BAYAN Canada in Toronto, Migrante Canada, Anakbayan Toronto, and GABRIELA Ontario, invite you to a FREE EVENT
“Indie director John Sayles’ latest film, Amigo, revisits a little-known chapter of U.S. history: the 1899-1902 Philippine-American War. The movie traces the war’s impact on a small Filipino village where the mayor feels pressured to help Americans root out Filipino guerrillas, while harboring the knowledge that his own brother is a local guerrilla leader.”
We are showing this film as a way to open dialogue on the continued presence of American imperialism in the Philippines. The US has announced its intentions to increase it’s military presence in the Pacific, with the Philippines as a centrepiece in this strategic theatre.
“Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it: we once asked the U.S to protect us from another country. What did we get? An invasion in 1899, four decades of direct colonization, and an indirect colonization that continues up to this very day,” said [Anakbayan Secretary-General Charisse] Bañez.
A passage in General Emilio Aguinaldo’s Declaration of Independence mentions the U.S (“the Great North American nation”) as the protector of the Philippines which had just overthrown three centuries of Spanish rule. U.S forces subsequently invaded the country in the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902.
“The Aquino administration is using the confrontation with China in Scarborough Shoal in tandem with its ‘OA’ (overacting) reaction with the North Korea satellite launch to make the American presence more acceptable to the public” she said.
Bañez concluded“We should learn from our history and our heroes. Did the Katipunan and the Hukbalahap choose one invader over another invader? No. They first fought the Spanish and Japanese, respectively, and then fought the Americans afterwards”.
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan/New Patriotic Alliance) condemns plans by the Philippine and US governments to allow more foreign troops in the country as part of US’ build-up against China. Bayan says the deal is “treacherous and violative of the Philippine Constitution and national sovereignty.” (Cris B. Balleta/Kodao Productions)
Join Anakbayan Toronto at these other April events:
April 19 – BOOK LAUNCH: “A Red Rose for Andrea: Writings from Prison” A new book written by Angie Ipong, the oldest woman political prisoner until her release last year. Angie will be at the book launch to speak on her work and share her experience along with those of other political prisoners. Free Event. 6pm @ Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor St. West, Rm. 5-250.
April 21 – Cordillera Day: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, UNITE! DEFEND OUR LIFE, RIGHTS and LIVELIHOOD. Cordillera Day is a commemoration of the historical struggle of the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera and an occasion to strengthen the unity among the indigenous groups of the Cordillera and build solidarity with other indigenous peoples, sectors and other nationalities for social justice, freedom and democracy. Free Event. 6pm-10pm@ the HOLY ROSARY Parish Hall on St. Clair West (just east of Bathurst St.).
April 26 – THE PEARL – Miracle Thieves Cultural Series. A fundraising and cultural event. April 26-May 2 6-9pm @ Miracle Thieves, 249 Crawford St.
May 1 – INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY (May Day march). 4pm, starting at Nathan Philips Square
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