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Support Peasant Rights, Support the Farmers’ Camp-Out! Donate today!

July 5, 2010

Dear All,

Filipino farmers and farmworkers, despite being responsible for feeding our entire nation, remain the poorest of the poor in our society. They are accursed by the same problem that their sector has faced for centuries: landlessness. In fact, 70% of all Filipino farmers and farmworkers today do not own the land they till, the same situation they faced two to four decades ago.

Last June 30, a new Philippine President, Noynoy Aquino, was sworn into power. On the same day, farmers and farmworkers coming from various parts of the country established a makeshift camp intended to last for 100 days on Mendiola Bridge (near the Presidential Palace) as a symbolic gesture to urge the new President to prioritize land reform.

But on July 3, the police violently broke-up the camp, arresting 38 farmers and injuring dozens, including elderly women. Students from the University of the Philippines who went to the police station where the 38 were detained were also attacked, and four more were arrested. In the first assault, the police destroyed everything they could get their hands on.

As a result, the farmers and farmworkers have almost no food supplies, clothing, cooking utensils, beddings, and other basic needs. They are temporarily housed in a Church-run shelter in Manila, and are unable to continue their just and peaceful campaign.

Anakbayan, as the comprehensive organization of the Filipino youth seeking genuine social change, supports the Peasants’ Camp-out and the call for genuine land reform, not just in the Philippines but in the whole world.

Thus, we are currently conducting a Donation Drive in support of the Farmers’ Camp-Out. We are inviting all concerned youths, groups, and peoples to show their support. We hope that you can help us out by sending, but not limited to, the following:

–          Financial assistance

–          Non-cash material assistance (Food supplies, preferably canned goods and the like; clothing; cooking utensils; beddings such as mats; materials for placards, streamers, and pamphlets)

–          Statements of support and solidarity

Interested parties outside of the Philippines may contact us at anakbayanphils@gmail.com

Those from the Philippines may also contact us at the same email, or text/call us at 09086123260.

We hope for your kind and positive response,

the Anakbayan National Secretariat

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