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February 8, 2019

Forum on Philippines Human Rights Crisis & the Church Response (Philippines Task Force) @Santa Monica

February 16, 2019 - 03:00 PM / 06:00 PM

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Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Amidst ongoing reports of human rights violations and the rise of people’s resistance against repression, we invite you to join the Cal-Pac Philippines Taskforce in a teach-in and action oriented responses on Saturday February 16, 2019 at 3pm.

We are answering the call of the 2016 General Conference Resolution 6118 that reads “Lastly, we call on our general boards, agencies, regional and annual conferences, and local churches in the US and throughout the global connection… to work with Philippine annual conferences, ecumenical bodies, and nongovernmental organizations in joint undertakings to address the peace and human rights situation in the Philippines.” Our United Methodist Siblings, most especially Bishop Ciriaco Francisco, our pastor and Deaconesses on the front lines serving the least, the last and the most oppressed our asking for our solidarity in these times.

From the increase of killings of low-income communities of color to the War on drugs in the Philippines that has seen over 23,000 killed since 2016 mostly from urban poor communities. From the targeting to human rights activist, journalist, farmers and environmental defenders around the World, we’ve seen increased repression of communities struggling to survive. The United States news continues to black out the realities of suffering in the Philippines, while sending our tax dollars to the Philippine President Duterte’s Military and Police who continue to kill and commit Human Rights violations. It is outrageous to know that the U.S. continues to send U.S. taxpayers’ dollars, $184.5 million for 2018, to the Philippine government.

The voice of peace and justice advocates everywhere – in the U.S. especially – is needed now more than ever. We aim to begin to strengthen our solidarity together. From continuing to fund human rights violations in the Philippines, to the ongoing attacks on lives of black and brown Americans, to continuing to fund the occupation of Palestine, and so much more.

We kindly seek your presence and support for this gathering and launch where we aim to:
a) Educate the community on the reality of the Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines,
b) Offer various action oriented responses (including postcards, banner making, and a “think-tank” for teachers to start creating popular education materials”)
c) Strengthen our Solidarity together through living life into UMC Resolution 6118

For more information, please email ichrpsocal@gmail.com.