[PASS Advocacy DeCal] Contemporary Issues of Filipino-Americans ›

Hello community!

Want to learn more about Filipino-American hystory? Want to discuss Filipino-American contemporary issues with other students? Want to go on cultural field trips and create projects that allow you to delve into Filipino-American identity and experience?

Then take PASS Advocacy’s Contemporary Issues of Filipino-Americans DeCal: Legacy, Identity, and Resistance! Class begins Wednesday, February 6 and continues on a weekly basis! Location and CCNs are still TBA but we will keep you updated once we have more information!

For questions, comments, or concerns, contact Jordan at jordanwmedina@gmail.com.

Preview the class syllabus here: http://tinyurl.com/contempissues13

Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race

A video that highlights the racial inequalities embedded in our education system and why Affirmative Action is a necessary step to level the playing field.

Pinay Power Daily: National Women's Day of Protest ›

(Image source: GABRIELA-USA)

Today is the Philippine Women’s Day of Protest. On October 28, 1983, hundreds of Pilipino women took their struggle to the streets after Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines. Pilipino women contributed heavily in dismantling Marcos’s dictatorship. They showed the world just how militant and revolutionary Pilipino women can be. Lorena Barros, a Pilipina activist who established the all-women’s organization, Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (MAKIBAKA), put it this way:

The new woman, the new Filipina, is first and foremost a militant. The new Filipina is one who can stay whole nights with striking workers, learning from them the social realities which her bourgeois education has kept from her. She is a woman who has discovered the exalting realm of responsibility, a woman fully engaged in the making of history. No longer is she a woman-for-marriage, but more and more a woman-for-action.

A year later, GABRIELA, named after Gabriela Silang, the Pilipino woman who led a revolt against Spanish colonizers, was established. GABRIELA, along with Anakbayan, the League of Filipino Students, and other organizations that fight for the advancement of the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines, continue to arouse, organize, and mobilize the masses to stop the extrajudicial killings and forced kidnappings, overturn the recent Cyber Crime Prevention Act, get justice for overseas Pilipino workers who experience harsh working conditions, and all-in-all liberate the Philippines from the corrupt and unjust government. Take this day to remember all the activists who fought to eradicate martial law. Take this day to remember all the women who were killed, kidnapped, raped, and tortured while they were fighting for their people. Take this day to educate yourselves about what’s really going on in the Philippines and help extend the Pilipino women’s mass movement.

A Clean Education: Cyber Martial Law ›

In the Philippines, the Cyber Crime Prevention Act of 2012 was passed which outlaws hacking, online trafficking, file sharing, and spamming.  The biggest reason this law is being actively opposed is that it outlaws “online libel”.  Libel is defamation through written or printed words and this part of the law was added last minute by Vicente Sotto III.  There are no rules or regulations attached to their definition of libel, which would make it a free for all in deciding what is libel and what is not.  And those making those decisions are of course, the “leaders” of the nation, who would silence and criminalize all those who are in opposition with the government, government officials and those holding office. Look familiar?  Well, it does resemble the way that Ferdinand Marcos imposed martial law upon the Philippines and silenced his opponents.  Fun stuff right?

Not only that, but those who are shown to be in agreement with the statement seen as “libelous” would also be persecuted.  Examples would be retweeting, liking on Facebook, reblogging on tumblr, etc.  So your own families in the Philippines could very well be in trouble.  Political activists have been disappearing and this law further elevates the power they have in making opposition disappear.

It also affects the educational system, that already teaches students to be westernized and to favor all things colonized, and further scaring students from thinking critically about the country they live in.  The government is trying to control their actions and thoughts and limit the exposure that these thoughts and ideas can get.  The Philippines is slowly losing its personal freedoms.

To learn more, check out: http://raissarobles.com/2012/09/18/who-inserted-that-libel-clause-in-the-cybercrime-law-at-the-last-minute/

To sign the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/junk-the-cybercrime-prevention-law



My name is Celestine R. Susi and I’m one of the two Advocacy Interns this semester. This is my second year at Cal and I’m a declared Political Science major and might decide to do a double major with History. I’m from a small little suburb called Walnut which is about 40 miles inland from LA, but my hometown is West Covina which is basically adjacent to Walnut. Yeah, I moved two miles when I was in middle school.

Anywho, here are some fun facts about me

  • I love dogs. Everytime I see one on the street I basically squeal and yell “DOGGIE!” That’s when my friends pretend not to know me =[
  • I honestly get too emotionally invested into TV Shows, movies, and books. It’s probably not healthy.
  • I’m super sentimental. I like to take pictures (only for memories though, I have NO talent as a photographer), send handwritten letters (I love anything that has to do with stationery), and I keep everything. I also pay attention to special dates and places.
  • I’m a huge Clippers fan. Haters gonna hate, but just to let you know I didn’t jump up on no bandwagon sonnn. I’ve been a fan of the Clippers since I was a little young’un, so way before Blake Griffin and Chris Paul ever came onto the scene.
  • I’m super indecisive. It takes me forever to decide where to eat or what to order. BUT I LOVE TO EAT :D
  • Going off of that whole indecisiveness thing, I’m pretty much a combination of every personality. Weird, I know. For example, on the “Leadership Colors Test,” I got the same number for all four colors, and my Myers-brigg personality always changes. Also, just to add more insight to this, half of me just wants to move to a super simple quiet place like Alaska or Montana when I grow up and just live a simple quiet life while the other half of me wants to live in a big city like San Francisco, Boston, or New York.
  • But as of now my current plans for the future are to spend 2 years in the Peace Corps after graduation, then apply to either Medical or Law school (see, it’s that indecisiveness again), and then apply to the US Navy as either a medical officer or as part of the Judge Advocate’s General Corps as an officer lawyer.
  • I’ve worked as a caretaker in rural hospitals and orphanages in the Philippines since my freshman year of high school and am also a certified Emergency Medical Technician here in California. So if you ever need saving, holla atcho gurl ;)
  • Last but not least, I have creeper-status memory. I will remember everything you tell me about yourself and it’s not even intentional. My brain just basically takes everything it hears and files it away somewhere. So don’t be creeped out if I bring up something random about you or your life. I’m not stalking you, I swear! 

Anyway, those are just some random facts about me. But hit me up if you want to get to know me or meet up or anything. As I said, I’m a combination of every personality so whether you’re practical or spontaneous, loud or soft-spoken, introverted or extroverted, it could be the start of a beautiful friendship :) My post is way too long because I couldn’t decide what to put -__-

Meet Celestine, another of our Advocacy interns! :D


Hello Tumblr folks! 

It’s me, Baltazar Jonnel Dasalla, and I’m one of the Advocacy Interns this semester for PASS :D! I’m a first year here at Cal and I intend to enter the Haas School of Business with an emphasis on Communications and Media Studies. But nothing is for sure and we’ll see where I’ll be later down the road. Well that’s all boring talk so let me give you a couple interesting facts about myself:

  • I was born and raised under the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles; REPPIN’ SOCAL OH YEAHHHH! 
  • I really like drawing, and painting, and anything arty. You can see what I’ve done (as amateur they can get) here.
  • I’m really into fashion so I will splurge on shoes or clothes or any type of clothing or accessories. That doesn’t mean that I won’t look for sweet deals first!
  • I have an eclectic taste in music. I like music from KPop to Indie to RnB and slowjams. 
  • I have a multitude of personalities: The Professional, The Ratchet, and The Sassy. *I can be a combination of any of these personalities too!

So yeah! If you see me around, say hi! I’m friendly and I love to meet new people! 

Meet Baltazar, one of our Advocacy interns!

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Music Spotlight: “@RockyRivera | Go There


From The Archives: Mister Rogers Defends PBS: “In 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon.”

This fight sure could use him.


#mr. rogers  #pbs  

Queer Pin@y Conference 2012 ›

The Queer Pin@y Conference (QPC) is an annual University of California-system wide conference that provides a supportive space to facilitate intersecting dialogues on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex (LGBTQI) and Filipin@-American issues. 

This year’s conference will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at UCSD! The theme is "Queer Imaginations: Ghost, Cyborgs, Zombies, and Monsters." The theme focuses on the notion that all our identities, in retrospect, are products of social construction. In society, we are reduced to statistics and are seen as dead bodies, forced to haunt the system demanding justice (like ghosts); we are constantly demonized and marginalized (like monsters); we resort to telling our narratives by means of technology (like cyborgs); and we must survive by “feeding off each other” through competition within our own communities (like zombies). We invite you to join us at this year’s conference to challenge and dismantle these constructions.

Click on the link to sign-up and be part of the UC Berkeley delegation! See y’all there!

PASS Advocacy Presents: Pil Studies Community Dialogue

Next Monday, Oct. 8, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Tan Oak Room in MLK, please join us for a conversation about the importance of Philippine Studies for our community!

Guest Lecture by Professor Joi Barrios, from the South and Southeast Asian Studies Department. She will be giving a detailed history of Philippine Studies!

The rest of the event is intended to create a space for students to share their stories and/or experiences being able or not being able to take Filipino-related courses.

Everyone’s voice is welcome and appreciated. 

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