Solidarity Message to the Migrant Filipino…
The National Alliance of Filipino American Youth
Solidarity Message to the Migrant Filipino Teachers of PG County, Maryland on their Struggle for Justice.
August 1, 2011.
We, the youth and students of Sandiwa, the National Alliance of Filipino American Youth strongly express our firm solidarity with the hundreds of migrant teachers of PG County in Maryland who are struggling for justice.
We are outraged at the conditions that over 500 migrant teachers face right now with the termination of their contracts; cases of detention, deportation, criminalization and intimidation of many of these migrant workers intensify. We are furious at the US government’s deceit and discriminatory actions against migrant workers as clearly manifested in the cases of these migrant teachers.
Offensives on Filipino migrants in US, like the PG County teachers increase. Cases of labor trafficking such as that of Sentosa health workers, Florida, Arizona and Los Angeles trafficked workers pile up including cases of slavery and dehumanization such as that of Moratal. We criticize the inaction and neglect of the Philippine government to protect these migrant workers whom they pride as heroes of the nation.
Despite these attacks on migrant workers, it is more apparent that the people are organizing, building stronger unities and are empowered to stand up, link arms and directly confront these attacks.
The unity that the migrant teachers of PG county have forged with other workers, students, migrants and other sectors of society to assert your rights and welfare truly inspires us, the youth and students. Let us continue to bring forth a blazing might by fostering a stronger sense of community in tackling concerns and asserting our demands collectively.
We, the sons and daughters of migrants and the migrant youth and students, raise our fists and voices with you in your struggle… In our struggle. We look forward in building with you a vibrant movement of migrant workers who will genuinely fight various forms of aggression and repression against migrants.
Protect the rights and welfare of our teachers!
No to wage theft, joblessness and deportation!
MGA GURO NG BAYAN, NGAYON AY LUMALABAN!
Ms. Anne Beryl Corotan
SANDIWA; the National Alliance of Filipino American Youth