FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2008
Reference: Christina Hilo, BAYAN Northeast Regional Coordinator, (818) 281-3134, firstname.lastname@example.org
GMA NOT WELCOME IN NYC, SAY FIL-AMS
Filipino Americans led by the organizations in the progressive national alliance BAYAN-USA will gather to protest Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s United Nation’s address on September 23 the opening of the 63rd General Assembly. The contingent of recent Filipino immigrants and Filipino Americans will gather at 1 Hammarskjold Plaza near the United Nations at 6pm on Tuesday to voice their objections to GMA’s presence and poor politics.
What: Protest Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s presence at 63rd UN Assembly
Who: BAYAN USA, FiRE, Anakbayan, NYCHRP, and all others are welcome to join us
When: Tuesday, Sept. 23rd, 6pm
Where: 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (near the United Nations)
At the UN assembly, GMA will attest to the alleged progress of the Philippines with concern to the Millennium Development Goals, particularly reduction in poverty, hunger, child mortality and combating HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases. For Filipinos in New York, GMA’s report on progress around these issues are a surprise. Throughout the summer, aside from the unrelenting news of food, electricity and oil crisis from the Philippines, immigrants have been feeling the pressure from the lack of development in their homeland. Balikbayan boxes full of rice and basic goods have been the steady request from starving families in the Philippines.
Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE), Anakbayan New Jersey and New York Committee on Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) will mount an action against GMA’s New York lavish visit, political repression and egregious conditions under which she allows Filipino children and women to live.