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Founded on November 30, 2002 at the Eastern Hotel in Seattle?s International District, Anakbayan Seattle was the first overseas chapter of Anakbayan Philippines. November 30th holds historical significance as the birthday of Andres Bonifacio, founder of the revolutionary society the Katipunan. In addition, the first comprehensive youth mass organization in the Philippines, Kabataang Makabayan was founded on this day in 1964. Anakbayan Seattle?s formation was influenced by the major protests of the World Trade Organization?s Ministerial Conference in Seattle on November 30, 1999, which introduced unfair trade policies between the Philippines and the United States. All eyes were on Seattle as the people resisted against the neoliberal policies of the World Trade Organization, eventually shutting the international conference down entirely. Students from the University of Washington, Washington State University and other universities recognized the conditions to create an international mass organization directly connected to the youth and student struggle in the Philippines.
Ten years later, Filipino youth and students in the United States continue to uphold the proud revolutionary heritage of Andres Bonifacio and Kabataang Makabayan, with Anakbayan chapters in Seattle, Los Angeles, East Bay, San Diego, Silicon Valley, New Jersey, New York, and Chicago. In May 2012, members and allies gathered in Chicago for the historic founding of Anakbayan-USA, a nationwide organization comprised of all Anakbayan chapters in the U.S., in addition to the League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University. A complete look at Anakbayan Seattle?s history will be on display at the December 1st Dekada exhibit.
Anakbayan Seattle is a grassroots youth and student organization that consists of working, student, and out-of-school youth who educate, organize, and mobilize our communities to fight for genuine democracy in the Philippines and for the rights and welfare of Filipin@s in the U.S. and abroad. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.anakbayan.net