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On the 45th Anniversary of the Marcos Dictatorship in the Philippines, We Remain Opposed to Auto-Golpe, Authoritarianism and Neo-Fascism

21 September 2017
New York

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has maintained, throughout the first year of his term, a revision of Philippine history toward the rehabilitation of the memory of the ousted late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, and his clan and cronies.

Having accepted campaign funds from the Marcos clan and cronies, he has wholeheartedly embraced his subservience to the oligarchy that laid waste both the Philippine economy and Filipino lives.

He has had the skeleton of the dictator buried in the Cemetery of Heroes, labeled the son Bongbong Marcos, though defeated in the last elections, “possibly the country’s vice-president,” proclaimed Marcos’ birthday a holiday in his home province and has now declared the 21st of September a national holiday.

He has moreover continued to mimic his dead tyrant-idol through wholescale destruction of the check-and-balance agencies in governance, defunded the Commission on Human Rights, jailed a proclaimed and sworn-in senator on the contrived evidence of photographs and degraded her with a claimed sex video which was non-existent, pushed to have the Philippine Constitution changed to federalism which would enable him to stay in power until 2025, and freed those charged with corruption and used convicted drug lords’ testimony, fake news, trolls and click farms to demonize the opposition.

More, Duterte unleashed a supposed “war on drugs” which was actually a massacre of the poor and the hapless, 13,000 + dead, while those accused of being drug lords were handled with kid gloves and eventually exonerated. This war on the poor morphed the entire Philippine National Police into an assassins’ guild, with quotas for nightly kills, irrespective of guilt or innocence.

And to further imitate his tyrant-idol, Duterte occasioned the most serious armed conflict in Mindanao, with the Muslim city of Marawi reduced to rubble and thousands of refugees continuing a perilous existence in evacuation centers where 39 have died from disease.

This is our response: As we opposed the Marcos Dictatorship through all the two decades of its murderous rampage and rapacious looting, so shall we oppose Duterte’s ambition to channel his dead tyrant-idol and destroy all the democratic processes in the archipelago. Overseas Filipinos have worked under the most stringent conditions to re-establish a bright possibility for the archipelago, accepting some of the most demeaning jobs in the world in order to remit financial resources to enable their families to survive and thrive. We oppose any attempt to nullify this nearly 50 years of sacrifice of those exported overseas to pull Philippine economy up from where it had been trashed by the Marcos clan and cronies, and to restore wealth to the Philippine treasury so looted by the same oligarchy.

As we have and continue to call for justice against malfeasance of the Marcos clan and cronies, so we call for justice against the Duterte Regime for a) murder of 13,000; b) exacerbation of armed conflict; c) enabling the theft of Philippine territory and resources; d) destruction of the democratic procedures fought for and won against the Marcos Dictatorship.

UPHOLD THE JUST STRUGGLE AGAINST THE MARCOS-DUTERTE REGIME!
NO TO MARTIAL LAW! NO TO DICTATORSHIP! NO TO FEUDAL FEDERALISM!
DISMANTLE ALL POLITICAL DYNASTIES AND WARLORD CLANS!
DENOUNCE THE MISOGYNOIR OF DUTERTE’S NEO-FASCISM!
PUSH BACK AGAINST THE WAR ON THE POOR!
TURN THE DRUG TAP OFF AT THE SOURCE!

AF3IRM NYC

 

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Countdown to CenterShift II: Endorse, Vend or Table at Roots and Routes!

We are just over a month away from CenterShift II: Roots and Routes! The theme of the conference, Roots and Routes, focuses on the roots of feminism in the USA, which was inspired by the original communal Iroquois Confederacy from which pioneering feminists drew the concept of equality, and the current routes and further developments based on these foundational feminist ideas, current movements, and needed conditions for genuine liberation. We aim to bring together our allies to shift the women’s movement toward concerns and issues of women of color and transnational women, enhance women of color leadership in deepening the theory and practice of transnational and intersectional feminism, and build a common front of resistance among women of various ethnicities.

If your organization is interested in endorsing, tabling, or vending at Roots and Routes, please fill out this form by September 21, 2017. Note that we have space to accommodate a limited number of vendors. In exchange, we are asking for a $20 donation sent via PayPal: nynj@af3irm.org

You can register for the conference here: http://bit.ly/af3rr17

Our main Organizational Endorser asks: 1. Send a representative from your organization to attend the conference, 2. Share widely with your networks on social media, your website, and/or networks, 3. Send your logo so that we may recognize you in our materials, and/or 4. Donations are always welcome.

For questions regarding endorsements, please contact nynj@af3irm.org.

AF3IRM to convene historic national gathering on the origins of feminism in the US and the future for women of color in the era of neo-fascism

NEW YORK– On Saturday, October 21, 2017, transnational feminist organization AF3IRM will host their summit at the Centre for Social Innovation in New York City. The groundbreaking gathering, “Center Shift Conference II – Roots and Routes: Understanding the Origins and Charting the Future of Feminism for Transnational Women of Color” (Roots and Routes), will celebrate AF3IRM’s 28th anniversary by convening hundreds of women-identified people from throughout North America to transform, build and lead the 4th wave of feminism. The conference continues the work and theory-building from the first Center Shift Conference that was held in NY in 2013 and 2014’s Women on the Wave Summit in Los Angeles, which both sought to organize a more inclusive and intersectional feminist future.

As Joan Ariete and Leani Auxilio, AF3IRM New York Chapter Coordinators, shared, “Through Roots and Routes, we aim to bring together our allies and accomplices to refocus the women’s movement toward centering concerns and issues of women of color and indigenous and transnational women; to enhance women of color leadership in deepening the theory and practice of feminism; and to build a common front of resistance among women of various identities.”

Roots and Routes seeks to examine and reclaim the roots and history of feminism in the United States, inspired by the original communal Iroquois Confederacy from which the concept of equality was drawn by pioneering feminists, and to lay the groundwork for the routes and further advances against patriarchy, imperialism and fascism, based on foundational feminist ideas, current movements, and needed conditions for genuine liberation.

“With the rise of global fascism, the wars waged by corporations in the fight for full control of the planet and its inhabitants, and the severe subjugation and genocide of womankind, now is the time for women to come together to coordinate our work, to dream up new realities, and to develop action plans for victory,” asserted AF3IRM National Chairperson Ivy Quicho as she urged women to attend. “Together, we are the feminist uprising. “

AF3IRM has deep roots that began in 1989 as GABNet. Since 2009, this grassroots organization has evolved into its current formation and grown to become a national organization of transnational, im/migrant women from various ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds. With a commitment to fighting against oppression in all its forms, AF3IRM engages in movement-building from within the United States, while building horizontal alliances across borders on issues that include immigrant rights, sex trafficking, sexual violence, and militarism.

Join AF3IRM on Saturday, October 21, 2017 for Roots and Routes as it continues its rich 28-year history of theory building, agitating, mobilizing, and organizing to gain genuine freedom for womankind. For more information, visit http://www.af3irm.org or register now at https://bit.ly/af3rr17. For interview opportunities or media inquiries, contact: af3irm@af3irm.org. A list of speakers and participating organizations will be made available later and upon request.

AF3IRM on the Juan Thompson Affair

We received numerous inquiries from media outfits regarding the alleged use of bomb threats against various entities by Juan Thompson in his effort, according to authorities, to harass his former girl friend who happens to be a member of AF3IRM NYC.
We are honoring our sister’s choice to maintain her anonymity.  However, from our collective perspective, we have been appalled by the inordinate burden placed by the legal process upon a woman seeking relief from an abusive and/or dangerous situation with an intimate partner.  For months, we watched our sister go through a well-nigh unbearable situation of cyber-stalking, cyber abuse and cyber harassment.  We wish this could have been resolved earlier.
We in AF3IRM know full well the lengths to which and the extent of evil a stalker will take to persecute a woman who simply no longer wants him in her life.  Our sister’s experience is not unique.  Misogyny and its enforcer, violence against women, are so much a norm that women have to struggle for dignity, respect, recognition and equality practically every waking moment of their lives.  Violence against women – physical, psychological, spiritual, economic – remains the most pervasive human rights violation on earth.
AF3IRM’s work honors women every day, in their relentless resistance against an oppressive system that renders them vulnerable to long-term abuse, exploitation, harassment and disruption of their lives.
This is why we are marching in Los Angeles on March 5th to celebrate womankind and joining the International Women’s Strike on March 8th.   — #

Join AF3IRM for International Women’s Day and Women’s Month!

We invite you to join AF3IRM for our events for International Women’s Day and for the rest of Women’s Month! We are proud to be able to present the International Women’s Day March in Los Angeles for the third year in a row and to participate in the International Women’s Strike. We will also have  a noise demo in solidarity with all immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area.

See our calendar below for more information.

2017 International Women’s Day and Women’s Month Calendar

Wednesday, March 1st
South Bay – Los Angeles (CA) | 7PM
Educational Dialogue on Present Day Fascism
Native Sol, 2018 E. 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814

Thursday, March 2nd
Orange County (CA) | 6pm
Sign Making for International Women’s Day March & Rally
CSU Fullerton, TSU – Bradford AB

Friday, March 3rd
South Bay – Los Angeles (CA) | 7PM
Sign Making for International Women’s Day March & Rally
9530 Alondra Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706

Saturday, March 4th
New York City (NY) | 2:30PM
Momma’s HipHop Kitchen: Still We Rise (AF3IRM Table)
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

Albany (NY) |
Omega Phi Beta Sorority – SUNY Albany Chapter’s 19th Annual Philanthropic Banquet
AF3IRM is the beneficiary for this year’s banquet.

Sunday, March 5th 12 Noon
International Women’s Day March – Organized by AF3IRM Los Angeles
Starting @ LAPD Headquarters, 100 W. 1t St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/221499078304152/
For more info, contact: losangeles@af3irm.org

Wednesday, March 8th
International Women’s Day/International Working Women’s Day

Honolulu (HI) | 11:30AM
Guerrilla Action! Demand accountability for the state’s disregard for women’s lives – bring a purple dress on a hangar to symbolize a woman or community of women you want to recognize.
Queen Lili΄uokalani Statue, Hawai΄i State Capitol

Los Angeles (CA) | 3:00PM – 6:00PM
International Women’s Strike – LA Rally
Federal Building, 300 N. Los Angeles St.

New York |
International Women’s Strike – NY
3:00PM – Meet at Washington Square Park and MacDougal. Look for purple berets. for more info, message nynj@af3irm.org
4:00PM – Rally @ Washington Square Park
5:30PM – March to Zuccotti Park
AF3IRM NY will be speaking at the International Women’s Day rally led by the Socialist Party (locale of NY), March 8, 4-8PM, Washington Sq. Park. To those who cannot miss work, please wear purple, red or black to show solidarity.

South Bay – Los Angeles (CA) | 7PM
AF3IRM Feminists Fight Fascism Political Open Mic
Native Sol, Long Beach

Washington DC | 3:30PM – 5:30PM
Women Worker’s Rising Rally – join the AF3IRM DMV contingent!
In front of the Department of Labor
200 Constitution St NW, Washington DC

Saturday, March 11th
San Francisco/Bay Area (CA) | 3:00PM
AF3IRM No Borders! No Nations! End Deportations!
Noise demo in solidarity with all immigrants
Contra Costa West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond, CA 94806

Los Angeles (CA) | 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Las Fotos Project Presents Viva La Muxer Art and Music Festival (AF3IRM Table)
Plaza de la Raza, 3540 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/224925174619726/
Tickets: https://vivalamuxer2017.eventbrite.com/

Sunday, March 12th
San Francisco/Bay Area (CA) | 2:00PM-3:30PM (Workshop B)
“Gender Oppression Under Fascism and The Feminist Fight for an Anti-Fascist Future” Workshop
part of ROAR (Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism) Conference
CIIS, 1453 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Thursday, March 16th
Los Angeles (CA) | 6:30PM to 8:30PM
AF3IRM New Member Mixer
For women-identified of color interested in joining. Location disclosed with RSVP to losangeles@af3irm.org

Saturday, March 18th
San Francisco/Bay Area (CA) | 8:30AM to 6:00PM
“Immigration, Imperialism, & Insurgency! The Cycle of Political Trauma & Organizing for Liberation” Workshop
part of the Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference
UC Berkeley Pauley Ballroom, MLK Student Union, 2nd Fl