Sticky Rice Project: Anakbayan-USA Boston Workshop Series
Asian American Resource Workshop, Asian American Center at Northeastern University, & Anakbayan-USA Present:
Anakbayan-USA Boston Workshop Series (Sticky Rice Project)
When: Sunday, November 05 | 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Curry Student Center (Northeastern University), Room 346
Please Google search Curry Student Center because there is no exact address for the building. The closest T stop is the Northeastern University stop, walk past the Krentzman Quadrangle
Light snacks and refreshments provided.
For more information please contact Joelle (
), Dale (
), and Janhavi (
Note: This workshop is open to everyone, including non-Filipinx identified individuals
2-Part Workshop Series
Part 1: Kabataan Alliance Information Session
What is Kabataan Alliance? Why do we need to build a national alliance of Filipino youth?
There has been a long history and tradition of Filipino youth organizing themselves to respond to the call of the times. In 2008, Filipino youth and students across the country formed Sandiwa to learn about their roots and advocate for the needs of the Filipino community. Sandiwa organized annual student exchange programs in the Philippines and national conferences in the U.S. Sandiwa contributed to the building of the Filipino immigrant rights movement in the U.S. as attacks on immigrants heightened after 9/11. They were also at the forefront of relief response when Typhoon Ondoy devastated Manila and surrounding areas in 2009.
In January 2014, Filipino youth and student organizations came together to formalize Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network in response to Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines on November 8, 2013. It started as a national relief network that raised funds and awareness to support typhoon-affected communities in the Philippines as well as advocate for long term solutions to improve disaster preparedness. After the success of its first relief and rebuild mission in the summer of 2014, KBKN expanded its purpose to advocate for environmental justice and human rights, recognizing that the two are intertwined.
In January 2016, Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network with National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and Anakbayan-USA organized a national Filipino youth conference called Kabataan Magkaisa (Youth Unite) with the theme Strengthen the Unity of Filipino Youth to Build a Brighter Future. It aimed to bring together Filipino youth across the U.S. to learn about the various issues affecting Filipinos and how Filipino youth can stand united to advocate for changes that improve our communities.
We are now in a time of social and political crisis. Black communities are subjected to state violence. Indigenous people are being forcibly displaced from their ancestral lands. Immigrants and refugees are in constant threat of ICE raids and deportations. Military spending is prioritized over our education and social services. Women and LGBTQ communities are met with violence and their basic human rights are violated. Now more than ever is the time for Filipino youth and students all over the U.S. to educate, unite, and act!
In recognition of the history of youth organizing, building upon the success of the Kabataan Magkaisa conference, and responding to the social and political climate, KBKN affirms the need to broaden its purpose to serve the needs of the larger Filipino community from the U.S. to the Philippines by building a national youth and student alliance.
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Part 2: Anakbayan-USA Workshop - People First, Not Profit and War: International Students Day
The condition of the Filipino masses has continued to worsen, both in the U.S. and in the Philippines. Particularly for youth, the Trump administration has proposed drastic cuts to the education budget, as well as the budgets for basic social services that serve many migrant and working-class youth and their families. Policies protecting students from predatory loans, which are already greatly limited, are being pulled. Title IX also recently came under attack by Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education. Trump’s decision to repeal DACA endangers thousands of youth and their families, with an estimated 10,000 of the recipients being Filipino.
At the same time, police repression, both in the community and on campus, is escalating as more and more students continue to rise up. Abroad, militarism and wars of aggression have only intensified. In the Philippines, U.S. tax dollars have been funneled toward police and military aid. This money funds the death of our kababayan--many of them youth--through Duterte’s three wars against the people: the Drug War, Martial Law, and Oplan Kapayapaan.
US President Donald Trump will be visiting the Philippines between November 12-14, 2017 for the first time. It will be one of many stops Trump has planned for his Asia Pacific tour as he participates in the Association of South East Asian Nations’ East Asia Summit (EAS), where leaders from 18 countries will be present-- including China and Russia, US imperialism’s two main competitors--to discuss their plans for expanding neoliberal globalization and domination of the region. Underneath the summit table are trade wars, the US military pivot to Asia, aggressive expansion of China, warmongering on the Korean Peninsula, growing territorial tensions the East and South China Sea, and other local and regional issues.
To assert its own hegemony and contain China’s expansion, total defense spending of the U.S. in the Asia-Pacific is forecast to hit US $533 billion per year by the end of the decade, us from US$435 billion in 2015. The region will likely account for one in every three dollars spent on defense by the early 2020s.
Meanwhile, embattled Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will host the East Asia Summit as he chairs the ASEAN on its 50th year. Amidst his fascist wars on the poor, martial law in Mindanao, and extra-judicial killings, Duterte will play out his precarious balancing act in foreign diplomacy, which to-date has amounted to placating to foreign interests including the U.S. and China. This is a time to voice out the people’s concerns -- on the world stage. This is a time for international solidarity.
This is the time to say: Resist U.S. wars! Build peace!
Join the international Call to Action against Trump’s visit to the Philippines and Asia Pacific region, the neo-liberal agenda of the ASEAN and EAS, and towards building a movement of all people who support Philippine liberation and struggle for genuine independence from US imperialism!
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