Dear friends and supporters of justice and empowerment for indigenous people,
Now is a critical time for the Salupongan Ta’Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers (STTICLC) and Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation Inc. Academy (MISFI Academy).
Currently, the Philippine government intends to close down nearly 24 of the Salupongan Ta’Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers. These schools play a vital role in providing a comprehensive education to the Lumad people of Davao del Norte. These school closures could effect up to 2,896 Lumad children who have no other access to an education.
The Salupongan Ta’Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers are accredited by the Philippine Department of Labor and have been recognized for not only providing basic education, but also giving indigenous youth the tools to advocate for the rights and welfare of their communities. It is this educational paradigm that exemplifies the concept that “knowledge is power”. Through education, future generations of Lumad youth are empowered to defend their ancestral land from extraction, land grabbing, illegal logging and mining, and other forms of ecological exploitation.
Indigenous people throughout the world, and particularly in the Philippines, are resisting the theft and exploitation of their land by corporate entities that aim to extract the natural resources that lay beneath the soil. It is this resistance that has brought militarization to the indigenous communities. The Philippine governments attempt at discreditation of the schools in a new tactic to continue to disempower the Lumad people.
We call on the international community to sign and circulate this petition, which demands that the Department of Education continue to accredit the Salupongan Ta’Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers (STTICLC) and Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation Inc. Academy (MISFI Academy). KEEP LUMAD CHILDREN IN SCHOOL! END MILITARY ATTACKS ON SCHOOLS!
On Friday July 10, 2015, Salupongan International will be hosting a cultural night of comedy and music. In the tradition of the late night talk show, local stand-up comedian Joe Cascasan will play the role of talk show host who will be interviewing guests that have recently returned from visiting the Salupongan Ta’Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers. Come hear about their experiences and learn more about the issues impacting indigenous people in Southern Mindanao.
This event is a fundraiser to send delegates from the Bay Area to the International People’s Tribunal (IPT). For more info http://internationalpeoplestribunal.org/
Special guest appearances by:
Parangal, Alpas, Dirty Boots, Power Struggle, Allan Manalo, AstraLogik
Date: Friday July 10, 2015
Price: $8-10 Sliding Scale
Location: Bindlestiff Studios 185 6th Street SF, CA
“The land that provides, we must preserve.
The culture that thrives, we must preserve.
From land to mouth. From seed to fruit.
We learn. We play. We teach. We defend.”
— Gabriel De La Cruz, Highschool Teacher