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Join the Philippine Women Centre for a concert fundraiser with Jewstice League!

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 andjewsticeleague@gmail.com 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!

By | July 11th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

We say no to the “4 in 4 out” revolving door policy!

Statement prepared by SIKLAB National (Advance and Uphold the Struggles of Filipino Canadian Workers) April 22, 2015 Toronto, ON--- The enactment of the "4 in 4 out" rule this past April 1st, affecting tens of thousands of workers under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), is a telling message exposing the Canadian Government's intensifying attacks on transnational workers and undocumented people and their families. SIKLAB National and its sister organizations, the Philippine Women Centre National and the Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance National denounce the unjust treatment of the most vulnerable, oppressed and exploited sectors of our communities whom are mercilessly illegalized and criminalized by the newly enacted rule. Though using the threat of detention and deportation as a scare-tactic to keep temporary foreign workers complacent and fearful is nothing new, the four-year deadline makes the immigration system a more efficient tool in implementing neoliberal policies to drive down domestic wages, cut benefits and further deteriorate the overall labour, employment and living standards for all workers in Canada. As an organization of progressive workers critical of the impacts of [...]

By | April 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

We reject fear! Junk Bill C-51

April 11, 2015 Congress of Progressive Filipino Canadians (CPFC) National Statement   Toronto – Insulted and angry – these are the feelings that many Canadians have following expeditious attempts of the Conservative majority to pass Bill C-51 through parliament without any opposition or serious criticism. Dubbed the “Anti-Terrorism” Bill, Harper and his cabinet have made the case that the threat of the Islamic State and other Terrorist organizations is so great that it requires the passing of Bill C-51 to allow 17 government organizations to monitor and share information gathered from Canadians and to turn the Canadian Secret Intelligence Service (CSIS) into an armed police force who are only accountable to themselves in order to maintain national security. We, the Congress of Progressive Filipino Canadians, reject Bill C-51 and condemn this push for state terrorism. We denounce these proposals as outright attacks on the rights and freedoms of the Canadian people that seek to further disintegrate the principles of fundamental justice, the rule of law, and democracy. We reject the ongoing Islamophobia and racism against the Muslim community in [...]

By | April 11th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Celebrating our gains: paving our future for genuine women’s liberation

NAPWC Statement March 8, 2015 The National Alliance of Philippine Women in Canada (NAPWC) celebrates International Women’s Day in honour of all working class women around the world who fought and continue to fight for women’s equality, genuine development, and human rights. This legacy of resistance embodies women’s heightened militancy and strong resolve in building a society that places women’s struggles for genuine liberation and emancipation at the forefront. As the Philippine Women Centre of B.C. and Ontario celebrate its 25th and 15th year of organizing Filipino Canadian women this year, it is, once again, time for us to continue building on what we have learned from the past and share the wealth of knowledge that we have gained and acquired throughout the years. We are realizing a strong sense of our history as a people, and the unwavering resistance of our women. We mark this year’s IWD in celebration of the countless contributions of women who have given us the inspiration to take the revolutionary road and intensify our struggle against the escalating attacks perpetuated against us [...]

By | March 11th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Progressive Filipino Canadian students stand in solidarity with CUPE 3902 & 3903 as strikes continue

March 11, 2015 For immediate release Toronto,ON--The Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance/Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada – Ontario (FCYA/UKPC-ON) stand in solidarity with the teaching assistants, contractual and part-time instructors of University of Toronto (U of T) and York University currently on legal strike. After bargaining for wage increase, job security, and workers’ benefits, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 3902 and 3093 have rejected the tentative deals proposed by U of T and York. As progressive Filipino Canadian youth and students, we are enraged with the university administrations’ failure to address the demands and needs of their workers. The decreasing allocation of funds and increasing privatization and commercialization of post-secondary education are clear manifestations of the intensifying and worsening conditions under the neoliberal agenda. Underpaid,part-time, and casual academic staff teach 60% of the classes in U of T and York. However, only 3.5-8% of the budget is allocated for teaching assistants and contract faculty. In fact, the wage gap between full time faculty and sessional faculty emphasizes the wage inequality. Full time teaching staff can earn [...]

By | March 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Regressive rebranding of the Live-in Caregiver Program consolidates the neoliberal agenda for temporary, cheap, vulnerable, and disposable labour

National Alliance of Philippine Women Canada National Statement December 4, 2014 Toronto, ON—With the Federal Government's announcement of the recent changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), the National Alliance of Philippine Women in Canada (NAPWC) continue to challenge the inherently violent and abusive mechanisms of the program that, at the very core, has remained to regulate the temporariness, vulnerability, exploitation and oppression of the workers under it. In full effect since November 30, 2014, the changes have sent community members, the media and the general public into mixed and disarrayed conceptions of what the changes mean for workers, specifically Filipino women under the program, our community, and for working class families at large. Amidst a range of reactions, criticisms and opinions on the changes, the NAPWC stand firm that the program, and the so-called "improvements" therein, have always been a neoliberal tool to facilitate and profit from the gleaned fear and desperation of workers in the program. The Filipino Canadian community cannot accept these as "improvements" as announcements of cosmetic changes are being branded as such. The [...]

By | December 4th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Call to end systemic racism and police brutality! Stop the criminalization of Black and racialized youth

Statement from Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada/Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance December 3, 2014 Toronto, ON--Progressive Filipino Canadian youth condemn the Ferguson grand jury's decision of Michael Brown's case against Darren Wilson. Three months after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, the grand jury announced that police officer Darren Wilson will not face any criminal liability. We firmly condemn this injustice and stand in solidarity with the family, friends, and supporters of Michael Brown. The shooting and death of Michael Brown is not an isolated case and is another example of the increasing militarization of state police, criminalization of racialized people, and the upholding of white supremacy in North America. While some may argue that we have come a long way from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Jim Crow Segregation policies, the case of Michael Brown and the US penal system shows us that systemic racism has evolved to specifically disenfranchise and murder black youth. Under the Obama administration, young Black men, Latinos and Indigenous peoples continue to die at the hands of police officers in disproportionately greater numbers [...]

By | December 3rd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

End the systemic and countless disappearances in Mexico: The face of state terrorism and corruption

Solidarity Statement for the 43 Ayotzinapa students and the Mexican People December 2, 2014 Toronto, ON – The Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance of Ontario stands in solidarity with the missing 43 Ayotzinapa students and the mass protesters condemning the murderous repression, corruption and state violence inflicted on the Mexican people by government officials and their criminal lackeys. We denounce a system where dealings between government officials and criminal groups lead to the routine silencing, intimidation, harassment, abduction and murders of citizens speaking out and fighting against deplorable injustices. As students and youth, we salute the young people of Mexico for sparking nation-wide demonstrations that challenge the atrocious and vicious culture of state tyranny and showing the world the necessity of struggling for genuine freedom, democracy, and justice towards an enduring culture of resistance. The Ayotzinapa students were protesting for the rights and entitlements of rural teachers and against tuition hikes and government education reforms in the city of Iguala, Guerrero Region—protests that interfered with Mayor Jose Luis Abarca’s political campaigns, who allegedly ordered the attack on the students. [...]

By | December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Kaisa Ka: How many Jennifers and Nicoles More?

Press Statement by Kaisa Ka October 15, 2014 Contact: Proleta Gomez# 09323827014 On the 426 approved joint military activities                                                           How many Jennifers and Nicoles More?                                                                                                        The gruesome death of Jennifer Laude in the hands of alleged murderer Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton of the US Marine Corps coincided with the meeting of the US-RP Mutual Defence Board (MDB). The murder came right after the most recent Philippines-US amphibious landing exercise, Phiblex. Pfc. Pemberton is one of the 3,500 US marines who participated in the 12-day Phiblex 15. It was already Phiblex 15 that just concluded and it is terrifying [...]

By | October 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Registration Now Open: National Consultative Forum on LGBTQ

Event Announcement September 14, 2014 The Philippine Women Centre of B.C. (PWC-BC) will be hosting a two-day LGBTQ national consultative forum on October 24th, and 25th, 2014 at the Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre in Vancouver. A first in the Filipino Canadian community, the forum aims to bring out and openly discuss the ongoing issues and struggles that LGBTQs face within and outside the community. These issues include, but are not limited to, homophobia, transphobia, racism and discrimination. All are invited to register; spaces are limited. You can register through the following link: http://bit.ly/1s2yQcs Find more information about the national consultation here: http://bit.ly/1t0OdAi Date: October 24th and 25th Venue: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, B.C Registration Fee: $20.00 Organized by the Philippine Women Centre of BC Sponsored by: Congress of Progressive Filipino Canadians Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Simon Fraser University For more information, contact: The Philippine Women Centre (416) 519-2553 pwcontario@yahoo.ca Twitter: @PWC_Ontario

By | September 14th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Progressive Filipino Canadians to hold two sessions at upcoming People’s Social Forum

Announcement August 19, 2014 The Congress of Progressive Filipino Canadians and member organizations will be holding two workshop sessions at the upcoming People's Social Forum being held in Ottawa, Ontario from August 21-24. Details are listed below. The full program schedule and map can be found here. Community-based arts & culture: A tool for social change Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance/ Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada (FCYA/UKPC). English. Date: August 22 Time: 2:45PM Location: TBT 070 In the process of building a movement for radical social changes, progressive Filipino Canadians incorporate community-based arts and culture in their programs that help transform individual and collective subjectivities. THey look critically at their history and experiences in Canada and translate them into art and cultural forms that empower and hopefully, push more people in community and social activism. Organizing transnational communities for social transformation Emmanuel Sayo - Congress of Progressive Filipino Canadians |Joy C. Sioson - Philippine Women Centre of Ontario |  Reuben Saramugam, Ken Santos - Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance English. Simultaneous Translation. Date: August 23, 2014 Time: 9:00am Location: MRT 256 Neoliberal [...]

By | August 19th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments