For Immediate Release: November 1, 2011
Join us for a short press conference on 11/2 at 11 am in the Conference Room, 1st floor of the Asian Resource Center 310 8th St. Oakland, CA 94610 (press advisory below)
We will march as a group to Oscar Grant Plaza (City Hall) at 11:30 and meet up with other organizations. Meet us in the lobby near the 8th St. entrance.
Solidarity Statement: Tayo Ang 99% / We are the 99%:
Filipino Advocates for Justice Stands in Solidarity with Occupy Oakland
Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) supports the “OCCUPY Movement” including the right of Occupy Oakland to peacefully encamp at Oscar Grant Plaza to speak their grievances.
We are in agreement that we need to end corporate greed and the vast accumulation of wealth by a tiny minority. We agree with the growing belief that corporations (especially financial institutions) and the rich are responsible for the economic crisis and have an obligation to help us recover. It is time that the rich and corporations pay a fair tax so we can restore the quality of life we call the American Dream.
There’s no justice in a system that serves the top 1% at the expense of the bottom 99%. Banks and corporations, some of whom received government bailouts, are reporting increased earnings and rewarding executives with multi-million dollar bonuses, while the 99% feel no recovery. For the 99% the cost of living is out of control. Our treasured institutions like public schools, libraries, public parks, and support services for the more vulnerable are suffering for lack of revenue. High unemployment, home foreclosures, teacher layoffs, school closures, soaring college tuitions, public safety layoffs, and cut backs in programs for the elderly make a joke of the American Dream. It is no wonder the 99% are so angry in the U.S. and globally.
In the Filipino community people like Romy lost his good paying industrial job in the plant closures of the 1990’s and has never been able to get another decent paying job like it. There was never a recovery for him. Josefina, now 78 years old, lost her job as an airport screener after 9/11, and must now piece together a few hours here and there as a caregiver. She is underpaid (even when working for rich people), exploited and has few labor rights. Nyda who would rather have stayed in the Philippines, has to help support her adult children who are working all over the planet because the Philippine economy is buried under massive debt.
We support the Occupy movement because immigrants are blamed for America’s economic meltdown, when in fact, they are victims of the global financial crisis AND trade policies like NAFTA, which causes poverty and the displacement of people around the world. While our government is focused on incarcerating hundreds of thousands of immigrants in detention centers for profit and deports over 400,000 last year, only a handful of Wall Street executives responsible for bringing our economic system to its knees have been punished. Use tax dollars to go after the stolen wealth, not immigrants!
The 99% are waking up. 85% of the 600 Filipino voters we surveyed favor a California ballot measure that would make corporations and the wealthy pay a fair tax to insure a better life for future generations.
The media says this movement is not focused, but that is not true. Clearly, we want a greater share of the wealth that we helped create. We want Wall Street to pay (big time) for the damage it did to the U.S. economy. We want our elected officials to stop taking corporate contributions and represent the 99%. We want democracy for the 99% in the U.S. AND for the 99% of the world.
** Media Advisory **
Contact: Geraldine Alcid, (415) 823-3489– galcid[at]filipinos4justice.org
Andrea Tacdol, (510) 435-4343 – aktacdol[at]gmail.com
Tayo Ang 99%/We are the 99%
Filipino Advocates for Justice calls on our community to support the Occupy Movement
WHAT: Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) will be holding a press conference highlighting diverse speakers from the Filipino Community. From seniors to college graduates, domestic workers to youth the majority of our community has been feeling the ramifications of the economic downturn. We believe that Filipinos are the 99% and that US and corporations need to put the needs of its people before profit. Following the press conference, FAJ will be gathering a contingent of Filipinos to march in support of Oakland’s General Strike.
WHO: Katie Joaquin, Filipino Advocates for Justice Staff Member
List of Speakers (TBA)
WHERE: Asian Resource Center (1st Floor Conference Room)
310 8th Street, Oakland, CA,
WHEN: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Press Conference – 11:00AM
Filipino Contingent to March – 11:30AM
VISUALS: Diverse Filipinos will be holding signs and banners during press conference and will be marching to join the larger contingent.