Filipina activists lead LA’s International Women’s Day march

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News

 

LOS ANGELES — Around the world, March 8th is known as International Women’s Day. Filipinos in Los Angeles had a head start on the annual movement, which celebrates the advancement and looks at  the current struggles of the ongoing women’s rights movement. 

Despite the rainy weather, thousands of mostly women marked International Women’s Day by marching through the streets of downtown LA this past weekend.

The march is intended to send a message to both the government and big business, and anyone who’s violated any woman’s rights. 

“We are here today to tell them we are brown, black, yellow queer, straight, trans… we are workers, we are migrants, we are refugees,” said Jollene Levid from AF3IRM. “We are here; we have always been here, and US transnational women of color… [we] are not going anywhere.”

This annual event that shuts down LA’s civic center area is spearheaded by Filipino feminist transnational group AF3IRM. This year, the call to unite has been stronger and louder. 

 “Our oppression has definitely intensified with who is in the Oval Office, or whose in presidency… both here in the US or Philippines, but with that our resistance has also enhanced,” said Ivy Quicho of AF3IRM. “We’ve seen more people in the streets, undocumented, unafraid. We’ve seen more mothers coming out — because they want to demand a future that is safe for their children.”

Since Donald Trump became president in January, women’s rights groups have mobilized, fearing that his policies may negatively affect women’s rights, especially on issues like reproductive rights, rights for transgender people, environmental justice, and immigration.

 “We are here because that pig Trump has vowed to take away women’s rights to unions, comprehensive reproductive healthcare, and to ban women from seven different countries,” said Levid.

The protestors say that women’s rights is also under fire in the Philippines. 

“I think it’s imperative that we push back, not just against Trump,” said Quicho, “but we also push back against President Duterte in the Philippines. There’s been 7,000 extra judicial killings. We in AF3IRM demand an end to that.”

Started in the early 1900s through a series of strikes and marches, arch 8th was eventually designated as International Women’s Day.

This year’s theme: be bold for change.

These Filipinos are trying to be bold on both sides of the world. 

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  • Mario
    7 March 2017 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    To our Filipina leaders, you have to be cautious holding the rally, last week a female DACA , after her anti-immigration, anti-government speeches at the rally,she was pick-up by ICE and deported immediately WITHOUT trial. The same week another illegal alien was deported immediately after ICE agent found a gun in his house. According from ICE, TIPS came from their closed friends….Trump announced he will defund Planned Parenthood as long as killing babies(Abortion) is included in their program. As seen from youtube whistleblowers, Aborted babies(fetus) are being sold by the planned parenthood employees to different clinics….

    • Arbi
      10 March 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      Your tax dollars have not paid for abortions since 1972. It’s called the “Hyde Amendment”. You’d do well to familiarize yourself with it.

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