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A study by a senior at Amherst College needs participants. [01 Feb 2010|04:11pm]

This came through the pipeline and I promised to post it in the community.

Aileen is looking for self-identifying queer Asian American women/womyn to interview about their experiences and identity as part of her senior thesis project. If you think you can do it or know someone who might be interested. Please email her at aileenk.nyc@verizon.net.
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[26 Jun 2008|04:53pm]


The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young.  GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.


The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFEtm campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution


Fill out the survey at:  www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student.


While we greatly appreciate the interest taken in GENIUS by students, staff and faculty at academic institutions outside of the United States, at this time GENIUS is only able to track schools based in the United States.

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Vigil Against Police Butality--LA [19 Jun 2008|03:06pm]

Hi everyone! If you're in LA on the 21st, definitely try to attend - it's about time our voices are heard.

West Coast - Los Angeles, California

On June 21, 2008, there will be a large-scale candlelight vigil and speak-out / open mic for victims of police brutality. There will be phenomenal speakers, a "know your rights" workshop on the side, and the critically acclaimed Tamil Sri Lankan-American, political theatre artist/writer and music producer, D'LO as MC. (http://www.myspace.com/dlocokid)

In particular, we will be honoring the following people who have been recently shot and killed by police-

Usman Chaudhry, a 21 year old autistic Muslim man

Michael Sungman Cho, a 25 year old UCLA alum and Korean American artist

Michael Byoune, a 19 year old African American aspiring chef

Roketi Su'e, a Samoan 46 year old terminally ill cancer patient

Please come and join us in taking a stand against police brutality.
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: 1435 N. Curson, West Hollywood, CA
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[21 May 2008|01:04pm]

Please find attached GABRIELA Philippines' statement on the death of our
beloved comrade Crispin "Ka Bel" Beltran. He passed away yesterday, May
20, due to head injuries sustained when he accidentally fell from the
roof of his house while repairing it. His remains are at the Philippine
Independent Church in Taft Avenue, Manila. He will be cremated on May

Emmi de Jesus
Secretary General, GABRIELA Philippines


GABRIELA National Alliance of Women mourns with the people with the
passing away of Ka Crispin Beltran, representative of Anakpawis Party
List, representative of the working class Filipinos.

Ka Bel was relentless in serving the oppressed people, enduring the
most difficult of trials, the latest of which was his detention for more
than a year for rebellion case orchestrated by the Arroyo regime. His
dedication to the working class was such that he inspired and encouraged
his own children and grandchildren to become part of the people's

Ka Bel was an ideal man – passionate in his commitment to serve, devoted
to the cause of the people, dependable in the most trying of times.

Ka Bel's death is a great loss but more importantly his life, tirelessly
dedicated to serving the oppressed peoples, will forever serve as an
inspiration to continue the people's struggle for genuine freedom and

Mahal ka namin, Ka Bel, we will sorely miss you.


News article from GMA News:

ka bel passes may 20th.

Labor leader and staunch Arroyo critic passes away

From the parliament of the streets to the corridors of Congress, Crispin B. Beltran never gave up on his aim of promoting the interest of workers.

The 75-year-old Beltran, born in Bacacay, Albay on January 7, 1933, was a long time trade unionist and chairman of the Kilusang Mayo Uno before he became representative of Anakpawis party-list.

He met his end on Tuesday, May 19. He succumbed to severe head injuries after a bad fall from the roof of his house in Bulacan province. Fellow leftist lawmaker Satur Ocampo said that he was once told by Beltran that he'd rather die in a protest-rally on the street, in the company of poor people who want change in the government.

He was a political detainee during Martial Law. He was again detained under the Arroyo administration for more than 15 months from March 2006 to July 2007 through a hospital arrest at the Philippine Heart Center.

Beltran was arrested on February 25, 2006, a day after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a state of national emergency following a failed uprising against her government.

He was nabbed on charges of rebellion, with authorities enforcing an arrest warrant issued in 1982. That rebellion case, stemming from protest actions over the Bataan Export Processing Zone, was dismissed in 1986.

In June 2007, when he was granted temporary liberty, Beltran returned to the House of Representatives in a fighting mood.

While at the plenary, Beltran, in a fiery privilege speech assailed the Arroyo administration, and defended his right to speak against corruption, unmindful of his recurring heart problem, which often made his blood pressure shoot up.

"I am innocent of the rebellion charge against me. It's neither a sin nor against the law to speak against graft and corruption and the killing of hundreds of innocent civilians", he said. - GMANews.TV
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19th Biennial Midwest Asian American Students Conference at Oberlin College [27 Feb 2008|10:54pm]


Please visit the website for more information and registration. http://www.oberlin.edu/~aaa
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Filipino-American studies conference at UCSC [09 Feb 2008|08:22pm]

* Please Distribute Widely *


April 5, 2008

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Students of Color Conference at University of Michigan Feb. 14-15! Free! [01 Feb 2008|12:54am]

Please see info. below. Registration is free and we'll find housing for out-of-towners! Plus, we feed you!



Feburary 15th -16th, 2008
Rackham school of graduate studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

This is the premier opportunity for students from all over to present their work, network and build dialogues.

Conference Highlights:


• Faculty Panel and Opening Reception

• Full Breakfast (i.e. not continental) kicks off academic presentations!

• Three concurrent student panels

• Keynote Address by Frank Wu, Dean of Wayne State Law School

REGISTER NOW and make sure to attend the conference of the year:


Click here for a look at the Conference Presentations.

Interested students can contact scor08conf@umich.edu to volunteer.
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world social forum 2008 [14 Jan 2008|09:29am]

Aside from the march to the U.S. Embassy, what other activities will be staged in the Philippines on January 26? 
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Teaching in the PI [11 Nov 2006|11:53pm]

My name is Melisa and I'm just joining the community. My mother is from the philippines, but has lived in the US for twenty years and I was born and raised here. I have recently begun really looking into and claiming my filipina heritage and am now desperate to get back to the Philippines. I am a senior in college and will be doing my student teaching in the fall of 07. Does anybody know of any schools in the Philippines where I might be able to do student teaching? It would be a great way for me to fulfill a graduation requirement while being able to be where I want to be and finding about more about my heritage. If anybody has any ideas, please let me know! (And if this would be good cross posted anywhere, please let me know that too!)
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http://afesta.blogsome.com [05 Jul 2006|12:52pm]

UPDiliman July 14-16,2006

STEAL BACK OUR LIVES: A Celebration of Autonomous Resistance

Sa tingin mo ba ay nasasaiyo pa ang iyong buhay?

Kailan ka huling tumingin sa salamin at huling sinabi ang wikang, “Ahhhh, ang sarap palang mabuhay sa mundong ito.” Malamang ay paslit ka pa lang noon, hawak-hawak ang iyong manika o bisikleta. Lahat ng mundo’y puro laro, at masaya kang naglalakbay sa taas ng mga puno o sa loob ng iyong isipan.

Ngayon, naririyan ka sa harap ng salamin sa loob ng iyong banyo, napapatitig ka sa harap nito at napapabuntung-hininga sa bigat ng pasanin, sa pighati, sa sakit, sa pagod, sa galit, sa inis, sa kawalan ng kontrol sa iyong paligid at sarili. “Kaunting tiis lang, anak, pagkatapos mo ng Narsing ay maiaahon mo na tayo sa hirap.” “Honey, tutal wala ka namang kinikita sa pagsusulat, mag-call center ka na lang.” “Mayor, nagmamakaawa po kami, utang na loob kung makakatulong kayo.” “Hamo, maaawa rin si Boss at ibibigay na niya ang overdue nating sahod.” “Ipinanganak kang lalake, tapos naglalalandi kang ganyan?” “Diyos kong Ama, Kayo na po ang bahala sa amin… at sana’y makapag-abroad na po ako sa susunod na buwan.” Ilan iyan marahil sa mararahas na boses na iyong naririnig sa araw-araw: at ang puno’t dulo ng mga ito’y nagsasabing… Wala ka nang magagawa; kung hindi ka susunod sa agos, kung hindi mo isusuko ang iyong sarili sa kanila, mamatay kang dilat ang mata.

Ngunit paano kung parang mahika’t binulong ng salamin: Maaari pang mapasaiyo muli ang iyong buhay! At ipinakita sa iyo ng salamin na nito palang Hulyo 18, pitumpung (70) taon na ang nakalipas, sa Espanya’y nagtangka ang karaniwang Espanyol na bawiin ang kanilang mga buhay mula sa mga bagay na naghahari-harian sa kanila. Nito palang darating na Hulyo 15-17 ay kokumprontahin muli ng samu’t saring tao ang walong pinaka-dominanteng bansa mula sa pagpupulong nito sa ilalim ng G8 Summit sa Rusya; may pandaigdigan ding panawagan na kumilos ang lahat sa kani-kanilang lugar na pigilin ang mga dambuhalang industriyang patuloy na naninira sa kalikasan. May natanaw ka ring mga salita: Palayain ang Sagada 11-2! …at nito palang Hulyo ay may mga taong nagpapakilalang ‘anarkista’ at ‘aktibistang autonomous’ na magtatangkang magdaos ng kanilang sariling pagpapahayag ng paglaya’t pag-angkin muli ng kanilang mga buhay sa mismong linggo bago ang ‘State of the Nation Address’.

… at nakita naaninag mo sa salamin na naririyan lang pala sa iyong paligid ang mga ‘anarkista’t aktibistang autonomous’ na ito: mga manggagawang lihim o di-lihim na gumagawa ng paraan upang maagaw ang kapangyarihan sa kanilang mga amo, mga mag-aaral na nagdeklara ng kanilang sariling-determinasyon at nag-eeksperimento kung paano mababago ang kanilang kalagayan, mga babae’t lalake’t lesbyana’t bakla’t bisexual at transgender na nagpasyang ibahin ang kanilang kasarian ayon sa kanilang nais, mga tiga-pamayanan na kolektibong nag-uusap at kumikilos nang hindi na ini-aasa pa sa kung sinong padrino’t maykapangyarihan ang kanilang kapalaran, mga kabataang tuwirang lumilikha ng mapagpalayang pamumuhay. Natuklasan nila na nasa kanila na pala mismo nagmumula ang kapangyarihan; bakit pa nga ba nila ito ipinapasa sa iba? (Aral iyan ni Rodimus Prime nang nakuha niya ang Matrix of Leadership mula kay Optimus Prime! mula sa cartoon na Transformers)

… at akala mo’y ang tanging palagiang napapanood sa telebisyon –‘yung mga ‘propesyunal na aktibista’, mga ‘kinatawan ng iyong interes’, handang magpahuli’t magsakripisyo’t magpabugbog sa maykapangyarihan para sa iyong kapakanan – ang may pribilehiyong makibaka. (Hmmnnn, kaya nga siguro palagi mong iniisip na hindi mo kayang angkinin ang iyong buhay, dahil pati sa kanila ay isinuko mo na rin ang iyong kagustuhang lumaya!). Mali ka pala. Iba itong mga taong nakikita mo sa salamin: sila mismo ang kumukuha, sila mismo ang kumikilos, sila mismo ang lumalaya… at tumatawang bumulong ang salamin: Kaya mo rin ang ginagawa nila, dahil katulad mo rin sila.

Handa ka na bang humakbang sa loob ng salamin at simulan ang iyong paglaya? Nakangiti kaming maghihintay sa iyo, friend! Hindi iyong tipo ng ngiti sa patalastas na toothpaste, kundi ang ngiti na ang mensahe’y Ang galing mo! Welcome! Congrats for doing it yourself! Kailangan mo ng tulong? Kapwa-damayan! na hindi naririndi sa kakornihan, mga tinig na puno ng katapatan.

Halika at iwanan ang lumang mundo ng pighati. Magsasalu-salo kami ngayong Hulyo 14-16, 2006 sa UP Diliman upang tahakin ang panibagong mundo- ang mundo ng kalayaan at pagmamahal. Angkinin natin ito! Angkinin natin ang ating sarili!

Takbo bilis takbo, ang lumang mundo ay nasa likod mo!

inihandog ng A-Festa Propaganda Arm
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i am sure career move na naman niya ito to gain support from the so called protectors of life and ths shows she is not a president of the masses but the president of the violators of human rights dahil mas prinoprotektahan niya ang mga taong walang pakundangang sumusupil sa kalayaan ng mamamayan
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YOU ARE INVITED [15 Jun 2006|02:22am]


Featuring workshops and discussions plus filmscreenings that will loose your path going back. We'll run quick to leave the old world behind.

keep updated here:
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[10 May 2006|04:56pm]


MAY 19 & 20::
GABRIELA Network - Seattle Chapter Welcomes
Pinay Lesbian Artist Activist, Roselle Pineda to Seattle

MAY 19
Pin@y Lesbian and Gay Activism and Resistance, from Seattle to the Philippines
LGBT Community Center: 1115 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122
5:30-6:00pm Appetizers and snacks
6:00-7:30pm Panel discussion with Roselle Pineda and Wakx Uy

*Major Sponsorship by American Friends Service Committee
**Co-sponsored by People of Color Against AIDS Network, Asian &
Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center, Trikone-NW, BAYAN-USA
and Home Alive
***With support from UW Women's Center, Chaya, AnakBayan-Seattle and
the Philippine-US Solidarity Organization

MAY 20.
Artists' Response to State Terror in the Philippines
7628 - 39th Avenue South, Seattle
5:00pm Potluck (bring a dish to share)
6:00pm Poetry, cultural sharing and a political update on the
Philippines with Roselle Pineda

*Please RSVP to jo.alcantara@gmail.com for "Artists' Response."

Both events are FREE to the public, but we encourage folks to make
donations to support Roselle's visit and her work in the Philippines.

Roselle Pineda is faculty member of the Department of Art Studies,
College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, Diliman.
She is also a scholar, a performance artist and activist. She is
currently in the process of publishing her MA thesis entitled,
"Eloquent Crevices: Lesbian Interventions in (Art) Production, Theory
and History," looking at possibilities of pursuing a PhD degree in
performance and cultural studies.

Roselle regularly participates in international, national and local
conferences, art festivals, workshops, round-table discussions,
symposium, forum, community service activities and other related
cultural events as paper reader, panelist, lecturer, resource person,
organizer, facilitator and participant. Some of the subjects that she
touch on in her lectures and papers are queer theory, lesbian art,
struggle and identity, feminism, women's movement, women's studies,
gender and the arts, performance art, dance/performing arts, sexuality
and the body.

Roselle is a member of Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism
and Democracy, the lesbian organization Womyn Supporting Womyn Center
and Ibarang Arts Foundation.


Joaquin "Wakx" Uy is the Secretary General of the Philippine-US
Solidarity Organization (PUSO) which advocates on issues of human
rights in the Philippines. Wakx is a long-time queer rights activist
and has been engaged in Filipino community organizing in Seattle since
2002. He is also active in the Queer People of Color Liberation


These events are hosted by Gabriela Network-Seattle Chapter, a
Philippine-US women's solidarity organization. For more information,
contact seattle@gabnet.org.
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Thank you to everyone that has signed the online petition thus far. We still have a long way to go, so if you haven't already signed, please do! And if you have, please forward this message in its entirety and/or do one of the follow up actions (below).




Philippine Congresswoman Liza Maza is a staunch advocate for womens human rights. She was the sponsor of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003; co-author of the Anti-Violence in Women and Children Act. Overall, Liza has authored 18 bills and 24 resolutions... Read more about Congresswoman Maza here

Lizas record shows her dedication in defending womens human rights. Now, she needs YOU and women the world over to help defend her rights. The Philippine government under Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has filed baseless charges of rebellion against her and 50 others, including 5 congressmen.

Please help us ensure that Liza Maza, the voice of Philippine women, is not silenced. Heres what you can do:

1. Sign the online petition. We need 25,000 signatures by the 21st of April 2006.

2. Write a letter of support. We ask everyone, especially those in the public eyewomen and human rights organizations, academic institutions, notable individualsto write a letter before the 21st of April 2006. Please send them to: GABRIELA Network, PO Box 3032, Cerritos, CA 90703-3032. Or email them to freeliza@gabnet.org.

3. Donate $25 or more and get a free Liza Maza, woman of the Philippines t-shirt.

4. Join a lawyers contingent to the Philippines. We are assembling a group of human rights lawyers to travel to the Philippines to consult on Lizas case. If you or someone you know is interested please contact Annalisa at freeliza@gabnet.org or 619.316.0920.
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Friends and allies:

For the past several weeks, I have been periodically updating you all with notices about the situation going on with Liza Maza, the GABRIELA Women's Party member currently being held without warrant in the Philippines Congress for suspected treason. Liza Maza without a doubt is innocent of such charges, her only crime being that of legally advocating for the rights of Filipino women and children who are trafficked into sexual slavery, exported as domestics and nurses, and those who remain in poverty in the Philippines.

We believe that Liza Maza will be arrested this week and must mobilize IMMEDIATELY to let the Philippine "president," Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, know that we do not support this illegal action. I urge you to sign the online petition if you have not already done so-- we only have until APRIL 21 to get 2,500 signatures.

For more information on Liza, please visit the GABNet website.

Thank you for your support and kind attention. Please forward widely if you can.

In strength and solidarity,


Links, if not working above are:

petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/freeliza/petition.html
GABNet website: http://www.gabnet.org
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[10 Apr 2006|02:04pm]


Filipina Women will be among the hardest hit
if recent hostile legislation is enacted

Gabriela Network joins the millions of people across the United States to oppose recent US legislation which threaten the human rights, civil liberties and welfare of all immigrants, and criminalizes even those who attempt to help them activists, charity and social services providers and even their own family members.

Female immigrants, including Filipinas, will especially be harmed by such hostile provisions because they increasingly make up the majority of migrants. As of 2000, 51% of all international migrants were women and girls. The Philippines, alone, exported more than a million people last year, 75% of whom were women.

In the United States, the Filipino community is one of the fastest growing immigrant groups numbering an estimated 2.5 million to 3 million Filipinos, including at least about one million who are undocumented, according to the 2000 U.S. Census.

Among some of the more troubling proposals being put forth in Congress to deal with the total eight-12 million undocumented migrants currently in the United States include: making them felons subject to the arrest of the police instead of proper immigration authorities, initiating temporary guest worker programs with no path for citizenship, and subjecting organizations such as churches or domestic violence shelters to penalties including five years imprisonment for helping the undocumented.

Some of the legislation even includes detaining and deporting victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. This particular stipulation, along with the polices involvement, especially makes women more vulnerable for fewer of them would report abuse or seek help for fear of deportation.

Moreover, many women would be more vulnerable to labor exploitation, as none of these bills offer strong comprehensive labor rights, especially for vulnerable groups like domestic workers.

The second most like employment overseas for Filipinas is a domestic worker. The first is in the sex trade. Five coffins a day land in Manilas international airport, three of them contain bodies of Filipina women who have died overseas.

Who protects them?

And how long exactly does a mother have to wait to feel the arms of her child again?

The unavailability of a path to citizenship along with the current immigration backlogs would result in families being separated even more. The majority of Filipinos immigrate to the US through the family-sponsored immigration system. Last year, 73% of immigrants from the Philippines entered the U.S. through family petitions. However, the scenario is bleak. A U.S. citizen parent petitioning an unmarried adult child from the Philippines approximately waits 14 years before their child can join them in America. A U.S. citizen petitioning a sibling must wait even longer about 22 years.

Moreover, GABRIELA Network condemns the attempts of anti-immigrant parties to portray immigrants as subclass citizens and human beings who do not contribute to American society. Immigrants are the back bone of America. Filipina nurses take care of the sick and the dying, Filipina domestic workers take care of its homes and children, and Filipina teachers educate its future. Indeed, illegal immigrants alone provide America with a fiscal benefit of $10 billion a year and subsidize social security with $7 billion annually.

GABRIELA Network also condemns the negligence of the Philippine government, under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, for its lack of action to defend the Filipino community. The Philippines has the largest percentage of its nationals, over 10%, who live and work abroad, the majority of whom are located in the United States. This group is keeping the Philippine economy afloat generating $10.7 billion in remittances in 2005 alone.

GABRIELA Network also denounces both the US and Philippine governments gross unwillingness to address the roots of the illegal immigration problem and that is the economic push factors that force more and more women to look for opportunities outside of their countries and to migrate abroad. It is the height of irony that globalization has facilitated the movement of goods, money and services throughout the world, but has excluded human beings looking for that most capitalistic idea: better economic opportunities.

These recent immigration proposals all of which are still being debated on in Congress -- represents threatens the livelihood and rights of all immigrants, both documented and undocumented.

GABRIELA Network stands in solidarity with Filipina women and all people to push for a more comprehensive immigration reform which places human rights and social justice above that of alleged security threats and economic exploitation.


GABRIELA Network is the oldest and largest US-Philippine womens
multi-cultural solidarity mass organization.

PO Box 403, Times Square Station, New York, NY 10036 * nynj@gabnet.org * www.gabnet.org * 212.592.3507
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PROLOGUE TO A DEAD LEFT [02 Apr 2006|10:50pm]

It is now nearly a decade and a half since the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is seven years since Bob Black first sent me the manu­script for his book, Anarchy after

Leftism, published in 1997. It's over four years since I asked Anarchy magazine Contributing Editors to participate in a discussion of “post-left anarchy” which ultimately appeared in the Fall/Winter 1999-2000 issue of the magazine (#48). And it's also one year since I first wrote and published “Post-Left Anarchy: Rejecting the Reification of Revolt,” which appeared in the Fall/Winter 2002-2003 issue (#54) of Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed.

Aside from creating a hot new topic for debate in anarchist and leftist periodicals, web sites and e-mail lists, one can legitimately ask what has been accomplished by introducing the term and the debate to the anarchist, and more generally radical, milieu? In response I'd say that the reaction continues to grow, and the promise of post-left anarchy primarily lies in what appears to be a continually brightening future.

One of the most troubling problems of the contemporary anarchist milieu has been the frequent fixation on attempts to recreate the struggles of the past as though nothing significant has changed since 1919, 1936, or at best 1968. Partly this is a function of the long-prevalent anti-intellectualism amongst many anarchists. Partly it's a result of the historical eclipse of the anarchist movement following the victory of Bolshevik state communism and the (self‑) defeat of the Spanish Revolution. And partly it is because the vast majority of the most important anarchist theorists—like Godwin, Stirner, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, and Malatesta—come from the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The void in the development of anarchist theory since the rebirth of the milieu in the 1960s has yet to be filled by any adequate new formulation of theory and practice powerful enough to end the impasse and catch the imaginations of the majority of contemporary anarchists in a similar manner to Bakunin's or Kropotkin's formulations in the nineteenth century.

Since the 1960s the originally minuscule—but since that time, ever-growing—anarchist milieu has been influenced (at least in passing) by the Civil Rights Movement, Paul Goodman, SDS, the Yippies, the anti-Vietnam War movement, Fred Woodworth, the Marxist New Left, the Situationist International, Sam Dolgoff and Murray Bookchin, the single-issue movements (anti-racist, feminist, anti-nuclear, anti-imperialist, environmental/ecological, animal rights, etc.), Noam Chomsky, Freddie Perlman, George Bradford/David Watson, Bob Black, Hakim Bey, Earth First! and Deep Ecology, neo-Paganism and New Ageism, the anti-globalization movement, and many others. Yet these various influences over the last forty years, both non-anarchist and anarchist alike, have failed to bring to the fore any inspiring new synthesis of critical and practical theory. A few anarchists, most notably Murray Bookchin and the Love & Rage project, have tried and failed miserably in attempting to meld the extremely diverse and idiosyncratic anarchist milieu into a genuinely new movement with a commonly-held theory. I would argue that in our current situation this is a project guaranteed to fail no matter who attempts it.

The alternative argued for by the post-left anarchist synthesis is still being created. It cannot be claimed by any single theorist or activist because it's a project that was in the air long before it started becoming a concrete set of proposals, texts and interventions. Those seeking to promote the synthesis have been primarily influenced by both the classical anarchist movement up to the Spanish Revolution on the one hand, and several of the most promising critiques and modes of intervention developed since the 60s. The most important critiques involved include those of everyday life and the spectacle, of ideology and morality, of industrial technology, of work and of civilization. Modes of intervention focus on the concrete deployment of direct action in all facets of life. Rather than aiming at the construction of institutional or bureaucratic structures, these interventions aim at maximal critical effectiveness with minimal compromise in constantly changing networks of action.

Clearly these new critiques and modes of intervention are largely incompatible with both the old left of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and most of the New Left of the 60s and 70s. And just as clearly they are engaging a growing number of anar­chists who gravitate to them because they seem to be much more congruent with the global situation we find ourselves in today than the old theories and tactics of leftism. If anarchism doesn't change to address the lived realities of the twenty-first century—by leaving the outmoded politics and organizational fetishism of leftism behind—its relevance will dissipate and the opportunities for radical contestation now so apparent will slowly vanish. Post-left anarchy is most simply a rubric through which many thoughtful contemporary anarchists would like to see the most vital of the new critiques and modes of intervention coalesce in an increasingly coherent and effective movement, which genuinely promotes unity in diversity, the complete autonomy of individuals and local groups in struggle, and the organic growth of levels of organization which don't hold back our collective energies, spontaneity and creativity.
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Letter from the Philippines: Gabriela Women's Party Representative Liza Maza [28 Mar 2006|11:54am]

Dear Friends,

Greeting of Solidarity from GABRIELA Philippines!

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[04 Mar 2006|03:00am]

Dear Tita Cory, Senators, Congressmen, Businessmen, Media people,
and all Bleeding Hearts Out There:

I am angry. And I know that there are many out there who are angrier
than I
am for the same reason. And that reason is simple. I am sick and tired
all you guys claiming to speak for me and many Filipinos. I feel like
screaming every time you mouth words about fighting for my freedom and
rights, when you obviously are just thinking about yours. You tell me
the essence of democracy is providing every citizen the right to speak
or her mind and make his or her own informed judgments, but you
do not respect my silence and the choices I and many others have made.

In other words, your concept of democracy is limited to having your
and your freedoms respected, at the expense of ours.

I am utterly flabbergasted that you still do not get it: we already
responded to your calls, and our response has been very clear - we
chose not
to heed your calls to go to EDSA or to Fort Bonifacio not because we do
love our country or our freedoms or our rights, but precisely because
love our country even more. Because quite frankly, we are prepared to
our freedoms and our rights just to move this country forward. You may
counter with your ideological propaganda and give me all the dire
about the evils of Martial Law, authoritarian rule, suppression of
etc., but quite frankly all we see is your pathetic efforts to defend
right to continue fulminating, filibustering, and sabotaging this
until you wrestle power for yourselves. You tell me that you are simply
protecting my freedoms and my rights, but who told you to do that? I
you that when I feel that my rights and my freedoms are at a peril, I
stand up and fight for them myself. I have done that in the past, and I
do it again when I SEE THE NEED FOR IT, not when you tell me to do it.

You tell us that GMA is not the right person to lead this country
she has done immoral acts. As someone who sees immorality being
wantonly in many ways every day and by everyone (yes, including the
ones you
do), I may have become jaded. I may have lowered my standards about
what a
leader should be. Guess what, Tita Cory, you lowered it yourself. When
accepted your incompetence and fought for you during the many attempts
against your government, I already lowered the standards to ridiculous
levels. Guess what, Senators and Congressmen, you lowered it yourselves
you ran for office and won and now make fools of yourselves in the
halls of congress.

But the simple truth that you try to obfuscate is this: you have not
able to offer me any viable alternative! On the other hand, GMA has
over backwards many times to accommodate you while continuing to work
despite all the obstacles and the brickbats you have thrown her way.

From where I sit, she is the one who has been working really hard to
this country forward while all of you have been so busy with one and

thing: to make sure she does not succeed. So forgive me if I do not
want to
join you in your moral pissing contest. Forgive me if I have chosen to
things from another perspective. You say she is the problem. I say, we
are -
all of us is the problem; more to the point, I think you are a bigger
problem than she is. Taking her out may solve part of the problem, but
leaves us with a bigger problem: you. That is right, YOU!

While I felt outraged that she called a Comelec official during the
elections and that she may have rigged the elections, I have since then
taken the higher moral ground and forgiven her. Yes my dear bishops, I
done what you have told me to do since I was a child, which you say is
Christian and moral thing to do: forgive. Especially since she has
asked for
forgiveness and has tried to make amends for it. Erap certainly has not
apologized and continues to be defiant, continuing to insult us
with his protestations - and he is part of your cause now! Cory has not
apologized for her incompetence but we have forgiven her just the same
because like GMA, she has worked hard after all.

I know you do not think that GMA's apology was not enough, or that she
insincere, or that that apology should not be the end of it, but please
spare me the hypocrisy of telling me that you do so for the sake of
protecting the moral fibre of society. The real reason is because you
blood and wants to go for the kill.

Well, I have news for you. I do not like her too. I did not even vote
her. I voted for Raul Roco. But as much as I do not like her, I do not
you even more. I may not trust her, but you know what, I do not trust
even more.

You know why I do not trust you? Because all you do is whine and
this country. You belittle every little progress we make, conveniently
forgetting that it is not just GMA who has been working so hard to
them. Every single day, we keep the faith burning in our hearts that
country will finally pull itself out of the mess and we work so hard to
that. Every little progress is the result of our collective effort, we
toil hard everyday in our jobs. Yet, you persist in one and only thing:

making GMA look bad in the eyes of the world and making sure that this
country continues to suffer to prove your sorry point. In the process,
continue to destroy what we painstakinly try to build. So please do not
surprised that I do not share your cause. Do not be surprised that we
become contemptuous of your antics. You have moved heaven and earth to
destroy her credibility, you have convened all kinds of fora and
and all you have done is test our patience to the core. For all your
efforts, you have only succeeded in dragging us further down. I say

Don't get me wrong. I am not asking that we take immorality lying down,
that we let the President get away with anything illegal. But you have
to prove your accusations all these time and you have not succeeded, so
is time to let things be. Besides, you are doing something immoral as
if not utterly unforgivable. The Magdalo soldiers are consorting with
communists - the same people who have been trying to kill democracy for
years. Cory has been consorting with Erap and the Marcoses.

So please wake up and take a reality check. In the absence of true and
genuine moral leadership, many of us have decided to cast our lot with
President, even if we do not like her. A flawed leader is better than
scheming power hungry fools who can not even stand up for their
in the face of an impending arrest.

Your coup attempts and the denials that you have consequently made only
underscore what we think is true: you are spineless and unreliable
who only want power but not the consequences and the sacrifices that go
the quest. Your one and only defense is to cry suppression when your
does not work. You are nothing but BULLIES who taunt and provoke, but
oppression when taken to task for your cruelty. You call for the rule
of law
and respect for authority, but so brazenly display your defiance and
disrespect for the same things you claim to be fighting for.

I would have respected you if you took the consequences of your actions
real heroes: calmly and responsibly instead of kicking and screaming
making all kinds of lame excuses. You say you are willing to die for
that you do all these things for the country and the Filipino, but you
not even willing to go to jail for us.

Come on, you really think we believe that you did not want to bring
down the
DESPERATELY TRYING TO DO in the last many months?

We love this country and we want peace and progress. Many among us do
give a **** who sits at Malacanang because we will work hard and do our
share to make things work. We the people will and can make it work, if
you get out of the way and let us do it. If you only do your jobs, the
you are supposed to be doing, things would be a lot simpler and easier
all of us.

The events during the weekend only proved one thing. You are more
and a serious threat to this country than GMA is. We have seen what you
capable of doing - you are ready to burn this country and reduce
to ashes just to prove your point. If there is something that we need
protection from, IT IS PROTECTION FROM YOU.
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Rally in NY this MONDAY against "State of Emergency" [26 Feb 2006|03:57am]

Please join GABRIELA NETWORK to protest Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Presidential Proclamation 1017 which imposed a State of Emergency over the Philippines!!
27 FEBRUARY 2006, MONDAY, RALLY: 5:30-6:30PM (Leafletting: 10:00 am -2:00 pm)

Philippine Consulate, 556 5th Ave., NYC (between 45th & 46th Sts. In Manhattan)
Directions by Subway: 4/5/6 to Grand Central OR B/D/F/V to Rockefeller Center OR 7 to 5th Ave.

For more info: nynj@gabnet.org, 212.592.3507


GABRIELA Network Opposes De Facto Martial Law!


In an act of collective punishment, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, still claiming the title and position of president of the Republic of the Philippines despite the general perception that she cheated at the elections, declared a “State of National Emergency through out the archipelago. The so-called state of national emergency bans all rallies and demonstrations; allows warrantless arrests; seizure of private property including media outlets; and the usurpation of civil authority by the Armed Forces of the Philippines on the say-so of the alleged president.

Even though the justification given was nebulous reports of an impending coup by some military officers, Macapagal-Arroyo chose to afflict all of the people of the 7,100 islands of the Philippines, murdering in one fell swoop their guarantees of civil liberties, freedoms and human rights. Proclamation 1017 on the state of national emergency called on the Armed Forces of the Philippines “to quell all lawlessness,” including a so-called conspiracy of the extreme Right and the Left.

By any other name, it is martial law. No Philippine president would, of course, dare undertake such a drastic grab for power without the approval of its colonial master. It is no coincidence that this comes while 5,500 US troops are in the Philippines, distributed in strategic areas from north to south of the archipelago. It is the largest number of US troops to be in the country in a decade. A meeting of perversities can thus be found in this proclamation: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s obscene desire to cling to power and the office of the presidency, in the face of the Filipino people’s repeated and sustained calls for her ouster; the desire of certain senior military officers to wield political power and thus be able to enrich themselves; and the US intent to open new bases in a territory close to the region’s vast oil and natural gas reserves. These desires require constitutional changes so vast that, among others, they effectively remove such guarantees as freedom of the press. This meeting of political perversities can only mean a war of terror on the Filipino people.

GABRIELA Network condemns this pathetic and imitative ploy of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her ilk to set themselves up as the new Philippine dictatorship. We note how the shadow play that forms the backdrop of this so-called state of emergency -- a shadow play of explosions that injure no one; of alleged conspiracies of such disparate elements as the left and the right; of coup attempts by military officers never court-martialed for their actions – all are redolent of the stink of the dictatorship of the late Ferdinand E. Marcos. No wonder Macapagal-Arroyo was buzzing cheek-to-cheek with Imelda Marcos at a recent public event.

GABRIELA Network calls on Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to be mindful of the Filipino people’s long and historic struggle for genuine democracy and liberation; of the sacrifice that has sustained the national democratic movement for forty years; of the increasing overt truth that the socio-economic structure in the Philippines is not viable; and of the Filipino people’s repeated and sustained calls for her ouster. The fervor with which her ouster has been sought by the people should convince Macapagal-Arroyo that, as of now, the most grievous disaster to afflict the Philippines is her own self. She should step down and bring political relief to this much-beleaguered country.

GABRIELA Network condemns this handover of political power to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, elements of which have fed at the trough of US military aid for decades. GABRIELA Network calls on all men and women who believe in true democracy and liberation to join us in opposing this de facto president’s declaration of de facto martial law.

Join us in mass actions against the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regime and against the schemes of multinational corporations to use US foreign policy to loot the resources of poor and underdeveloped nations.
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