Gabriela Seattle – Gabriela USA believes that the leadership and empowerment of Filipina women is crucial to the liberation of the Philippines from US imperialism. Following the many women who went before us and took to the street and fought hard for their and their families’ rights, we too will mobilize and take action to struggle for a better future for our people.
Voices of Women to fight Violence Against Women (iVow to fight VAW)
iVow is a campaign that addresses issues of violence against women and raises them to the level of economic violence as perpetuated by US Imperialism. Women, girls, and children remain as the most vulnerable sector of victims from US militarization. According to Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), prostitution of women and children goes up 600% with the presence of US military bases. The highest profile case was the Nicole Subic Bay Rape case of 2009, in which all of the suspected perpetrators, who were US military officers, were acquitted and not brought to justice. http://gabusa.org/campaigns/ivow-to-fight-vaw/
According to the United Nations, one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, or about one billion. On February 14th, also known as “International End Violence Against Women’s Day” or “V-Day,” one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced in demand of an end to violence against women. Pinay sa Seattle participated in the same flashmob danced in the Philippines on that day and then later facilitated a community workshop about I-VOW, connecting state repression and US militarism to fostering an environment for accelerated occurrences of human trafficking and sexual assault.
Solidarity for Workers Rights
Pin@y has been working with community and church groups to advocate for better living wages and working conditions for the Seatac Airport workers. Pin@y has also supported local grocery store workers and Walmart workers in their struggle for living wage jobs