From Nicole Ramirez, Co-Coordinator of BAYAN PNW USA:

On Sunday, all 4 BAYAN PNW organizations attended Pista sa Nayon at Seward Park for our local #SONA2014 performances and flyering action.

GABRIELA Seattle performed the One Billion Rising dance not once, but twice in the afternoon both on the main stage and at the Ihaw Ihaw stage. GABRIELA Seattle and Anakbayan Seattle members then joined Rogue Pinay to perform the “Worker’s Song.”

Donna Denina and Laurie Torres both spoke about the work of GABRIELA USA and BAYAN USA to expose Noynoy Aquino’s FAILS, in particular, his failure to protect Filipinos from becoming victims of human trafficking and forced migration. Throughout the afternoon, everyone helped hand out flyers about GABRIELA USA’s human trafficking campaign, highlighting ate Ethel Paat’s story.

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In the Philippines, thousands upon thousands of our kasamas and fellow Filipinos marched on the streets of EDSA to deliver the true People’s State of the Nation.

Though President Noynoy Aquino spoke of progress, we demanded his ousting. Because we know of the widespread poverty, rising unemployment, and sham land reform that has forced our families and many others out of our homelands at unprecedented rates.

We call for his ousting, because we have heard of the rising number of unabated killings and human rights violations that we will see worsened by the government’s continued subservience to US interests through the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.

We call for his impeachment, because our own BAYAN PNW kasamas have witnessed the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. With their own hands they have helped distribute relief goods to survivors of the typhoon because Noynoy Aquino failed to respond to the natural disaster.

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Coverage on SONA 2014: Pinoy Weekly – PHOTOS | #SONAngBayan calls for Aquino ouster