OCTOBER 2016


Happy World Teacher's Day!


On October 5, 1994 the United Nation's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) marked this day as "World Teacher's Day".  The aim of this day is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

Salupongan International would like to deeply thank all of the teachers and educators around the world who dedicate their lives to serving and empowering their students to create positive change and work towards social justice in our local and global communities.  

Daghang salamat, many thanks to the selfless efforts of love and dedication of our community partner teachers, faculty and administration.  We commend you for trekking rivers, valleys and mountains, while at times facing harassment and intimidation by paramilitary, military and extractive industrial (mining and logging) forces.  Yet in the face of all of these struggles, you all continue with determination to serve and provide the basic right of education for our Lumad, Moro and peasant brothers and sisters throughout Mindanao's remote and neglected communities. 

We salute all of you!

Dugang Kadasig! More Power!

Padayon! Continue!

Salupongan Elementary Teacher Ma'am Joanne of Talaingod and Salupongan High School Teacher Ma'am Elarnie of Compostela Valley celebrating World Teacher's Day at the 12th Annual Bwalawan Festival. 

Misfi Academy Elementary Teacher and Association of Community Educators (ACE) Vice President Sir Ricky taking a break with some of his students at the evacuation sanctuary/temporary school site at UCCP Haran in Davao City.


12th Annual Salupongan Schools Founding Anniversary

Bwalawan Festival


September 29 to October 5, 2016

SI congratulates Salupongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Centers (STTICLC) on its 12th Founding Anniversary Bwalawan Festival held this year in Purok 4B, Mangayon, Compostela, Compostela Valley Province!  

The theme of the festival was entitlted:

"Salupongan I-asdang ang Kutungod sa Edukasyon! Lumadnon Eskwelehan Palambuon ug Depensahan Alang sa Kaliwatan!" 

"Salupongan (unity) Uphold the Right to Education! Strengthen and Defend Our Indigenous Schools for the Next Generation!"

12 years of strength and inspiration in developing generations of Lumad (indigenous) scholars that are helping protect their ancestral domain, self-determination and serving their communities' interests and needs.  

Over three hundred students, teachers and parents from various Salupongan Schools across Southern Mindanao came together to celebrate their beloved school's 12th founding anniversary.  They participated in friendly competition and contests including Balagtasan poetry, Lumad games, Lumad songs and dances, Lumad delicacies, intramural sports, arts, culture and a spelling bee.

The atmosphere was positive and celebratory throughout the entire festival, however the community and participants were well aware of the presence of around 30 military troops camped out on a hill near the entrance of the community.  The sad reality of militarization and the looming encroachment of the large scale mining corporation Agusan Petroleum is still ever present in many Lumad communities and Salupongan schools in the surrounding areas of Mangayon, Compostela Valley Province.

Salupongan International stands in unity and solidarity with the teachers, students and families of the Salupongan schools and communities in calling for the immediate pull out of military troops from their communities and schools, disbandment of paramilitary forces and the end of large scale mining, logging and plantations in their respective ancestral domains.

Invest in Education, Not Militarization!

Education is a right!

#SaveOurSchools


Voices: Lydia Navarro

California Nurse


Nanay Lydia giving school supplies to the Salupongan students during the 12th Annual Bwalawan Festival.  Special thank you to the Community of the Ursuline Sisters for also donating schools supplies!

“The take away for me is that I realized that many of us can take things for granted, especially education. We think that it’s there for everyone.  I thought I was the educated person, I went to college and everything, but now seeing this I realized I really lacked education on this situation.  We always learn and I am really humbled to learn about the struggle of the Lumad people, the indigenous people. 

I’m so proud of these dedicated teachers.  They can go somewhere else to teach like in the city where there is comfort, but instead they sacrifice and even at times put their lives in danger just to make sure the children get their education. I’m so proud of what they do. 

I really applaud the parents of the students.  The children are so warm, disciplined and respectful, you can see it comes from their heart.   I really want to continue to support the education of these children so that they will understand the laws and their rights. They’re Filipinos, they’re human beings and every human being has a right to an education.”

                                                                              -Lydia Navarro


Updates from the Ground:

Surigao Bakwit Return

by Teresita (International Volunteer and Advocate for ALCADEV)


In Surigao del Sur, the Lumads have left the Tandag City bakwit (evacuation of internally displaced persons) due to their tireless advocacy and outreach, but their struggle against large scale mining perseveres.  The Manobo’s grand homecoming, organized by MAPASU, on September 2, 2016 was embarked upon following commemorative ceremonies of the horrendous Lianga Massacre of September 1, 2015 during which they were forcibly evacuated by the paramilitary bandits of Magahat Bagani.

While we celebrate their return to ancestral land and the pullout of the 75th Infantry Battalion, we know that they return to devastated homes, ransacked schools, acres of plundered farms. All of their livestock, tools, seeds, supplies, and personal items have been lost or stolen allegedly by the military and paramilitary forces. School documents and supplies have been burned and damaged.

Despite the military’s efforts to demoralize the Lumads, they are resilient. Updates sent from ALCADEV staff inform us that the school is continuing its mission. The students and teachers are cleaning, clearing weeds, and beginning to replant. They have “cooperation from local government, the untiring support from the churches, middle forces, peasant, women's, youth organization and others.”

Material support is vital and urgent in the rebuilding of Lumad communities and schools. Through www.ProtectLumadEducation.org you can send monetary donations that will be used to rebuild infrastructure, provide food while they replant farms, purchase tools, and meet basic hygienic needs for students. All proceeds are sent directly to ALCADEV staff who have full agency in the spending and distribution process.

*For questions regarding the PLE site, please contact Teresita at

lualhatimalayalualhati@gmail.com


Updates from the Ground: 

Give a Just Peace A Chance


"To our Muslim brothers, the Moro country, and the members of the CPP-NPA-NDF (Communist Party of The Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front), let me say this.  All of us want peace, not the peace of the dead, but the peace of the living."

-President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

Quote from State of the Nation Address 2016

September 23, 2016 - Peace Forum held at Holy Cross College in Davao City with National Democratic Front Peace Panel Representatives and local academics and peace advocates.

For those who may not be familiar with Philippine history and politics there has been a long running civil war in the Philippines for almost 50 years now between the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front and the Government of the Philippines.  

As well historical armed conflicts between Muslim rebel forces such as the Moro National Liberation Front and Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Government of the Philippines.

The root causes of these armed conflicts are based on systemic economic, political, social and cultural issues.

At present the National Democratic Front (NDF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) are presently engaged in Peace Talks which are being held in Oslo, Norway. Currently, both sides are working diligently on trying to find mutual resolutions to the root causes of the armed conflict such as poverty and landlessness.

Salupongan International along with millions of other Filipinos and peace advocates locally and globally support the Peace Talks between the NDF and GPH.  We hope that the root causes of the armed conflict are resolved and the Philippines and its people may finally see a just and lasting peace in the near future.

We hope that the Peace Talks find resolutions to move forward the immediate pull out of military and paramilitary forces in Lumad communities and schools and also follow through on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources call to "Stop Large Scale Mining". This will ensure positive steps toward genuine peace and security for civilians who have been unjustly targeted, harassed, intimated, criminalized and whose rights have often been violated in rural Lumad, Moro and peasant communities. 

SI encourages our friends, families and networks to actively engage in Peace Forums and educate our local and global communities on the root causes of the armed conflict and discuss ways on how to collectively solve them.  

#JustPeace

SEPTEMBER 2016


International Interfaith Medical Mission


Greetings from Mindanao!

Daghang salamat, many thanks to our local and global community partners who made our recent August 13-15, 2016 International Interfaith Medical Mission a huge success!

Pangiyak! Shout out to the Filipino American Health Workers Association, United Methodist Church California Pacific Taskforce Philippines, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, Community Based Health Services Association, Mindanao Foundation for Disaster Preparedness and Response, Father Pops Foundation, Davao Medical School Foundation, Balsa Southern Mindanao and to all the students, parents, teachers, faculty, administration, staff and volunteers of our partner host site the Community Technological College of Southeastern Mindanao (CTCSM) in Maco, Compostela Valley. Also, thank you to the Department of Health Region XI for donating medicines for our medical and dental mission.

On this mission, Salupongan International hosted 30 local and global medical mission volunteers (nurses, doctors, dentists, medical students, faith based advocates, social workers, professors and community organizers) from the United States, India, Nepal and the Philippines.

Here is a brief background of the Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao (CTCSM), our partner school site where we served over 400 students and local community members during our medical and dental mission.  

EDUCATION FOR ALL. 
"CTCSM was established on the ideals of genuine and people-oriented service. Many colleges and academies in the Philippines aspire to train school children and youth to harness their talents and skills mainly to serve the demands of other countries. This strategy has reduced the full potential of the future leaders of our nation and relegate the more complex development of our society to the very few and elite."
"CTCSM is founded on the principles of seeking greater and lasting change in Philippine society, by producing leaders of tomorrow-- innovative and dynamic scholars who can contribute to the development of their immediate communities and the country. The CTCSM believes that the problems of today are mainly rooted in our nation’s colonial history and the continuing social deprivation of majority Filipinos."

Currently CTCSM serves over 500 students from early childhood education, elementary, primary, high school and college level academic programs. The majority of students served come from Lumad (indigenous) and poor peasant farming families throughout Mindanao.  An integral part of their curriculum is sustainable agriculture and cultural responsive education.  

Daghang salamat, many thanks CTCSM once again for the warm hospitality and deep knowledge shared with all of us. We are looking forward to the next one!

Please support and donate to our Right to Education, Autonomy and Dignity (READ) Program that will directly help support our partners schools, students and teachers such as CTCSM to continue to provide, take action and sustain our united efforts in realizing that education is the right of every child.


Voices: Joyous Prim & Angela Co -

International Interfaith Mission Delegate


"I'm often asked why I'm part of the movement for peace and justice in the Philippines since I'm not Filipino. Our time with CTCSM really showed how all of our basic rights and freedoms are intertwined and everyone should be able to live a life of peace with justice.

My faith as a United Methodist calls me to live my life side by side with the "least" and most oppressed and support their struggles for basic rights and a just peace. The students and their communities have struggled for so long to get basic access and yet the students are full of so much joy, hope & life and a deep yearning to learn all they can and take it back to their tribes and communities. They give me hope that a just peace & bright future for all is not just possible but just on the horizon. 

The California Pacific United Methodist Church Taskforce Philippines has been supporting Lumad schools now for 4 years and now when people ask us what the future for the schools looks like we can share that we have seen it first hand. And we look forward to continuing to support the schools for years to come."

-Joyous Prim

"I traveled across the world, to the Philippines, and met up with eight individuals who were more or less "strangers" in order to participate in an international solidarity mission. Our team was joined by a group of locals, volunteers, and health workers. Together we exposed ourselves to the struggles of urban poor communities, integrated with individuals of varying cultures and dialects, immersed ourselves in new environments, mobilized to seek peace for the Lumad, shared our skills and services on a medical mission, and most of all, learned from the stories of each and every single one we encountered. 

In 10 days, I saw my fellow Filipinos struggle to protect their lands and maintain a livelihood in poverty-stricken environments. I was uncomfortable, perplexed, and most definitely challenged, but our adventure was an adventure. I am now filled with so much love, joy, gratitude, and knowledge because of everyone I encountered and worked with. Going on a solidarity mission has been the best experience of my life thus far. I look forward to participating in more missions and exposure trips in the future to further strengthen my knowledge and to help the exploited and the oppressed."

-Angelica Co


Updates from the Ground


More than 3,000 Manobo “Lumad” evacuees or internally displaced persons, who have been staying at the sports complex in Tandag City in Surigao del Sur province, are planning to return to their homes in Lianga town on Sept. 2, 2016.

Their homecoming will happen exactly a year and a day after they were forced to leave their communities when members of the paramilitary group Magahat-Bagani killed three Lumad leaders in the village of Diatagon town on Sept. 1, 2015, last year.

But Michelle Campos, daughter of one of those killed, said government soldiers are still in their villages. “We want them out of our villages before we return home,” she said on Sunday.

Campos’ father, Dionel, and Lumad leaders Emerito Samarca, administrator of the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Livelihood Development (Alcadev), and Juvello “Bello” Sinzo were shot and killed by Magahat-Bagani militiamen in the upland community of Sitio (subvillage) Han-ayan.

Dionel was the chair of Malahutayong Pakigbisog sa mga Sumusunod (Persevering Struggle for the Next Generation) or Mapasu, an indigenous peoples’ organization opposed to the entry of logging and mining companies in Lianga, but which the military has branded as a communist front.

Then Governor Johnny Pimentel said the Magahat-Bagani was created by the military, an accusation that the Armed Forces of the Philippines had denied.

Almost a year after the killings, no suspect had been arrested, even as the government dangled a 3.6-million Peso bounty for the heads of suspected militia leaders Bobby and Loloy Tejero and Margarito Layno.

Campos, in a telephone interview, said they still want the Magahat-Bagani disbanded, and those behind the killings arrested.

“Soldiers also have to leave our communities. We need to go home,” she said.

On Aug. 24, representatives of the provincial government inspected 11 communities abandoned by the evacuees.

“Our hearts were crushed upon seeing our houses damaged, our once productive farms covered with weeds and our schools rendered unusable,” Mapasu said in a statement.

“We saw 10 houses burned to the ground. There were houses with walls, roofs and floors dismantled and used as firewood. In some houses, belongings were scattered, destroyed and stolen. Most of the houses were damaged, having been left unused because of our forcible evacuation,” the group added.

Six other schools for Lumad children were also damaged.

Mapasu said members of the group that visited the site on Aug. 24 were “enraged upon seeing the large military camps in our communities in Kilometer 9 and Han-ayan.”

Campos said despite military presence, they will go home Friday to reclaim their communities.

We call on our local and global friends and allies to stand in solidarity with our Lumad brothers and sisters of the Tandag Bakwit as they return to their communities and take back their ancestral lands.

Please keep updated on this situation and share these pictures on social media and use the hashtags: #BringTheLumadHome, #TakeBackOurAncestralLands, & #SaveOurSchools. Padayon!


Free Amelia Pond and Dismiss All Trumped Up Charges


Statement of Concern Over the Arrest of Amelia Pond

We condemn the unjust arrest and detention of Amelia “Amy” Pond, 64 years old, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) Southern Mindanao Regional Coordinator.  Amelia was also a teacher and research-documentation officer of the Salupongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Centers.  She has devoted her life to serving marginalized Lumad and peasant communities in Mindanao, Philippines.

Please click the button to read the full "Statement of Concern" and sign the "Free Amelia Pond!" petition. Thank you.


Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline!


End environmental plunder!

Salupongan International stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and activists on the frontlines of stopping the Dakota Access pipeline. We are outraged about the unjust and unfair conditions of the indigenous people protecting the water and land. For the Lumad, they too believe that “land and water is life”. When big corporations come and strip the land, livelihoods are negatively impacted. We have seen the results of these atrocities firsthand.

 To read Salupongan International's full solidarity statement, please click here, salupongan.org/dakota.


Break 4 Tots


Since 2005 Break 4 Tots has produced Hip-hop events as a means to bring communities together, provide a space for the Hip-hop community to give back, and to provide services to youth programs locally and globally. The recent "Break 4 Tots: Back to School Jam" in Oakland, CA was able to raise monetary donations and school supply donations for our Salupongan schools. 

Daghang salamat Break 4 Tots and supporters! We really appreciate it! 

(Video: TFC Balitang America - Bright Spot, Rommel Conclara)

AUGUST 2016


Salupongan: An International Humanitarian and Solidarity Mission


Daghang salamat, many thanks to all of the participants, volunteers and our community partners (Salupongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon, Salupongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Centers, Father Pops Foundation and the International Conference of People's Rights in the Philippines) who helped make the recent Salupongan: International Humanitarian and Solidarity Mission a success this past July 16-20, 2016! 

Special thanks to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Health for donating relief goods and medicines to help provide needed resources to many of the recently returned evacuees to the remote communities of Talaingod, Davao Del Norte. 

On this mission, SI hosted 35 Local and Global Solidarity Exchange participants (students, teachers, professors, nurses, lawyers, workers, faith based advocates and community organizers) from Africa, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and the United States. 

The main themes of the mission were focused around Lumad (Indigenous People’s) right to self-determination, protection of ancestral lands and the environment, the right to free, quality, cultural responsive education, the affects of militarization and extractive industries (i.e. logging and large scale mining) in indigenous communities and schools, indigenous culture, society and resistance and building sustainable grassroots humanitarian support and international solidarity that respond to the needs and calls of our partner indigenous communities and schools.

The mission started at the UCCP Haran Evacuation Center in Davao City where the missioners were welcomed by the Lumad families and support groups with a community lunch and welcome program that included a community blessing, cultural performances, songs and solidarity messages. 
 
The Lumad families, leaders, teachers and students shared their stories of struggle of how intense militarization by paramilitary and military forces in their communities and schools have caused numerous human rights violations and forced them out of their ancestral lands.  There are around 300 internally displaced Lumads who remain in the evacuation center at UCCP Haran who have sought sanctuary there for more than a year now. Also, there are still around 3,000 plus internally displaced Lumads in the Tandag Sports Complex and recent news of a yet another evacuation in San Fernando, Bukidnon due to a pregnant woman being slain and several children being wounded by indiscriminate firing by paramilitary forces.  

The families who remain displaced shared that they hope all their Lumad brothers and sisters around Mindanao can return home to their farms and schools, but reiterated they will not leave until their demands are heard and that the paramilitary and military pullout of their communities immediately, so that their safety can be guaranteed and they can once again live in peace in their beloved ancestral land.  Until then, they shared they will continue on with their children's education in the evacuation center and strengthen their calls for defense of their ancestral land from militarization and corporate development aggression.  

For more information on the situation of the Internally Displaced Lumad of Mindanao please click and read here.

The missioners continued their journey traveling by motorcycle (locally referred to as "habal habal") as well as by foot to the remote indigenous communities of Talaingod, Davao Del Norte.  Talaingod is home to the Manobo tribe and the Pantaron Mountain Range - one of the last remaining rainforests in the Philippines.  

The students, teachers and community warmly welcomed everyone with a cultural program and team building activities.

The team immersed into the daily activities of students, teachers and families of the Salupongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center.

Students, teachers and community members shared throughout the mission the critical importance of education rooted in protecting their ancestral land, culture and right to self-determination.  

The community also shared how the biodiversity and natural wealth of the Pantaron Mountain Range is at the heart of Mindanao's watersheds and river sources.  They recounted their history of how they united their tribe and villages by forming the Salupongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon (Unity In Defense of Ancestral Land) to protect their sacred mountains, forests and rivers from the encroachment of the Alcantara and Sons Logging Company and other corporate interests. 

They humbly shared with us their native culture, songs, dances, instruments, chants, traditions and collective way of life.  

As part of the mission Salupongan International with the help of our supporters fundraised and donated farming tools and schools supplies to the Salupongan students and teachers. 

The students and teachers taught some basic lessons of sustainable agriculture to the team as agriculture is a main component of their school curriculum. 

Humanitarian Support and Social Services from the Grassroots

The team conducted a medical mission with our community health partners Father Pops Foundation, medical students from the Davao Medical School Foundation and the dedicated local volunteer community health workers.  The medical mission served 468 patients which many came from neighboring remote villages where health clinics remain yet to be provided by the government.

At the same time the mission with support from the Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed relief packs to 1,200 individuals which the majority are recently returned evacuees who were previously displaced by the intense militarization in their communities.  

The International Humanitarian and Solidarity Mission witnessed the blessing of the recently completed Adopt A Community Water System Project donated by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns USA in partnership with Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment, Balsa SMR and SI.

The potable water system provides fresh spring water to both the school and surrounding community serving hundreds of Manobo families.

Some of the missioners were even able to volunteer and contribute their skills to the painting of the signage of the Water Tank. Daghang salamat! Water is Life!

This was just a short glimpse of the entire mission.  So many lessons and experiences that will forever remain in our hearts and minds.  But more importantly, we will share these lessons and the vibrant spirit of resistance and hope of Talaingod and transform it into solidarity and action to help defend the rights of the Talaingod Manobo and all indigenous and oppressed peoples around the world. 

To Mindanao With Love...Pangiyak ki! Paragas!

Stay tuned for the highlight video, more stories from the missioners and highlights from the International Conference for People's Rights in the Philippines.


UPDATES ON THE GROUND


Ronnie Garcia, Salupongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center, Executive Director welcoming the International Humanitarian and Solidarity Mission in Dulyan, Talaingod, Davao Del Norte on July 17, 2016.

Statement of Concern Over the Series of Harassments Against Ronnie Garcia by the Talaingod Missioners from the International Conference for People Rights in the Philippines
 
We are writing to express our deep concern regarding the harassment and intimidation that has been directed recently against Ronie Garcia, a teacher who is the Executive Director of the Salupongan Ta´ Tanu Ikanugon Community Learning Center Inc.  (STTICLCI).

Ronnie was also one of our main hosts in our recent Salupongan: International Humanitarian and Solidarity Mission this past July 16-20, 2016 in Talaingod, Davao Del Norte.  His dedication and passion in serving his fellow Lumad through education inspired us all.  

We are alarmed to hear that shortly after our mission Ronnie was harassed by the apparent presence on July 24, 2016, of alleged armed military intelligence agents at the Davao regional hospital in Tagum City where Garcia was visiting his ailing grandfather together with other members of his extended family.
 
This is not an isolated incident of harrassment.  Such agents appear to have conducted surveillance of his family, and sought to approach and engage them in intimidating and unsolicited interactions. This is the fourth occasion, since April 2014, when Garcia has been harassed along similar lines, including telephone calls and uninvited visits to his home and that of his family seeking to elicit personal information about him, where agents flash photos of Garcia and his relatives.
 
This reflects an ongoing, recurrent pattern of harassment and intimidation against the Lumad schools which operate within the framework of the STTICLCI; as well as against their students, teaching staff, parents, families, and community members. These schools are accredited by the Philippine Department of Education, and serve students throughout Southern Mindanao.
 
This pattern must be understood within the broader context of militarization, paramilitarism, and other forms of pressure against this network of schools, and constitute serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, given the protected status of all schools amidst internal armed conflict in the Philippines. These initiatives must also be understood as a concrete, protected expression of the Lumad communities´ right to education; and their broader economic, social, and cultural rights recognized both by international and Philippine law.
 
Many of us who are participants in the International Conference for Peoples´ Rights in the Philippines (ICPRP) have become familiar with this community-based educational initiative through our recent and direct experience as part of the International Solidarity Mission (ISM) to the Talaingod villages of Dulyan and Nasilaban in July 2016, where two of these schools have been established for elementary and high school students respectively.
 
We demand the immediate cessation of all forms of intimidation and harassment against Garcia, and all others associated with these schools by military, intelligence, police, and paramilitary agents.  We also demand that immediate measures be taken to investigate and prevent any similar incidents in the future.  We support indigenous children´s right to education and support the communities´calls for the immediate withdrawal of the AFP and disarming of paramilitary units.
 
Throughout the world, human rights defenders like Garcia, his colleagues, and the indigenous communities and organizations they serve and accompany are regularly subjected to aggressions of this kind, directed against the free exercise of their basic human rights, and rights to self-determination.
 
These attacks are prevalent globally in indigenous and occupied communities, from the Philippines to Mexico, Colombia and Palestine, where armed conflicts are also unfolding. We stand in defense of, and in solidarity with, Garcia, his colleagues, and the Save Our Schools Network. Their dedication in providing free education to the Lumad communities should be protected and expanded rather than attacked.  In the spirit of internationalism, we stand with Ronie Garcia and other educators who bring direly needed services to Lumad communities, which have suffered decades of discrimination, neglect, and state violence.
 
We are monitoring this case closely and stand ready to offer our solidarity to the militarized indigenous communities of the Philippines and around the world.
 
Hands off Ronnie Garcia!
Stop Lumad Killings!
Save Our Schools!
Education, not Militarization!
Junk Oplan Bayanihan!


Voices: James Dumlao, International Solidarity Mission Delegate


"The community taught me what salupongan (unity), strength, and resistance really means. They showed me what 'it takes a village' really is. This experience will be with me always. "

-James Dumlao, San Francisco High School Teacher