Fil-Ams protest racism during 50th anniversary of MLK "Dream" speech

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

August 29, 2013

LOS ANGELES–August 28th marked the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s so-called “I have a dream” speech, thousands converged to Washington D-C to hear president Obama talk about the civil rights milestone.

However, back in Los Angeles, Filipino-American activists took to the streets to say the dream is still unfulfilled, joining a “Justice for Trayvon Martin” protest outside of the federal courthouse.

People can see that the dream is not fulfilled and there still needs to be real change in the US. The reason we’re out here for Trayvon, as we Filipinos is because we know how it feels for people to be innocently killed and for justice to not be brought to them,” said activist Eric Tandoc of Anakbayan USA.

It’s been months since a jury acquitted Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who is white, of gunning down unarmed African American teenager Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman successfully pleaded self defense. “Even though its been several months we can’t deny that his acquittal is an injustice that we have to stand in the streets we have to mobilize fully to show how unjust our justice system is and how it continues to criminalize people of color,” said Bayan USA coordinator Theresa Jaranilla.

This latest protest comes just days after Zimmerman’s legal team says they will ask the state of Florida to reimburse them for as much as $300,000 for the costs of his defense.

I think that’s just ridiculous. First of all he killed somebody now he’s asking for the tax payers to pay for that it just shows how there’s a lot of injustice still here in the United States,” responded Tandoc.

Filipinos say they will stand in solidarity with other people of color until Zimmerman, who has been in hiding since his not guilty verdict, is brought to justice for Martin’s shooting death.

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN news Los Angeles.


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  • anthony
    29 August 2013 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    The dream is not yet fulfilled because of idiots like these people.

    • jr(catholic against right wingers)
      2 September 2013 at 11:50 pm - Reply

      the dream is not fulfilled because you are one these idiot people. have you any historical basis to be commenting on this page as if you are an expert on this matter. i can guarantee that if this happens to you and one of our kababayans being shot to death by a white man, a black man, a latino man, a middle eastern man, a fellow asian but non filipino, you would be the first person to be protesting about racism…. it is so hard for me to fathom how filipinos who come here don’t even bother to study the history of this country and how racism plays a big role in building this country and its foundation….

  • filam
    29 August 2013 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I agree, you are the racist, just because Zimmerman was acquited you pull out the race card. Because Zimmerman is not black he must be guilty, he must be lynched. Be real.

    • jr(catholic against right wingers)
      2 September 2013 at 11:43 pm - Reply

      yes, get real. who do you think think that way but you. shaking my head….

  • Kikay.Pang0
    30 August 2013 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Filipinos are the most racist people on earth , they used whitening products to whiten their skin

  • jorge buesa
    30 August 2013 at 8:19 am - Reply

    I feel people who is racist, is the one don’t have anything to do with they life ? People that likes to go around and join the Band and say things they don’t understand in life ? No matter what color Zimmerman is and who cares, what if he was white and blue and red, than what is he racist ? People before you use the word racist think before you open your mouth !

  • cimaron ito
    30 August 2013 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    kung hindi ninyo naiintidihan ang batas dito eh, huwag ng umepal uwi na lang kayo sa atin at doon kayo magawala huwag dito.

  • jr(catholic against right wingers)
    2 September 2013 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    the dream is not fulfilled because you are one these idiot people. have you any historical basis to be commenting on this page as if you are an expert on this matter. i can guarantee that if this happens to you and one of our kababayans being shot to death by a white man, a black man, a latino man, a middle eastern man, a fellow asian but non filipino, you would be the first person to be protesting about racism…. it is so hard for me to fathom how filipinos who come here don’t even bother to study the history of this country and how racism plays a big role in building this country and its foundation….

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