Today the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance or Bayan) is picketing the US Embassy in Manila to show our solidarity and support to the big mass actions being organized by the United National Anti-War Committee (UNAC) in San Francisco and New York to condemn the neglect and oppression that the American people suffer under the Obama administration amid the raging economic crisis and costly foreign military campaigns being waged by the US government.
UNAC’s call to end poverty and plunder in the US and elsewhere and to end the wars of aggression perpetrated by US imperialism and its cohorts is being supported by almost 500 mass organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs), and institutions in the US, including Bayan’s US chapter and its women and youth organizations, as well as by various groups in other countries.
Bayan is inspired to know that within the belly of the beast there is an increasing number of groups and mass organizations that are working together to confront the crisis wrought by imperialism which has caused massive displacements of workers, huge cutbacks in health and education budgets, and the foreclosures of homes. It is enraging that while millions of ordinary Americans lose their jobs, social services and benefits, and shelter, trillions of dollars in people’s taxes are being funnelled to bailout big banks and companies. Worse, these banks and companies do not even generate production and employment but simply use the bailout funds to shore up their so-called book profits.
This has angered an ever growing number of American people who are now fighting back this grave injustice. And more than ever, the people of the world who stand for social justice, sovereignty, democracy, and against imperialist domination and oppression are in support of the struggle of the American people. As the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS) states: “Their struggle is of crucial global importance, they are in a position to strike at the very heart of the world capitalist system and at the very center of imperialism from which crisis, plunder and war are generated and unleashed.”
We strongly condemn the repressive measures being used by the US government against groups, mass organizations, leaders and organizers of the American people such as the raids on homes of anti-war activists being carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), police terrorism against Latin Americans, Asians, and Afro-Americans who belong to the working class, and the attacks against migrant workers by racist groups.
Bayan and its allied organizations support the call of the UNAC to end US wars that destroy the lives of millions of people and their properties and infrastructures. We also join the UNAC and other anti-US war groups in the world in condemning the wars launched against the resisting people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Colombia, and India. Bayan has been demanding an immediate halt to the air strikes launched by the US and its allies against Libya in the guise of “saving the civilian populace” but in reality is another interventionist campaign to install a puppet regime and control the world’s oil resources. Bayan has consistently supported the struggle of the Palestinian people for their right to their homeland and their struggle against US-Israeli Zionism.
The Philippines, meanwhile, has remained a semi-colony of US imperialism that serves the needs of American monopoly capitalists for market and source of raw materials and cheap labor through liberalization, deregulation, privatization, and other policies of imperialist globalization. This has perpetually shackled millions of Filipinos to an ever deepening poverty and chained the domestic economy to permanent crisis and backwardness. Our country has become practically a large US military base through the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that allows American troops to build facilities and interfere in domestic armed conflicts while at the same time making US soldiers virtually immune from our criminal justice system. The Obama administration continues to shower the corrupt and brutal Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with millions of dollars in military aid even as it scrimps on the social services and benefits that American workers desperately need amid the economic crisis.
Bayan believes that only through the united efforts of the all oppressed and exploited peoples of the world that we shall one day defeat US imperialism and all its machinations to squeeze the working people dry for superprofits and strengthen its global domination by using its military might.
We reiterate our unity with the UNAC in its effort to unite the American people in the struggle against US imperialism and in its efforts to support the struggles of peoples in other countries against the same enemy.
Long live UNAC! Long live international solidarity! Defeat US imperialism! #