February 11 – Peace Talks Summit on the Philippines, Colombia, and Palestine.

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Peace Talks Summit: Transitional Justice and the Road to Lasting Peace
Feb 11Saturday
12 PM – 5 PM
Fordham Law School, Room 201-A

What is Peace? If attainable, how is it attained? How do countries impacted by violence and social unrest, move forward? What can individuals do to support peace in uncertain times?

Join us for a Summit that seeks to address these and other other pressing questions related to the pursuit of peace around the world. The Peace Talks Summit will focus on the Philippines, Colombia and Palestine, and will highlight the history that gave rise to each conflict, the challenges faced on the road of transitional justice, and the hopes for a lasting peace.

This past year brought historic leaps and challenges in several peace processes. In the Philippines, after years of delay of negotiations by past presidents, the new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the resumption of the formal peace talks between the GPH and NDFP in Oslo, Norway. Now President Duterte has swiftly shifted his position and the Government out of the negotiations. In Colombia, the government and the FARC reached a final deal – rejected first in a plebiscite – but later re-worked and pushed through Colombia’s Congress. In Palestine, the struggle for peace continues with new challenges posed by the Trump administration.

International solidarity is needed now more than ever. All are welcome.

Sponsored by the NY Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), member organizations of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), and Students for Justice in Palestine – Fordham University.
This event is also part of BAYAN USA Northeast’s Philippine Solidarity Week.
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NYCHRP Resists U.S. Imperialism and Racist Ban on Muslims and Refugees

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For Immediate Release
January 31, 2017
Reference: Jackelyn Mariano, Chairperson, New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP), nychrp@gmail.com

NYCHRP Resists U.S. Imperialism and Racist Ban on Muslims and Refugees

On Sunday, January 29, 2017, the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) joined a rally and march in Battery Park organized by immigrants’ rights organizations to oppose an executive order signed by President Trump that essentially barred entry of nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries – namely, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, and Iran – regardless of whether individuals had valid visas, green cards, or refugee status. Since Trump signed the executive order on Friday, January 27, dozens of individuals from these countries were detained at or deported from international airports across the United States. Massive demonstrations erupted in opposition of Trump’s racist Muslim and refugee ban, with thousands of people mobilizing at airports and in the streets in support of affected individuals and their families.

NYCHRP mobilized to the rally and marched as part of a contingent organized by members of the International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS), including GABRIELA New York, BAYAN USA, NYC Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and other organizations. They condemned U.S. imperialism and wars of aggression which they cite as root issues that created the refugee crisis in the first place. They also condemned the Trump administration’s fascist rhetoric, which has fanned the flames of racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and war-mongering in the U.S., using promises of policies such as this executive order and overstepping of executive power to strengthen right-wing political control.

“The US continues to wage wars in the Middle East and Africa while depriving the very people impacted by these wars any avenues of exit and escape,” said Rodrigo Bacus, NYCHRP’s Educational Discussion Officer. “All seven countries were targets of aggression under former President Obama’s surreptitious drone bombing war. Trump has now increased the stakes for people in those countries by implementing this ban.” Bacus also noted that this executive order reveals Trump’s capitalist interests, as he spared Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, three countries where he reportedly has business ties.

“NYCHRP stands with the people who have been marching and demonstrating on the streets to shake and move the system to action: to compel lawyers to take overnight shifts reunifying families, to compel federal judges to block Trump’s executive order to a nationwide scale, and to force airport detention centers open to let people out,” said Bacus. “As Filipinos, we are compelled to act because we can very well be Trump’s next target. During his campaign, he called Filipinos ‘animals’ from a ‘terrorist country.’ In addition, a majority of the Filipino population in the U.S. are migrant workers and in the working class. Right-wing racist attacks against immigrants’ and workers’ rights will surely affect us and we have to oppose them.”

Obama’s drone wars also affected the Philippines, particularly in areas of Mindanao where the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), an armed Muslim organization that seeks independence from the Philippines, is active. The U.S. has used this conflict to justify military presence and funding to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), which historically has suppressed people’s movements and has had a deplorable human rights record. Civilians have been killed in drone attacks and other military actions, causing many people to seek refuge from the armed conflict.

“Human rights defenders and peace advocates know that these violations of human rights are really about rich imperialists trying to solidify their stake and control of resources around the world,” said Bacus. “Fascist governments use ‘law and order’ and ‘national security’ as a means to frighten and control our communities, and place the blame on us while our communities are under attack. In response, we resolve to defend human rights, resist fascism and imperialism, and to expose and dismantle the institutions and people who facilitate and perpetuate dehumanization. We invite other advocates and defenders to join ILPS and NYCHRP in this effort and stand up for justice!”

As a result of Trump’s executive order, families were split behind walls at international airports in the country, fighting for reunification. After the march concluded at Foley Square, some members of the contingent joined activists from the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) at JFK airport, where legal advocates and activists have been taking shifts to support new arrivals who could be affected by the Muslim ban.

Don’t Shut US Doors on People Harmed by US Wars!
From Palestine to Mexico, All the Walls Have Got to Go!
From Palestine to the Philippines, Stop The US War Machine!

#NoBanNoWall #NoBan #NoWall #Muslimban #Trumptravelban #BAYANUSA #ILPS

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Attend our orientation to learn more about NYCHRP and join the organization! Please email NYCHRP@gmail.com for more information.

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Bugas Dili Bala: A Report Back

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Bugas Dili Bala (Rice Not Bullets)

Last summer, members of GABRIELA NY and NYCHRP participated on an exposure trip to the Philippines and integrated with various people’s rights, women, indigenous, and peasant organizations and communities, attended the International Conference for People’s Rights in the Philippines (ICPRP), and went on various International Solidarity Missions throughout Mindanao, allowing them to experience the concrete conditions of local communities in the Philippines and the people’s movements working to address them. Come learn more about the national democratic movement of the Philippines from their first-hand accounts!

This event is in collaboration with artist, Jevijoe Vitug, who is currently an artist in residence at Flux Factory from January-March 2017.

Jevijoe Vitug will be presenting an exhibition titled: Exposure – a new series of painting, socially engaged projects and works in progress. Exposure of identity, migrant labour and the American Dream – as illusion or reality for immigrants are the concepts that Vitug investigates in his current practice. For this exhibition, Vitug will demonstrate 3D participatory paintings made of fluorescent paint on drop cloth canvas and found materials, audience are invited to participate using 3D glasses and ultraviolet flashlights.

  • DateJanuary 12, 2017
  • When6:30PM – 9:30PM
  • Where: Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
    • 7, N, and Q trains to Queensboro Plaza
    • E, M, and R trains to Queens Plaza
    • N and Q trains to 39th Ave
    • F train 21st St. Queensbridge

Report back program begins at 7:30pm / Potluck Dinner & Artist Reception begins at 6:30pm. FREE entry. Please bring food or drinks to the potluck to share!

Urgent! Donate to Victims of Typhoon Nina!

 

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For Immediate Release
Reference: AV David, NAFCON Alliance Secretary, alliancesec@nafconusa.org

NAFCON Calls for Donations for Typhoon Nina Victims

This past Christmas, Typhoon Nina (Nock-Ten) hit the central eastern Philippines, affecting over 400,000 families or 2 million people in four regions of the country. Three people have been reported dead and 21 are missing. More than 240,000 houses were damaged while the estimated damage to agriculture was $2.4M and to infrastructure $20.6M. Several provinces and towns were declared under state of calamity.

NAFCON appeals to our community here in the U.S. for support for Typhoon Nina victims whose holiday meant evacuation and loss of livelihood and homes as their communities were ravaged by typhoon. We are collecting cash donations only (not in-kind) as this has been the fastest and most efficient way to send our support.

Our local partner organization Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) is on the ground conducting a 3-month emergency assistance project. Immediate needs identified include food and shelter materials. Every dollar would go a long way to help those in need. $62 equates to a relief pack for one family, which includes the following:

Food items:

  • 25 kgs rice
  • 1 kg mung beans
  • 1.5 kg dried fish
  • 12 tins sardines
  • 2 liters cooking oil

Non-food items:

  • 1 sleeping mat
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 hygiene kit
  • 1 water container
  • 5 meters plastic sheet

For the month of January, NAFCON’s Bayanihan Disaster Relief funds will be allocated for Nina victims. Monetary donations can be made online or by sending a check. To donate and for more information, visit http://nafconusa.org/typhoon-relief-info/. Please feel free to contact NAFCON at info@nafconusa.org.

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