Celebrate International Women’s Day & Get Human Rights Updates from the Philippines
Speakers include Filipina survivors of human rights violations: Dr. Merry Mia-Clamor, Angelina Bisuna Vda. de Ipong and Melissa Roxas
Thurs, March 8, 2012
11:30am – 1pm
@ Claremont School of Theology
1325 N. College Ave, Claremont CA 91711 (Haddon Conference Center in the Butler bldg)
Thurs, March 8, 2012
6:30pm – 9pm
@ Rosewood United Methodist Church
4101 Rosewood Ave, LA, CA 90004
Fri, March 9, 2012
6:30pm – 9pm
2404 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 1B (cross street S. Park View St), LA, CA 90057
Dr. Merry Mia-Clamor is the Director of the Health Education, Training and Services Department of Council for Health and Development. As the national secretariat of the Community-Based Health Programs in the Philippines, it is one of the tasks of the Council for Health and Development to conduct free community clinics all over the country in partnership with its member programs.
On February 6, 2010, Dr. Clamor and 42 other health workers were illegally arrested, detained and tortured and held political prisoners for over 10 months. The Free the 43 Healthworkers campaign became an international campaign that drew support from all around the world.
Today, the 43 are still demanding justice for the injustices they suffered and for those political prisoners who are still languishing in prison across the country.
Angelina Bisuna Vda. de Ipong, or Angie to her friends, is a long time human rights and peace advocate who has devoted her life to the cause of peace with justice. She has decade more than 3 decades of her life to the struggles for the rights of peasants and indigenous people. On March 8, 2005, Angie was illegally arrested, detained and tortured while doing human rights work in Misamis Oriental. After 6 years as a political prisoner at the age of 66, Angie was finally released after a long campaign to demand her freedom. Angie has penned her experience in prison her book, Garden Behind Bars.
Angie graduated from Ateneo de Naga University in Naga City with a Bachelor of Arts, Major in History. Afterwards, she taught at Maryknoll College in Lucena City. In 1965, Angie became a member of the Mission
Society of the Philippines (MSP) in Dumaguete City where the MSP was based under the auspices of the late Bishop Surban. She was one of the pioneers of the womens lay missionary division under the MSP Secular Institute from 1966 to 1976. In 1968-1970, Angie was sent to study theology in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. While abroad, she passed through Europe and parts of Asia and she was exposed to different mission groups, lay institutes and the like. After two years, she was back in the Philippines and went straight to Cebu where the new base of the MSP was located and taught for a year at San Carlos University and St. Theresas College.
Melissa Roxas is a poet, community health worker, and human rights activist. While conducting community health work on May 19, 2009 in the province of Tarlac, Philippines, she was abducted and enforcedly disappeared by agents of the Philippine military and was held in secret detention and tortured for six days. She continues to write and speak out for truth and justice.
Sponsors (partial list):
GABRIELA USA, SiGAw, Claremont School of Theology, Rosewood UMC, BAYAN, NAFCON, Habi Arts, AnakBayan LA, Filipino Migrant Center, Jersey Mike’s Subs – Orange and Laguna Woods (owned & operated by Ed Castaneda & Naida Castro), Filipino Ministry of Diocese of San Bernardino, Karapatan, National Council of Churches in the Philippines