Friday, May 11, 2007

121 Coalition and Evelina: Coming to BAY AREA PINOY COMMUNITIES!



121 Coalition and I are coming out to the West Coast to see the Bay Area Pinoy communities and other Asian American communities from May 15-18th. We're hitting the streets to build alliances for House Resolution 121. LABAN! Fight for Comfort Women comes to you with the help of many of my sisters in the Bay Area: Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Claudine delRosario, Barbara Jane Reyes Bermeo, Marianne Villanueva and Pearl Ubungen. We are sponsored by 121 Coalition.

Above is the Pinay Educational Partnerships, just one of several groups we're heading out to visit. We're hitting the streets, word warriors for the lolas.

Tuesday's event is listed below. Hold the dates for Wednesday, May 16th and Thursday, May 17th from 6-8:30. Locations TBA.


LABAN FOR THE LOLAS: FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF "COMFORT WOMEN"
Emergency Meeting and Informational Session on House Resolution 121


Special Presentation and Reading Featuring M. Evelina Galang
Along with Barbara Reyes Bermeo, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Claudine delRosario, Korina Jocson, Jocyl Sacramento, and Michelle Ferrer


Date:
Tuesday May 15, 2007

Time:
6-8:30 P.M.

Location:
The Filipino Community Center
35 San Juan Avenue/ Cross Street is Mission
San Francisco, CA

LABAN! is the war cry of the lolas when they are on the streets of Manila. LABAN MGA LOLA!

Monday, May 7, 2007

Thanks to Elizabeth Edwards



On Sunday, May 6th, Senator John Edwards' wife, Elizabeth Edwards, took time to speak to Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, a national network of progressive Asian Pacific Americans and friends. On a national conference call to the APAP community she answered several questions that focused on the Asian Pacific American Community.


Dear Mrs. Edwards,

Thanks for responding to our questions on May 6th (APAP). I asked you the question about the Comfort Women.

In 2001 I was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in the Philippines where I researched the lives of 14 surviving Filipina Comfort Women of WWII, visiting their sites of abduction and former garrisons. Of the 200,000 girls and women abducted by the Japanese Imperial Army during WW2, over 1000 of them were Filipina.

As a Filipina American, a professor, writer and mentor to young women, this issue is close to my heart. We ought to treasure our girls, no matter the time or space. We should teach one another to respect women, to respect each other and one's self.

Your response reflects the same attitude and I would hope that your husband's administration, should he be elected one day, support the practice of honoring our women and girls regardless of nation or circumstance.

Again, thank you for hearing the Asian Pacific American community and for speaking so candidly.
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