GABRIELA Alliance of Filipino Women calls on our chapters, member organizations, friends and allies to join the Global Day of Action to call for justice for farmers in North Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines.
On March 29, about 6000 farmers and Lumad (indigenous people), trooped to the National Food Authority warehouse in Kidapawan City to deman the government to immediately release promised food aid for communities affected by the 7-month drought due to the El Niño phenomenon. Fearing their families would starve to death, farmers walked for days to reach the city center to air their grievances and to ask help. On April 1, armed members of the Philippine National Police opened fire on the farmers immediately killing 3 and wounding at least 30, while 71 were detained and many more missing.
You can join by staging protest actions in front of Philippine emabssies/consulates in your area, light candles, send solidarity messages to the farmers, and post on social media using the hashtag #FoodNotBullets.