Bay Area Says No To Martial Law
We, organizations and individuals, call on President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately lift his declaration of martial law in Mindanao and to not expand it any further.

We condemn in no uncertain terms the terrorist acts of the Maute group, but we equally mourn the lives lost in the aerial strikes conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Our hearts grieve for the displaced families and children affected by the senseless violence of the Maute group and the intensifying combat operations of the Philippine military not only in Marawi, but in various parts of Mindanao such as in Bukidnon, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat.

Suspending the writ of habeas corpus, indiscriminate aerial bombing, arrests and detention without warrants, and curtailing the civil and political rights of the people will not bring peace and justice in Marawi and Mindanao. As People Power proved in toppling Ferdinand Marcos, Martial Law not only fails to solve the problems of the Philippines, it worsens them.

The people of Mindanao, including innocent civilians, and especially the Moro and Lumad who have been struggling for peace in their autonomous region and ancestral lands, have already suffered harassment, violence, and wholesale displacement by Philippine military troops. Martial Law itself, like the actions of the Maute group, has already begun to further intensify these problems. It is being enforced by a Philippine military which already has an extensive record of human rights abuses under Duterte and under previous administrations as well.

Instead, we urge President Duterte to implement meaningful changes that will address the longstanding issues in Mindanao, such as free distribution of land to peasants, creation of local industries and jobs for the people, ending the plunder of resources by multinational corporations, and recognition of the right to self-determination of the Moro people, the Lumad, and other national minorities.

Only by truly addressing these socioeconomic issues can just and lasting peace be attained not only in Marawi and Mindanao, but also throughout the entire country.

End Martial Law!
Genuine and sustainable development for the people now!
Signatories as of June 27, 2017
On behalf of organizations

Terry Valen, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), President
Judith Mirkinson, National Lawyers Guild (NLG) San Francisco/Bay Area, Vice President
Edwin Carlos, Pilipino American Student Union (PASU of Stanford University, Kababayan Committee Co-Chair
Mary Reyes, Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE) of San Francisco State University, Head Coordinator
Bernadette Herrera, Migrante Northern California, Spokesperson
Rachel Lastimosa, Salupongan International, San Francisco
Irma Shauf-Bajar, GABRIELA-USA, Chairperson
Raymond Jegillos, League of Filipino Students, San Francisco State University
Rev. Dr. Mary Susan Gast, Northern California Chapter of National Ecumenical-Interfaith Forum for Filipino Concerns, Chair
Adrian Bonifacio, Anakbayan-USA, Chairperson
Patrick Racela, Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network, Northern California Coordinator
Jessica Antonio, BAYAN-USA, Secretary General
Geraldine Alcid, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Executive Director
Claude Marks, Freedom Archives
Roberta Ryan, Anakbayan East Bay, Chairperson
Vivian Huang, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Campaign & Organizing Director
Angelique Gonzales, School of Unity and Liberation, Executive Director


Johanna Hester, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), National President
Juslyn Manalo, City of Daly City, Vice Mayor
Reverend Michael Yoshii, Buena Vista United Methodist Church; Chair, UMC California/Nevada Advocacy and Justice Committee; Member, International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines Global Council
Dr. Robyn Rodriguez, University of California Davis Asian American Studies Dept.; Member, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns
Dr. Lily Ann B. Villaraza, City College of San Francisco Philippines Studies Dept., Chair
Angelo Lopez, Philippines Today Cartoonist
Rachel Lastimosa, Dirty Boots, Artist
Cynthia Bonta, Alameda-Dumaguete Sister City Committee
Marina Stankov-Hodge, Hatch; Sisterz of the Underground; Extra Credit Kru; Brasil Style Bgirls; Highland Hospital Oakland
Jimmy Sarmiento, Former political detainee, Marcos Martial Law, 1972
Michael J. Viola. Assistant Professor, Saint Mary's college of California
Dr. Tracy Buenavista, Department of Asian American Studies, California State University, Northridge
Gina Velasco, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Gettysburg College
Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies, San Francisco State University
Dr. David H. Kim, University of San Francisco
Dr. Rowena M. Tomaneng, Berkeley City College
Jeff Arellano Cabusao, Associate Professor, Department of English and Cultural Studies, Bryant University
Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Associate Professor, Department of History, San Francisco State University
Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Professor, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
Robert Liu-Trujillo, Trust Your Struggle Collective
Cece Carpio, Trust Your Struggle Collective
Rev. Jeanelle Nicolas Ablola, San Francisco Pine United Methodist Church; Vice Chair, UMC California/Nevada Advocacy and Justice Committee; Co-Chair, UMC California/Nevada Philippine Solidarity Task Force
Alexis David, ASW, Filipino Mental Health Initiative-San Francisco
Jessica de Jesus, Homegrown Events
Paloma Concordia, PapaLoDown Agency
Anthony Lising Antonio, Stanford University, Associate Professor of Education
Tina Bartolome, School of Unity and Liberation

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