#RiseResistUnite has been the rally cry for GABRIELA USA and adopted in various ways to connect local, national, and international issues of Filipino women and people in the time of the U.S. Trump-Duterte regime.
#RiseResistUnite has been adopted by the One Billion Rising global movement and continues to inspire women and people around the globe. GABRIELA (Southeast Asia – Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos) is a global coordinator of One Billion Rising.
RISE against Duterte, RESIST militarization, and UNITE for genuine liberation
As of the beginning of 2019, more than 20,000 people have been murdered by the U.S.-Duterte regime's "War on Drugs." Hundreds of human rights activists and political dissenters have either been murdered or illegally detained. More than 400,000 indigenous peoples have been violently displaced by the U.S.-backed Armed Forces of the Philippines. That's why GABRIELA USA is building a movement in the United States to RISE against Duterte, RESIST militarization, and UNITE for genuine liberation by urging the immediate end to the United States' financial and political support for the macho-fascist Duterte regime.
Babae Ako translates to “I Am Woman” a call that has united women against Macho-Fascism throughout the Philippines and across the globe.
#BABAEAKO began as a video project of various well-known Filipino women personalities making a statement to President Duterte and a pledge to fight against his macho-fascist regime: Lalaban Ako! (I will fight!) It has since gone viral and turned into a global campaign by women of the Filipino diaspora united against President Duterte and the macho-fascist state.
In June 2018, Time Magazine named the women of #BabaeAko as one of the 25 Most Influential People On The Internet.
The international opposition against the U.S.-backed atrocities of the Duterte administration is reaching new heights. In the past year, grassroots organizations, U.S. Senators, and international governing bodies have condemned the killings of the Duterte Administration. In response, the Duterte Administration has rejected foreign criticism, even threatening to offer foreign activists as targets for the Philippine National Police (PNP) if such scrutiny continues.
Throughout Duterte’s presidency, the United States has provided unrestricted aid to the Philippine government, military and police, providing the Philippines with 184.5 million dollars in military aid in 2018, and promising at least 108 million for 2019 so far. Although US military aid to the Philippines this past year tied directly to Duterte’s brutal implementation of martial law in Mindanao, and despite the internationally recognized crimes of Duterte and his state forces, the U.S. has not veered in its financial and tactical support of the regime.
While Duterte has unleashed a literal bloody war on the people and further strangled them through economic policies, the Filipino people have not been cowed and are rising and intensifying efforts to isolate and remove Duterte, the main architect of their misery at this time. In true solidarity with the Filipino people, ICHRP-US is ramping up efforts as well. As GABRIELA-LA, we help with these events in our area.
Justice for Jennifer Laude
On October 11th, 2014, a 26 year old transgender woman named Jennifer Laude was brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine in Olongapo City, Philippines. We view LGBTQ rights as human rights and we seek justice for Jennifer Laude and an end to unequal foreign policies such as the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) that only exacerbate the problem of U.S. militarization and violence against women and children.
Justice for Trafficked Filipino Teachers
Over 4,800 Filipinos leave their homeland everyday in order to work abroad and roughly 70% of them are women. For a decade, batches of Filipino teachers have been trafficked by Isidro Rodriguez and promised jobs, salaries, housing, and bonuses. Over 300 teachers have been survivors of his trafficking scheme. We organize to win justice for these teachers and other victims of labor trafficking.
Exploitation and violence against Filipino women is not entertainment! NBC’s “Mail Order Family” was slated as a half hour “comedy” following a widower who purchased a mail order bride from the Philippines. “Mail Order Family” is a most recent example of how the exploitation and violence women face is normalized in U.S. mainstream media. The mail order bride industry in the Philippines is rooted in historical U.S. colonial occupation of the Philippines, feudal-patriarchal view of Filipinas, and current neo-colonial economic policies that have impoverished the Filipino people.