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About Us

Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN)

[Movement for National Democracy]

Is a nationwide, multi-sectoral people’s movement that

  • includes organizations of workers, peasants, fishers, professionals, church people, nationalist business people, indigenous peoples, youth and students, LGBTs, and women;
  • affirms that forming the broadest unity of all progressive and democratic sectors of society is essential for genuine and lasting societal change;
  • finds inspiration in and links with the struggles of the oppressed peoples of the world against imperialism.

How KILUSAN Came To Be

On the 10th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Code (CARP), on June 10, 1998, various people’s organizations and individuals who firmly believe in the need for a strong national and democratic people’s movement launched KILUSAN through a program at the University Theater in UP, Diliman.

Initially, KILUSAN’s organizaions were in the provinces of Central Luzon and in Metro Manila. The next couple of years, as its organizations mobilized thousands in rejecting the Visiting Forces Agreement, in repudiating onerous government debts, and  in opposing neoliberal policies, KILUSAN saw a rapid increase in its organizational strength.

Presently, it has chapters in most of the major urban areas of the country including Baguio City, Cebu City, and in Davao and General Santos.

General Program of Action

KILUSAN believes that US imperialism has relegated the Philippines to the status of a neo-colony, the condition that keeps the socio-economic system semi-feudal.  Thus, KILUSAN, this developing and advancing the people’s movement, advocates and aspires for:

  1. A sovereign nation free from foreign domination;
  1. A dynamic people’s democracy that upholds and protects the interests of the masses and vigorously rejects patronage politics;
  2. A progressive and sovereign economy with vital  industries at the core and modernized agriculture at the base; ensuring jobs, other income opportunities and food security for the people and encouraging private businesses, scientists and other professionals to contribute for further economic and social development;  
  1. A nationalist, scientific and liberating education system and culture;
  1. Genuine respect for the right to self-determination of national minorities even as they are encouraged to be part of the mainstream society;
  1. Liberation of women from national, class and gender oppression;
  1. A strong international solidarity front against imperialism and oppression of nations.

What We Do

  • Raise the political consciousness of the masses on issues affecting them through multiform propaganda, education and training and timely analysis;
  • Lead and/or coordinate the different struggles of the sectors and communities;
  • Form the broadest alliance of the Filipino people, with the peasants and workers at its base, in order for them to find their collective strength in responding to their issues;
  • Work in solidarity with other oppressed peoples of the world in the struggle against imperialist globalization.

 


MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS

Workers for People's Liberation (WPL)

• WPL is a trade union and political center of unions and other organizations of workers and informal workers or semi-proletariat in the Philippines that are pursuing the struggle against capitalist exploitation and oppression and at the same time advancing the Filipino people’s struggle against imperialist domination of the country.

• Its members are workers’ unions and other workers’ organizations from various lines of industry and manufacture, services and community-based associations of formal and informal workers all over the Philippines.

• Recognizing the role of other progressive sectors of society in pursuing genuine social change, WPL, though a member organization of KPD, nevertheless independently unites or collaborates with other sectoral and multi-sectoral organizations in asserting and fighting for specific interests and demands towards building the broadest people’s unity in the common cause of liberation from imperialist domination.

• Links with workers’ organizations in other countries in advancing international solidarity and struggle against various forms of labor exploitation and oppression like contractualization, anti-union/anti-strike policies, discrimination against women and LGBT workers, slavery, child labor and global issues such as imperialist plunder and war.

What WPL does
• As a labor and political center, WPL helps non-unionized or un-organized workers in forming their unions or other forms of organization and in the process supports their struggles and encourages them to join WPL.
• Guides local union struggles and actively takes part in sectoral concerns. It also engages in the political campaigns and activities of its multi-sectoral political center, Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD) or Movement for National Democracy.
• Conducts education campaigns and trains leaders and members to develop their leadership and organizing capabilities and enhance other skills like public speaking, negotiation skills, writing skills, etc.
• Arouses, organizes and mobilizes workers along with the informal workers or semi-proletariat in communities to work for appropriate wages and other benefits, better working condition and assert/exercise political and democratic rights.
• Coordinates and leads sectoral struggles through the formation of broad workers’ alliances;
• Coordinates with and participates in other sectors’ and in multi-sectoral undertakings

Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (Kaisa Ka)

[Unity of Women for Freedom]

Since its inception in 1998, KAISA KA has been advancing the rights and welfare of Filipino women who are usually in the periphery of development and most often, the victims of natural and man-made disasters, economic crisis and militarism fomented by globalization. Women from various sectors—peasants, workers, students, urban poor and indigenous people—have formed KAISA KA chapters in different regions and provinces throughout the Philippines. Filipino women now believe that, armed with information, analytical skills and readiness to work, they can be empowered to address their situation collectively.

Campaigns
*Kaisa Ka faces various issues of violence that are organized into campaigns.
*Anti-globalization campaign which focuses on feminization of labor contractualization, feminization of migration and on the impact on women of privatization of social services—such as water, electricity, reproductive health and education—worsening poverty and prostitution.
*Opposition to the US War and Militarism for all of its barbarity including rape as a war weapon, women’s bodies as war booty, dislocation of women, environmental destruction, violence against women in situations of armed conflict.
*Environmental and energy issues, specifically, their effects on women’s health, livelihood and access to resources.
*Heightened Political Repression and its toll on women’s lives, its implications on women’s mobility and freedom to organize.

Pambansang Katipunan ng Makabayang Magbubukid (PKMM)

[National Alliance of Patriotic Peasants]

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True Colors Coalition (TCC)

LGBT organization

True Colors Coalition (TCC) is a political LGBT organization.

Established in January of 2015, TCC started with the campaign for justice for Jennifer Laude. While still very young, the organization held continual discussions about the case, had several protest mobilizations and candle lighting events.

It has now developed a module for Gender Sensitivity Awareness focusing on the LGBT in communities and right now, is the process of disseminating the training module to all the members, and allies.

As a political organization, TCC believes that the whole LGBT struggle is a political struggle. It is beyond gender-based and health-related concerns. It firmly believes that the LGBT struggle cuts through the gender, class, and national oppression.

LGBTs face different kinds of discrimination based on their Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE). This is an added burden because, as they belong to different classes and sectors of society, most LGBTs suffer from the exploitation and oppression by capitalists and landlords. When capitalists downsize their work force, for instance, they fire the LGBTs first. Social services become increasingly scarce for the poor and poor LGBTs feel its impact. Additionally though, when the LGBTs seek health services from government many health personnel would subject them to insults and humiliation.

With that being said, TCC steadfastly stands on various LGBT and other sectoral concerns like:

- The Anti-Discrimination Bill that will criminalize all discriminatory acts against the LGBT people. This bill, when passed as law, could help in addressing our safety concerns and reaffirm our rights to live free from prejudgment and prejudice based on our SOGIE;
- The HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness in the country. We believe that the government has the responsibility to comprehensively address this matter in terms of preventing the spread of the virus, more so, wipe out the stigma about the virus and the thinking that it is a “gay disease”;
- The legalization of marriage equality. TCC believes that it is human, political, and civil right of LGBT people to enjoy the rights and benefits of legally married couples like employment and health benefits, the right to legally adopt as married couples, and to own conjugal property that heterosexual married couples have;
- TCC also believes that labor contracting policy is making workers’ lives harder as this denies our right to job security;
- TCC stands against the commercialization and privatization of the education;, that it is a right of everyone to have equal access to education;
- We are also against the rotational presence of US troops, the prepositioning of US war equipment in Philippine territory, and in the joint military exercises between the Philippines. These put women, children, and LGBTs in danger, expose them to more sexual, physical, and other abuses.

TCC aims to have the LGBT community, especially the Filipino LGBTs, to go back to basics, meaning to have every LGBT know that the whole people’s struggle is our struggle. We want to get the LGBT involved in the building of a society with abundance, equality and justice and free from all kinds of discrimination, oppression and exploitation.

Progresibong Alyansa ng mga Mangingisda sa Pilipinas (PANGISDA)


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Youth for Nationalism and Democracy (YND)

Youth for Nationalism and Democracy (YND) is a national political center for youth and students. It stands for continuing the unique role of the young to amplify the issues of the voiceless and marginalized in order to be addressed as well as work towards a more equitable and democratic society.

YND believes that promoting a scientific, pro people,and nationalist culture is needed to truly harness our youth into pro-active and dynamic agents of progress.

Action and Solidarity for the Empowerment of Teachers (ASSERT)

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League of Urban Poor for Action (LUPA)

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Teatrong Bayan

People's Theater - Philippines

Teatrong Bayan (people's Theater) is a comprehensive cultural-political organization that promotes a pro-people, mass oriented and scientific arts and culture. It offers an alternative type of art forms that exhibits the actual experiences of the people and offering an alternative solution to the issues of the masses. It is a school and community based organization.

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