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Announcement :: Human Rights
Resisting Homeland Security Teach-in Workshop
16 Feb 2005
RESISTING HOMELAND SECURITY:
Organizing Against Unjust Removals of U.S. Filipinos

an informative teach-in workshop delivered by
New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) Critical Filipina and Filipino Studies Collective BAYAN-USA

Moderated by Dr. Robyn Rodriguez, Critical Filipina and Filipino Studies Collective

Monday, February 21, 2005
6:00pm-9:00pm
at the International Action Center
39 West 14th St. bet. 5th and 6th Aves.
room 206 in Manhattan
RESISTING HOMELAND SECURITY:
Organizing Against Unjust Removals of U.S. Filipinos

an informative teach-in workshop delivered by
New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) Critical Filipina and Filipino Studies Collective BAYAN-USA

Moderated by Dr. Robyn Rodriguez, Critical Filipina and Filipino Studies Collective

Monday, February 21, 2005
6:00pm-9:00pm
at the International Action Center
39 West 14th St. bet. 5th and 6th Aves.
room 206 in Manhattan

*****

The issue of deportation remains invisible to many. While there has been an increase in the number of deportation of U.S. Filipino in recent years, this phenomenon remains understudied and unexamined. The little information that does exist is poorly researched, some even flawed in its analysis.

Resisting Homeland Security: Organizing Beyond Unjust Removals asserts two main positions that differ from existing knowledge about and interpretation of Filipino deportations post-September 11, 2001:

First, the deportation of Filipinos must be understood for its particularities. A dangerous misconception is that deportations are uniform in and arbitrary across any and all immigrant groups; that these acts of detention and deportation are simply routine governmental practices to regulate migration flows.
Our report links current deportations with the
colonial and neocolonial relations between the US and the Philippines. In making the linkage of U.S. early imperial excursion in the Philippine with contemporary removal, detention, and deportation of U.S. Filipinos, we suggest a systematic targeting of Filipinos for deportation.

Second, the deportation of Filipinos must also be
understood under the homeland security regime. Amongst a few misleading generalizations is that post-9/11 legislations and Bush’s global “War on Terror” have no direct impact on the rise of U.S. Filipino deportations. We claim otherwise: homeland security policies detrimentally impact U.S. Filipinos in a multitude ways.

As we forge ahead, fighting the ugly heads reared by the Homeland Security regime, we realize that the struggles for immigrant justice can no longer be fought within the frameworks of immigrant rights and citizenship advocacy. Rather, the new homeland security regime dramatically subsumes “immigrant advocacy” into “national security” concerns. In our work with Filipino immigrants, citizens and non-citizens, we are learning that tactics that simply approach the issue of removal, detention, and deportation through immigrant rights advocacy no longer suffice.

This report is a testimony to the struggle of U.S.
Filipinos against the increasing suspension of civil liberties by the U.S. government, in its pursuit of imperial ambitions.

Most of all, Resisting Homeland Security is a document of hope. Let the information and analysis gathered here inspire Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike, as far as this document can reach, to participate in global movement for justice and equality.

*****

PLUS, JOIN NYCHRP AND BAYAN-USA IN BUILDING A STRONG FILIPINO-AMERICAN CONTINGENT ON MARCH 19TH 2005 IN CENTRAL PARK TO SAY:

US TROOPS OUT NOW!

filipino-american contingent planning meetings and
teach-ins to be announced for more info. visit www.troopsoutnow.org

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