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Filipino Women, Survivors, and Allies to Rise, Release, and Dance to Fight Violence Against Women and Demand Justice


February 12, 2014

Reference: Valerie Francisco, Chairperson, GABRIELA-USA, gabrielawomen@gmail.com

Filipino Women, Survivors, and Allies to Rise, Release, and Dance to

Fight Violence Against Women and Demand Justice

On February 14th, 2014 GABRIELA-USA will join One Billion Rising (OBR), a global call for women survivors of violence and those who love them, to gather safely in public spaces to demand justice. We recognize that we cannot end the various forms of violence against women, including gender violence, poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, without addressing that they are rooted in a global imperialist and patriarchal system. GABRIELA-USA, along with partner organizations and individuals, will be rising for justice on V-DAY in cities across the U.S. including Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, Portland and Washington DC, and are calling on all Filipinos and solidarity allies to join in our actions.

In its second year of participation in OBR, GABRIELA-USA is highlighting survivors of human and labor trafficking, as well as migrant workers. Its newest chapter, launched in Washington D.C. this past October 2013, majority of the 50+ members are survivors of human trafficking. These trafficked teachers were recruited by an agency that promised high-salaried jobs with benefits, housing and transportation. Upon arriving to the U.S., the teachers were regularly threatened with deportation, kept under constant surveillance, control, and manipulation. It is under these slave-like conditions, that these women worked in order to survive.

“The Aquino Administration praises Overseas Filipino Workers as the modern heroes of today, but does not want to be accountable to them when abused, exploited, or taken advantage of abroad,” said Jo Quiambao, Co-Chairperson of GABRIELA D.C. “We will educate, organize, and mobilize our women to fight for their rights and demand that this type of violence stops in our community. The GABRIELA chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area is also working closely with teachers recruited by the same agency, and the GABRIELA chapter in New York continues to work with the women of the Florida 15, who have already filed human trafficking cases with the Department of Justice, and still in search for their trafficker, Jojo Villanueva.

Tina Shauf, National Campaigns Officer, says “The Aquino Administration is actually the biggest human trafficker of Filipinos abroad, with its Labor Export Program. We demand an end to the trafficking and exploitation of our people! We call on the Filipino community and our allies to support all trafficking survivors engaged in legal cases, both in the Philippines and the U.S.”

On February 14th GABRIELA-USA calls on the Philippine government to respond to the issues of trafficking of all Filipino people, and to address the root causes of migration, poverty and underdevelopment in the Philippines. The fight to end violence against women is the fight against an imperialist system that inherently imposes violence on women. Join us in major activities across the country, in a global dance-protest to demand justice for all survivors and victims of human and labor trafficking, and forced migration!




San Francisco, California

February 14th at 4-6pm

Official SF One Billion Rising Event

San Francisco City Hall

GABRIELA flash mob performance at 5pm

Seattle, Washington

February 14 at 6:30pm-7:00pm

Flash mob at Seafood City

2800 Southcenter Mall, Tukwila, WA


Washington D.C.

Friday, February 14th  at 12:00pm

One Billion Rising Rally at Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First St. NE, Washington, DC, US 20543

Rally at Philippine Embassy

Sunday, February 16th at 4:00pm

Isang Bilyong Dance at Cleveland

Park Library, NW DC

Portland, Oregon

February 15 at 12:00pm

One Billion Rising Dance at the Annual Filipino Olympics

Portland State University

1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR

New York

February 14, 8pm-Midnight, Performance @ 8:45pm

V-Day’s Rise NYC Party

Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th St, NYC

RSVP at: http://www.onebillionrising.org/risenyc/


Haiyan Relief Underway: GABRIELA USA Weekly Update 11/18/13

imageGABRIELA USA extends our heartfelt gratitude to all the individuals and organizations from all over the world who have extended generous support towards Lingap GABRIELA, a partner to Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan (BALSA) with relief efforts for the recent devastation of Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan). Your contributions thus far have helped with efforts involving pack distribution, debris clean up, and urgent medical services for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. History shows that in times of disaster, people’s organizations have been more effective in providing genuine relief than the Philippine government.

Precious Butiu, a member of Pinay sa Seattle-GABRIELA USA, reports back from the GABRIELA-Philippines headquarters, “Many hands worked around the clock, to put relief packs, containing rice, water, canned meat and salt.” Lingap GABRIELA is enroute to Tacloban City via Hilogo, Leyte. Another team has reached Northern Samar via Sorsogon, all in preparation for a relief mission to the Eastern Visayas. On November 21, material donations will be distributed by GABRIELA members and volunteer health workers doing typhoon relief work.


Pin@y sa Seattle’s Precious Butiu in the Philippines, with Jamila and Chloe, daughters of a steel worker at their picket line

“It is high time that the Aquino government get its act together rather than waste time and effort defending itself from international criticism for its glaringly disorganized and incompetent response to the disaster brought about by Super Typhoon Yolanda,” states Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan. Violence and rape of women and children are escalating in areas hit by the Super Typhoon Yolanda, and the lack of timely systematized relief to the people is merely a reflection of government corruption and neglect even before the typhoon hit.

How to donate:

To ensure aid reaches the Philippines as fast as possible, GABRIELA-USA is collecting and remitting monetary donations. GABRIELA-USA is partnering with NAFCON and the Bayanihan Relief campaign to accept online donations. Donations can be made through NAFCON’s Paypal account at http://nafconusa.org/programs/.

Please make a note on the NAFCON paypal page that you heard about the relief effort through GABRIELA. Checks can be made payable to “St. George Fontana” and on the memo ine, write “NAFCON Bayanihan Relief” and send check/cash donations to your nearest GABRIELA chapter. Please include your return address with your donation. For qualifying tax-deductible donations, please email trea@nafconusa.org for necessary documentation.


GABRIELA USA Further Advances the Filipina Women’s Movement on National Women’s Day of Protest


October 28, 2013

Reference: Valerie Francisco, Chairperson, GABRIELA USA, gabrielawomen@gmail.com

GABRIELA USA Further Advances the Filipina Women’s Movement on National Women’s Day of Protest

 GABDC launch_group

On October 28, 1983, over 10,000 women surged to Mendiola in the Philippines to protest the oppression, repression, hardship, and corruption of the Marcos dictatorship. Thirty years have passed since women have shown the power of collective action in the overthrow of a dictatorship, but even with the dictator gone, oppression, repression, and the struggles of the people still remain under the implementation of neo-liberal economic policies that further plunges Filipino families into hardship. Today, on the weekend of National Women’s Day of Protest in the Philippines, GABRIELA Washington DC launches as the newest GABRIELA USA chapter in advancing militant Filipina women’s voices across the world against the exploitative and repressive practices of the global imperialist system.

Most of the members of GABRIELA DC are survivors of human trafficking and are also mothers who have left their children back home to find a means to survive. All of them had been left to fend for themselves in a foreign country. Private recruitment agencies, along with loan sharks are given free reign to victimize Filipinos, who are seeking dignifiable work for their families. They leave their families for a job they were promised, and in this case as professional teachers, only to find themselves jobless when they arrive, and if they do find a job, they are not practicing their profession. The teachers followed all the correct procedures, protocoled by the Philippine government through the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, only to find themselves, along with thousands of others scattered throughout the U.S., as victims of the same private recruitment agency.

“It is easy to feel hopeless in the situation that we are in, but we are survivors. Even though many of us have unstable legal status, we still have rights and should be treated like a human beings and live in decent conditions. We have to be united so we are able to give justice not only for ourselves, but also for the welfare of everyone,” says Fen Ecleo, Co-Chairperson of GABRIELA DC. The trafficked teachers who are members of GABRIELA DC came to realize that they are not alone, that this is a problem bigger than their own individual situations.

“In the Philippines, there is a crisis in every aspect of the public social sphere, including education and ensuring the well-being of the people through social services. Why are we sending our teachers abroad, only so they can waste their talents instead of teaching the future of our country?” says Tina Shauf, Vice Chair of Campaigns of GABRIELA USA. Bureaucrats and their cronies in the Philippines are able to access billions through the “pork barrel” system, and yet struggling Filipino like the trafficked teachers are given few humane options to make a decent living.

We will continue to respond to a need to organize against corruption that prevents the genuine development of the Philippines and Filipinos globally. GABRIELA USA demands the right to stay with our families while working dignifiable jobs at home. The launching of GABRIELA DC highlights a historic moment in the Filipina women’s movement, given that the U.S. is the number one destination for Filipino migrants, the majority of whom are women.

In the spirit of National Women’s Day of Protest in the Philippines, GABRIELA will continue to utilize collective action to expose corrupt and unjust practices enforced by the U.S.-backed Philippine government. Until the Filipino people are treated with dignity and respect, GABRIELA will continue to advance the militant women’s movement to fight against such injustices.


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