Why protecting the rights of Filipinas must extend beyond borders

LOS ANGELES – Led by members of the Association of Filipina Feminists Fighting Imperialism Re-feudalization, and Marginalization, Filipinas marked International Women’s Day with protests through downtown Los Angeles.

“Every stop were making is about women,” said Af3irm’s Cheryl Zarate. “It’s about our future it’s about our children.”

They say protecting the rights of Filipinas must extend beyond borders.

“There are about 5,000 Filipina women who are being trafficked into the United States as mail order brides,” Af3irm’s Ivy Quicho said. “The number one export out of the Philippines is our women and the money that gets sent back to the Philippines is also the remittance that we send to people back home. So literally our economy is afloat on the backs of women.”

For Filipino Americans, International Women’s Day is not just about the feminist movement. It’s also about fighting for other groups that have been historically marginalized.

The Los Angeles protests, which began at city hall, made a stop at the police department which has been under fire for recent officer involved shootings.

The activists also made their voices heard at the federal building and detention center where undocumented immigrants are detained and have to navigate the legal system.

Filipinos here say, with many issues affecting women and people of color, it will take a big change in government and communities to ensure everyone is treated and protected equally.

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  • noz
    20 March 2015 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    this group protested on rights of filipinas was just making too much hogwash noise. the mail order brides women conned by the con men were willing participants in the first place. what this group should do is to legally work, if they are capable to do so with these women who they claimed are victims of their supposedly grooms. their street fuss and stink is not going to convince nobody except themselves. it just wasted the time of people they bothered, blocking the streets, etc.

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