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Pin@y sa Seattle Shares Journeys of Struggle and Stories of Hope

Pin@y sa Seattle, a member organization of GABRIELA-USA, will host their annual Diwang Pinay (“Spirit of the Filipina”) production entitled, Kilos Kababaihan (“Women in Action”): Journeys of Struggle, Stories of Hope, on Sunday, November 4th at Washington Hall in Seattle.  This showcase marks the 10-year anniversary of Diwang Pinay that began with Babae in San Francisco and has expanded to New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. The multimedia production will follow Pin@y’s 6 year Anniversary which falls on Sunday October 28th, also known as Philippine Women’s Day of Protest.

Previous productions have incorporated the talents of Filipina artists through music, theater, movement, poetry and storytelling – touching on themes of violence against women, the legacy of Filipina heroines throughout history, and the plight of forced migration from the Philippines. Through movement, video, music and acting, this year’s show will highlight the stories of Filipina migrants and feature members of Pin@y sa Seattle and local Filipino artists: Atasha Manila, Sara Porkalob, and Rogue Pinay just to name a few.

Within the Philippine women’s movement, Pin@y addresses issues faced by Filipina women at home and abroad, particularly around economics and the impacts on how that  imposes another form of violence on women.  Every day, more than 4,000 Filipinos, mostly women, are forced out of their homes to seek work abroad, separating them from their families and making them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.  In Seattle, most Filipina workers take on low paying jobs, making it difficult to support their families.  Claudia Paras, member of Pin@y and community organizer for airport worker’s with Puget Sound Sage states “Immigrant workers are fighting against poverty wage conditions, while private corporations like the Port of Seattle and Alaska airlines pocket big profits, and we’re here to  tell their stories of struggle and seek justice.”

Proceeds from the show will support members to travel on an exposure trip to the Philippines next summer to integrate with the most oppressed sectors of Philippine society, gain an understanding of the conditions Filipinos at home face and continue the ongoing human rights efforts.  Additional funds raised from auction items, raffle prizes, food sales will also contribute to the campaign work in the Mindanao region being hit by rising human rights violations due to mining and militarization.

Diwang Pinay – Kilos Kababaihan: Journeys of Struggle, Stories of Hope, will start promptly at 3pm on Sunday, November 4th at Washington Hall with doors opening at 2pm.  Washington Hall has anchored Seattle’s Squire Park neighborhood in the Central District for over 100 years, serving as a hub for social and cultural activities for a broad ethnic community. Today, Washington Hall is a non-profit building that is available for events, performances, meetings, classes, and rehearsals. The rehabilitation of Washington Hall, and its development as an arts and community space, is a project of Historic Seattle.

Tickets are $5 pre-sale, $7 at the door.  Childcare will be provided.  Please note the venue is not wheelchair-accessible.  To RSVP and purchase advanced tickets, email or visit our Facebook event page at

WHAT: Pin@y sa Seattle’s Diwang Pinay production, Kilos Kababaiahan: Journeys of Struggle, Stories of Hope

WHEREWashington Hall,153 14th Avenue Seattle, Washington 98122

WHEN: Sunday, November 4th, 2012, doors at 2pm, show at 3pm

For more information on GABRIELA-USA and Pin@y sa Seattle, please visit and

Diwang Pinay 2012 is sponsored by the following organizations: GABRIELA-USA, Washington Hall, Social Justice Fund NW, BAYAN-USA PNW, Alay ng Kultura, AnakBayan-Seattle, Philippine-US Solidarity Organization, Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites, API Chaya, Inay’s Kitchen, University of Washington Filipino American Student Association, and Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse.

Pin@y sa Seattle-GABRIELA USA is a collective of Pinays celebrating our multifaceted identities, revolutionary history, and rich culture.  We work to build a community in the Seattle area invested in educating, defending, and advocating for the human rights of Filipinas globally.