Sunday, September 9, 2007, 2-4 pm
9 West 19th Street (between 5th and 6th Ave.)
Since 9/11, The War on Terror, led by the United States, has taken on several terrifying dimensions. Images of black hooded prisoners in Abu Ghraib, news stories about wiretapping journalists, the exposure of the CIA's network of detention facilities in "black sites" all over the "democratic" govenments of Europe and Asia and the insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan are all part of its aftermath.
While these events are covered by the mainstream media, other -- more insidious acts -- are being perpetrated by governments around the world, under the guise of the War on Terror. The Philippines, known as the War's "Second Front" and America's "closest ally" in the Pacific region, has become a hotbed of political kilings and repression. As a result, the Philippines is today the most lethal place for journalists, second only to Iraq, and one of the most dangerous countries for lawyers and judges.
Join GABRIELA Network and the Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines as they discuss how the government of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo -- with the full support of the United States government -- has cracked down on its dissenters to purge the country of opposition, extending its reach even beyond its borders in placing US activists on its "terror watch" lists and masterminding the arrests and raids of Filipinos working and living in countries abroad, including that of the recent detention of Jose Maria Sison, a beloved leader of the Philippine people who has tirelessly worked for peace for his homeland.
The forum will include:
~ Reportback from a member of the GABNet 3 (group of US-based women's activists held on a "watchlist" by the Philippine government)
~ Reportback from a Filipina-American Youth Activist about her experience of being included in the Philippine government's "hold-order list"
~ Multi-media presentation on the Philippine situation and the Human Security Act 2007
~ Launching of the Hands Off Joma Sison Campaign
This event is free and open to the public. Seats are limited. Light snacks and drinks will be served. For more info, please contact nynj@gabnet. org or ugnayan_nyc@ yahoo.com.
GABRIELA Network NYNJ
PO Box 403
Times Square Station
New York, NY 10108