Tonight, we kick off the new year with voices from APEX contributors and our larger community. Charged with the request to share audio clips that inspired them through the last year, we hear from APEX contributors Lindsay Oda, Geraldine Ah-Sue, Nonogirl, and the Power Lee Women (Miko, Jalena, and Ayame). We also have a contribution from APEX’s co-founder Renee Geesler. And our community contributed including Oliver Saria from Bindlestiff Studio and Rachel Lastimosa with SOMA Pilipinas.
The audio contributions include music, poetry, inspirational speeches and interviews that cover labor, colonization, sovereignty and immigration. We hope this inspires you into the new year.
We visit Bindlestiff Studio to learn about Welga, their latest production that weaves labor rights, educational rights, and family into a coming of age story set in SOMA Pilipinas.
Welga playwright Conrad Panganiban and labor activst Daz Lamparas.
And we talk with artists participating in Kearny Street Workshop’s annual showcase of Asian Pacific American artists, APAture. Interviews include Focus Artist Award recipient, Kristina Wong; visual artist Selena Ching; featured literary artist Vanessa Hua, author of Deceit and Other Possibilities; and featured book artist Innosanto Nagara, author of the popular children’s book, A is for Activist.
Books illustrated by APAture featured artist Innosanto Nagara.
Welga continues through October 21 at Bindlestiff Studio.
Kearny Street Workshop is also participating in at Lit Crawl at Five and Diamond in San Francisco featuring alumni from their three month summer program for writers of color.
Also on Saturday, El Rio hosts a punk and hip hop benefit for Migrante SoMa/TL- San Francisco, a grassroots community organization that advocates and organizes Filipino migrants and workers in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Tonight we will be talking about U.S. militarism and intervention in the Asia Pacific. Since Trump’s presidency, the U.S. has has escalated bombings, airstrikes and troop deployments abroad and intensified repression at home. Trump’s slogan of America First has been a battle cry to maintain U.S. global hegemony in a crisis-laden multipolar world.
The U.S. has had a long presence in the Asia Pacific with many of its 900 military bases abroad base in the region. Since the rise of China as a world power and an economic and military threat to the U.S., former President Obama declared the Asian Pivot strategy. Trump promises to fulfill the Asian Pivot with renewed threats against North Korea and the Philippines.
Our guests today are organizers from the Korean, Chomorro, and Filipino communities. will talk about the current threats, what people on the ground are doing to resist U.S. intervention, and what people here can do.
Die In Action at the Solidarity and Fightback Anti US-led War Conference
Joining us are:
Mari Choi with HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans) provides some perspective on North Korea; U.S. military interests in the Korean peninsula; and what peace, reunification, and self-determination can look like.
Kerri Ann Borja is with Independent Guåhan.and will share with us the current threats to Guam and what people there are doing to resist.
Guest host is Raquel Redondiez, who has been an anti-war and international human rights advocate for the last 20 years.
We also hear from speakers at the Emergency DACA Rally on Tuesday.
ASPIRE activist speaking at the Emergency DACA Rally at the SF Federal Building
On Friday, Alameda County will host the controversial SWAT training, war games and weapons expo, Urban Shield. At the same time, communities around the world are gathering to resist police militarization! In Oakland, starting at 4 p.m., Stop Urban Shield Coalition offers trainings and resources on People’s Fire Safety, Earthquake Kits, and How to Be Cop-Free. The rally is at the Alameda County Board of Supervisor’s Office, 1221 Oak St.
In DACA news, on Saturday, September 9th at 2 p.m. in Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland, unDACAmented folks, families and allies are invited to participate in a rally and march to show love and support for #DACA. This peaceful demonstration will be centered around showing endless support and love for our community members who are under attack by this administration.
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The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,172-mile conduit which will carry crude oil from North Dakota to southern Illinois. The Standing Rock Sioux, a Native group whose source of drinking water will be crossed multiple times by the pipeline filed a lawsuit to block construction this summer. A spirit ride on the Standing Rock Reservation launched the protest against the pipeline in April. Since then, thousands of allies from other tribes and communities from across the country and internationally have arrived at Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
As the water protectors put their bodies on the line in direct action to pipeline construction, response from private security, Morton County Sheriffs, and other law enforcement agencies called in from other counties, escalated to use of dogs, tanks of pepper spray, and rubber bullets.
Before many people made it to the polls on Tuesday, allies of the water protectors blocked traffic at a major intersection in San Francisco. Banners read, “What they do to the water, they do to us,” which is just one of the messages allies brought back from Standing Rock.
Two women who journeyed to Standing Rock, joined me in studio: Pam Tau Lee, and Cece Carpio. Pam visited STanding Rock in late September, Cece in late October, and Barbara will be heading out there next week. Also joining us is Barbara Mumby who will be heading out to Standing Rock with her daughter next week.
There are many ways for you to engage with this struggle. As Pam mentioned, it’s getting cold out there and winter gear is needed. Also, word about an anonymous donor contributing funds to bail out the water protectors is simply not true and funds re still needed for the legal defense.
For those who want to get involved more directly, there’s a national day of action on Tuesday, November 15. The Bay Area action starts at 6:30 a.m. at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. This sunrise ceremony and mass nonviolent direct action is to stand together in the BAY AREA in solidarity with the peoples of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota and against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The demands to the US Army Corps of Engineers are to 1) Deny Permit to Bore Under the Missouri River, and 2) complete a Full Environmental Impact Statement.
In honor of Filipino American History Month, we bring back an interview with Marissa Aroy, director of Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers. This short documentary celebrates the unsung Filipino American field workers who laid the foundation to the founding of the United Farm Workers union. For a donation to KPFA, YOU can have a copy of this documentary that reminds us of the unsung heroes of 1965the Delano Grape Strike.
Mari from the Center for Political Education joins us to talk about the much-anticipated event, My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers. Back by popular demand for a third time, this annual event held on Indigenous People’s Day uses storytelling, spoken word and performance to celebrate global warriors who defend the land, people and indigenous ways. This year’s featured hero is Frantz Fanon. Bring a light colored t-shirt and have this image silkscreened on.
Community Calendar Upcoming screenings of Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 -Cupertino, CA 10:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. De Anza College will be screening the film along with a discussion by director Marissa Aroy. Hinson Campus Center Conference Rooms A & B http://bit.ly/DM_DeAnza
Wednesday October 15th, 2014 -San Jose, CA
Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations and the FANHS Santa Clara Valley Chapter are among several groups screening the documentary. Marissa Aroy, director, in attendance.
7:30 PM Issac Newton Auditorium, Santa Clara County Government Building, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110
Thursday, October 16th, 2014-Cupertino, CA Second screening by DeAnza College and talk with Johnny Itliong, son of Larry Itliong.
1:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Hinson Campus Center Conference Rooms A & B. http://bit.ly/DM_DeAnza
Thursday, October 16th, 2014-San Francisco, CA
Positively Filipino and The Philippine Consulate in San Francisco will screen the film.
A discussion with director Marissa Aroy will follow.
6:00 pm Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco
RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by October 13, 2014
If you haven’t given to APEX and KPFA yet – this is the weeks to do it! We are in our 2nd of 3 weeks of Winter Fund Drive at KPFA. Call in during the APEX hour for some awesome premiums:
Our feature premium is a recorded talk with scientist, author, and activist David Suzuki! He was interviewed by indigenous organizer Clayton Thomas Muller in 2012 about the environment, Canada’s social movements, and the fight against the massive tar sands development on indigenous lands. Listen in tonight for clips from that talk. And call in to pledge to get either a CD or DVD copy of it as a gift for your donation!
We’ll also be offering the KPFA Winter Speech Pack – a package of 10 amazing talks on CD – for a donation of $200.
Farmers and organizers from Hacienda Luisita protest the distribution of lands in front the House of Representatives in Manila. Photo courtesy of R.J. Lozada
Land is life. When Spain forcefully took and claimed land from the Philippines in 1521 they created a sociopolitical climate that would birth long-standing systems of oppression, manifesting in everything from political infrastructure to psychology to cuisine. Among the remnants and ghosts of colonization is HaciendaLuisita. The farmlands that belong to natives long before the Spanish were taken, and ended up in the hands of the family of the current President Benigno Aquino III, since the late 1950s. R.J. spent some time with farmers of Hacienda Luisita to learn what agrarian reform can really look like.
Flordia Sibayan, or “Pong,” is the chair of AMBALA, the farmworkers union at Hacienda Luisita. She and about 50 farmers and organizers camped out in front of the offices Department of Agricultural Reform. They’re protesting the lottery system, and other divide and conquer tactics to disrupt the movement for genuine agrarian reform. Photo courtesy of R.J. Lozada.
On Saturday, August 31st at 7:30PM at the Solespace in Oakland, RAMA presents this months installment of Go! Ohana, featuring musicians Ben Ahn, Cynthia Lin, hosted by Tim Huey, and Leila Ramanculova. http://www.facebook.com/events/185431461636494
On Thursday, September 5th at 6:00PM, Undocu-Health: Healthcare and the Undocumented — this event at the Asian Resource Lobby in Oakland will feature a talk regarding the Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare, and the undocumented community. http://www.facebook.com/events/203747449792250