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Moro People’s CORE: National AF3IRM Summit 2014 and 25th Founding Anniversary Solidarity Message

From the Bangsamoro, greetings of international solidarity, unity and peace!

Moro People’s Community Organization for Reform and Empowerment, Inc. (Moro People’s CORE) celebrates with great pride the holding of National Summit and 25th founding anniversary celebration of AF3IRM. We are elated to be a part of this very important occasion albeit the distance of our peoples and organizations.

As we recognize the dauntless role of Moro and Lumad women in their struggle to contribute for the betterment of their community and society in general, we commit to solidify unity with all peoples in the Bangsamoro and beyond, so as to advance and reestablish the right of women at par with the men! We cannot accept less than this.

We are proud that there is an AF3IRM which crosses all boundaries, philosophy, perspectives, substructures and otherwise, about women struggle in general.

We are aware of the organizational and political sacrifices that the founders of AF3IRM experienced to reach this stage of your organization, but your tenacity prevailed.

Now, with the contribution of young, militant and more committed members, AF3IRM is advancing wave upon wave!

With the guidance of the current leadership and the democratic participation of its membership and the support of countless women, men and organizations in the US and in the international arena, we see no other reason why AF3IRM will not reap the fruition of genuine women’s struggle!

Long live the international unity of our women, peoples and countries!

Long live the unity of AF3IRM and the Moro and Lumad women!

Support the struggle of the Moro and Lumad women in the Philippines!

Zaynab Afdal Ampatuan
Executive Director – Moro PCORE
September 25, 2014

NAPAWF: Congratulations Letter for National Summit

To Whom It May Concern:

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) congratulates the Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization (AF3IRM) on their October 2014 “Women on the Wave” National Summit in Los Angeles.

NAPAWF’s mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for AAPI women and girls in the United States. We support and applaud AF3IRM’s diverse, multi-ethnic members’ commitment to “militant movement-building from the United States,” and we stand in solidarity with them in their efforts to “affect change through grassroots organizing, trans-ethnic alliance building, education, advocacy, and direct action.”

Congratulations again to AF3IRM and their fierce work for social justice and human rights for AAPI women and girls globally. As we continue to fight in the United States, we know that our collective strength and struggle for justice are necessary to make positive change worldwide. NAPAWF is ready to forge on to the 4th wave of feminism, or “Five Continent Feminism,” with AF3IRM. Onward!

Respectfully,

Miriam Yeung
Executive Director
NAPAWF

Gota de Leche – Manila Statement of Solidarity

At this point in the saga of human life –  when the impact of ever-more intense climate change, global capitalists’ ever-more aggressiveness, and increasingly weapons-mad misogynists have pushed women in poverty and in abuse to the brink of desperation –

we find that even small but heartfelt efforts to show compassion and share resources, across the globe, inspire courage and a commitment to raise each other, away from hopelessness.

It would have been quite enough to show us that we had the capacity to reach out to women and children outside our familiar area of operations. But by sending us funds and goods for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, AF3IRM moved us to actually deliver these into the hands of those who needed them most, and thus open a new program by which our organization could engage and partner with service-oriented women’s groups and volunteers.

Having the imagination to look beyond our sadness or anger, and a commitment to move ourselves over every stereotype and every victimization inflicted on us, what better combination do you of AF3IRM need to create a world that will be less demanding of, and more giving to, women and girls?

In behalf of the feminists who founded our organization 108 years ago in Manila, and the families who continue to participate in our programs, we send you best wishes, to grow in power and in kindness, as you mark you 25th year of activism.

La Proteccion de la Infancia, Inc. (aka “Gota de Leche – Manila”)
Founded in 1906
859 S.H. Loyola Street
Sampaloc, Manila

Solidarity Message from SOLIDARITY

SOLIDARITY is pleased to extend comradely greetings to AF3IRM on the occasion of your 25th anniversary and National Summit.

 Solidarity is a socialist, feminist, and anti-racist organization committed to the self-organization of oppressed people.   We work to build a revolutionary left based on respectful cooperation and equality among all forces who are opposed to the global capitalist system and struggling for the better world that we believe is possible.

We congratulate AF3IRM on your successful establishment and growth as a multi-ethnic transnational feminist organization.  As activists who theorize, AF3IRM is staking out new territory in the development of socialist-feminist politics and strategy in the U.S.   As organizers from the grassroots, AF3IRM is developing new leaders who carry on the legacy of what you term “five continents feminism.”

We are honored to stand in support of your organization today and in the future.

Ovarian Psyco Cycles: Statement in Solidarity with our sisters at AF3IRM & in honor of indigenous peoples day…

As anti-imperialist feminists we firmly believe that Womyn of Color, our communities and the land are now and always have been interchangeable. Since colonization we continue to be simultaneously exploited, occupied and raped within patriarchal societies, specifically by foreign hegemonic power structures. We view government and the agencies acting on their behalf as actively engaging in strategies to annihilate, displace and enslave people of color while progressively harming our people and Mother Earth in the process.

This legacy of oppression has created conditions in which many of us come from broken homes and are survivors of abuse in a society that does not value nor cultivate community, sisterhood, brotherhood and [email protected]  As a result of this history our marginalized communities have been forced to mobilize.  We come from a long her-story of trouble makers, rebel-rousers and revolutionaries and we, like AF3IRM, believe that alliance, community, education, and advocacy are all integral parts to creating radical change in our communities.

We stand in solidarity with our sisters at AF3IRM and their mission to engage womyn in transnational, trans-ethnic movement building and grassroots organizing.  AF3IRM’s campaigns both local and abroad, from Justice for Layla, a UC Irvine survivor of assault, to Justice Not Charity, providing disaster & sexual violence relief to Filipina womyn after the Typhoon earlier this year, are incredible examples of AF3IRM’s radical grassroots efforts that work to preserve our precious cultural narratives, while navigating through a world that refuses to allow for safe and inclusive spaces.

The Ovas are honored to call AF3IRM our sisters and [email protected] in the struggle.  We are honored to have sisters who value radically transformative local organizing.  Sisters who share the responsibility to create intersectional and  transnational movements and who make themselves accountable for the betterment of all marginalized peoples, not just ones who claim our own identities.  The Ovarian Psycos continue to draw inspiration from the precedent AF3IRM has set for other womyn of color collectives and organizations.  We are inspired by the collective resistance, action and sisterhood that AF3IRM has built over the last 25 years.  AF3IRM is a role model for what we hope to create and maintain in our prospective community.  We congratulate you on your 25th anniversary and we are excited about the resiliency of your work for many more years to come. GRACIAS Y QUE VIVA LA MUJER!

[ Statement can also be viewed on their website at: http://ovarianpsycos.com/2014/10/13/ovarian-psycos-in-solidarity-with-our-af3irm-sisters-25-years-of-moving-forward/ ]