UKPC/FCYA - Toronto

Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada / Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance - Toronto Chapter

Monday, October 24, 2005

EVENT: J4J Dinner & Dance

The Justice for Jeffrey Coalition invites you to...

Dinner & Dance Fundraiser
Saturday, November 5, 2005. 6pm
St. Nicholas Greek Canadian Community of Toronto
3840 Finch Avenue East
(Between Birchmount & Kennedy)

Tickets $25
All proceeds go to the Jeffrey Reodica Memorial Trust Fund

For tickets and more info:

R.I.P. Jeffrey Michael Rich Reodica -- May 6, 1987-May 24, 2004

Sunday, October 23, 2005

ANNOUNCEMENT: First Quarter Storm Campaign

Ipagpatuloy: Living the Storm
First Quarter Storm Campaign

Filipino Youth and Student Conference

November 25-27, 2005
Russian Hall
600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Organized by Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada / Filipino-Canadian Youth Alliance - BC (UKPC/FCYA - BC)


The Philippines welcomed 1970 with a storm of unparalleled political action and conviction. Ripe with deep understanding of the semi-colonial, semi-feudal crisis of Philippine society, Filipino youth and students together with peasants, workers and segments of the middle class, militantly capsized the streets of Manila to criticize future dictator Ferdinand Marcos, lambaste US foreign policy, and to vindicate the Philippines as a country for the Filipino people.

35 years later, the First Quarter Storm (FQS) breathes in the collective memory of the Filipino people as an event of uncompromised vigilance and principles.

The FQS crystallized the historic role and commitment that Filipino youth and students have contributed to the realization of the Philippines as a sovereign country and the political standard and legacy in which Filipino youth proudly honour and continue in the Philippines and around the world.

The formation of UKPC/FCYA and other militant Filipino youth organizations outside the Philippines are testimonies of this legacy of resistance and colossal responsibility that Filipino youth and students have proudly undertaken. By taking inspiration of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Filipino youth and students around their issues of racism, forced migration and decolonization, these youth organizations have successfully achieved a level of empowerment within their community and are determined to learn from the national democratic struggles in the Philippines to firmly carry forward the work in the coming years.

2005 will mark 10 years of arousing, mobilizing and organizing work by UKPC/FCYA and other Filipino youth organizations across Canada. This auspicious year will also commemorate the 35th anniversary of the FQS.

The venue will be at the Ukrainian Hall that includes a theatre appropriate for cultural presentations and lectures. The confirmed speakers include: Bonifacio Ilagan, Chair of the First Quarter Storm Movement in the Philippines; Judy Taguiwalo, University of the Philippines professor and a leader in the FQS of 1970; Keynote speaker Jose Maria Sison (live), founder of Kabataang Makabayan and current chair of the International League of People's Struggles (ILPS); and Cherry Clemente, a former youth and student activist at the University of the Philippines and now with AnakPawis Partylist.

The conference will include panel discussions, workshops for Filipino youth, action planning and solidarity night on Saturday, November 26, 2005.

The panel will include first-hand experiences and lessons from FQS luminaries, current experiences of youth organizing in the Philippines and North America, highlighting use of culture and politics to organize Filipino youth.


1. To deepen our understanding of the revolutionary history of the Philippines and the comprehensive role of youth and students in the pursuit for national democracy; and to further our understanding of the current Filipino people's struggle for national and social liberation;

2. To apply the lessons of the FQS to our daily reality as Filipino-Canadian youth and students to better articulate the collective experiences and struggles of our community;

3. To gather our community, particularly youth and students to plan actions, campaigns and other creative methods to popularize the FQS and to further the comprehensive and political work of our youth organizations to mobilize our community for our genuine rights and welfare;

4. To form a national formation of Filipino Canadian youth organizations that supports and in solidarity with the national democratic struggle of the Filipino people.

In light of the above objectives, the FQS campaign, under the coordination of UKPC/FCYA-BC have initiated a number of activities to prepare for this milestone gathering. These include a campaign launch in January; this year’s cultural cabaret “Roots, Rhymes and Resistance” honouring the spirit of the FQS; an intensive 3-week history course with a specific angle on the youth and student movement; and most recently, a fundraising hip hop concert where proceeds went towards the conference.

The FQS Campaign invites the veterans of 1970, Filipino youth all over the world, and support and solidarity organizations for the national democratic movement in the Philippines to participate in this campaign and attend the gathering from November 25-27th in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

***Register online at***/

Registration Fee:
(sliding scale) $75-$100 Canadian

About UKPC

Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada/Filipino-Canadian Youth Alliance was organized through the assistance of the Philippine Women Centre of B.C. By politicizing and critically analyzing our personal experiences of systemic racism, gender discrimination, immigration, migration and decolonization, we realized that their was an urgent need to organize an activist-oriented group to address and mobilize against these issues and to work towards a more empowered community.

For more information please contact:
Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada /
Filipino-Canadian Youth Alliance
phone: #604-215-1103 // e-mail:
website: //

Saturday, October 08, 2005

EVENT: A Canada-wide gathering of Filipino migrant workers

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Our History, Situation and Resistance

A Canada-wide gathering of Filipino migrant workers

The country's “greatest export.” “Global investors.” This is how Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo refers to overseas Filipino workers as she aims to export at least 1 million Filipinos per year. Filipinos in Canada are part of the over 8 million Filipinos living and working outside the Philippines. With 10% of its people staying or working abroad, the Philippines has been described as one of the largest migrant nations in the world whose nationals overseas annually remit around 8 billion US dollars to the Philippines, thus propping up an ailing economy.

For several decades now, Filipino activist and workers’ organizations in Canada have been educating and organizing their co-workers and other compatriots to struggle for their rights and welfare. They continue to campaign for support, and participate in the struggle for a just and lasting peace in the Philippines.

On October 23 these migrant workers and activists from across Canada and the Philippines will get together in an event dubbed Our History, Situation and Resistance: A Canada-wide Gathering of Filipino Migrant Workers. They will share and reflect on their experiences to better understand their situation as well as the economic and political conditions in Canada and in the Philippines that structures the import and export of Filipino labour.

This historic undertaking is hosted by SIKLAB-Ontario and nationally-coordinated by the National Alliance of Philippine Women in Canada (NAPWC). It will be held at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto.

To register please contact:
Yolyn Valenzuela
(416) 878-8772

$10.00 Registration fee
(includes resource materials & food)

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

NEWS: J4J campaign increases pressure on provincial gov't

September 2005

After a successful rally in May on the one-year anniversary of Jeffrey Reodica’s shooting, the Justice for Jeffrey Coalition has launched a series of efforts to increase the pressure on the Coroner’s Office and government leaders to expedite the inquest info Jeffrey’s death.

In August, the coalition delivered an open letter to the Chief Coroner Barry McLellan, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services MonteKwinter and Premier Dalton McGuinty. Minister Kwinter has replied, stating that he cannot exert any influence on the Coroner’s office because the latter is an arm’s length body from the ministry. Meanwhile, Chief Coroner McLellan wrote that he has passed on therequest to the specific coroner in charge of the Reodica inquest and that an inquest date would be scheduled before the end of the year.

The J4J Coalition will soon be mobilizing the public for a e-mail/fax/letter-writing campaign to Ministers of Provincial Parliament to ask them to help exert pressure on the Coroner’s Office. To participate in this action, send an e-mail to, or check the Jeffrey Reodica Memorial Website for details -