Ang Pekeng Balita ay Karahasan (Fake News is Violence) Anti-Authoritarian against Fascism September 21, 2017 Luneta Park, Manila

Remembering this day Sept.21, one of the horrific and tragic moment happened in the history of the Philippines. Martial Law was declared by President Marcos to suppress and repress most of the people. Rampant violence, forced disappearance, arrest, killings and torture experienced by dissidents and common people who are criticizing the authoritarian regime at that time.

Today, Duterte’s administration was also following the path for being a totalitarian and a fascist by putting people’s lives on his own hands defying constitutional and human rights. Declaring Martial Law in Mindanao and instigating War on Drugs policy by killings thousands of poor people. This regime are misleading the people by their fake news by putting their effort on drug related issue to stop criminality and not confronting the real problem of the society, that social injustice like poverty, no job opportunity, no social welfare, forced displacement are the main cause and this injustices are already violence.

As our attempt to express our sentiments against this atrocity. We planned to gather in Luneta Park to have a picnic, Food Not Bombs mass feeding, Really Free Market, mobile library, culture jamming, Radyo Kalye and many more. More than 40 participants show their support engaging ourselves with the homeless community who sleep and stay in the park. Homelessness are one of the awful problem happening in the Philippines and no government since before could make a solution.

“Ang Pekeng Balita ay Karahasan”

Uso ang peke. Pekeng pera, pekeng produkto, pekeng kwento, pekeng buhok, pekeng droga at pekeng balita. Hindi ko lang alam kung may Peking duck.

Marahil ay walang ibang layon ang pamemeke kundi manloko. Bakit? Dahil ikinukubli nito ang totoo. Hindi makikita ng ibang tao ang tunay kalagayan dahil ito ay natabunan ng nagpapanggap na katotohanan. Maaring nakabili ka ng murang pekeng produkto, kung ang hanap mo ay branded ikaw ay naloko. Ngunit kung sadya namang bumili nito ang korporasyon ang nagoyo. Ang paggamit ng pekeng buhok ay isa ring porma ng panlalansi, kung wala mang layon na masamang intensyon naikubli ang katotohanan, ang kasalatan sa buhok ay natatabunan.

Ang magpakalat ng pekeng balita at istorya ay likas na masama. Ito ay may pagtatangka na itago, pagtakpan o iligaw ang mga tao sa tunay na kalagayan para protektahan ang interes, posisyon o layunin ng isa o grupo ng mga tao.

Ang pamemeke ng tunay na kalagayan ay mapaminsala. Iyong nakakaligtaan na ang tunay na kalagayan ay ang kahirapan at kagutuman ng karamihan. Nagaganap ito dahil may iilang tao lang ang may hawak at kontrol sa mga yaman ng lipunan. Ang mga lupain, ari-arian at mga pasilidad na makakalikha ng ating mga batayang pangangailangan ay kontrolado ng iillan dahil sa kanilang mga posisyon at impluwensya sa pamahalaan.

Binentahan ang mga tao ng pekeng riyalidad. Sa pekeng riyalidad na ito nakatuon ang atensyon at nagiging bulag sa mahalagang usapin na may direktang kinalaman sa mismong buhay natin. Halimbawa, bakit hindi tayo nagagalit sa napakababa na batayang sweldo ng manggagawa? Habang hindi mapigilan ang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga batayang bilihin at serbisyo.

Laganap ang pagnanakaw sa pamahalaan, sa halip na mapunta ang salapi sa mga serbisyong panlipunan ito  ay isinisilid sa bulsa ng iilan. Makakarinig tayo ng pagtangis subalit sa kabuuan ay business as usal ang mga kawatan.

Sa tuwina’y bukam-bibig ang proteksyon ng kalikasan ngunit patuloy ang pagmimina, pagputol ng mga kahoy, pagbubuga ng carbon emission at pagkakalat ng basura at lason sa kapaligiran.

Bakit hindi tayo nag-aalburuto sa daan libong tao at pamilyang walang tahanan na nakakalat sa mga lansangan? Ang mga bata, matatanda o kababaiahan may kapansan na naghihingi ng awa, sa halip mag-abot ng suporta, mas mabilis pang sisihin sila sa kanilang katamaran at kabobohan. Ating nakakalimutan na ang kawalan ng marami sa atin ay dulot ng kontrol ng iilan lang.

Walang pag lagyan sa kasaganahan ang mga lider at pulitiko ng mga partido, korporasyon at simbahan habang malawak na bilang ng tao ay nag-aagawan sa mumo at tira-tira ng mga de-prebelehiyong iilan.

Hindi mo na pinapansin ang mga iyan dahil ang atensyon mo ay nasa PEKENG BALITA. Natutuwa ka bang makita na ang kapwa mo mahirap ay pinatay dahil sa akusasyon pa lang? Sabihin na nating adik nga siya o nagbebenta ng tingi-tinging shabu, ito kaya ay sapat na batayan upang siya ay kitlin?

Totoong may mga karahasan kaugnay sa illegal na droga; maaring ito ay sikolohikal na epekto o onsehan sa bentahan hindi ito dapat na pagtakpan. Marapat lang na masugpo ang ganitong mga karahasan. Ngunit iyo ding pag-isipan; gaano kaya karami ang buhay na nasayang dahil sa digmaan sa pagitan ng mga pulahan at pamahalaan? May ideya ka kaya sa bilang ng mga napatay dahil sa tunggalian ng mga sundalo at mga rebeldeng muslim? Nakita mo rin kaya na sa simpleng alak lang ay napakarmi na ring insidente ng patayan?

Dahil sa pekeng balita, hindi mo na alintana ang higit na seryosong usapin. Hindi mo na napagtuunan ng atensyon ang mga isyung may malalim na pinsala sa ating lipunan katulad ng kagutuman, kahirapan, diskriminasyon at pagkasira ng kalikasan.

Sa halip ay nalilibang ka sa mga nakasalansan na bangkay sa paniniwalang ang pagiging sangkot sa droga ay higit na masama kaysa pagpatay, pandarambong sa kaban ng bayan, kawalan ng mga disenteng pabahay, kawalan ng lupang sakahin, patuloy na digmaan at pagkawasak ng kalikasan.

 

Samantala, Septyembre 21 ay ika- 45th na taong deklarasayon ng martial law. WALANG DAPAT IPAGDIWANG.

Ang atin ay pag-alaala sa MALAWAKANG KARAHASAN ng Gobyerno laban sa mga tao.

Si Marcos sampu ng kanyang mga cronies ay bangag sa kapayangrihan at hayok sa yaman.

PANANAKIT, PANANAKOT, PAGPATAY, PAMIMILIT ang kanilang gamit.

NANGAMKAM, NAGNAKAW, NANDAYA, NG TORTURE, NANGIDNAP, AT PUMATAY NG LIBO. Ilan ito sa mga dapat nating maala-ala upang makaiwas sa mga katulad na sakuna.

Sa TOTOO, hati ang maraming tao. Ito naman kasi ang gusto ng mga pulitiko. Ang magbakod at maghiwalay sa mga tao. Kaaway ang hindi kapanalig sa pulitika. Ang DEMOKRASYA ay NAKAKATAWA, ang oposisyon kinikilala pero ang layon ay lupigin ang hindi katulad. Sa pagturing na ang sarili at kinabibilangang grupo o partido ay higit na superyor kontra sa iba. Ikaw ay may “matalas na linya” habang ang iba ay “totoong sosyalista”. Sila naman ang may “totoong pananampalataya” at “huwad”  naman ang sa iba.

Nakalimutan mo na pwedeng-pwede na sa iyong sarili ang pagpapasya. Desisyon na may pagkilala sa iyong interes, kapamilya, komunidad at kalikasan. Hindi ang IPAGTANGGOL ang interes ng iilan. Por diyos por santo! Matagal mo ng alam na ang mga pulitiko at partido ay pinakikilos lang ng kanilang interes na manatili sa kapangyarihan. Huwag ka magbulag-bulagan dahil kitang-kita mo na sila lang din ang may kontrol sa mga yaman. Hindi pa rin ba natatauhan? Ilang beses na bang nagpalit ng administrasyon, iba-ibang konsumisyon at iisa ang ating sitwasyon. GUTOM at MANGMANG pinaiikot sa palad ng mga may kapangyarihan. Aber mabibigyan mo ako ng pamamahala na naalis ang kahirapn, kagutuman, matinong serbisyong panlipunan? At sa karanasan wala ring matinong PULAHANG PAMAHALAAN, higit pa ang karahasan nito sa maraming bansa sa iba’-t-ibang paraan.

Ating balikan ang IDEYA AT PRAKTIKA NG BAYANIHAN — ang pagtutulungan sa ating mga pamayanan. Pagbibigy suporta na walang kapalit na pabor. Ito ang relasyon na may pagkilala sa ating limitasyon at pagkilala sa kolektibong aksyon bilang mabisang  solusyon sa ating mga problemadong sitwasyon.

Alam mo ba na ang pagyakap sa partido at mga grupo na ang layon ay maging boss, sentro at nagsasabi na siya lang ang tanging totoo ay likas na peligroso? Ang nais nito ay gawing iisa ang ating paniniwala at panlasa.  Walang itong pagkilala sa likas nating pagkakaiba-iba. Kahit anong gawin mo, malawak ang pagkakaiba-iba ng mga komunidad sa arkipelago. Dapat nating kilalanin ang samut-saring kultura na umiiral sa maraming lugar hindi lang dito maging sa buong mundo.

ANG MGA PULITIKO KABILANG ANG MGA PASISTA ay kumikilos upang panatilihin ang kamangmangan natin ng sa gayon tayo ay patuloy na aasa sa kanila at habang tayo naman ay tuloy din sa pagsuporta sa kanila. SILA AY LUMILIKHA NG DINGDING SA PAGITAN NATIN. Ang dingding na ito ay nagsisilbing harang upang hindi natin makita ang katotohanan na habang may iilang may kontrol ng kapangyarihan at yaman ay mananatili ang kahirapan ng karamihan at pagiging marhinalasado ng malawak na bilang ng mga pamayanan.

ANG PEKENG BALITA AY MARAHAS HUWAG MANIWALA.  PEKE ANG SINASABING PAGBABAGO. IKAW NA ANG MAKAPAGSASABI NG TOTOO MONG KUNDISYON. IKAW ANG DIREKTANG NAKAKARAMDAM NG TAKOT O MAARING POOT DAHIL NGA SA MGA KAGANAPAN NGAYON.

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Taiwan Experience: Sharing Autonomous Thoughts and Practices in Relation to Climate and Ecological Crisis

We had an opportunity to visit Taiwan and stay there for almost two months from July to September 2017. With the help of our friends from Neng Sheng Xing Factory Tainan City, Taiwan an LGBTQ community, artist and environmentalist who runs a two building multi-functional creative-space with live house/concert venue, gallery, bookshop, bars, organic market stalls, workshop and lecture venue and a hostel accommodation.

 

On the first week of our arrival, we managed to participate in a one week event in Ocean Home Wild Market Festival (July 3-9, 2017). The festival located on coast line of Hualien City east coast of Taiwan, on the Pacific Ocean. This festival was organized by more than 150 volunteers from different parts of Taiwan who are responsible on maintaining the traffic, kitchen staffs, cleaners, sound engineer, production assistant, seller, electrician, program coordinator etc. The practice of volunteerism in Taiwan is very high. They have three stages for performances: independent stage, free stage and environmental stage. Every stage accommodates diverse genre of music and performances from techno/electronic, rock, alternative, disco, theater, dance, trans-music, earth music etc. There are almost 400 makeshifts stalls/store which is selling different hand-made crafts, foods and beverages and 10% of the profit of each stalls will goes to the logistics and funds for the festival.  Many people came from all over Taiwan and some numbers of foreigners. Most of the people who participate lived in a tent and the festival provided a place where you can take a shower. It was a new experienced for us to witness a festival like this who are independent from government and corporate sponsorship. We got a chance to go to a near water falls in Hualien with a Taiwanese friends. I also managed to play in a band with a Japanese friend and the crowd were appreciative.

After the festival we go straight to Tainan City by train, a four hours travel from Hualien to Tainan City. We stayed in Neng Sheng Xing Factory as a residence artist and in this space we will organize and facilitate different activities and workshop that we prepare and share some information of the things that we do in the Philippines. At the time we arrived in the space, the people who stay there are all volunteers which they called “little helper”. The task of little helper is more on domestic works like cleaning, preparing foods, organizing garbage disposal in exchange they can stay and have food for free provided by the space. Tainan, officially Tainan City, is a special municipality of Taiwan, facing the Formosan Strait or Taiwan Strait in the west and south. Tainan is the oldest city on the island of Taiwan and also commonly known as the “Capital City” (府城; FǔchéngHú-siâⁿ) for it’s over 200 years of history as the capital of Taiwan under Koxinga and later Qing dynasty rule. Tainan’s complex history of comebacks, redefinitions and renewals inspired its popular nickname “the Phoenix City”. It is also one of Taiwan’s cultural capitals, for its rich folk cultures including the famous local street food and traditional cuisine. We really like the food here because it’s delicious and very cheap compare to the other cities in Taiwan.

We started our first activity on August 6, a workshop on a DIY Eco-menstrual pads for women an alternative DIY making of re-usable pads for women. To help minimize the waste. Think, how many women throw disposable pads and panty liners every day? That’s a lot of waste! These products require hundreds of years to biodegrade, particularly if wrapped in the plastic bag commonly provided for this purpose as part of their packaging. In fact, every piece of plastic ever made, still exists to this day. This workshop facilitated by Juey. There were seven participants who joined and most of them are happy to sew together.

The next activity happened in National Tainan Second Senior High School on August 9, with the help of Neng Sheng Xing people they arranged my activity in this school. There are 40 senior high school students and their adviser who joined. I presented a power point entitled “Ecological Catastrophe and Our Autonomous Initiative” an analysis on how the corporation with the help of the government destroy the Earth and the direct action that we can do to prevent this destruction. Through exploring and providing alternative solution that are independent and autonomously done by individuals, family and the community in general. The second presentation is a film entitled “Leyte Mission”, a short documentary about one of the strongest typhoons recorded in history: Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The video documents the devastating impact experienced by the people in Leyte Province and how anarchists made an intervention in the relief effort and recovery stage to give direct aid to the marginalized communities that were affected. The third is the Off-grid Solar Power demonstration and workshop, I show them the four equipment and how it works to provide electricity. I promoted the used of decentralized and self-manageable type of energy production for household level. An alternative to minimize the carbon emission and make a direct-oriented result base practice by community itself.

The third activity take place on August 12, we introduced and organize together the Really Really Free Market event in the streets in front of Neng Sheng Xing Factory. Many people participate and bring stuffs that they can share and also other passerby join to collect some materials. There is a lady who pass by and ask what is going on and then later she came back and share some sweets and foods for all of us. There is a lady who play violin and a guy who play djembe. Father and daughter dance on the streets. And lot of exchanging stories and meeting new people. Our objective is to present a community that open for sharing and giving as an attempt to lessen the capitalist-consumerist lifestyle.

The fourth event done on August 13, we facilitate a workshop/training on Conflict Transformation. More than 10 people participate. We start at around 2pm, the first thing we did is the One Minute Introduction, and participants will introduce themselves in one minute and experienced to speak up in a diverse group of people. Then we share the Group Juggling Game, the objective is to give them an experienced on how to communicate well, focus and how they will react on the situation. Then we introduced and explain what Conflict Transformation is. After that we go to the next tools/exercise about Brainstorming, getting or harnessing ideas and thoughts from the participants. Then we share the Four Roles tools in which they will choose one role that they think its fit for them and explain why they choose the roles and not the other roles. Then we group them into two, each group composed of four roles and we gave them a situation ire for them to figure out how they can make a plan of action based on their role in collaboration with others. Then presented them in the whole group. On this activity everyone shared their opinion sometimes an arguments from some of the participants but settled it in the process. The next tools that we share is the Tape in the Forehead/ Margin-Mainstream, this is one of the intense and emotional thing for all of us. We put different signs in their forehead and tell them to find their group without talking, at first most of them are confused on finding their group then suddenly managed see their group with the help of someone. But one individual stay alone with no group at all. Then we ask the group how they find each other, what they feel after they find their group. The same question that we ask on the one who are alone. After that we have a debriefing asking them what they notice and what they learn, suddenly one participants share her feelings in which she is concerned about the one who had no group and she cried felt that she experienced the same being alone, lonely, rejected. Everyone shared their feelings, another female share the same thing that she feel discriminated, feeling of not belong. While we are discussing this I already put some things to fill up for the Mainstream and Margin awareness then explain this to them that each of us feel the same and sometimes we are not aware that we hurt anybody. Then we had a 5minute break. The last workshop is the Village Game, we group them in to two again and tell them to draw an ecological sustainable village that they dream of. After they finished the drawing each group present their work. Then a group of people went to their village and started to proposed development projects and convinced harder the community to take the offer but the village refused and depended their community. This workshop is about a non-violence situation ire on how the people will react on destructive development intrusion.

The last activity occurred on August 20, 2017. We share two films: 1.Sining, Kalikasan, Aklasan (Art, Nature, Resistance) 31 mins. A short film about the horizontally-organized protest event against the State of the Nation Address of the President. The video documents the inclusive and creative kind of resistance initiated by a diversity of individuals and groups condemning the social and ecological injustice. 2. “Leyte Mission” 9mins. A short documentary about one of the strongest typhoons recorded in history: Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The video documents the devastating impact experienced by the people in Leyte Province and how anarchists made an intervention in the relief effort and recovery stage to give direct aid to the marginalized communities that were affected. At this day there is also a Farmers Market Day. Two days in a month Neng Sheng Xing Factory tie up with the local organic farmer. They invite local farmers and seller to use their space as a temporary market to sell and showcase organic products, this is to support the advocacy on organic farming and organic product consumption.

When we are in Tainan City, we visited other places too like the Fort Zeelandia in Anping District, Fort Zeelandia was a fortress built over ten years from 1624 to 1634 by the Dutch East India Company, in the town of Anping on the island of Formosa, during their 38-year rule over the western part of that island. Another place is The Tainan Flower Night Market is a night market in North District, Tainan, Taiwan. It is often considered to be the largest and most famous night market in the city. It is said “South is Flower, Middle is Fengjia, North is Shihlin”. We also went to Ala Stream Waterfalls Group (中文版:阿拉溪鞋瀑布群) is a group of at least 4 waterfalls in Tainan, Nanxi District, it’s a great experienced to be in nature for a quiet moment. Aside from touristic spots, we had a chance to visit the Xigang District a rural area were agriculture is one of the main livelihood. In this place a local farmer’s community are contesting the road widening project of the government. They don’t want the project to be built because most of the agricultural land and historical places will be destroyed.

As a residence artist in Neng Sheng Xing Factory in Tainan City we noticed the hard work of every member in different task that they need to do. Every dinner all of us will eat together as a family. If we have time we also cook Filipino dish. Language is one of the barrier and sometimes miss-understanding occur but it will be easily settle. I see their dedication on running their space as they really like to do whatever according to their desire. Most the people there are very kind and sweet.

When we finished the residency, we decided to visit Taipei City to meet other interesting people and to do some activities with them. The first place that we visit is the Trapped Citizen Collective House that run and rented by 30 people. Most of them are into the music scene mainly punks and other are into activism. The main function of the space are for music studios, film screening, gathering hub and accommodation. The member are mainly composed of men and three female. Every Sunday they have a meeting to discuss matters regarding the space and their collective. They welcomed us dearly like as we know each other a long time ago, even though we didn’t know each other they didn’t hesitate to let us in and stay for free on their place. We had a film screening event that happened on August 23, one of our friend there decided what film we will screen and we choose Manila Dispatch and again the Sining Kalikasan Aklasan with Chinese subtitles. After the two film shown we had a break for five minutes then I continue the program by having a power point presentation about Etniko Bandido Infoshop. Then we open the floor for question and answer. I received a lot of question and clarification coming from the participants and more are related to politics and society in the context of Philippine archipelago.  About what is our position in the War on Drugs policy? Poverty situation? The relationship with other left-wing block? How we organized? The danger of being an anarchist? Etc.

The next day August 24, I was invited also to cook and share the film Leyte Mission and S.K.A. in another space called Nature More with their mission of sparking sustainable values and attitudes via creativity, art and interdisciplinary collaboration. The set up was kind a cozy with a hi-tech kitchen facility and elegantly design furniture. Our friend invited a small number of people estimated 14 person to have a dinner while I’m presenting a film. It’s a casual conversation, curious why are there so many waste and garbage in Manila River and discussing what kind of community-development should be appropriate.

The last event take place in a space called Revolution International, a newly renovated building and when we got there the construction still not yet finish. They plan to have a bar, fair trade store that will support other country, they have also an accommodation for rent, and space for workshop/ lecture/ screening. This was managed by a Taiwanese and Japanese friends with their partner investor who will finance the progressive business project. According to them, to continue the social and political initiatives you need to do a certain compromises in a way to achieve the things that you need to pursue. At this space Juey facilitate again the workshop on how to make a DIY Earth-friendly cloth pads for women while I’m touring around the area with our friend and visited the The Ama Museum (Chinese: 阿嬤家-和平與女性人權館; pinyin: Āmā Jiā-Hépíng Yǔ Nǚxìng Rénquán Guǎn) is a museum in Datong District, Taipei, Taiwan. The museum is dedicated to the comfort women during the Japanese rule of Taiwan. The same day is our presentation called Creative Resistance against Ecological Collapse. Again I presented the film Leyte Mission and Sining, Kalikasan, Aklasan. Next, participants make their reaction and raise some question. One of them impressed on the stress debriefing activities that we did for the kids of San Miguel Leyte who had traumatize on the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan. The solar power effort to bring a free electricity in the typhoon affected area was for them a nice initiatives. The space member cook delicious pasta for all the participants.

The next day we had chance to visit Yun Sen Waterfalls in New Taipei City a hometown of our friend. It’s a 30mins trekking and we noticed that many local older people go to this place with their friends and family. It’s a cool place and accessible nevertheless  it’s clean with no trace of rubbish. Then we meet the family of our friend who prepared our lunch, they are very hospitable. After that we visited the Sanxia Old Street and railway.

We went back to Taipei City and the next day another friend tour as around and visited Lungshan Temple of Manka is a Buddhist temple in Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan. The temple was built in Taipei in 1738 by settlers from Fujian during Qing rule in honor of Guanyin. Then we went to the oldest and only punk shop in Taipei named Liberated Rythms a music, clothes and art related merchandize that caters punk, post punk, indie, darkwave, coldwave goth, deatheock, crust punk, thrash. HC, black, metal, indie, doom, sludge, psychedelic rock and more.

I also visited the Aborigine protest camp near Taipei Main station. The main issue that is being demonstrated is the Tsai administration’s exclusion of privately-owned property from what was designated as indigenous land in the draft proposal put out by the Council of Indigenous Peoples. It was one of the promises of the Tsai administration that it would restore traditional lands to Taiwanese indigenous population. As a result, while indigenous territories have increased from zero to 800,000 hectares, Indigenous Peoples themselves estimate that their land should consist of 1.8 million hectares. Indigenous groups have criticized that Indigenous Peoples themselves, who should know the range and extent of their traditional territories best, were generally not consulted in the process of surveying traditional lands.

The last two days of our stay in Taiwan ended in Taoyuan City, a place near the international airport. Another friend invited us for a free stay in her space. She loved to have visitor and always preparing sweets and foods for a guest. We had a chance to see Hutou Mountain Park and see a lot of Filipino migrant worker. Most of the nearly 120,000 migrant workers from the Philippines in Taiwan are working in factories, where they are working regular hours with overtime pay. But not all migrant workers had a good experience, according to some information that we got most of them get less than a minimum wage specially people who are into domestic work and care giver. The minimum wage in Taiwan is around 22,000 NT Dollars per month but the migrants only get 15,000 to 18,000 NT Dollars a month. They have only one day off per week and lived in a small apartment with other workers, company will issued penalty if you sleep-over outside the designated apartment. They also have a curfew that no one should be outside at 10pm.

Our days in Taiwan is very hectic but it’s a lot of fun and excitement.

 

Biag, Buhay, Ikabuhi 2.0 “Valuing Life, Denouncing Killings” April 16,2017

EKSTRA-ORDINARYONG KOLABORASYON
[Pagbubunyi ng BUHAY sa pamamagitan ng Malayang Inter-aksyon]

Pagninilay-nilay ni Itim Luntian

MAIKLING BACKGROUND
Ang kahirapan ay isang nagdudumilat na katotohanan. Hindi ko alam kung nababagabag pa tayo sa daang libong mga walang tahanan at ang bilang ay patuloy pang lumolobo. Nababalisa ka pa kaya sa napakaraming paslit na nagkalat sa lansangan na dinadahas ng kasalatan at kagutuman? Ang mga namamalimos, nagso-solvent at marami ding nasasangkot sa maliitan at mga seryosong krimen ay karaniwang eksena sa ating kapaligiran. Ang ating kumbinyenteng paliwanag ay sisihin sila sa kanilang kalagayan, kesyo pabaya ang kanilang mga magulang, tamad, walang disiplina, bobo at mangmang.

Sa kabilang banda, bibihira nating sulyapan ang isa pang nagdudumilat na katotohanan na may iilang taong nasa posisyon na nakaka-impluwensya sa distribusyon ng yaman ng lipunan. Sa tuwing may nakikita kang paslit na namalimos habang karay ang isang sanggol sa ilalim ng init ng araw sa gitna ng mapangnib na lansangan, una mo bang naiisip ang labis-labis na luho ng iilan na may direktang kontrol sa mga pasilidad, budget at resources ng pamahalaan? Naiisip mo kaya na may iilang korporasyon at negosyo ang may kontrol sa mga likas-yaman at mga istratehikong industriya kagaya ng pagkain, kuryente, supply ng tubig, pabahay at edukasyon? O mas madaling tanggapin ang dahilan na kumplikado ang problema ng kahirapan at hindi ito maso-solusyunan ng isang kumpas lang.

Ang kahirapan ay isang tanggap na problemang panlipunang, sa katunayan may iba’t-ibang programa maging sa pandaigdignang antas upang ito ay tugunan. Subalit sa awa ng ating mga Ninuno, nanatiling miserable ang kundisyon ng napakaraming bilang ng mga tao.

Malinaw pa sa sikat ng araw, ang KAHIRAPAN ay pangunahing suliranin na dumuduhagi sa malawak na bilang ng mga tao at pamayanan. Kailangan pa ba ng mala-“rocket science” na sistema upang maintindihan ang ugat ng suliraning ito? Napakalayo na ng inabot ng teknolohiya ng tao, ang pinagkaka-abalahan na sa kasalukuyan ng mga pantas at eksperto ay kung paano makaka-pamuhay sa ibang planeta. Ang sistema ng produksyon ay nakakalikha na ng labis-labis na pagkain, gamot at iba pang pangangailangan at luho ng tao. Hindi ka pa rin nagtatanong kung bakit sa kabila ng labis na produksyon ay may 836 milyong tao ang nabubuhay sa labis na kahirapan sa daigdig (United Nations World Data Forum).

Hindi naman nalalayo ang programang pang-kahirapan ipinatutupad ng kasalukuyang administrasyon sa mga nakalipas na pamahalaan kagaya ng public-private partnership sa modelo ng Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program (ASAPP). Ang programang ito ay nakabalangkas pa rin naman sa isang neo-liberal na kaisipan kung saan ang mga malilit na kabuhayan ay nakasandig sa malalaking negosyo kung saan ang malalaking korporasyon ang makikinabang at magse-sentrelisa ng higit na may malaking benepisyo.

Hindi sa hinuhusgahan ang administrasyong Duterte sa programa nito sa kahirapan, pero kung susundan ang lohika ng programang ito, makikita na ang resulta ay katulad lang din ng mga nagdaang administrasyon.

ANG HIGIT NA MALAKING INVESTMENT NG ADMINISTRASYONG DUTERTE AY NASA PROGRAMA NG DIGMAAN LABAN SA ILLEGAL NA DROGA. May mas mahalaga pa ba sa buhay ng 10,000 mahihirap? Ang labis na kahirapan kailanman ay hindi kumikilala sa batas, katulad ng rebelyon ng kaliwa man o ng mga rebeldeng muslim na kung tutuusin ay kumitil ng buhay hindi lang makatlong-ulit kumpara sa mga namatay sa krimen kaugnay sa droga.

Baka naman sadya lang siyang uhaw sa dugo? O baka naman siya ay psychopathic o serial killer? May iba pa kaya siyang rason sa likod ng kanyang marahas na polisiya laban sa mga tao lalo ng mahihirap na sangkot sa illegal na droga? Wala akong tiyak na kasagutan, pero ang sigurado ako, ang polisiyang ito ay mababaw na tugon at wala sa tono para ma-solusyunan ang nagdudumilat at patuloy na lumalalang problema sa kahirapan at mga kaugnay na isyu nito.

Sa kabila ng takot at banta na inihahasik ni Digong, marami pa ring mga tao ang may higit na respeto sa BUHAY na nanindigan at nagpahayag ng paninindigan laban sa nagaganap na karahasan. Nagkita-kita ang iba’t-ibang grupo, kolektiba at indibidwal upang tutulan ang marahas na kampanya laban sa droga na ang pangunahing layunin ay ITIGIL ANG NAGAGANAP NA MALAWAKANG PAGPATAY NG MGA PINAGSUSUPETSAHAN AT MAGING ANG MGA NADADAMAY NA MGA INOSENTENG TAO KABILANG ANG ILANG PASLIT.

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Patungkol sa Proseso
INTERESANTE ANG UGNAYANG NABUO ng napaka-diverse na mga tao at pamayanan, hindi ordinaryo na magsama ang mga taong simabahan (EIMELIF o Evangelical Methodist Church in the Philippine Islands), Peace Church Philippines), Theo sa Kanto, indidbiwal at mga kolektiba ng mga Anarkista, mga alagad ng sining, mga Anarcho-Punks at Food Not Bombs Crew.

Interesante dahil sadyang malawak ang pakakaiba-iba sa kultura, gawi at pananaw ng mga kalahok sa kampanya. Mga pagkakaiba-ibang hindi aasahan na magkakadaupang-palad. Sa kabuuan ay naging makinis ang daloy ng proseso ng preparasyon, matingkad ang pagkakaiba-iba sa pinagmumulan ng pagsusuri subalit dahil sa kapwa-respeto na ipinapakita ng mga sangkot sa proseso ay lalo pang umigting ang unawaan. Lumutang ang praktika ng kapwa-tulungan. Sa pamamagitan ng serye ng dialogo at pagiging bukas sa isa’-isa naging kapuna-puna ang pantay na turingan. Transparent sa bawat detalye at hinihikayat ang bolunturismo ng bawat isa.

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Patungkol sa Aktuwal na Kondukta
Sa aktuwal na kondukta ma-o-obserbahan ang pagkukusa ng bawat kalahok. Naging sensitibo ang karamihan sa pagtukoy ng mga gawaing kailangan punan at buong pagkukusa na gumampan sa mga bagay na dapat gawin. Mula sa preparasyon ng pagkain, ng venue, paghahanap, pag-transport at pagsasa-ayos ng sound system, pag-install ng mga likhang-sining, pag-estima sa mga panauhin, pakikitungo sa mga homeless at mga batang lansangan. Ispontanyong nagawa ang mga akbtidad at workshop na kung tutusin ay bonus dahil hindi na bahagi ng mga pinag-usapang plano subalit naging epektibo at nakadagdag sa pagpapa-ganda ng aktibidad sa kabuuan.

Mainam na lumutang ang usapin ng partisipasyon ng mga tao at mga batang direktang kumakaharap ng talamak na kahirapan, diskriminasyon, kagutuman at kamangmangan. Hindi sila ang mga tao na nasa laylayan ng lipunan na tinutukoy ng ilang mga pulitiko. Sila ang mga taong ITINAKWIL NA NG LIPUNAN. Sila ang higit na nakadarama ng malupit na epekto ng hindi pantay na bahaginan ng biyaya mula sa ating mga ninuno at kalikasan. Kung mayroong mang dapat i-prayoridad ang mga instituyon sila iyon. Mainam at nagkaroon tayo ng malusog na talakayan upang i-konsidera ang kanilang paglahok sa anumang mga aktibidad na iniisip nating gawin sa hinaharap.

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Patungkol sa Layunin
Malinaw ang layunin ng Biag, Buhay Kinabuhi 2.0; ito ay upang makapag-pahayag ng pagtutol sa walang habas na pagkitil sa buhay ng mga tao na itinataguyod ng estado. Nakadisenyo ito na magbahagi ng mga napapanahong impormasyon tungkol sa isyu at makapaghain ng mga posibleng alternatiba sa halip na patayan, kaya nga nag-imbita ng mga tao institusyon na makakatulong sa pagkamit ng nabanggit na mga layunin. Sa pangkalahatan ay epektibong nakamit ang mga ito; nais ko lang susugan ang nabanggit ng isa sa mga kasama noong assessment na dapat sana ay nagkaroon ng pagkakataong magtanong ang mga tagapakinig sa bawat pagtatapos ng talakayan ng mga tagapasalita ng sa gayon ay magkaroon ng pagpapalalim at paglilinaw.

Nais kong idagdag na mas mainam kung nagkaroon ng pagkakataon ang mga alagad ng sining magsalita tungkol sa kanilang mga inspirasyon sa paglikha ng kanilang mga likhang sining na ini-ambag.

Natural wala namang perpekto at hindi ako naghahangad nito, ang naganap na gawain ay higit pa sa isang daan porsyento lalo’t ang bawat isa ay hindi naglimita sa kanilang mga ambag at partisipasyon.

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Mga bonus na nakamit ng Aktibidad

– Ang pagkatuto ko ay hindi lang sa mismong paksa, nadagdagan ang mga taong nakilala at nag-uumapaw ang kasiyahan dahil maraming tao at pamayanan na may katulad kong pagtanaw sa kapwa kung saan ang relasyon ay umiinog sa respeto at pagkilala sa pagkakaiba-iba.
– Tumaas ang aking moral at na-engganyo na ituloy pa ang mga katulad na gawain.
– Napatibay ko ang pananaw na kailanman ay hindi hadlang ang ating pagkakaiba-iba para magsagawa ng kapwa-tulungan upang itaguyod ang kapakanan na kapaki-pakinabangan sa buhay ng mga tao, lalo ng mga marhinalisadong mga komunidad at ng ating mga pamilya mismo. Gayundin ng ating kalikasan at likas-na-yaman.

MARAMING SALAMAT SA ATING LAHAT! NAWA’Y PATULOY TAYONG GABAYAN NG ATING MGA NINUNO.

Earth Camp Pampanga “Indung Yatu Campo” April 22-23,2017

“Ecological Re-connection and Our Responsibility as a Human Being”

“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.”       Henry David Thoreau

 

 

The human being already consumed, extract and destroy the only habitable planet on the solar system, our mother earth. We people, are already detached ourselves with the land, sea and other creatures that supposed to be our brother and sister. Our modern practices dependent on the values of consumerist lifestyle, alienation, destructive progression and greed. We are no longer connected to each other, to our culture, to our language and to our traditional life ways. We are already influenced by the capitalist market and gradually forgetting our true local identity. This whole system teach us to become a product and think that nature is our commodity, disrespecting the importance of life.

There is a necessity now for us to re-think our sole purpose in life and why we are here in this planet. Re-connecting ourselves with nature that support our daily function as a human being. The mother earth is calling us to protect the mountains, rivers, sea and each other from an onslaught that is already happening in different side of the globe.

As a human being like you, we are encouraging you to be part and express your willingness to an experience that will tackle the culture of sharing, cherishing lives, promoting diversity and rejoining ourselves to the nature.

Workshop/ lecture: Mono print, Detergent soap making, Yoga for Earth and Health, Marginal World music, Silk-screen printing, Cooking demo, Solar power demo, Percussion workshop, Participatory Zine-making, Eco- menstrual pads workshop, Poi dance and DIY film making and editing.

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Culture of Sharing March 19,2017 Taguig, City “Sharing is Resistance”

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By: Bandido
In a modern world that we live in, even your from the west or from the east we are all under by capitalism. The value and monetary exchange that capitalist promotes are all in favor for the benefit of some few elite individuals in which strongly supported by the government/state and push people to participate in a game orchestrated by corporation and politician for us to continue buying, paying, consuming, extracting, working, competing etc. and even churches who supposedly said promoting God’s will are also giving services for profits.
So if you do something that are not related with the kind of capitalist-consumers society, you are not normal. Every services and things that the people need like medical, education/information, foods, technology, shelter, recreational etc. are all needed to be valued with an amount of money. A paper and a coin in which has no feelings of love, compassion, selflessness, understanding, and respect. Money dominates the realm of our daily life. Money gives you a power to eradicate a harmonious relationship with each other. Creating a huge disparity between the rich and poor. Injustice, despair and inequalities are accepted concept of human condition.
Sharing is an act of resistance against this capitalist instigated false reality. Today, if you are aware on how the system works you should re-think and imagine a new society that solely base on sharing, mutual-cooperation, volunteerism, self-initiative to empower the people for self-determination and to advance the horizontal social relation.
Question our privileges and share this privileges to others if we really want to make a new world. Our life is not always base on profits, salary or money-making reality. Giving free workshop or skill-sharing, potlucks or sharing foods, really free market that is giving away stuffs and taking things that you need, sharing a space for activities and events, showing or exhibiting your talents for free, access for free tools and accessories, free school etc. We can achieve this by collaborating with diverse individuals who believes in solidarity, friendship and anarchy.

Eksena Sa Kalye February 17, 2017

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Eksena Sa Kalye were spontaneously plan and participated by various individuals. To popularize the topics on environment, food politics and oppression. Creative approach should be done to address this issue and it need to do it from below.

An attempt to showcase a lifestyle or culture of sharing in a marginalized communities in Pasig City, the reaction by the people were different. They not usually see this kind of activities that gives away free clothes, shoes, utensils. cd’s etc. in the principles of Really Really Free Market “bring what you can and take what you need” and one of the effect was positive as an unknown lady with her child who are getting some stuffs voluntarily order a pizza for us to say thank you. Art exhibition also happen and kids are excited to paint the sculpture made by our friend.

Kids playing with bubbles make a relaxation moment for their parents while watching their kids having fun. At night time, our friend gave some information and tips about basic composting for kitchen waste disposal as a practice to lessen the the daily waste produce by it. Lastly, our friend from Davao with his partner share their music.

Making this an everyday reality will possibly change the way people think, act and behave.

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Climate Crisis and Direct Action Forum February 23, 2017 Bulacan State University

 

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By Chuck Baclagon

Climate change challenges us to rethink and build a new world using the lens of equity and sustainability. This entails the protracted work of changing our personal lifestyles and raising the awareness of others to take action individually and in coordination with the many other struggles that are fighting against the system that brought the climate crisis.

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We exist on a particular juncture in history. The prospect of our collective extinction as a specie, forces us to endure and challenges us to strive harder than before to speak truth to power, highlight the alternatives, and demonstrate possible solution to the current crisis by bringing out counter-narratives to the ones that we have been accustomed to like the capitalist-consumer myth of infinite growth in a finite planet.

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In the forum I was able to explore the theme of climate change as a being both a crisis and an opportunity to build a socially just and ecologically sustainable world. While the next speaker Bas Umali of Onsite Infoshop explored the theme of responding to the ecological crisis through direct action as a way of to undermining the current system and showing it to be unnecessary and harmful. Lastly, Chris De Vera of Etniko Bandido gave practical examples of how direct action can be integrated into our individual lifestyles and our communities, these actions involve urban gardening, do-it-yourself solar installations, cycling among others.

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Baliwag Food Not Bombs gave away freshly cooked vegan food at the event as their way of taking direct action to show how a myriad corporate and government priorities are skewed to allow hunger to persist in the midst of abundance.

The forum served as a venue for discourse and dialogue that could pave the way for developing pathways for the participants to develop their own strategy of taking climate action.

Tarabangan Kitang Gabos (Tulungan Tayong Lahat) Solidarity event January 29,2017

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Last Dec. 25, 2016, Typhoon Nina hit the archipelago. One of the most affected was the town of Sagnay in the province of Camarines Sur. Most of the houses and infrastructures were torn down by the wind. Crops like bananas and coconuts were severely destroyed.

Therefore, the event Tarabangan Kitang Gabos (Tulungan Tayong Lahat) was initiated to declare solidarity to the people most affected by Typhoon Nina. On January 29, we will be calling to all performers ,artists and individuals to spend their time, resources and energy to raise funds to help reconstruct the victims’ houses and sources of living.

Proceeds will be spent for seeds, seedlings, housing materials, or school supplies. A P15,000 peso target is to be set. All of the resources collected from this event will go to people that need it most. Likely are farmers who ‘s livelihood depends on agriculture. These also include people with no capacity to buy materials to rebuild there homes and school supplies for their children.

We do not expect too much from this event, whether or not it will generate alot of resources. But the good thing is that we, people, try with our best effort to extend out to fellow brothers and sisters who are in need of support in continuing there lives. This event will also show us how Mutual Aid and Cooperation defines what kind of society we want to see in this world, and how Climate Change affects us all.

Ways to Participate:
1. Donate cash thruthis page or on the actual event.
2. Artists may donate thier works, to be auctioned online and on the event. Kindly share photos of your craft for the online auction.
3. Share songs, dances and poetry on the event program. Kindly contact us, so we can include you in the program and poster.
4. Share this event to friends and families who may be interested in helping and participating.
Come jam with us on this meaningful night!
Dios Mabalos sa Indong Gabos! Maraming Salamat sa Inyong Lahat! Patnubayan Kitang Gabos ng Kagurangnan!

For inquiries, please contact Ron:
+63 915 869 8940

Critical Mass Action Baliwag Dec.18, 2016 “Bikes against Coal and Fossil Fuels”

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Bulacan is one of the major industrial and agricultural center. It is strategically located between the commercial center of Manila and the industrial and trading centers of Northern Luzon. One of the traditional rice granary of the Philippines. Despite the great challenge posed by El Niño on agriculture, this province pulled off a bountiful harvest that has propelled it to being recognized by the Department of Agriculture as a Hall of Famer in the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Award. All of a sudden this claim progressively changing due to land conversion for real estate development, mall culture and consumerism. The food production in this area are now getting low because vast agricultural land are now becoming a low-cost housing project, supermarkets and malls. This building and construction will be requiring a huge amount of electricity and it will be dependent on coal and fossil fuel as a source of energy. The situation of food security is at risk and will create an impact on climate related issues.

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At 8am some of the participants already at the Hero’s park waiting. Volunteers from Food Not Bombs Baliwag, 350.org, some friends from Manila and other bikers gathered and other FNB crew are at Bustos preparing foods. While we are waiting we discuss the route and give some brief background of the Critical Mass Action then we put propaganda materials on our bike. The weather is calm with darker clouds as we think it will rain soon, so at 9 am we started the ride going to the north side of Baliwag. We saw a Shell gas station and decided to stop to take a rest and bring out our banner stating “Bikes Against Coal and Fossil Fuels”. After that we ride again, take the one lane of the road at the same time speaking through our megaphone to share the road and promoting the use of bike as an alternative form of transportation to minimize our dependency on fossil fueled cars and motors. We already feel the small drops of rains so we decided to rest and take a cover. The bike ride ended at 12nn timely for lunch break but we waited for FNB crew to come for the free food distribution. Then around 12:30pm food was ready, Food Not Bombs occupy a tent space in the park to set-up the table, install a banner and share foods while giving out flyers.

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