Working Class Heroes & the Hacienda Luisita Massacre

ANAKBAYAN-Toronto, BAYAN Canada (Toronto) and Philippine Network for Justice & Peace invite you to a free event.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The Central, 603 Markham St., Toronto
(near Bloor & Bathurst)

* Food and drinks can be purchased from the bar. *

November 30 is the birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, Father of the Philippine Revolution of 1896, in which peasants and workers rose against Spanish colonization.

Today, the Philippine working class continues to struggle against exploitation by foreign interests and the local ruling classes.

16 November 2004.  The Hacienda Luisita Massacre, on land owned by the family of the current president, led to the death of 14 farmers including women and children and the wounding of 200 others.

24 November 2011.  Seven years later, the Philippine Supreme Court ordered the distribution of the hacienda lands to the farmers.  Yet, the landowners are still trying to make maneuvers that would take back this victory from them.

Learn more about the story of Hacienda Luisita and how it relates to the overall political structure of the Philippines WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, at 6pm. (With a report-back from ANAKBAYAN-Toronto and PNJP members who have recently visited Hacienda Luisita.)

What are haciendas?  How did they come to be?  What is the link between land and power in the Phils?  What is the link between power and poverty?  Why is this an important issue for Filipinos and Canadians?

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