April 28, 2017
Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines Newsletter

Comrades and friends,

It’s that time of year again. May Day - International Worker’s Day is upon us and the struggle for justice and peace is only more pressing.  In light of the current assaults of the Trump administration, people of color - especially African communities, Native American and indigenous peoples, immigrants, and the LGBTQI community are experiencing an increase in violence, exploitation, displacement, discrimination and deportation. In the Philippines, on the heels of the fourth round of peace talks between the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), a civil war killing thousands persists without justice for the masses.

This May 1st and 2nd, PortlandCHRP would like to invite you to join us in a series of events as Portland along with the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines hosts international peace advocates from the Philippines as part of the JustPeacePH Tour 2017: Promoting Peace and Justice in the Philippines. This US-wide Peace Tour addresses the root causes of the civil war in the Philippines. Portland will be hosting three human rights defenders from different communities at the front lines of the struggle.

Monday, May 1

Towards Liberation! Rise Up and Fight (link)

1126 SW Park Ave

2:00pm - 4:00pm
May Day Rally & March (link)

Shemanski Park, Downtown Portland

6:30pm - 8:30pm
Kababayan, Let’s Talk! - (link)

Promoting Peace and Justice in the Philippines
SEIU LOCAL - 6401 SE Foster Rd

Tuesday, May 2

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Peace, Land, & Rice: An Ecumenical Banquet for Peace (link)

Vancouver First United Methodist Church
401 E 33rd St. Vancouver, WA 98663
$5-$15 suggested donation


** click on the title so each event to learn more


Join us and the Peace Tour delegates at any or all of the above events to learn more about the current conditions of the Philippines and the Peace Talks.


the Limited Edition, screen printed Struggle for a Just and Lasting

Peace peace tour shirt. These will be a small-batch run. $15 - $20 sliding scale donation to support the Peace Tour, delegates, and organizing committees.


You can reserve a shirt for pick-up at this link HERE


Additional events and fundraisers to support the JustPeacePH Tour

Saturday, May 6

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Liberate! Fundraiser Art Show (link)

3903 N Michigan Ave, Portland, OR 97227


Thursday, May 25

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Karaoke for Kapayapan (link)

Voicebox - 734 SE 6th Ave.
$10-15 sliding scale. 21+


Can’t make any of the events and/or would like to do more?

Here are other ways to support and advocate for a just and lasting peace in the Philippines:


  1. Become a member/member organization of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) Pacific Northwest by sending an email to ICHRP.PNW@gmail.com

  2. Join the JustPeacePH platform at http://justpeace.ph/join-us/

  3. Support the tour via gofundme at https://www.gofundme.com/justpeacePH2PDX



Cristina Ellazar Palabay, Dulphing Bayang Ogan, and Christopher Hamera
Please visit here for more information



The Portland leg of the JustPeacePH Tour 2017: Promoting Peace with Justice in the Philippines  is organized by Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, GABRIELA Portland and Anakbayan Portland.  The Peace Tour 2017 is sponsored by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines-U.S. Organizing Group, with support from partners including the Human Rights Office of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, and the United Methodist Women. From April 18-May 8, the Peace Tour will visit New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Oakland, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago and St. Paul, MN. Universities, churches, community organizations, NGOs and elected officials throughout the US will host events for the delegation such as this one being held in Portland on May 1st.  

For a full list of events and sponsors, please visit: http://justpeace.ph. For more information or to request interviews with the Peace Tour delegates, please contact Veronica Porter (veronica.a.porter@gmail.com) or Drew Elizarde-Miller (dcsmiller@gmail.com)

Thank you for being in solidarity with the Filipino people.

Maraming Salamat.