I found out about this upcoming event in Chicago after attending Kevin Nadal’s Stand Up Show on Thursday which I will recap after this post. It is concerning human rights issues in the Philippines especially after the case of Melissa Roxas this past summer. For more information on this event please refer to the following.
From AFIRE CHICAGO:
“Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Filipino Social Justice Forum # 3
Edison Park United Methodist Church, 6740 N. Oliphant, Chicago, IL
Sunday, October 11 , 4pm
♦Free Admission and Food following the event♦
You are invited to hear Atty. Rex J. M.A. Fernandez talk about the human rights situation in the Philippines, the struggle against impunity – extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in the Philippines , and what Americans and President Obama can do about the Philippines’ human rights situation. Atty. Fernandez has spent 27 years defending the politically disadvantaged in the Philippines against charges, arrests and abductions by state security forces. From the murder of his mentor, lawyer Al Surigao, in 1988 until the recent case of Melissa Roxas, a U.S. citizen abducted and tortured with suffocation in May, 2009, Atty. Fernandez has assisted more than 150 human rights defendants in court. He is a leading expert on the Writ of Amparo, a new legal tool to stop torture and other human rights violations in military camps, protect detainees and eradicate impunity. Atty. Fernandez is currently the national legal counsel of Karapatan, a Philippine based human rights organization.
Workshops participants are encouraged to bring and share resources that have been helpful to them in dealing with human rights issues.
The Filipino Social Justice Forum is made possible through a grant from the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church (GBCSUMC) and is sponsored by Edison Park United Methodist Church (www.edisonparkumc.com), Alliance of Filipinos for Immigration Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) (www.afirechicago.org), CIRCA-Pintig (www.circayouththeater.org), National Association of Filipino American United Methodists (NAFAUM) (www.nafaum-paglago.org), and Fellowship of Asian Americans.
* Filipino Social Justice Forum #1 – Alleviating Poverty here and in the Philippines, March 15, 2009, (Funded by Fellowship of Asian Americans)
* Filipino Social Justice Forum #2 – Addressing immigration issues compassionately, April 26 (Funded by GBSCUMC)
* Filipino Social Justice Forum #3 – Addressing Human Rights issue in the Philippines, October 11 (Funded by GBCSUMC)