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Crispin Beltran Philippine History Lectures: Part III

Posted by anakbayantoronto on March 11, 2009

Part III:  The Philippine Working Class Movement in the Era of U.S. Colonialism

The Commonwealth Government and Attempts to Divide the Union Movement; The Struggle against Japanese Occupation during WWII (1917-1945)

sugarmill_1910-19202Thursday, March 19, 2009
University of Toronto
Bahen Centre for Information Technology
Room 2135
40 St. George Street, Toronto

This next installment of the lecture series covers the latter part of the American colonial period and the period of Japanese occupation.

After the complete pacification of the Filipinos through the Philippine-American War, the American colonialists continued the repression of the working class by co-opting the ruling classes and established the Commonwealth Government. But even though the armed resistance was suppressed, Filipinos continued to organize through labour unions and community associations which clamoured not only for workers’ rights but also for national liberation, and eventually formed a working class party.

As the Second World War broke out, Japan invaded the Philippines and the United States retreated, leaving Filipinos to struggle against a new imperial force.

Some topics and personalities to be covered:

  • Crisanto Evangelista
  • Manuel L. Quezon
  • The Commonwealth Government
  • Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s famous promise: “I shall return.”

*Attendance at previous lectures is not a pre-requisite. A recap of major points from the first two lectures will be provided.

*This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Presented in partnership with the Filipino Students’ Association of Toronto (FSAT).

For more information, contact migranteON.youth@gmail.com or (647) 239-6553.

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Coming in January 2009

Posted by anakbayantoronto on December 15, 2008

kabelCrispin Beltran Philippine History Lectures
Part II:  The Philippine Working Class Movement in the Era of U.S. Colonial Rule

Second Half:  The Commonwealth Government and Attempts to Divide the Union Movement
Date and location TBA.
Once again presented in collaboration with the Filipino Students Association of Toronto (FSAT).

Filipino Youth Festival
A whole day of activities on awareness-raising about Philippine history and culture and community engagement.  A collaborative project of Migrante Ontario Youth, Philippine Advocacy Through Arts and Culture, Kapisanan Philippine Centre, Filipino Students’ Association of Toronto, Filipino Canadian Association of Ryerson.
Saturday, January 24, 2008
Time and location TBA.

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Crispin Beltran Philippine History Lectures: Part II

Posted by anakbayantoronto on November 11, 2008

Part II:  The Philippine Working Class Movement in the Era of U.S. Colonialism

First Half: The Philippine-American War and the Consolidation of U.S. Rule

phils-101-ac-every1-over-10-031304 We are continuing the “Ka Bel” lecture series which started in the summer. The next topic will be the first half of the American period, 1898-1916- that covers the Philippine-American War and the Consolidation of US Rule in the Philippines. In this period, we’ll also see the beginnings of the Philippine trade union movement, and the role of the Philippine Independent Church in the liberation movement.

Thursday, November 20, 2008
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Charbonelle Lounge, St. Michael’s College @ University of Toronto
81 St. Mary Street, Toronto

Special Guest Speaker:
– Sessional lecturer/instructional assistant at the University of Toronto
– PhD Candidate in Philosophy
– Spokesperson for BAYAN-Canada in Toronto, a campaign centre for Philippine issues

This event is FREE!

If you have any questions please contact:

Lei-Ley Hull, FSAT Education & Community Affairs – (416) 801-4869
Ben San Juan, FSAT External Affairs – (647) 830-1675
Mithi Esguerra, Migrante Ontario Youth – (647) 239-6553

Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=42882478427

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Crispin Beltran Philippine History Lectures

Posted by anakbayantoronto on July 1, 2008


Migrante Ontario Youth and the Filipino Students’ Association of Toronto (FSAT) are proud to present “The Birth of the Philippine Working Class and the Katipunan,” a lecture on Philippine history to be held on Saturday, July 5, 2008, 1-4pm at the Charbonnel Lounge, St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, 81 St. Mary Street (south of Charles St. West, west of Bay St.).

July 7 marks the founding anniversary of the Kataas-taasan, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (Highest and Most Revered Association of the Children of the People). Founded in 1892, the Katipunan quickly became a nation-wide organization which would lead the Philippine Revolution of 1896 to end almost 400 years of Spanish colonial rule.

The lecture, “The Birth of the Philippine Working Class and the Katipunan,” will focus on the period of Spanish colonialism and how economic policies at the time resulted in the emergence of the Philippine working class. The lecture will also look at the Katipunan as an organization initiated by workers and its role in the struggle for national liberation.

The featured resource person at the lecture, Ricky Esguerra, is former instructor of Political Science a the University of the Philippines.  He is currently on the executive committee of the Community Alliance for Social Justice, and member of the Philippine Solidarity Network.

This lecture is the first of the Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran Philippine History Lectures prepared by Migrante Ontario Youth in commemoration of the long-time labour leader turned congress representative, who passed away in May 2008 shortly after a visit to Canada.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact:

Migrante Ontario Youth
Mithi Esguerra

The Filipino Students’ Association of Toronto (FSAT)
Lei-Ley Hull, Education & Community Affairs Executive

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Progressive Philippine Congress representatives in Toronto – April 2008

Posted by anakbayantoronto on April 8, 2008

Corruption, Repression and People’s Resistance

Two long-time activists, now members of Philippine Congress representing women and workers’ movements, are visiting Canada to call on the Canadian government to stop supporting the repressive and corrupt regime of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Under the guise of the war on terror, President Arroyo is waging a violent crackdown on people’s organizations and government critics. More than 800 social activists, human rights advocates, progressive politicians, journalist, lawyers and judges have been assassinated. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, arbitrary and summary executions attributes many of the killings to the military. Massive protests demanding President Arroyo’s resignation amidst allegation of corruption bring to mind the 1986 People Power movement that ended the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

Join guests Rep. Crispin Beltran of Anakpawis (Toiling Masses) Partylist and Rep. Luz Ilagan of Gabriela Partylist
Wednesday, April 9 at 6:00PM
Ontario Institute For Studies in Education
252 Bloor St. West
(Above St. George Subway)
Rm# 5-260 (5th Floor)

For more information: Ramon Grajo: 416.486.8428

Co-sponsored by: Philippine Legislators Organizing Group-International Tour, Centre for Women’s Studies in Education at OISE, Bayan-Canada Organizing Committee, Migrante-Ontario, Toronto-York Region Labour Council, Justice and Global Ecumenical Relations Unit of the UCC, Philippine Network for Justice and Peace, Labour Education Center, Asian Solidarity Network, KAIROS, BASICS Free Community Newspaper, Toronto Women’s Bookstore

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PULONG BAYAN (Community Meeting):
Up-close and Personal with Satur Ocampo
A chance to talk with your Congress representative

From business journalist to long-time activist and long-time political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship… Now Bayan Muna partylist president and outstanding Congressman, Rep. Satur Ocampo — deputy minority leader and head of the Independent bloc — is coming to Toronto to talk with kababayans on the crisis in the country of the Arroyo presidency.

No real growth in the economy, over 3,000 a day heading abroad, unbridled corruption charges against the First Family, unrest in the lower ranks of the military, mass protests… Are we nearing the end of the Arroyo presidency? What are the possible ways forward for the Philippines?

Come, hear and meet our representative. Be heard and express your concerns. There may not be another chance with the growing crisis!

Sunday, April 13 at 2:00pm
Fr. Madden Hall, Carr Hall
St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto
100 St. Joseph Street

(between Bay St. and Queen’s Park Cr. East,
north of Wellesley St.)

Co-sponsored by: Migrante Ontario, Bayan-Canada Organizing Committee, Santaginian Association of Ontario, Philippine Advocacy Through Arts and Culture, Community Alliance for Social Justice, Philippine Press Club of Ontario, United Steelworkers, Filipino Students’ Association of Toronto

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