September 13, 2022
PROGRESSIVE YOUTH AND STUDENT FIL-AMS REVOKE SARA DUTERTE’S PRESENCE AT THE UNITED NATIONS TRANSFORMING EDUCATIONAL SUMMIT
WHAT: Protest Rally at Ralph Bunche Park
WHEN: Monday, September 19, 2022, begins at 10:00 AM
WHERE: Ralph Bunche Park 1st Ave. &, E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
WHO: Anakbayan Northeast and Kabataan Alliance Northeast
NEW YORK CITY–On September 19th, progressive Filipino youth and student organizations are holding a protest rally at Ralph Bunche Park to demand accountability for Sara Duterte’s failed Ligtas Balik Eskwela (Safely Going Back to School) Campaign and support for mandatory ROTC, as well as to call for justice for the indigenous Lumad peoples. We are calling for not only an investigation of the Rodrigo Duterte administration for violations of international humanitarian law, but also protections for Lumad educational institutions, an end to mandatory ROTC and military enlistment, and the passage of the Philippine Human Rights Act (PHRA).
Sara Duterte has been invited by the United Nations to serve as national convener of its Transforming Education Summit on September 16, 17, and 19 in New York. While the purpose of the summit is to address the loss of 20 years of global education gains caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Secretary of Education Duterte has failed to take action on the ongoing learning crisis in the Philippines. Instead, she continues her father’s legacy of militarizing youth, neglecting health protocols for teachers and students, and forcing the closure of over a hundred indigenous Lumad schools. We view this as an insult to Filipino youth and other learners. In protest, our organizations will bring awareness to Sara Duterte’s anti-people education policies through visual and performance art, speeches, and a teach-in on the conditions and state of education in the Philippines.
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