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Reference: Terrie Cervas, Sisters of Gabriela, Awaken! (SiGAw!)
(213) 537-8278, email@example.com
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of International Working Women’s Day, LA Filipinas Honor Migrant and Working Class Women And Shed Light on Human Rights Violations
LOS ANGELES , CA- In the spirit of the Centennial of International Working Women’s Day this past March 8, Los Angeles-based Sisters of Gabriela, Awaken (SiGAw) will take their stories to the stage. SiGAw connects life to art with their first annual production of Diwang Pinay, entitled “Pasanin Mo Pasanin Ko: Bridging the Struggle of Filipinas” on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 3pm at Fernando’s Hideaway in Downtown Los Angeles (519 S Spring St., Los Angeles , CA 90013 ).
The theme, which translates to “Your Struggle is My Struggle,” draws from the idea that Filipinas share in the same struggle of migration and working towards a better life for themselves and their families. SiGAw seeks to shed light on the common issues affecting Filipinas: violence, hardship, immigration, and expectations through seven stories of working-class and migrant Filipinas. All of the stories drew inspiration from interviews SiGAw members collected of Filipina migrant workers who reside in the Valley, Central LA and Carson , and through their own personal life histories. Written and performed by members of SiGAw, these stories will include the acting talents of local Filipinas, Gina Honda, Kristine Sabella and Rena Heinrich. The afternoon will also showcase original pieces by Filipina musical and visual artists Asa Lioness, Leaf, Liza Camba, and others.
Diwang Pinay, meaning “Spirit of the Filipina,” stands as part of a national project initiated by GABRIELA USA, which aims to promote the work of Pinay artists everywhere. SiGAw sees the production also as part of their efforts in raising awareness around GABRIELA’s iVOW Campaign (iVOW to Fight Violence Against Women). The campaign, which launched in February 2010, urges people to take a stand and commit to ending violence against women. Photos of participants taking their vows will be incorporated into numerous photo and video projects throughout the US and Philippines . The iVOW Campaign highlights the importance of upholding human rights as violence against the people of the Philippines increases.
In the wake of the illegal arrest and detention of 43 community health workers in the province of Rizal , Philippines by the Philippine National Policy (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), it is imperative that international pressure be put on the Philippine military and government. 22 of the 43 health workers are women, two of whom are pregnant. Following the May 2009 abduction and release of health worker Melissa Roxas, and the mass murder of 62 people, including women and journalists in Maguindanao last November 2009, the case of the 43 health workers emphasizes the increased state violence against its own people. Melissa’s story of valiant courage in the face of state violence will be featured in this special Diwang Pinay production.
SiGAw is outraged by the Philippine military and government’s state-sponsored violence against the people, especially women. SiGAw stands in solidarity with the 43 health workers. We condemn the PNP, AFP, and Philippine government in their unfounded accusations against the 43 and for their illegal arrest, detention, and torture. We call on the US government, specifically Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Howard Berman, to put pressure on the Philippine government and military to release the 43 and end all human rights violations in the Philippines !
FREE THE 43!
END STATE SPONSORED VIOLENCE IN THE PHILIPPINES !
ADANCE THE MILITANT WOMEN’S STRUGGLE!
Sisters of Gabriela, Awaken! (SiGAw) presents:
Pasanin Mo Pasanin Ko: Bridging the Struggle of Filipinas
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Fernando’s Hideaway (F Square Print shop)
519 S Spring Street (between 5th and 6th streets)
Los Angeles, CA 90013
$10 suggested donation (No one turned away for lack of funds.)
SiGAw is a member organization of GABRIELA USA, an overseas chapter of GABRIELA Philippines (alliance of progressive women’s organizations) and BAYAN USA (a multi-sectoral alliance of progressive Filipino groups in the US ).