Friday, July 27, 2007

Sulyap sa Kalayaan (A Glimpse of Freedom)

A Glimpse of Freedom

An Interactive Forum on Political Repression in the Philippines
with Professor Jose Maria Sison and Invited Speaker Philippine Congressman Crispin "Ka Bel' Beltran
(via skype video-conferencing)

Organized by the US Chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN USA), Anakbayan NY/NJ, the International Action Center, and the International League of People's Struggle (ILPS)

When: July 29th, 2007 (Sunday) 6:30 p.m.
Where: International Action Center's Solidarity Center, 55 West 17th Street, bet. 6th and 7th Aves in Manhattan

With the recent ruling by the European Court de-listing exiled Philippine leader Jose Maria Sison from the EU foreign terrorist list and the Philippine Supreme Court's ruling against the sedition and rebellion charges against Philippine labor leader Ka Bel, the US-Arroyo regime, the number one proponent to the expansion of the US War on Terror to the Asia Pacific region is suffering major blows by way of a massive people's movement for human rights in the Philippines as abroad.

The international front is also striking blows with the recent reports by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the US Senate Hearings, and the verdict by the Permanent People's Tribunal that all indicate the Arroyo military's primary role in perpetuating the national pattern of extra-judicial killings that have now claimed nearly 900 lives of human rights defenders since 2001.

Now with the implementation of the Human Security Act of 2007, the Philippines will become the testing ground for the foreign versions of the US Patriot and Homeland Security Acts, opening the country to the rotten domestic policies of state-sanction terrorism and the arbitrary curtailment of civil liberties.

Join us for a discussion with two of the Philippines most prominent anti-imperialist leaders and recent victors over Arroyo-sanctioned political repression in the Philippines.

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