2008 set to be exciting year for CAP-CPC!

Dear CAP-CPC members and friends,

Manigong bagong taon! Happy New Year! Bonne année!

The coming year 2008 is set to be an exciting one for the Centre for Philippine Concerns (CAP-CPC) and solidarity friends across Canada:

A tour to Canada is being organized for two progressive Parliamentarians from the Philippines in early April 2008. Rep. Satur Ocampo of Bayan Muna and Rep. Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran of Anakpawis will make an official visit to the Canadian parliament in Ottawa and then on to other Canadian cities. The idea was launched by CAP-CPC members as part of the organisation’s 25th anniversary celebrations and then was taken up enthusiastically by member organizations of the Philippine solidarity network in Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver[*] as well as the United Church of Canada. For more information contact Malcolm Guy at the CAP-CPC in Montreal (mguy@pmm.qc.ca or capcpc@web.ca)

The Workers Assistance Center (WAC) in Cavite province and other Philippine trade union organizations are calling for a Canadian Trade Union Mission to the Philippines to be held April 28 – May 9, 2008. Initial organizing for the Mission took place during a Canadian tour in 2007 by Arnel Salvador, the deputy executive director of the WAC, organized by KAIROS. The Mission is supported by the Philippine solidarity network in Canada as well as KAIROS and the Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN). For more information trade unionists can contact Cecille Tuico, WAC International Relations/Campaign Officer (wacphilippines@yahoo.com.ph) or members of the solidarity network in Canada.

The International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS) will be holding its Third International Assembly in Hong Kong in June 2008. The CAP-CPC is a member and will be represented there. We also intend to participate, along with other members of the Philippines solidarity network and other interested individuals and organizations, in the founding of the International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) to be held in Hong Kong immediately the ILPS Assembly. See:

The March 8th Committee of Women of Diverse Origins in Montreal is inviting Connie Regalado from Migrante International as a keynote speaker at its 2008 event. Connie will also visit other Canadian cities following the International Womens’ Day activities. CAP-CPC members Marie Boti (mboti@pmm.qc.ca) and Tess Tesalona (CPC Coordinator - tess_iwc@yahoo.ca) are founding members of the March 8th Committee.

The CAP-CPC began the year by launching the documentary Defending Joma by Joey Calugay on this blog (see below!) Please check it out, let us know what you think, and spread the word.

At the end of January 2008 the campaign to stop the political killings in the Philippines will kick back into high gear with the launch of a short film Philippines: waging war on the people by Marie Boti and Malcolm Guy. A rough cut of this film was screened in Montreal on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2007. The video documentary will be available for presentations and use in the campaign.

[*] The Philippine solidarity network in Canada includes the Centre d’appui aux Philippines - Centre for Philippine Concerns (CAP-CPC) – Montreal, Pinay – Philippine women’s organization in Quebec – Montreal, Philippine Network for Justice and Peace (PNJP) – Toronto, Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (OCHRP) – Ottawa, Center for Philippine Concerns – Winnipeg, and the BC Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (BCCHRP) -- Vancouver

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