November 26, 2015 On the eve of the National Day of Remembrance and Action Ending Violence Against Women, commemorating the 14 women who passed away at the École Polytechnique Massacre in 1989, a public forum to highlight the work from grassroots women’s organizations across Canada to tackle violence against women will take place on December 5th in Toronto. Aiming to tackle broader, systemic violence that continues to be facilitated by federal policies implemented by Canada, Charie Siddayao, a community organizer with the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario (PWC-ON), and Andrea Bobadilla from University of Western Ontario (PhD Candidate) will bring out the critical perspective of globalization’s impact on women specifically within the transnational working class Filipino community. More directly, they will look at how challenging Canada’s Caregiver Program points to the necessity of ending a globalized system of violence affecting women across countries. This event will be held at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Room 5260 (5th floor) This forum will challenge participants to see Canada’s Caregiver Program, a federally implemented program, as one of the government’s [...]
2nd Solidarity Statement for Toronto Janitors and Cleaners November 25, 2015 Janitors say no to exploitation! Toronto, ON—SIKLAB Ontario (Advance and uphold the Struggles of Filipino Canadian Workers) and the member organizations of the Magkaisa (Unity) Centre commend the downtown Toronto janitors and cleaners in their steadfast and resilient strike against the exploitative and abusive hiring contractors Amphora Maintenance Ltd., and Impact Cleaning Services and subcontractor MCC Inc. As these corporate entities continue to disregard and devalue rights and entitlements owed to you, deny you secure employment, and lead you further into a life of instability, your unwavering and ongoing efforts for justice is of manifold importance in fighting against neoliberal practices of keeping labourers cheap, desperate and disposable. With these being the norm under neoliberalism where profit and business reign supreme over the lives of workers, it is more critical than ever to create a culture of resistance and empower ourselves to take back what is owed to us as working people. It is illegal for employers to threaten, fire or discipline workers for supporting [...]
End contractualization and flexibilization of labour! Meaningful and secure livelihoods for workers now!
Solidarity statement for Toronto Cleaners and Janitors November 10, 2015 Toronto, ON—SIKLAB Ontario (Advance and Uphold the Struggles of Filipino Canadian Workers) and the member organizations of the Magkaisa (Unity) Centre extend our solidarity to the Toronto cleaners and janitors, and their allies, in protest against exploitative working conditions and oppressive labour practices. As part of the ongoing Justice for Janitors campaign jointly organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2, the cleaners and janitors have been in an attempt to form a union because of issues ranging from unpaid wages, job security and abusive misconduct of their employers. The men and women working in various downtown buildings along Bay St., owned by Dream Office REIT, have filed numerous legal complaints against the hiring contractors Amphora Maintenance Ltd. and Impact Cleaning Services, and its subcontractor MCC Inc. The previous contractors, Impact Cleaning Services and MCC Inc., refused to pay the provincial minimum wage and now face 9 complaints under the Ministry of Labour for lost wages amounting to $18,000 and vacation entitlements over a 12-month [...]
Filipino Canadian Women to tackle systemic violence in upcoming forum “Taking the Revolutionary Road: Ending Violence Against Women”
Event announcement November 5, 2015 Toronto, ON--On December 5th, join the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario, along with women leaders and organizers from across communities, as we take up the important question of ending violence against women at our public forum, “Taking the Revolutionary Road: Ending Violence Against Women”. Women at the frontlines, who are fighting against sex trafficking and prostitution, and for childcare, women’s health and reproductive justice, are coming together to tackle Canada’s implicit role in perpetuating systemic violence against women. The forum is set to take place at the University of Toronto, St. George campus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Room 5260. While the struggle to end violence against women has always been central to the work of the feminist movement, escalating levels of violence continues to persist and permeate all women’s lives today. As working class women of colour, we recognize that violence against women goes beyond individual instances, and is part of a broader framework of legislated violence that has manifested in the policies that Canada has either implemented or [...]
Congress of Progressive Filipinos National Statement Beginning in April of 2015, two of Canada’s CF-18 fighters dropped the first set of bombs over Syria, participating in a US-led airstrike to take out a Syrian military installation occupied by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Since then Canada has participated in 3 more airstrikes in Syria. Locked in a state of civil war for decades and because of the Global “War on Terror,” Syria has many parties in conflict with one another including the Bashar Al-Assad Regime, Al-Nusra (an affiliate organization of Al-Qaeda), Kurdish Forces, operating in Turkey and Iraq, Opposition Party Forces and ISIL who has claimed over half of the country. As a result of the political instability and ongoing violent conflict, Syrians have been leaving the country in the thousands. All for the sake of survival, many gamble their lives in cramped transportation vehicles and boats in the Mediterranean sea to neighboring Greece. Other refugees look toward other EU nations and Canada as a possible place to stay and bring their families. As [...]
September 26, 2015 Toronto, Ontario – With just a day away, the stage is finally set for the annual fundraising concert, Roots, Rhymes, and Resistance organized by Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada/Filipino Youth Alliance (UKPC/FCYA). The concert, titled “Celebrating Filipino Women’s Resistance,” will be held tomorrow, Saturday, September 26th at the United Steelworkers Hall at 25 Cecil St, Toronto. The event will feature performances by Jewstice League Klezmer Ensemble, the Magkaisa Centre’s No Class Today band, and many more young talented artists. Additionally, this year’s Roots Rhymes and Resistance will premiere "Power", the second music video produced by the Magkaisa Centre performed and written by Dagamuffin, Fenaxiz, Chris Blade, and Kimmortal. Join us at this year’s RRR and celebrate our community’s progressive roots, history, and creative expressions of women’ resistance! Roots, Rhymes and Resistance: Celebrating Filipino Women’s Resistance Saturday, Sept. 26 2015, 8PM-10PM Doors open at 7:30 PM United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St, Toronto Tickets: $15 at the door For more information, contact: email@example.com 416-519-2553
Toronto, Ontario--The celebration draws closer as Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada/Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance of Ontario (UKPC/FCYA-ON) organizes its fifth Roots, Rhymes, & Resistance in Toronto. Titled "Celebrating Filipino Women's Resistance", this event will highlight the contributions of both the Philippine Women Centre of British Columbia (PWC-BC) and the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario (PWC-ON) in educating, organizing, and mobilizing Filipino Canadian women within the community as both respectively reach their 25th and 15th anniversaries. Historically, Roots, Rhymes & Resistance has always celebrated the Filipino Canadian community's culture of resistance. It has been a venue for young local Filipino Canadian artists to express the concerns of the community in Canadian society through music, performances and other artistic expressions. It first started eighteen years ago with the Kalayaan Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia with the organization's anti-war campaigns. Subsequent concerts followed with different themes that tackled the social issues affecting women, workers, and youth in the community and beyond. This year's theme focuses on celebrating Filipino women's resistance highlighting past achievements and ongoing campaigns organized by PWC such [...]
Toronto, ON --On September 26th, 2015, witness the Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance of Ontario bring to the fore the legacy of Filipino women’s resistance in Canada through ‘Roots, Rhymes and Resistance (RRR)’, an annual concert featuring the talents of progressive Filipino Canadian women, youth, artists and allies. The event is part of the 15th and 25th respective anniversaries of the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario and Philippine Women Centres of British Columbia’s educating, organizing and mobilizing work in Canada. This show will take place at the United Steelworkers Hall on Saturday, September 23rd, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Building off momentum from its recent educational workshops called “Where Have All the Women Gone? : Filipino Women’s Studies Series 2015”, key performances will put into creative expressions knowledge gained from the workshops. With a critical look and sharp analysis on issues such as childcare needs vis-à-vis Canada’s Caregiver Program, trafficking and prostitution, the Mail-Order Bride system and reproductive justice to just name a few, be prepared to be moved into action as key performers captures not only [...]
Art exhibit portrays Filipino Canadians’ plight in building a home in Canada as part of Nuit Blanche 2015
The Magkaisa Centre August 4, 2015 Toronto, Ontario—The Magkaisa Centre is proud to announce its' participation in the internationally renowned arts festival, Nuit Blanche, 2015. “Our Voices: A Portrait Series” project is once again making the Filipino Canadian community’s voices heard in this year’s festival to be held on October 3 at Beit Zatoun. As part of the Magkaisa Centre’s annual arts & cultural program and continuation of the Maleta [Suitcase] Project (also featured in Nuit Blanche, 2011), "Our Voices" is spearheaded by the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario (PWC-ON), in collaboration with the Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance of Ontario (FCYA-ON) and SIKLAB Ontario, and was first launched in an exhibit that ran from May 31st to June 1st, 2014 also held at Beit Zatoun. Through a series of educational workshops on the Filipino Canadian community's history of migration and capacity-building tutorials on art production, the culminating art exhibit was collectively produced by members of the community with the aim of showing the intimate yet social realities of Filipino Canadian youth, women and workers in Toronto. The second [...]
Toronto, ON—Roots Rhymes and Resistance an annual concert fundraiser organized by Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada/Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance (UKPC/FCYA) is back for its fifth year in Toronto. This year’s concert is entitled “Celebrating Filipino Women’s Resistance” to celebrate the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario’s (PWC-ON) 15th and the Philippine Women Centre of British Columbia’s (PWC-BC) 25th year anniversaries of educating, organizing and mobilizing the Filipino Canadian community. Roots Rhymes and Resistance will take place this fall on September 26, and will be held at the United Steelworkers Hall at 25 Cecil St, Toronto. This event is dedicated to the ongoing contributions Filipino-Canadian women have made towards advancing women’s liberation within Canadian society, and the continuing dedication of PWC to take the revolutionary path in the struggle against patriarchy, gender oppression, racial discrimination and class exploitation. This event will also provide an outlet for the collective voices and amazing talents of progressive artists and musicians ready to express their resistance and their work toward genuine social transformation. Performances highlights include Jewstice League Klezmer Ensemble, and the [...]
Join us for a night of music and dancing, hosted by the Jewstice League Klezmer Ensemble in support of the Philippine Women Centre! Come celebrate PWC's 25th anniversary! PWC is a grassroots community organization advancing women's rights, equality, human rights and development towards genuine liberation. For more information, visit: http://www.magkaisacentre.org/ ENTRANCE: $10 (suggested donation) - all proceeds go to the Philippine Women Centre Ontario (PWC). LOCATION: Polish Combatants Hall, 206 Beverly Street (Toronto) -- http://www.beverleyhalls.com/ DETAILS: this venue is licensed! Cash bar (cheap drinks)! Snacks will also be available. Jewstice League is a Toronto-based Klezmer ensemble dedicated to Eastern European Jewish music and social justice. @jewsticeleague firstname.lastname@example.org for more info! PS - Thursday night is Dinner Night at the Polish Combatants Hall. If you want "old-fashioned homemade Eastern European cuisine", come early and stay for the show!