Please join us in remembering….
Farmers, Land and the Philippines -Connecting to Home
Community Teach-In & 5 Year Commemoration
Monday November 16, 2009
Filipino Community Center
5740 MLK Way Seattle
Childcare available upon request
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Seattle, WA – On November 16, 2009 members of BAYAN USA and GABRIELA USA will host a Community Teach-In in commemoration of the 5 year anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita massacre. Land is an essential part of life for most Filipinos living in the countryside. More than 75% of Filipinos are landless farmers, living and working on farmland they do not own, keeping the Philippines in a semi-feudal state. Hacienda Luisita, a major sugar processing zone, is located in the province of Tarlac, and landlord control over the vast track of land has been in the hands of the Cojuangco family for decades.
Thousands of Hacienda Luisita farm and mill workers went on strike on November 16, 2004, just days after halting production in the sugar mills to protest cuts in workdays depriving them of their main source of income. Menial pay amounting to as little as P9.50 a week was all they had to sustain themselves and their families. The unarmed striking farm workers were met with bullets by the Philippine military and police, injuring hundreds and killing 14.
As the ongoing crisis of landlessness continues, the farm workers of Hacienda Luisita will not forget the martyrs and all those who continue to struggle for land to call their own. Please join us in a community gathering to learn more what happened on that fateful day and to understand the importance of land for the livelihood of the Filipino people. The event will take place on Monday November 16 at the Filipino Community Center from 6-8pm. Childcare will be available upon request and light refreshments will be provided.