MIGRANTE Ontario Youth

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Kamalayan Mondays: The First Quarter Storm Remembered

Posted by anakbayantoronto on January 21, 2010

Migrante Ontario Youth, in community partnership with Kaipisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture, and in collaboration with the Filipino Canadian Association of Ryerson (FCAR) and the Filipino Students’ Association of Toronto (FSAT), presents


Monday, January 25, 2010
Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture
167 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

(2 blocks west of Spadina Ave., north of Dundas St. West – MAP)

On January 26, 1970, student activists stormed the old Congress building in Manila, where then President Ferdinand Marcos was delivering his State of the Nation Address. It sparked a series of mass actions against the Marcos regime that has come to be known as the First Quarter Storm or FQS.

In this week’s installment of the Kamalayan Filipino Konsciousness Series, join us as we discuss what the First Quarter Storm was, its significance in our people’s history and how it relates to current developments.

Featured guest:
Marie Hilao-Enriquez
Chairperson, KARAPATAN (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights in the Philippines – http://www.karapatan.org)

*Marie has been a leading figure in the Philippine human rights movement for the past 30 years. A victim of human rights violations herself as a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship, Marie has been active in the national democratic struggle of the Filipino people since the early 1970’s as a student in the University of the Philippines. Members of her family were also victims of human rights violations, with one sister tortured and murdered by the military while another two siblings were unlawfully imprisoned. Having survived that experience, Marie played a key role in the historic class-action lawsuit against the Marcos estate, as part of the 10,000 victims of human rights violations in the Philippines. Today, Marie is active in exposing the grave condition of human rights violations in the Philippines under the Arroyo regime. (http://www.bulatlat.com/news/3-44/3-44-marie.html)

This event is FREE.

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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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