10/18/12: Sustained notes of struggle and history: The Anti-Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant Movement and SoMa Filipinos


Photo credit: Beyond Nuclear (beyondnuclear.org)

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The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy has been picking up steam in their organizing against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in the southernmost part of India.

People in Tamil Nadu have been organizing opposition to this power plant since 1988 when the Indian and Russian governments collaborated with big energy corporations and agreed to build this plant with no public information or input.

APEX Contributor Marie Choi sat down with V. Geetha and Nityanand Jayaraman, members of the Chennai solidarity group, who have been working on the ground to support the protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. For more information about the anti-nuclear power plant movement please visit: http://www.dianuke.org/


SF and JV (JV photo courtesy of R.J. Lozada)

October is Filipino American History Month, which was established by the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), and for this month APEX Contributor R.J. Lozada does an informal tour of one the South of Market, otherwise known as SoMA. Daly City, Union City, Vallejo, and Milpitas are all well-known and established communities, and SoMa is unique among them because it lies so close to the heart of San Francisco. While not a comprehensive tour, R.J. takes a walk for a couple hours talking to service providers, organizers, business owners, and other folks in the South of Market.


Our host station, KPFA is having a reception for Amy Goodman on Sunday, October 21st from 5-6:30 pm at the First Congregational Church in Oakland, at 2501 Harrison
Street at 27th. Food and beverage will be served and Amy will be signing copies of her
book, “The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and
Hope” This event includes a ticket and preferred seating for Amy’s talk at 7pm at
the church. This is a benefit for KPFA, and tickets are $150 per person
or $250 per couple.


This Friday 2 Blocks of Art! This year the San Francisco Arts Commission are working with artists on 6th Street (between Market and Howard) & Market Street (between 5th and 7th streets). This is the third annual celebration of it’s kind, not only to boost the local economy, but to create visibility for local artists. This is the last Friday for the event, and it runs from 4pm to 8pm.


Bindlestiff Studio presents Luis Francia’s “The Strange Case of Citizen de la Cruz” Directed by Jeffrey Lo. “The Strange Case of Citizen de la Cruz” is a two-act political thriller that follows the evolution of the eponymous protagonist from mild-mannered husband with a sexual dysfunction to a risk-taking government agent whose virility is awakened by his missions. With measured amounts of satire, Luis Francia’s play speaks on issues of radical nationalism–its effects and its outcome–with characters and situations that take aim at the manners and mores of Philippine politics. For mature audiences only. These are the last two shows, Friday and Saturday!


On Saturday, October 20 from 1 to 2:30pm, is Remembering 1882: Voices and Visions.

Please join CHSA for an afternoon of conversation and performance reflecting on the recent passage of resolutions in the US Senate and House of Representatives expressing regret for the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. It is only the fourth time in the last 25 years that such an apology has been offered, including the apology for the incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War II (1988), the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy (2003), and the wrongs committed against African Americans during slavery (2008).

Among those on hand to participate in the afternoon will be Sue Lee, CHSA Executive Director; poet and playwright Genny Lim; Meng So, UC Berkeley’s first coordinator of its Undocumented Student Program, SF State Asian American Studies Professor and musician Wesley Ueunten, and musician/community worker Francis Wong.


On Saturday October 20 from 6:30 to midnight, Sansei Live is throwing a party in Japantown San Francisco. It’s your chance to get dressed up and to have a ball with your community at the longest running Asian American formal event (almost 25 years running!). So break out the tuxedo, dust of your dancing shoes, and get ready to have fun, Japantown style!

On Thursday, October 25 from 7:00 PM to 9:30PM, the League of Filipino Students is hosting Baliksambayanan 2012 Reportback at the Rigoberta Menchu hall at San Francisco State University. Join the League of Filipino Students share stories and lessons from their recent summer exposure trip to the Philippines, and how you can contribute to the struggles there.

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