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BAYAN PNW People’s SONA 2014 in Seattle Recap

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

GABRIELA Seattle Stand in Solidarity with #Not1More Hunger Strikers Demanding an End to the Deportations and Detentions

April 8, 2013
Reference: Jill Mangaliman, GABRIELA Seattle,

GABRIELA Seattle Stand in Solidarity with #Not1More Hunger Strikers Demanding an End to the Deportations and Detentions

1150625_1395348319.5877GABRIELA Seattle stands with the 1,200 detainees taking part in the hunger strikes at the Northwest Detention Center, and urge the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and GEO Corporation to release those being held in solitary confinement, as well as stop any forms of retaliation, such as verbal abuse and force-feeding.

On April 5th, GABRIELA Seattle members joined hundreds of supporters in the rain at the protest outside the Northwest Detention Center organized by the #Not1More campaign. Stories were shared by relatives of those detained and those who were formerly detained. People also wrote letters to those participating in the hunger strike since March 6th, due to exploitative and inhumane conditions within the detention center. Since the S-Comm program began, more than 2,500 Washington state residents have been deported and separated from their families. Under Obama’s administration, 2 million people have been deported, more than any other U.S. presidency.

“People not having papers or trying to better their lives and their families lives are not the problem, it’s this unjust, corrupt system,” said Jill Mangaliman of GABRIELA Seattle, “We demand that ICE and GEO corporation stop profiting from people’s lives. We demand that Obama stop all deportations and close the detention centers.”

Members of GABRIELA Washington DC are also experiencing vulnerable immigration situations due to being trafficked to the United States by Isidro Rodriguez, a recruitment agency owner and recruiter. In mid- March, one of the trafficked teachers, Ethelwolda Paat, was picked up by ICE and taken to Montana for questioning and is now pending a court hearing.

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Gabriela Seattle meets with Ethelwolda Paat, one of the trafficked teachers, in Spokane.

Meanwhile, GABRIELA Seattle members were able to meet with Paat in Spokane: “Isidro Rodriguez promised me a lucrative job in the public schools with a pay of $27 per hour in 2009, only to find out upon my arrival that (it) was an unbelievable fraud. I landed working in daycare centers as a nanny, a babysitter, and a caregiver. Until this date I am suffering from Isidro’s manipulation, deception and injustice.”

Learn more about the Justice for Trafficked Filipino Teachers Campaign:

Sign the petition on behalf of #Not1More Hunger Strikers and latest releases available at:



Gabriela Seattle stand with for the Hunger Strikers inside the Detention Center as they fight their rights!


Maru Mora of Latino Advocacy and one of the main organizers of Not1More asks the crowd, “Raise your hand if you have a relative inside the detention center!”

GABRIELA USA: Filipina Women Resist and Fight for the Rights and Welfare of Migrant Women Workers


March 5, 2014
Reference: Valerie Francisco, Chairperson, GABRIELA-USA,

Filipina Women Resist and Fight for the Rights and Welfare of Migrant Women Workers

On the 104th Anniversary of the International Working Women’s Day on March 8th, GABRIELA USA, a Filipino women’s alliance that consists of member organizations in Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles, will be joining working class and im/migrant women across the United States to demand livable wage jobs, an end to labor trafficking, and justice for Super Typhoon Yolanda victims amidst the global economic crisis caused by imperialist globalization.

Almost four months since Typhoon Yolanda, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s administration continues to neglect the needs of the victims, failing to deliver relief goods and basic social needs to women and their families such as adequate housing, comprehensive health services, potable water, and electricity. The government is also using the disaster as an excuse to further intensify militarization of Eastern Visayas deploying thousands of military troops all over the region. “We are outraged and demand President Noynoy to give immediate attention to rebuild and rehabilitate communities. We say NO to another pork barrel scandal keeping relief funds from reaching the people and NO to land grabbing and militarization!” says Tina Shauf, Campaigns Officer of GABRIELA USA.

With the help of puppet governments, imperialist policies like the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans Pacific Partnership allow multi-national corporations to extract and exploit natural resources in an unregulated manner, causing environmental pollution and degradation, and leaving the people unable to survive in their home countries. “There is nothing free about about these ‘free’ trade agreements. Migrants are paying the cost by being forced out of their homeland, separated from their families and subjected to abuse and exploitation,” says Irma Bajar, International Relations Officer of GABRIELA USA.

GABRIELA Washington DC consists mostly of members who are survivors of human trafficking. These trafficked teachers are victims of fraud, and have experienced exploitation and abuse. They were deployed to the US by a Philippines-based recruitment agency only to find that the teaching jobs they were promised were non-existent. Many of the teachers are now filing a human trafficking case against their recruiter, who has been serving time in jail since November 2013 for his crimes against several hundreds of teachers. “It is painful to think that I’m a victim of human trafficking because I lost my self-esteem and dignity. I joined GABRIELA, Washington DC, because of the need to educate people about trafficking and to unite with other survivors to fight for our rights and for justice,” states Fen Ecleo, Co-Chairperson of GABRIELA DC.

Migrants from Latin America, Asia and throughout the world regularly remit money back to their families in their home countries and yet experience unfair wages and wage theft, while the cost of living is only increasing. The majority of domestic workers in the United States are foreign-born and about half of workers are paid an hourly wage below the level needed to adequately support a family. Labor laws throughout the United States still do not include requirements for employers to treat migrant workers with dignity and respect, including rights to fair and overtime pay for hours worked.

In celebrating 5 years of Filipino women’s militancy in advancing the rights and welfare of women and children in the United States, as an international chapter of GABRIELA Philippines, join GABRIELA USA in launching a national campaign on March 17 to expose the realities of human trafficking and demand justice for trafficked teachers.

We are Women Workers, We are NOT Slaves!

Stop Imperialist Exploitation & Modern Day Slavery of Migrant Workers!

STOP Forced Migration of Our People! End the Labor Export Policy!

Justice for Migrant Women Workers and their families!


Join us on March 8th, International Working Women’s Day in the city near you!

Los Angeles
March 6, 2014, 5-8PM
People’s State of the City 2014
One Billion Rising performance during program
Church One
E. 70th Street, Long Beach, CA 90805
March 8, 2014, 2pm
Women Against Repression & Occupation
Rock, Rap & Speakout vs Poverty, Prisons & War
MacArthur Park at Wilshire Blvd (between Alvarado & Parkview) Los Angeles, CA 90057

New York City
March 8, 2014, 12-5pm
12 Noon Speak Out/Rally at Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Factory Memorial
23-29 Washington Place (Between Greene St. & Washington Square East)
1 PM March to 147 West 24th St. New York, NY
2PM-5PM Celebration and Speak Out with Food and Refreshments

San Francisco
March 8, 2014 (12-3pm)
National Domestic Workers Alliance presents Dignity in Action: International Women’s Day Celebration
GABRIELA SF Bangon flashmob @ 1pm
Yerba Buena Ally Way @ Minna & 5th Street (beneath SF Chronicle building)
San Francisco, CA
March 19, 2014 (6-9pm)
Commemoration of Flor Contemplacion Day
Migrante Northern California’s Dinner and Film Night
Location TBA

March 8, 2014 11AM
International Women’s Day Musical Brigade – “Bring the Noise! Sound the Resilience!”
Gather at Prat Park (20th Ave. S & Yesler)
March to Hing Hay Park (Maynard & King St)

Washington, D.C.
March 17th
Justice for Trafficked Teachers Campaign Washington DC Launch
Press Conference to Expose Trafficked Teachers Case Against Recruiter
Location TBA


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