Activists in the Philippines have a long history of making monumental cultural work for protests, rallies, and marches. In 2017 we saw a 13-foot tall Trump fascist spinner, with Duterte crouching beside him, go viral after debuting at a massive protest in Manila. The spinner was built as a response to the ASEAN Summit conference, the same week Trump visited the Philippines. Portland-based organizers and artists looked admirably on and felt inspired to take art to the streets.Read More
After Trump solidified his support for Duterte and his bloody War on Drugs at the 2017 East Asia Summit (EAS), Duterte escalated his threats against the people. Following the lead of the United States, Duterte added the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) - the alliance of revolutionary forces in the Philippines - to the country’s terrorist list. Duterte also extended this move to legal, progressive political and social organizations, such as Karapatan or Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), which represents progressive Filipino organizations in Philippines and abroad.Read More
November 16, 2017 marks the 13th anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre. Hacienda Luisita (HL), a 6,543-hectare estate and sugar plantation located in Tarlac City, Philippines, is owned by one of the most powerful landlord families in the country - the Aquino-Cojuangco clan. Thirteen years ago today, 7 people were killed (including two children), hundreds injured, and a total of 133 strikers and their supporters were arrested after police and military personnel opened fire on thousands of farm workers picketing unarmed for fair wages.Read More
45 years after Ferdinand Marcos implemented Martial Law in the Philippines and enforced a policy of cruelty against the Filipino nation, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Martial Law over Mindanao and threatened to enact Martial law over the whole country. In the strongest terms, U.S. based members of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines condemn the U.S.-Duterte’s regime’s declaration of Martial law, the aggressive militarization of the whole country, and the regime’s increasingly horrific human rights record.Read More
On the same day that the Washington Post deemed the Duterte-Trump friendship a “bromance” , Filipino-Americans convened to welcome the “JustPeacePH Peace Tour 2017,” a US-wide speaking tour of Filipino human rights defenders on the frontlines of the struggle to address the root causes of the civil war in the Philippines, an armed conflict which has claimed the lives of a reported 30,000 people since it began in 1969.Read More
Representatives of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines - Portland (ICHR), Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer Concerns, Western Methodist Justice Movement, and the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice gathered for a vigil for just and lasting peace in the Philippines to call for the continuation of the peace talks in the Philippines between the Government Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the People's Democratic Government of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).Read More
The recent election of Donald Trump, and the heightened resistance that has accompanied it, is the result of the weakening crisis hold of U.S. monopoly capitalism: imperialism.
Driving geo-politics and social policy worldwide for the past century, U.S. imperialism has forced a system of corporatist tyranny upon billions. But at this time, the US global hegemony is slipping--while countries with imperialist aspirations and tendencies continue to grow, overproduction within the U.S. continues to increase and the struggle of workers for a liveable wage, health care, and other basic rights deepens.Read More