November 18, 2007
If you are free today check out UCSD'S Kaibigang Pilpino's Magkasama.
"Magkasama is a multicultural collegiate conference designed to explore the
Now get out there and take part in your community!
November 15, 2007
Some updates for all you general members out there!
High School Conference 2007
Kuya/ate/ading thanksgiving dinner
On Friday, NOVEMBER 30, 2007 bring your Kuyas, Ates or Adings to HOMETOWN BUFFET at 6pm for a fun fillednight of hella food, fun and Kuya, Ate, Ading bonding time!! (We will meet at the pit at 5pm if people need rides)
End of the semester social
Filipino Culture Night AuditionS!
OLD SCHOOL VS. NEW SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME!
New Officer Position OpeN!
Andres Bonifacio Samahan Community Outreach
More details on these and other upcoming events will be available at our next GBM Meeting FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 @ SS1401 @ 12PM. The information and dates are also available on our calendar page for your convenience.
Come dressed representing your high school at the meeting! See you there!
November 6, 2007
High School Conference Talent Show auditions have been extended to this week. This Thursday will be an opportunity for those interested in auditioning to go ahead and do so. Information is on the calendar as well as the flyer.
November 5, 2007
Andres Bonifacio Samahan would like to apologize for the misinformation. The Kamalayan Kollective meeting regarding the Justice for Filipino American Veterans will be held TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 6TH. Please check the calendar page for the time & location. We apologize for any inconvenience.
AB Samahan would like to invite you to come out this Tuesday. Kamalayan Kollective of UCSD will be hosting an Eskuelahan to teach more about the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV). Please come and learn more about what happened to these brave veterans after the war was won.
This SUNDAY on November 11 2007, Samahan will be participating with the FCC and LA schools in the Justice for Filipino American Veteran's (JFAV) March.
For those of you not familiar with why this march is held, here is a little info about it:
Filipino soldiers during WW II became veterans of the U.S. military because on July 26, 1941, President Roosevelt issued a military order inducting members of the entire Commonwealth Army of the Philippines into U.S. military service, placing them under the command of a general officer of the U.S. army to be designated by the Secretary of War, and making them members of the USAFFE. Other outfits affected by Roosevelt's order were the Philippine Scouts ("Old" and "New"), and the guerrilla forces which were organized to resist the Japanese occupation after the USAFFE's surrender to Japan in May 1942.
Prior to the enactment of the Rescission act of 1946 ( The Rescission Act of 1946 which stated that the service of these Filipino soldiers "shall not be deemed to be or to have been service in the military or naval forces of the United States" will simply be corrected by both measures by making this service "deemed to be active service" in the U.S. military), the status of the Filipino soldiers was recognized to be U.S. servicemen. In April 1942, the U.S. Attorney General recognized that the Filipino soldiers ordered in 1941 into U.S. military service by President Roosevelt were "in active service in the land and naval forces of the United States".
For their service, these Filipino military personnel were at first included in consideration for benefits under the 1944 GI Bill of Rights. This law required active service in the armed forces of the U.S. to become eligible for veterans benefits.
The Filipino soldiers were covered by the Second War Powers Act which provided special immigration and naturalization benefits for non-U.S. citizen members of the U.S. military. Its implementation in the Philippines in 1945-1946 made access by the Filipino soldiers to the designated U.S. immigration officer extremely limited, making it impossible to avail of the benefit.
While the above text may seem like a history lesson, this was the experience and reality of thousands of Filipino veterans after the war. This is likely the story of our grandparents, because many of our members can relate. This injustice has been ongoing for 60 years, its time to end it.