Fil-Ams link Black Lives Matter issues to problems in the Philippines

OAKLAND, Calif. – Chants echoed throughout downtown Oakland in support of the Black Lives Matter movement Monday afternoon.

Various people of color, including Filipinos, participated in this event against what they call exploitation of third world communities.

“Black, brown, all races need to come together in order to create change, in order to overturn this current system that is detrimental to all our communities in both the Philippines and in Oakland,” said Megan Whelan of GABRIELA-USA.

Protesters marched to the future headquarters of the popular ride sharing app Uber citing how Oakland is more concerned with money than the safety and housing of immigrants.

“Whether that looks like development in Oakland that results in displacement of families of neighborhoods or mega development in the Philippines: mining and large scale agriculture, agri-business that displaces communities in the Philippines – it’s the same militarized forces that’s displacing our communities,” said Whelan.

Meanwhile, the Black Lives Matter movement continues in other parts of the country.

Protesters took to the streets of Chicago Tuesday night following the release of a video showing the October 2014 shooting of a black teen by a white police officer.

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17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot a total 16 times by police officer Jason Van Dyke.

On the night McDonald was shot investigators say he was wielding a knife that was allegedly used to slash a police car tire.

According to police, McDonald had the drug PCP in his system and ignored the order to drop the knife before Van Dyke fired 16 rounds.

Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond.

And in Minneapolis police say three people are now in custody for allegedly shooting five anti-police protesters.

The protesters accuse those in custody of being white supremacists.

The Minneapolis protests were over the November 15th death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark by police officers.

A police union says Clark resisted arrest and tried to grab an officer’s gun, however, some witnesses say he was shot after police had already restrained him.

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  • Mario
    25 November 2015 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Fil-Am stay away from Black Lives Matter, few months from now Obama’s term as President will be over. All blacks and white appointed by Obama, will be retired by the new Presidency.American voters will not vote for Ben Carson, the next President will be be WHITE. Fil-Am play politics with the next President.