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UniPro Presents People Power Anniversary Panel

Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

UniPro Presents People Power Anniversary Panel

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Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) presents the People Power Anniversary Panel, an introduction to the community of the history of Pilipino/Pilipino American advocacy work and mass movements through the story of the 1986 People Power Revolution. Our distinguished panelists will discuss the importance of the Revolution in Philippine and world history, and examine its relevance today, almost 30 years later.

The People Power Anniversary Panel is Part I of UniPro's State of Pilipino American Advocacy Series (SoPAAS), a year-long series of events that aim to:

1) Raise awareness about the issues and disparities that exist in the Pilipino/Pilipino American community,
2) Showcase the organizations, institutions, individuals, and other advocates for equality who are working actively to address these issues,
3) Demonstrate the tangible strategies these organizations are utilizing to promote systemic change, for the purpose of encouraging and empowering the community to get involved.

Join us in celebrating this significant event in our community's history!

What: People Power Anniversary Panel
When: Tuesday, February 19th from 6-9pm
Where: Philippine Consulate General of New York, 556 5th Avenue
Suggested Donation: $5
*Donations to UniPro are tax deductible*

Here is a sneak peak of our panelists:

Luis H. Francia, award-winning author and poet, teaches Philippine-American literature at Hunter College, and Philippine language at New York University. His books include "A History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos," and his memoir "Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago," which won both the PEN Open Book Award and the Asian American Writers award.

Isabelita Sombillo is the Secretary General of SELDA, an association of former political prisoners in the Philippines. She studied at the University of Philippines, Los Banos and worked in the progressive movement against Marcos’ governance in the years before the revolution began. She was held as a political prisoner from 1983-1986 by the Marcos regime. She has been a 1199SEIU Union organizer since 2000.

Baltazar ‘Bal’ Pinguel is the former national director of Peacebuilding and Prevention of Conflict Program for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Prior to his work at AFSC, Bal was a nationalist and democratic student activist in the Philippines and a participant in historic Philippine struggles like the ‘First Quarter Storm’ of 1970 and the ‘Diliman Commune’ of 1971. During the suspension of privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the Philippines in August 1971 and until the declaration of martial law on September, 1972, Bal was the national spokesman of Kabataang Makabayan (KM), the largest militant youth organization in the country. For his activism, Bal was detained twice, tortured and involuntarily ‘disappeared’ by the Marcos Dictatorship. Upon his release from his second detention in 1985, Bal became a founding member and officer of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan or BAYAN, the largest anti-dictatorship grassroots coalition in the Philippines. Aside from serving as BAYAN’s Deputy Secretary General, Bal was also the Director of the Popular of Struggle Commission of BAYAN. It was BAYAN’s Popular Struggle Commission that developed the strategy of 'welgang bayan' or people’s strike which was ultimately embraced by the Filipino people in the non-violent overthrow of Philippine dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, in 1986. The EDSA Revolution of 1986 in the Philippines was the first in what is termed now known as 'people power' revolutions.

Read our blog: http://blog.unipronow.org/?p=180


Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization made up primarily of Pilipino American students and young professionals. Our mission as an organization is to facilitate and encourage cooperation through coalition development among various Pilipino organizations, institutions, and programs.

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When & Where

556 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10036

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro)

Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) is a New York City-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that envisions a world with a unified Filipino American voice. Founded in 2009, UniPro's mission is to engage Filipino Americans through collaboration, advocacy, and leadership development. It seeks to transform Filipino students & young professionals into community leaders through its various programs, which incorporate professional development, history, and policy through the lens of the Filipino experience. Ultimately, UniPro asks Filipino Americans to critically answer, "How do you define Progress?"


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