The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns in Northern CA (NAFCON-NorCal) presents in commemoration of Flor Contemplacion Day …
Migrants for E.X.P.O.R.T ~
Community sharing and dialogue on the danger and exploitation of the Labor Export Policy (LEP),
facilitated by Professor Robyn Rodriguez
Saturday, March 17, 2012
5pm – 8pm
@ the Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
On March 17th, 1995, Flor Contemplacion, a Filipina domestic worker, was executed by the Singaporean government for allegedly killing another Filipina domestic worker and the child she cared for.
Her death sparked protests by Filipinos around the world rivaling those that brought down the Marcos dictatorship. Protesters believed that Contemplacion had been framed by her employer and that she was not given a fair trial by the Singaporean government. Protestors were especially enraged at the Philippine government for not preventing Contemplacion’s execution despite the fact that it hails migrants as its “new national heroes” and profits from the billions of dollars that migrants send home.
On the anniversary of Contemplacion’s death this year, NAFCON (National Alliance of Filipino Concerns) NorCal member organizations will be discussing the Philippine government’s labor export program (LEP) that sent Contemplacion to Singapore and continues to send thousands of workers to hundreds of countries around the world. The organizations will share the work they are doing to address the problems that the LEP creates for Filipinos in the U.S. This includes blatant violations of migrant workers’ rights such as wage theft; race, language, and national origin discrimination; and even labor and human trafficking. These organizations have been waging successful campaigns to defend and advance the basic rights of migrant workers, right here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Though many U.S. immigrant rights activists attribute exploitation, abuse, discrimination, deportation and family separation suffered by immigrants to bad employers and problematic U.S. labor and immigration policies, this educational discussion tries to link U.S. Filipinos’ struggles to the LEP. This event will also give an opportunity to share and hear stories on how US Filipinos experienced/experiencing the impacts of LEP and how we as a community can take actions in addressing the root causes of LEP.
The discussion will be facilitated by Robyn Rodriguez who is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at UC Davis. She also works closely with the Filipino Community Center on the CARE Project, a participatory-action research project that aims to study the issues facing caregivers but more importantly to empower caregivers to tell their stories and stand up for their rights. Rodriguez’s recent book, MIGRANTS FOR EXPORT (University of Minnesota Press, 2010) focuses on the LEP.