Filipino Protest: Feb 13: Canadians condemn racist acts of neo-Nazi group:Taking it to the streets during hearing

Vancouver Statement

For immediate release

January 27, 2012

Filipino Canadians condemn racist acts of neo-Nazi group:Taking it to the streets during hearing

The Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance, Philippine Women Centre of BC and SIKLAB for Migrant Workers condemn the racist acts of neo-Nazi group Blood and Honour for setting a young Filipino man on fire while sleeping on a couch on Commercial Drive in 2009. We hold Canada’s legal and policing system accountable for not acting fast enough to penalize and dissolve the white supremacist group. On Feb. 13, during the hearing of the men charged with burning the Filipino man, Filipino Canadians will take to the streets in protest of the racist acts.

Despite being the third largest minority group in Canada, Filipino youth are faced with racist systemic barriers and limited access to resources in Canada. Education obtained in the Philippines is often not recognized, pushing college kids back to high school upon arriving in Canada. There are few public services that integrate Filipinos successfully while being culturally-sensitive to the realities and struggles of migration.

In the case children of Filipino nannies entering Canada through the Live-in Caregiver Program, reunification with their families occurs 5 to 15 years after being separated. Depression and anxiety are prevalent in the Filipino community due to separation from family and isolation. Because of meager earnings and unrecognized qualifications by the Canadian state, poverty amongst first generation Filipinos permeates into future generations to create a legacy of poverty. As a result, Filipino youth are overrepresented in escalating high school and post-secondary drop-out rates, low-income communities, and service sector jobs.

Racism and class oppression of people of colour still exists. Canada has and continues to be built on the backs of exploited immigrant communities. These forms of systemic racism and violence that the educational, immigration and labour systems have imposed on Filipino Canadians have marginalized Filipino communities since the 1980s, when foreign credentials became invalidated and Filipinos were streamlined into the Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP). Today, Filipinos are reduced to “working horses,” or as Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has said, “economic units.”

Canada’s history is muddled with racist policies such as the colonization and genocide of First Nations people, the Chinese Head Tax, the Japanese internment during WWII, the refusal of entry to Indian refugees on the Komagatu Maru ship in 1914 and the recent Sri Lankan refugees on the MV Sun Ship in the summer of 2010. Through these race-based policies, the state has effectively sowed an anti-immigrant sense into Canadians.

Filipino communities have also faced a history of racism and violence in Canada, with the banning of Filipino youth at the Scarborough Town Center in 1993, the hate graffiti and physical violence against Filipino youth at the Vancouver Technical School in 1999, and the deaths of two young Filipino men, both sons of nannies who entered Canada under the LCP. Mao Jomar Lanot was a victim of school bullies at Vancouver’s Sir Charles Tupper Elementary in 2003 and Jeffrey Reodica was shot to death in the back by two plain-clothed Toronto police officers in 2004. Filipino youth have been targets of police brutality and racial profiling, as they are immediately labeled as gang members.

In 1999 following the racist dismissal of Filipino students from Van Tech, the Kalayaan Centre formed a group named “Filipino-Canadians Against Racism” dedicated to exposing and opposing Canada’s racist policies, empowering the community and uniting marginalized groups towards a common goal of genuine equality and participation. It is both timely and urgent that we need a resurgence of activism and organizing in the community so that we are not complacent, but are proactive and not reactive to racist events.

The blatant acts of racism committed by Blood and Honour show how systemic racism trickles down to an individual level and pervades everyday life. That the Crown charged Alistair Miller and Robert de Chazal two long years after brutalizing the young Filipino man on Commercial Drive is an act of racism and discrimination in itself. We refuse the racist policies Canada maintains to oppress our community and subject them to violence! We demand full entitlement and equal rights, refusing to be Canada’s underclass! It is our human right to build our homes and root ourselves in Canadian society.

Join us in protest of all forms of racism on Feb. 13, 2012 at 9 a.m., in front of the Vancouver Provincial Court on 222 Main St.

End systemic racism!

Scrap the Live-in Caregiver Program! Status upon arrival!End family separation!Equal rights for all!Oppose economic inequality!

Contact info: pwcofbc@gmail.com | info.ukpc.bc@gmail.com

Phone: 604.215.1103FB: Ugnayan Ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada|Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance BCTwitter: @ugnayanbcWebsite: http://www.kalayaancentre.net/

JOB OPPORTUNITY:NATIVE STUDENTS’ UNION – OFFICE COORDINATOR

JOB DESCRIPTION

NATIVE STUDENTS’ UNION – OFFICE COORDINATOR

UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA STUDENTS’ SOCIETY

Organizational Relationship: The Native Students Union Office Coordinator will be responsible to the Native Students Union Council and the University of Victoria Student’s Society. The Native Students Union Office Coordinator, in a joint effort with the Native Students Union Council will supervise Work Study staff.

Organizational Duties

 

  1. Organize and participate in Council meetings
  2. Uphold, update, and make available the Native Students Union Constitution and policies. Develop these documents as necessary in collaboration with the Council and Membership
  3. Maintain office hours and ensure the Native Students Union space is accessible to Indigenous students and community members
  4. In conjunction with the Council, develop job descriptions, work plans, hire, train, supervise and evaluate Work Study staff
  5. Maintain the Native Students Union internal and external communication efforts
  6. Coordinate volunteers
  7. Assist with strategic planning
  8. Develop promotional material
  9. Conduct annual survey
  10. Liaise with INAF
  11. Other related duties


Administrative Duties

  1. Prepare proposals and apply for annual Work Study funding
  2. Seek additional sources of revenue
  3. Act as a signing authority and update signing authorities with the general office and Zap
  4. Prepare and present reports at NSU meetings
  5. In conjunction with the Firekeeper, coordinate general meetings
  6. In collaboration with the Council and Work Study staff, coordinate projects and events
  7. In conjunction with the Council, establish and maintain active coalitions with UVSS Advocacy Groups and relevant social justice organizations
  8. Maintain membership list (database)
  9. Place orders and maintain inventory controls on NSU merchandise and giveaways
  10. Develop and maintain operations manual
  11. Assist Financial Councillor with the annual budget, monthly financial reconciliations, and cheque requisitions


Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated commitment to anti-imperialist frameworks and organizing practices
  2. Experience with anti-oppressive organizing
  3. Demonstrated ability to work within consensus decision-making models
  4. Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  5. Ability to organize, prioritize, and follow through on projects
  6. Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  7. Experience working with non-profit organizations

This is a United Brotherhood of Steelworkers union position for 20 hours a week at $21.03 per hour. This position is restricted to self-identified Indigenous people (see Charger of Rights and Freedoms, Article 12, Subsection 2).

The University of Victoria Students Society is an equal opportunity employer.

Please submit resume and cover letter to nsu@uvicnsu.ca

Application Deadline: February 12, 2012

Hi all,

An update from the library!

Over the break we purchased a few more books! All the more reason to come check it out!

The Bluest Eye Beloved Jazz – Toni Morrison

Morrison’s first novel, The Blues Eye (1970), explores the aesthetics of beauty in the tale of a young black girl coming of age into a white society that recognizes only blue eyes. Set in post-Civil War Ohio, Beloved (1987) tells the story of Sethe, an escaped slave who works at “beating back the past”. Jazz(1992) takes place in the glittery Harlem of 1926 – the time of the Harlem Renaissance – around which Morrison sets the tragic story of Joe Trace, a married 50-year-old salesman who kills his young lover. Toni Morrison has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for literature.

Just Ask Us (A Conversation with First Nations Teenage Moms) – Sylvia Olsen

n 2003, Sylvia Olsen began a community study with aboriginal teen parents, believing that the best way to shed light on the issue is to listen first to the parents themselves. Just Ask Us is a result of this project, in which thirteen Tsartlip teen moms participated. Just Ask Us takes a comprehensive, first-hand look at First Nations teen mothers, offering ways to counteract the intractable cycle of poverty and turn reserve communities into places of hope for the next generation. Olsen explores issues of teenage sexuality and relationships, birth control, abortion, and violence. She examines aboriginal and non-aboriginal cultural attitudes and practices and how they affect the lives of young moms and their children. Her book weaves the threads of these young mothers’ lives together with colours of desperation, enthusiasm, impossibility, and hope.

The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill

This book, an actual document, provides a short but immensely revealing record of freed Loyalist slaves who requested permission to leave the US for resettlement in Nova Scotia, only to find that the haven they sought was steeped in an oppression all of its own. Aminata’s eventual return to Sierra Leone – passing ships carrying thousands of slaves bound for America – is an engrossing account of an obscure but important chapter in history that saw 1,200 former slaves embark on a harrowing back-to-Africa odyssey.

women and the Israeli occupation – Tamar Mayer

Threads of My Life – Mauricio Carlos Quintana

he loves life in spite of everything. Conceived as the result of a rape, she herself was raped at the age of 14. Her name is Hilaria Supa Huamán. She is 47 years old and self-educated. She has lived in Lima, the capital of Peru. She now lives in Huallaccocha, in Cuzco. She campaigns for agriculture and for the women of the countryside. For more than 20 years, she has been dedicated to organizing women and preserving the ancient wisdom and culture of the Andes. For the last six years, she has also been working in search of justice for women who were forcibly sterilized.—1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize

Prairie Fire (Canadian Women’s Stories From Overseas) – Timothy Findley and Linda Holeman