnayan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (Linking the Children of the Motherland) are member-organizations of the said alliance.

For more information about Alliance Philippines, please visit www.alliancephilippines.blogspot.com

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Al P. Garcia of AJLPP at the May 1 Rally in LA

by AJLPP Saturday, May. 09, 2009 at 10:49 AM
ajlpp_socal@yahoo.com 213-241-0906 337 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

Al P. Garcia of AJLP...
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In the Los Angeles, the epicenter of the immigrant rights movement, in the biggest rally more than 30,000 marchers led by the Full Rights For immigrant coalition turned out and marched from Broadway and Olympic intersection around 1;00 PM. Composed mostly of Latino workers and advocates who filled the streets, the militant march overflowed the main streets of LA.

They held a rally at Temple and Broadway where a battery of labor leaders, immigrant rights advocates spoke. Among them were AJLPP West Coast Coordinator Arturo Garcia who said:

“ The Filipino farm workers led by Philip Vera-Cruz united with Cezar Chavez and formed the United Farm Workers. We will do the same to demand legalization and defend immigrant rights against scapegoating and racist attacks.”

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