THE PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY: First Day
















May 18, 2009

I am in the airport on my way to Washington, D.C. and wanted to post some of the photos by Itos Feliciano before I board the airplane. From the e-mail messages and phone calls I received the 3 day gathering appears to have gotten off to a great start.

Please stop by to lend support, sign a petition, or write a letter!

Best wishes to all of the guest workers!
















19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this 24 hours? What hours can we come?

...just got lost and lucky.... said...

You can come anytime, especially during your free time. Tonight is the last night for the vigil, we need more support. I call on my fellow Filipino guest workers to support the peaceful assembly. "Nasaan na po tayo? ngayon ang tamang panahon upang ipakita ang pagkakaisa ng manggagawang pilipino. Kailangan po nating kumilos ng sa gayon ay maipadama natin ang ating mga hinaing sa mga kinauukulan. Hindi pa po huli ang lahat..... MAY PAGASA at yan ay nasa batas."

Anonymous said...

KUNG HINDI TAYO MAGSASALITA, DI TAYO MADIDINIG....!
KUNG DI TAYO LALABAS, DI TAYO MAKIKITA....!
HINDI ITO PANAHON NG PAGKATAKOT O PAGWAWALANG BAHALA!!!
HINDI ITO KAKAYANIN NG IILANG TAO...KUNG SAMA SAMA TAYO, LALAKAS at MAS MARIRINIG ANG BOSES NATIN....
-malou

Anonymous said...

KUNG HINDI TAYO MAGSASALITA, DI TAYO MADIDINIG....!
KUNG DI TAYO LALABAS, DI TAYO MAKIKITA....!
HINDI ITO PANAHON NG PAGKATAKOT O PAGWAWALANG BAHALA!!!
HINDI ITO KAKAYANIN NG IILANG TAO...KUNG SAMA SAMA TAYO, LALAKAS at MAS MARIRINIG ANG BOSES NATIN....
-malou

Anonymous said...

OK,YAN MGA KABABAYAN SUPORTA KAMI DYAN...PERO PAANO NAMAN KAMING MGA NON-RENEWAL AT LAY-OFF GUEST WORKERS AT NAGBABAYAD NG $50 EXTENTION FEE PARA MAKA TRANSFER SA MADILIM NA SITWASYON NGAYON SA LABOR POLICY.MGA BOSSING MAY GINAGAWA BA KAYO? MAY PAMILYA RIN KAMING NAGUGUTOM DITO...

-Kaibigan

Anonymous said...

kaibigan, i dont think that the main problem right now is the labor policy...the economic crisis is worldwide...just came from a vacation in the philippines and same thing is happening...my parents & sisters are in mainland and they said same thing is happening there...
that's why, we should work together to request "FEDS for NO MORE DELAY & for THE IMPROVEMENT OF OUR STATUS..." we do believe that once federalization kicks in, there would be more stability with the CNMI economy, since most of the investors are in "wait & see" situation...if the economy gets better and the build up of military base in guam will start, there would be more employment opportunities...mahahawa ang CNMI sa pag grow ng econmy...kung papano, napakahabang paliwanagan...
salamat KAIBIGAN!

Anonymous said...

Habang binabasa ko ang hinaing ng mga tao ako napapaiyak dahil alam ko ang hirap na kanilang nararamdaman. Sana may pag-asa ang kanilang mga hinaing. Alam ko ang kanilang ipinagpunyagi sa pakikitrabaho na may mga amo may mababait na amo at meron ding hindi. Sana mabigyan ng status ang mga long-term guests workers. Sana madinig at maramamdaman nila ang hinaring ng mga long term guests workers. Sana may PAG-ASA...

Anonymous said...

Hindi ka ba guestworker kabayan?

Ang kasalukuyang sitwasyon ngayon kung kaya kami ay nagusap at nagpasyang magkaron ng mapayapang pagpupulong sa kalye sa harap ng TSL Plaza ay sa kadahilanang gusto naming maiparating sa Dept. of Homeland Security ang nararapat na para sa manggagawang dayuhan at nakasaad po ito sa batas (U.S. Public Law 110-229, Section 6). ITO AY PARA PO SA LAHAT NG MGA MANGGAGAWANG DAYUHAN AT GINAGAWA NATIN ITO HINDI SA PANSARILING KAPAKANAN KUNGDI SA PANGKALAHATANG ASPETO.

ANG MGA LIDERS AT MGA TAONG NAGSIPAG ORGANISA SA PULONG NA ITO AY NAGSASAKRIPISYO ALANG ALANG SA KAPAKANAN NG LAHAT NG MANGGAGAWANG DAYUHAN. GAYUNPAMAN AY HINDI SAPAT NA MAKIBALITA NA LANG TAYO AT MAGHINTAY. LUMABAS PO TAYO SA KALYE AT MAKIISA SA MITHIIN NG NAKARARAMI. NAWA'Y MAANTIG ANG INYONG MGA PUSO AT SUMALI NGAYONG GABI. KAILANGAN PO NAMIN ANG INYONG SUPORTA!!!

-ernest

Mohatma said...

If you use this blog to speak Tagalog, it will have limited use for guest workers.

The blog should serve as information but also to highlight this case in America. Speaking other than English to Americans will not get the reponse from your action that you wished for.

Not meaning to criticize...just trying to suggest movement strategy.

cactus said...

I disagree. Maybe it's just me, but I'm an American, and I'm glad to see these guys communicating in their own language. Frankly, I respect them more when they do that than when they engage in their all-too-frequent "Look how American I am" act.

Melberlin said...

Mohatma is right... but he must also understand that some can't express what they want to say in English that's why they selected to use Tagalog to invite fellow Pinoy.
But I am assure you Mohatma, that what they are saying is for the good of everybody not just for Filipino but for all guest workers here..

To Mohatma, Ozasro dhanyabad or Dhanyawaadh or Od dju if you are Bangladeshi or Pakistani or India
(i might be wrong but i tried).

Mabuhay Kayong Lahat! Salamat!

Anonymous said...

i'll bring donuts tonight....

Anonymous said...

I HAVE USED THE FILIPINO LANGUAGE TO ENCOURAGE THE MANY FILIPINO GUEST WORKERS IN THE MARIANAS WHO ARE JUST WATCHING AND NOT HAVING THE INTEREST/MOTIVATION TO PARTICIPATE IN TONIGHT PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY.

REST ASSURED THAT ALL I HAVE STATED IN MY PREVIOUS COMMENT IS ALL ADDRESSED FOR FILIPINOS.

Come and join the Last Night of the Peaceful Assembly!!!

-ernest

wendy said...

Mohatma

With all due respect, this is MY blog. I create it originally to convey news for, about and of interest to the guest workers. They are welcome to speak their first languages. They can speak Bengali, Tagalog, Ilongo, Chinese or whatever language they wish to communicate in! Obviously, messages written in Tagalog are directed to Filipino readers, which is absolutely fine with me!

Best of luck on the peaceful assembly today!

wendy said...

Cactus - "Look at me I'm American act?" What does that mean? Now you are judging people by how they act? Maybe they look American to you because they have lived under the flag for more than half of their lives? What does an American look like?

cactus said...

Of course I'm judging people by how they act. What am I supposed to judge them by -- how they look?

Anonymous said...

I judge people on how they react... and you cactus are a prickly person.

wendy said...

Cactus

Explain what acting American means and why you think they should not act that way. You can judge them by their character.

cactus said...

Prickly? Well, maybe I am. But what can I do? It is my nature as a cactus.

As for the "American act" thing, let me enlarge a little on what I am saying. When a person is -- a won't say "proud of," since involuntary characteristics are not really an appropriate object of pride -- but comfortable with, and confident in, his or her own nationality, language, color, etc., I find it easy to relate to that person on terms of friendly and respectful equality. By contrast, when a person idolizes my nationality, language, color, etc., in preference to his own, it is difficult for me to respect that person in the same way, because he has rejected the premise of equality on which mutual respect is based.