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Contact: Precious Butiu, precious.butiu@gmail.com, https://www.facebook.com/events/839674332714572/

 

KADASIG: From Typhoon Haiyan to Large-Scale Mining, A Report-Back Performance and Discussion

WHAT: 17 Seattle-based community members traveled to the Philippines at the end of 2013 to assist with grassroots recovery efforts from super Typhoon Haiyan. This event is their report-back to the community.

WHEN: Friday, April 25, doors at 7p, show at 8p

WHERE: Southside Commons, 3518 S Edmunds St, Seattle

WHO:  Co-sponsored by BAYAN Pacific Northwest, Philippines-U.S. Solidarity Organization, GABRIELA Seattle, Alay ng Kultura, Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites and Social Justice Fund NW.

Tickets: $10 pre-sale/youth, $15 at the door

FRIDAY, APRIL 25 — Community members of the Bayan Pacific Northwest region will retell their stories of transformation, highlights and challenges in a multi-media show entitled “KADASIG” which means courage in the Bisaya language. The 17delegates from Seattle including four children traveled to the Philippines last winter to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts and to further their understanding of the harsh realities of Philippine society.  

The Seattle team spent half the time in Quezon City near the capital Manila, celebrating the 150th birthday of Philippine national hero Andres Bonifacio, and the other half on the southern island of Mindanao learning about the impacts of large scale mining on the land and surrounding community.  

Super Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest tropical storm recorded in history to hit the Philippines, struck the town of Tacloban on the island of Leyte on November 8. One week later, Precious Butiu of the organization GABRIELA Seattle and Henry Luke of Alay ng Kultura were the first of the Seattle team to arrive. They participated in a five-day caravan of the first national relief mission organized by BALSA, a national grassroots, all-volunteer organization in the Philippines.  

“When we arrived in Tacloban, the devastation of the area and desperation of the thousands of survivors lined up to receive relief goods blew my mind,” says Precious.  “Yet it was inspiring to see how organized all the BALSA volunteers were in putting the relief packs together and distributing them to the survivors, despite the Philippine government’s inability to respond to the disaster.”

Team members also brought along their families including hip hop artist and activist Geo Quibuyen aka Prometheus Brown of the rap duo The Bar and Blue Scholars. Geo states: “Going back to the Philippines for the first time since I was six was an experience I’ll never forget. It meant everything to share that experience with my family and be hosted by many selfless organizers who we learned from and even worked alongside in their various campaigns and projects to better the conditions of the country my family still calls home.”

All are invited to KADASIG on April 25 to hear more experiences from the  Seattle team and bear witness to the power of the mass movement for genuine democracy in the Philippines.  ##

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