MIGRANTE Ontario Youth

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Kamalayan Tuesdays: The Ampatuan Massacre and Philippine Democracy

Posted by anakbayantoronto on December 6, 2009

Migrante Ontario Youth, in community partnership with Kapisanan Philippine Centre, and in collaboration with the Filipino Canadian Association of Ryerson and the Filipino Students’ Association of Toronto, presents

Kamalayan Tuesdays:
The Ampatuan Massacre and Philippine Democracy
A Youth Focused Community Discussion

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture
167 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

The Ampatuan massacre last November 23 shocked the nation and the world. It was shocking not only because of its ferocity, claiming the lives of 57 innocent people including passers by, and barbarity, which included the rape of women, desecration of bodies and beheading of some victims, but also because of the brazenness in the commission of such abhorrent atrocities.” [Bulatlat.com]

So what the %$@! is happening in the Philippines? How does this affect us? And what can we do?

Join us TUESDAY, 8 DECEMBER at Kapisanan for this youth-focused community discussion about the recent massacre in the Philippines. We’ll be talking about:

  • The Ampatuan massacre
  • Electoral politics in the Philippines
  • The current president’s connection to the situation in Mindanao
  • Extrajudicial killings – Philippine deathsquads
  • Violence towards women in cases of political conflict
  • History of Mindanao and the Muslim people’s struggle for self-determination
  • How does this affect us? What options do the people in the Philippines have? And what can we do?

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KAMALAYAN is a series of events for Filipino youth, running from Fall 2009-Spring 2010, focusing on Philippine history, politics and issues in the Filipino, and Filipino-Canadian community. Kamalayan is a Tagalog word meaning “consciousness”.

Join us for “Kamalayan Tuesdays,” a continuing series of discussion groups about a variety of issues. This series follows the visit of kabataan (youth) congressman Mong Palatino, and leading up to the youth festival in March.


For info, contact kamalayan.festival@gmail.com, (647) 239-6553.

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