ENGENDERING COLONIALISM: Colonialism and Pilipina Women
In 1898 the U.S. seized control of Hawai'i, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines, as well as Guam and American Samoa. We often hear about historical and contemporary colonialism, but rarely discuss the devastating effects of colonialism on women. On Sunday, March 25, the Socialist Party USA Greater NYC Local, GABRIELA Network USA, Hawai'i Solidarity Committee, and the ProLibertad Freedom Campaign, will screen Engendering Colonialism: The Effect of 100 Years of U.S. Colonialism on Women in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and The Philippines in observance of International Women's Day. The film takes a look at how U.S. colonialism specifically impacts the lives of women, and women's resistance to that colonialism. We will talk to JESSE LOKAHI HEIWA, ONA MIRKINSON, and LEAH SICAT about the film, and the issues that it raises, with a focus on Spanish and American colonialism's historic and ongoing effects on the lives of Pilipina women.
LEAH SICAT is a Pilipina American feminist, educator, and activist from Sacramento, California. Currently, Leah teaches autistic students in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked with Third World Forum, Students for Justice in Palestine, and BRIDGE, a Pilipino American College Recruitment and Retention Program. Leah is an active member of GABRIELA Network in New York City (a sister organization of GABRIELA Philippines). For more information on the GABRIELA Network, see www.gabnet.org
JESSE LOKAHI HEIWA is a journalist, organizer & fundraiser. A Turtle Islander of Asian/Pacific, Indigenous, & Mediterranean descent. An original member of the Asia Pacific Forum collective, Jesse coordinates the Hawai'i Solidarity Committee in NYC. For more
information see http://www.hawaii-nation.org/
ONA MIRKINSON is a writer, teacher, and feminist living in Brooklyn, and a member of the GABRIELA Network, a Philippine-US women's solidarity mass organization. For more information on the GABRIELA Network, see www.gabnet.org
Blogging Transracial Adoption
What is the connection between experiments conducted by psychologist Harry Harlow on monkeys and attachment in the 1950s and the contemporary experience of transracial adoption? To answer this and more, we turn to JAE RAN KIM, social worker, teacher, writer, transracial adoptee and author of the popular blog, Harlow's Monkey: Experiencing the Social Experiment of Transracial and Transnational Adoption.
JAE RAN KIM, MSW is a social worker, teacher and writer. She was born in Taegu, South Korea in 1968 and was adopted to Minnesota at the age 3. Jae Ran currently works for a public child welfare agency in Minnesota. She has written numerous articles and essays and is most recently published in the anthology "Outsiders Within: Writings on Transracial Adoption" from South End Press. Jae Ran is the author of the blog, Harlow's Monkey and a contributing author at Anti-Racist Parent and Kimchi Mamas. More at http://harlowmonkey.typepad.com/
Imprisoned Indian Guest Workers in Mississippi
Last week, six Indian guest workers were imprisoned in Pascagoula, Mississippi for agitating against poor working conditions at Signal International LLC, a marine fabrication company. They were part of a group of more than 200 Indian workers who paid between $15,000 and $20,000 to come to the US to work as welders and fitters, wooed by the promise of green cards. However, the reality turned out to be substandard housing conditions, poor pay, and violence, with last week's company raid on a worker camp. Thanks to ongoing organizing efforts, the six imprisoned workers have been released, but now fired for their organizing activities and other workers continue to be threatened. For an update on the situation in Mississippi, we turn to VICKY CINTRA, Organizing Coordinator at the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance
VICKY CINTRA is the Organizing Coordinator with the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance. More at www.yourmira.org
ISHLE PARK: Live in the Studio for Song and Conversation
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall is wrapping up her search for the 2007 Queens Poet Laureate, a three-year honorary position designed to promote appreciation for poetry in Queens. We will hear song from and talk to ISHLE YI PARK, the first Asian-American to hold this honor, as she finishes her era as the third Poet Laureate of Queens.
ISHLE YI PARK is the Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. She has performed poetry & song across the United States, Cuba, New Zealand, Singapore, and Korea. Ishle won three awards for her first book, The Temperature of This Water: the Pen America Award for Outstanding Writers of Color, the Asian American Literary Awards' Members' Choice Award, and Honorable Mention for Poetry for the Association of Asian American Studies. Ishle has opened for artists such as KRS-One, Ben Harper, De La Soul, and Saul Williams. For more information see www.ishle.com
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