Philippine Solidarity Week

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Philippine Solidarity Week is a week of activities  to commemorate the Philippine-American War, which began on February 4, and to raise awareness and support for the continuing struggle of the Filipino people for national liberation. It is led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA or BAYAN-USA.

 

Since 1899, U.S. troops have maintained their presence in the Philippines through permanent military and naval bases and through military agreements and treaties that undermines Philippine sovereignty. These military bases have served as launching pads for U.S. Imperialist aggression in Asia. With the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPPA) and the Joint Force 2020 ventures, U.S. troops will continue imperialist aggression in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the Philippines.

 

This week, BAYAN-USA’s NorCal region will be releasing a series of “Myths/Facts” about U.S. militarization in the Philippines. ABSV is starting the week off with Myth/Fact #1!

 

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MYTH: More U.S. troops are necessary for typhoon relief in the Philippines.
FACT: Typhoon relief is used to justify an increasing U.S. military presence in the Philippines, which has historically led to human rights violations, violence against women and children, and environmental destruction.

Please read Nato Reyes’ (BAYAN Philippines Secretary General) excellent analysis of the militarization of typhoon relief here.

For more information about the damages caused by U.S. militarization, please read the statement released by Pinay Sa Seattle, a progressive Filipina women’s organization, here.

And last but not least, please check-out ABSV x BAYAN-USA’s “U.S. Militarization in the Philippines” infographic!

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Be on the lookout for the rest of this week’s Myths/Facts!
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