My friend and colleague Yuly is over in the Philippines on a solidarity mission and she has started a blog about what she is learning on her journey.
Yuly is an organizer with the Alliance for People’s Health, and she also has been on People’s Health Radio a few times to share her experiences and analysis about how class oppression, sexism and racism impact people’s health.
For me looking through her pictures and writings (I haven’t gotten all the way through the entries, but I look forward to doing so) really brings me back to my own experiences in the Philippines. I was part of a Canadian Fact Finding mission to the Philippines in 2006, specifically to investigate the disappearing and murder of progressive organizers perpetrated by the Philippine government against their own people. Yuly really captures in images and words the conditions that exist for peasants and working class peoples in the Philippines. Add her to your blog roll!
One thing that stood out for me while I was there is how much richness there is in the soil and sea in the Philippines. The landscape is so lush and full of life and yet people starve and die because their natural (including human) resources are plundered and sold off for a pittance to imperialist nations such as Canada. Like our mining companies, for example.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/peoples-health-radio/2011/06/health-and-human-rights-philippines
What’s the state of health and human rights in the Philippines today?
We revisit the story of the Morong 43, a group of 43 community health workers detained by the Philippine Government from February to December of 2010. What have been the impacts of the detainment and ongoing military harassment on the health workers, their families and communities?
Interview with Aiyanas Ormond – People’s Health Radio co-host and local organizer who is currently in the Philippines with his partner and children on a solidarity mission. More information about their trip can be found at thistinyglobe.wordpress.com
Interview with Merry Mia-Clamor, one of the 43 health workers detained by the Philppine government.
and audio from a talk in Vancouver by Dr. Julie Caguiat, spokesperson of the Free the 43 Health Workers! Alliance.
Music by Victor Noriega, Aki Merced/Renato Reyes/Karl Ramirez, Amadou, James Caraang (Feat. Margie Banda and Sol Diana), Black Uhuru