AF3IRM May Day 2014 Actions & Activities

AF3IRM will participate in marches and rallies from coast to coast for May Day/International Workers’ Day!

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Los Angeles  | May Day March
AF3IRM LA  will be marching with California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ)
10am-2pm | Downtown Los Angeles
March will start at the Chinatown Dragon Gates (Cesar Chavez St & Hill St) and end at the Federal Detention Center (Alameda St and Temple St)



New York | May Day March
AF3IRM NY will be marching.
530pm | Manhattan
AF3IRM NY will be meeting at 5pm at Union Square – find the purple berets!


Orange CountyMay Day March
AF3IRM Irvine/OC will be marching.
3pm  | Santa Ana
They will be meeting at 2pm Ross & 4th Street



San DiegoMay Day March – “Workers United for Dignity and Justice”
AF3IRM San Diego will be marching.
2pm  | San Diego City College
The march and rally start at SDCC and ends with a community rally at 5pm in Chicano Park.


San Francisco Bay Area | May Day March
AF3IRM SF Bay Area and the Berkeley Unit will be marching.
4pm | Oakland
AF3IRM SF Bay Area will be meeting at 3:30pm at Fruitvale Plaza. The march  will end at 5:30pm at Fruitvale Bart Plaza.



South Bay – Los AngelesMay Day “Walk for Dreamers”
AF3IRM South Bay Unit-Los Angeles will be participating.
12:00pm | California State University Long Beach
They will be meeting at the Speakers Platform at 12pm and walk to Brotman Hall.


Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Boston  | Book Discussion on Undoing Border Imperialism
For more info, contact: [email protected]

Vanish-ment and Women’s History at the Summer School of Women’s Activism

SSOWANY14The 4th Summer School of Women’s Activism will be centered around Five Continents Feminism, an evolving theme of transnational journey that AF3IRM offers to women of color whose unique experiences clamor to be heard and documented. From changing the paradigm to shifting the center of what feminism looks like, this year, we want to create a stronger foundation for five continents feminism through intense learning, and sharing our collective struggle as transnational women.

Classes will take place for four Saturdays beginning on June 7th, from 12-4pm, in a safe space in Manhattan.

AF3IRM members Olivia Canlas, Kristina Joyas and Erica Lim will lead the first session called Vanish-ment and Women’s History, Sexism, which details the emergence of patriarchy that led to the subjugation of women. This session explores the history of the oppression of women, painstakingly citing historical factors on how women lost their voice in a span of more than a thousand years.

The purpose of the session is to learn women’s history of erasure and to write a five-continents feminism that is grounded in our vision and experiences as transnational women. Discussions in this session are programmed to focus on different forms of “vanishing”; how the establishment of private property and class has institutionalized the marginalization of women; case in point: the existence of prostitution. Using more sophisticated systems of oppression, modern politics and patriarchal trends continue to banish women from history.

The school is open to all women-identified, women of color. Each student will be given reading and study materials for each session. Light lunch and child-care will be provided. The exact location of the school will be emailed to those who register.

Contact: [email protected]

Ninotchka Rosca to Speak at Rutgers University on Super-Typhoon Mission

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NEW JERSEY: On Friday, April 25, 2014, at 6:30 – 9:00 pm, at the Asian American Cultural Center, AF3IRM member Ninotchka Rosca will give a report on the aftermath of the super-typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). The Rutgers Association of Pilipino Students (RAPS) is hosting the event which is open to the public. The Center is at the Livingston Campus, 49 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854, and can be contacted at (848) 445-8043.

“Typhoon Haiyan, “ said Ms. Rosca, “is a vivid illustration of what’s coming with climate change. It is incumbent for all of us to take full measure of its toll on human life. This is not just for those of Philippine ancestry. No race, no ethnicity can escape these changes and we need to cooperate to make sure that survival won’t be only for the few with resources.”

With the highest landfall speed ever recorded, typhoon Haiyan decimated the island of Leyte, as well as parts of Samar and Cebu islands. Estimates of fatalities range from 8,000 to 12,000, with 600,000 homeless and 11 million directly affected by the storm. Seven million trees, including entire coconut groves upon which the livelihood of thousands depended, were destroyed.

Along with AF3IRM National Chair Jollene Levid, Ms. Rosca visited Leyte, Cebu and Zamboanga this January. They went through villages which had been totally wiped out by the typhoon and where residents were desperately re-building on their own, while searching for missing relatives and friends. In the course of this needs-assessment mission, Ms. Rosca tracked down a rumor about a thousand still unburied bodies – something denied by authorities – and the two found them in the yard of a building near the San Juanico bridge.

Following reports of sexual assaults – also stringently denied by authority – in the typhoon areas, AF3IRM, in cooperation with the National Association of Asian and Pacific Islanders to End Sexual Violence (NAPIESV), sent Ms. Rosca and Ms. Levid to the Philippines to conduct a needs-assessment analysis, focused on women and children.

“Trafficking, prostitution and child prostitution are much feared and much talked about,” noted Ms. Rosca wryly, “but about which not much is done.”

Both Ms. Levid and Ms. Rosca have been giving presentations on the typhoon to various groups. “We approach the issues comprehensively,” explained Ms. Rosca, “so that people leave with a sense of how to interface with the damaged communities.”

Phase 2 of the AF3IRM/NAPIESVE Philippine mission will begin in second half of this year. It will focus on training people to establish safety zones for women and children, as well as ensure that their specific needs are among immediate relief goods.

Anyone who wish to help, contribute or work with the mission can email [email protected] For direct cash donations, please access the AF3IRM project page at — ##

Stand with Grace Victory: Supreme Court decision affirms mother’s right to pass family name to children!

For Immediate Release
March 24, 2014
Contact: Ivy Quicho, AF3IRM LA
[email protected] | 951-333-4306

NATIONAL– AF3IRM and supporters of the Stand with Grace Coalition celebrate another win, as Grande’s right to pass her last name to her children is preserved. On March 5, 2014 the Philippine Supreme Court ruled that the, “Respondent’s [Antonio’s] position that the court can order the minors to use his surname […] has no legal basis.” Grande’s two sons are no longer forcibly subjected to take on Congressman Patrick Antonio’s surname.

“This is a historic decision that sets precedent for both mother and child,” said Jollene Levid, National AF3IRM Chairperson, “It reinforces that children are not property to be pawns in quests for profit and power. Most importantly, this decision challenges patriarchal familial lineage and preserves the mother’s right to pass on her family name to her children.”

Antonio never acknowledged the boys, now ages 14 and 16, from birth. The court document explains that, “the children were not expressly recognized by respondent [Antonio] as his own in the Record of Births of the children in the Civil Registry.” Levid stated that, “It was not until after Grande left the country that Antonio attempted to claim his two sons whom he saw only as extensions of his warlord dynasty and a means to dominate their mother.”

The two boys submitted letters expressing their desire not to take the surname of their warlord father. They spoke of his absence from their lives and the hurt he has caused them, even stating that they “don’t want a name of a man who hurts people,” and asked the question, “why would I want my last name to be changed to Antonio if he doesn’t even care about me?” The years of abandonment and denial certainly weighed heavily on the children’s desires to be free of their father’s last name.

Antonio even attempted to argue that Grande was “unfit” to serve as the children’s mother, which was proved invalid in the Supreme Court decision- “the rule regarding the use of a child’s surname is second only to the rule requiring that the child be placed in the best possible situation considering his circumstances.”

“I am overfilled with joy and appreciation. Thank you to AF3IRM and the rest of the coalition for continuing to stand by our side. I hope that this decision can help other women in similar situations,” said the Grace Grande.

“The Stand with Grace Coalition thus far has been able to compel both the U.S. and Philippine government to drop the erroneous extradition charge against Grande, support Grace in obtaining full, sole custody of her children, assert the right of her two children to stay in the U.S. through the DREAM act, win over $1 million in retroactive child support, and preserve the right of a mother to pass on her family name. This is what can be accomplished when a woman is determined and has the support of her community,” said AF3IRM LA Chapter Co-Coordinator Gayle Palma.

Grace Grande, with her two sons, had fled a life as a concubine of Philippine Congressman Patrick Antonio. When she came to the U.S., Antonio was able to stalk Grande and her family across borders and tamper with her immigration status. The congressman attempted to extradite Grande back to the Philippines on the basis of an alleged theft charge by an employee of his, but lost the case as Grande’s lawyers, AF3IRM, and the Stand with Grace Coalition stood firm and resolute against him. Grande’s lawyer in the Philippines will be traveling to the Regional Trial Court in Aparri, Cagayan to finalize the surname of the children’s choosing. Grande continues to fight for asylum so that she and her two sons may live a life free from abuse.

As International Women’s Month comes to a close, AF3IRM calls on all to celebrate this victory for women everywhere who have survived economic, physical, and sexual abuse, and for the rights of their children. Let us continue to organize against the systems that breed such violence and corruption. Onward to true women’s liberation and the liberation of humanity!

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