United Playaz host march on MLK Day

by Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The streets of San Francisco were filled with chants of peace, followed by the thunder of drums during the Monday, Jan. 16 celebration of iconic civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The MLK Day march was hosted by the United Playaz — a youth anti-violence program founded and led by Fil-Am, Rudy Corpuz Jr, and his staff of reformed gang members and inmates.

“United Playaz has come together in honor of [Dr. King], and our program is dedicated to the youth, and the empowerment of them,” said Glen Holden of United Playaz.

Fil-Am activist and volunteer Chris Nepomuceno was released just two months ago, after serving 27 years in prison.

Now with the help of Corpuz’ organization, Nepomuceno is transitioning back into society and following in Dr. King’s example of community service — volunteering his time to United Playaz in order to make sure other young people do not follow his troubled path.

“Growing up, I never had the opportunity to give back. My lifestyle was always a gang lifestyle, and all I wanted to do was hurt people. I care about people now, so I’m going to do whatever it takes; whatever I can to give back to the community,” said Nepomuceno.

These demonstrators also celebrate Dr. King’s advocacy of health care access for all — especially in the wake of a Donald Trump presidency, where the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act has already begun.

“He talked about fighting for social equity, but it was also on the grounds for getting access to education, getting access to health care… now more than ever, we have to work together in unity to get all of those programs and access to healthcare for the people,” said Juslyn Manalo, Vice Mayor of Daly City.

The Martin Luther King Jr. march was the first of many scheduled this week throughout the country — leading up to Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump, as the 45th president of the United States.



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  • Mario
    18 January 2017 at 1:49 am - Reply

    MLK a Republican protesting against a Democrat President. FBI was ordered to wiretap all his conversations, until the day of his assassination. FBI said they turned-in all tapes to AG Bobby Kennedy. On MLK day, MLK children had a meeting with DTrump at Trump tower, nothing to mention about the release of tapes from national archives. Last week Trump met and appointed Robert Kennedy Jr, son of Bobby Kennedy to chair the Presidential commission on vaccine safety. DTrump former Democrat, he can make a deal with anybody, Trump is Trump.