We host educational discussions, forums, film screenings, trainings, and events related to Philippine history, culture, current events, and human rights issues.
We welcome youth, women, workers, professionals, LGBTQ, gender nonconforming folks, and artists to join and participate in our work and alliances to further advance the National Democratic movement and build solidarity with other groups and women's organizations.
We take action on our campaigns in the form of marches, pickets, solidarity trips to the Philippines, relief missions, lobbying and more.
Philippines Society & Revolution
Philippines Society & Revolution (PSR) is a course that teaches the foundation of the Filipino people's history, the root problems in Philippine society, and the role of the National Democratic Movement in changing the Philippines. By learning our people's history, starting before Spanish colonization in the 1500's, we can more thoroughly understand the current conditions in the Philippines and our role as Filipinos in the United States. In PSR, we learn how the Filipino masses have fought off the forces of Spanish colonialism, Japanese invasion and continue to fight US Imperialism for revolutionary change.
projects & programs
Using music, theater, writing and dance, Filipina women from diverse backgrounds express their experiences while finding common ground through working on Diwang Pinay. In the last 14 years, Diwang Pinay shows have been held in San Francisco, New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles.
This event is one of the few venues solely dedicated to providing Filipina migrants and U.S. born Filipinas a collaborative platform to display their triumphs and struggles through art, linking history to the narrative of today’s Pinay, empowering ourselves in the process.
Under GABRIELA-LA's 2017 show theme “Journeys of Resistance,” Diwang Pinay shared the inspiring stories of Filipina-migrant and Filipina-American women, their struggles, acts of resistance and our victories. We explored how Filipina women resist the conditions of landlessness and joblessness that force them to leave the Philippines and the difficult journeys women take when they migrate from the Philippines to foreign countries. We learned about the courageous journeys women take when they pursue a call towards the struggle for a just and lasting peace in the Philippines. In turn, we discovered our own journey of resistance, one we can choose to take together in the movement for a better future for our families and kababayan.
One Billion Rising
GABRIELA-LA historically organizes a social event around One Billion Rising (OBR), which is celebrated every year on February 14th. OBR is an international campaign to raise awareness about the exploitation of women, and empower women across the world to take action and fight back. The "billion" in the title refers to the UN statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. In 2018, GABRIELA-LA hosted an open mic night where migrant and working women shared stories, artwork, poetry, song, and dance that enlightened the audience to their experiences with gender-based exploitation.