December 8, 2006
greetings everyone! it’s been a minute, and like
everyone else, I’ve gotten pulled into the hibernation mode these days…when I’m not grading semester-end papers, I’m cozying up by the heater and pondering about life :-)…but before leaving for a bit to spend time w/the fam, here are some events I highlyrecommend checking out, as well as a few updates and things on next year’s horizon. keep warm and hug your
1. Check out new features on my website!
2. ”Making Soul” fall/winter series ending.
3. Saturday 12/9 Art sale at EastSide Cultural Center
4. Ever seen a Filipino Parol Lantern? Saturday 12/9
5. HUMAN RIGHTS DAY event Sunday 12/10 & MEDIA ADVISORY
6. 12/16 Ella Baker Center party
7. Looking ahead to next year: seeking more support for next run of Pagbabalik, official Bay Area Release of Lit Noire’s Check the Rhyme at La Peña. New “Making Soul” series and intensives TBA. Also mark your calendars for Aya De Leon’s annual LOVE FEST on Valentine’s Day.
the longer path:
1) WEBSITE: This relatively new site is still being
completed, so keep checking for new and updated
pages…including audio files of poetry, a GUESTBOOK where you can post your comments & questions, YOUR WORDS where you can read people’s feedback. Also, if you haven’t checked it out, you can donate to PAGBABALIK via Paypal under the Pagbabalik page.
2) Congratulations to the participants of the 2nd full Making Soul workshop series! The 6-week series of writing/performance workshops is coming to a close next Tuesday the 12th. It’s been an amazing experience with some truly TALENTED women writers & performers…thank you! And thanks to Epic Arts for the space. Missed the last 2 sessions? Keep an eye out for more workshops next year!
3) EastSide Cultural Center OPEN HOUSE &
REVOLUTIONARY URBAN ART SALE
Saturday, December 9th, 2006
3 pm – 9 pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94606
ART – MUSIC – FOOD – CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES
COME BUY YOUR HOLIDAY GIFTS:
• SCREENPRINTED POLITICAL POSTERS
• AUDIO RECORDINGS
• POLITICAL T-SHIRTS
• UNIQUE CLOTHING
For updated information, visit
4) THE 4TH ANNUAL PAROL LANTERN FESTIVAL & PARADE: SATURDAY DECEMBER 9, 2006 5PM – Check-In begins at 3pm at the Bayanihan Community Center 1010 Mission Street San Francisco. Parade ends at Yerba Buena Gardens (between 3rd and 4th Street). __For more information and to join the parade please_call
415.348.8042_ email parolsf@gmail. com_or visit
5) HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: Press Conference and Reception at Chevron headquarters
Come and support a campaign challenging CHEVRON’s local & international threats to human health, with speakers from local Richmond, Filipino & Laotion groups!
December 10, 2006
CONTACT: Aileen Suzara, 808-896-7299,
aileen_suzara@ yahoo.com, Tamarah Tilos, 209-612-2387
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2005
Filipino American Group Claims Chevron Endangers Lives of Thousands in the Philippines: Launches International Campaign with US-Based Environmentalists
WHEN: 54th Annual International Human Rights Day, Sunday, December 10, 2006, 2:00–2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Wildcat Creek Staging area, in front of
Richmond’s Chevron oil depot and refinery. Located on the west side of Richmond Parkway between Pittsburg Ave. and Gertrude Ave. *Parking
• Gala King, Board Chair, Filipino/American Coalition
for Environmental Solidarity (FACES)
• Dr. Henry Clark, Executive Director of West County
• Jessica Tovar, Community Organizer, Communities for
a Better Environment
• Laotian Community Representative, Asian Pacific
Environmental Network/Laotian Organizing Project
WHAT: Environmental leaders and Richmond residents attest to Chevron Corporation’s negative impacts on the environmental health and safety of residents of Pandacan, the Philippines, and Richmond, California, insisting that Chevron must recognize and implement corporate responsibility towards affected communities both locally and internationally. Over sixty people, primarily Bay Area residents, environmental groups, and college students will rally and carry “fenceline” community images and banners. The event, which takes place at the finish line of a 40 mile bike-a-thon/ walk-a-thon tour highlighting Chevron’s San Ramon world headquarters and Richmond refinery, marks the launch of FACES’ CAREnow! (Chevron Accountability and Responsibility for the Environment Now!).
WHY: Chevron Corporation’s unsafe practices are a persistent threat to environmental health and human rights. Low-income, minority residents located on the fenceline of Chevron refineries and depots are vulnerable to fires, explosions, toxic spills, and emissions including cancer-causing benzene and dioxins, and experience health impacts including asthma and cancers, especially in children. Residents of Pandacan, Manila demand that the hazardous oil depot be relocated away from the densely populated district, which is home to over 84,000 residents and is potentially the site of the world’s biggest petrochemical disaster. Research conducted by FACES’ partner United Front to Oust Oil Depots and Bay Area-based Global Community Monitor have shown alarming levels of benzene in the air. In Richmond, the Chevron refinery emits a million pounds of toxics and 500,000 pounds into the bay in an average year,
making it one of the top five chemical polluters in California, according to Earth Island Institute Journal.
This is the final event in the kickoff of FACES’ CAREnow! Campaign,
created in partnership with the organized fenceline community of
Pandacan and supported by local Bay Area environmental justice
organizations. The campaign aims to build public awareness and to
pressure Chevron Corporation, the second largest oil company in the
US, for international accountability, clean up, and reparations.
6) From ELLA BAKER CENTER: Please celebrate the
holidays with us at our free and fun Tenth
Anniversary/ Holiday Party on Saturday, December 16. It’s a chance to come together, eat some food, hear some great music and remember what makes all of this worthwhile: the love and community that we are building today for a better tomorrow.
Ella Baker Center Tenth Anniversary/ Holiday
WHEN: Saturday, December 16
WHERE: The Silk Road
101 Broadway (at 1st Street)
7) LOOKING TO 2007…On the horizon – taking PAGBABALIK
to another level! I’m currently seeking more funding
and extra support (stage, lighting, sound,
administrative, and more) for the next run(s) of
Pagbabalik, currently slated for SPRING. Interested
in contributing funds or time/energy? Contact me at pagbabalik@aimeesuz ara.net. Also, I’ll be launching another 6-week writing workshop series, as well as several intensive/weekends; and the official release party for Lit Noire’s Check the Rhyme will be in March 2007. And Feb 14 check out Aya De Leon’s annual LoveFest.
Signing off for now…