Vivian Alvarez Solon arrived in Sydney from Manila on friday, November 18
accompanied by her sister and Australian Government officials. In the
afternoon Vivian and her legal team spoke with the media.
Last Christmas Vivian Alvarez Solon was enjoying the
charity of Mother Theresa’s nuns in the Philippines but in
Australia her family wondered whether she was dead or alive. And
Cornelia Rau was probably celebrating her Christmas in “Red
One”, the solitary confinement wing of Baxter detention
A non-government group said Filipinos abroad can be more
than just donors and investors, and development organizations should
support the issues of overseas Filipinos since they have long supported
the needs of the country.
Since the 1970s, the Philippines, a country of about 7,000 islands peopled by diverse ethno-linguistic groups, has supplied all kinds of skilled and low-skilled workers to the world's more developed regions.
Forty–six peace educators talked about their projects and practice, and shared the wealth of their experience at an International Symposium in Brisbane. Organised by the Multi-Faith Centre, the symposium attracted nearly 200 participants from around the world, including the Philippines. Kasama’s editor, Dee Hunt, was there too. This is the second in our series of reports from the symposium.
Kasama's editor Dee Hunt travelled up country for Dr. Nicki Saroca's seminar at the Queensland Centre for Domestic & Family Violence Research and reconnected with Jean Bingham, the multicultural community worker at the George Street Neighbourhood Centre. The Filipino-Australian Community Association of Mackay and District organised a gathering and there were lots of invitations to meet and eat with Mackay's Pinoys.
The Asian Council for People's Culture (ACPC) and Schools of Indigenous Knowledge and Traditions held a conference in Manila called "Pagsandiwa 2005" commemorating the 3rd National Assembly on Indigenous Education and the 20th anniversary of ACPC. The conference was held from April 19-22 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Folk Arts Theater in Roxas Boulevard. "Kasama" correspondent Deborah Ruiz Wall was there and sent in this report.
You would think that the wealthiest and, arguable, one of
the most politically powerful and influential food companies in the
world, that claims to have the best quality products, would have the
cleanest record when it comes to workers’ rights and
employees benefits. So are we to be shocked at a three-year strike by
workers demanding justice and fair wages at Nestlé
corporation in the Philippines?
Women are mobilizing women around the globe to call for an
end to the occupation and the violence in Iraq. With the majority of
people in Iraq, the U.S., the U.K., and around the world opposing this
war, now is the time for women to step forward and make our opposition
more visible and vocal.
“Human rights is at the core of Gospel
teachings. ... Sufferings unite victims. Inside the Marcos prisons, the
victims and their families learned to care for each other and share
everything with others. It is the link to the victims that gives the
activist real participant’s strength.” –
Sr. Mariani Dimaranan.