MEDIA ADVISORY / ACTION ALERT!!!!
April 18, 2018
Pam Tau Lee, ICHRP-US Chairperson, 415-602-1401
Terry Valen, ICHRP-US Quick Response to Pressing Issues Workgroup, 415.203.0696 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhonda Ramiro, ICHRP-US Secretariat, 415-377-2599, email@example.com
ALLOW JEROME SUCCOR ABA ENTRY TO THE US NOW!
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Jerome Aladdin Succor Aba, a peace-building advocate from Mindanao, has been denied entry to the US and is being held at the airport, scheduled for deportation tonight (Wed, April 18). Authorities have not released the basis for the denial.
Advocates are gathering at the San Francisco International Airport, where Aba has been detained for more than 15 hours, to demand his release and for him to be allowed entry in the US. Advocates are also launching a phone barrage to the Customs and Border Protection Agency for those outside of the San Francisco/Bay Area.
WHAT: Action to support and demand release of Jerome Succor Aba (phone campaign and airport mobilization)
WHERE: San Francisco International Airport, International Arrivals area (for those outside the Bay Area, call the CBP at 415-782-9200 to demand Aba be released immediately)
WHO: Coordinated by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) US Chapter
Aba is a peace-building advocate from Mindanao, Southern Philippines invited to the US by several church institutions, including the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Sisters of Mercy, and the General Board of Global Ministries-UMC to serve as a resource speaker at their respective events, including those of the Sixteenth National Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) for Global Peace with Justice in Washington D.C. on April 20-23, 2018. The EAD is an annual national gathering of churches on peace and social justice issues that concludes with lobby visits on Capitol Hill. Aba was to speak on the human rights situation in the Philippines under the administration of Rodrigo Duterte, as well as continue speaking beyond DC on as part of the Stop The Killings Speaking Tour sponsored by ICHRP.