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Tambayan @ SEAS Centre

Posted by anakbayantoronto on August 15, 2009

Alam ko nalulungkot ka, alam ko miss mo na’ng barkada;
Pero nandito ka na sa Canada at hindi ka nag-iisa.
Sa bahay huwag magmukmok, baka dalawin ka lang ng antok;
Lumabas ka’t magmunimuni, kabataang Pinoy nandiyan lang sa tabi;
Makihalobilo ka kaibigan, pumunta sa…

Drop-in program for newcomer Filipino youth
Every Thursday, 5-8pm
SEAS Centre, 606 Gerrard St. East

(Broadview & Gerrard – Click here to see map.)

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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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What Makes a Hero

Posted by anakbayantoronto on June 17, 2008

Music and spoken word performances commemorating Jeffrey Reodica and the community’s campaign for truth and justice

Saturday, June 28, 2008
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Wellesley Community Centre, Room B
495 Sherbourne Street

(northeast corner of Sherbourne And Wellesley)

Migrante Ontario Youth, with the support of the Community Alliance for Social Justice and Philippine Advocacy Through Arts and Culture, is holding a cultural event on Saturday, June 28, 2008, 2-4pm at Wellesley Community Centre, Room B, 495 Sherbourne Street, Toronto (northeast corner of Wellesley and Sherbourne Sts.). The event, entitled “What Makes a Hero”, aims to commemorate Jeffrey Reodica and the Justice for Jeffrey campaign, and to update the community on the results of the campaign.

Jeffrey Reodica was 17 years old in 2004 when he was shot three times in the back by Det. Constable Dan Belanger of Toronto Police Services’ 41 Division in Scarborough. His death caused an uproar in the community, leading to the formation of the Justice for Jeffrey Coalition (J4J) which held protest actions and succeeded in getting a Coroner’s inquest conducted one year after Jeffrey’s death and generated responses from the Toronto Police Services Board and the Ombudsman of Ontario.

Migrante Youth Ontario’s organizers were part of J4J.

“It’s important not to forget what happened to Jeffrey and how the Filipino community came together to demand justice for his death,” says Debbie Celis. “Two important things can be learned from this – one, that challenges like racism and discrimination are very real in our community; two, that as a community we are capable of acting together and in solidarity with others to fight for our common interests.”

Divine Montesclaros explains: “We decided to have ‘What Makes a Hero’ now, because it was around this time in 2004 when the Justice for Jeffrey campaign was taking shape. June is also a significant month because it’s the month when we celebrate Philippine Independence Day, and the way that we fought back when Jeffrey was killed is a continuation of our ancestors’ struggle against oppression by colonial powers.”

“What Makes a Hero” will feature music and spoken word performances by young artists in the community, highlighting issues of Filipino youth. There will also be speakers, including members of the Justice for Jeffrey Coalition who will report on the results of the J4J campaign, as well as members of the Reodica family who will give updates on the current status of their legal battle.

The event is free and open to the public. Migrante Ontario Youth is also looking for more performers to contribute to the program.

For more information and to perform, contact Mithi Esguerra at (647) 239-6553 or Debbie Celis at (416) 556-6265, or e-mail migranteON.youth@gmail.com.

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