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BAYAN-USA on the Anniversary of the First Quarter Storm

A common sight during the period of the First Quarter Storm (photo courtesy of Anakbayan UP Los Banos).

A common sight during the period of the First Quarter Storm (photo courtesy of Anakbayan UP Los Banos).

The U.S. chapter national democratic alliance, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, remembers the start of the First Quarter Storm 43 years ago:

Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the launching of the First Quarter Storm (FQS), the Filipino people’s uprising against the Marcos dictatorship and struggle for national liberation and democracy in the Philippines. More than ten thousand youth, students, and workers stormed the presidential palace on January 25th, 1970 to demand an end to the anti-people and anti-democratic policies put forth by the Marcos regime. The First Quarter Storm initiated the people’s struggle against violence and tyranny that continued until the Marcos dictatorship and his cronies were forced out of Malacanang Palace and eventually out of the country in 1986 by the People Power movement.  People all over the world celebrate the triumph of the ousting of the corrupt Marcos regime, but we must also recognize that the battle continues for true national liberation and democracy for the Philippines and for Filipinos scattered all over the globe.

“The First Quarter Storm of 1970 called for a national, scientific and mass culture with the framework of the people’s democratic revolution led by the working class. It was the product of a decade-long ideological and political work among the students and other youth and among the working people by the young proletarian revolutionaries,” states Jose Maria Sison, a student activist at that time and founding member of the organization Kabataang Makabayan (KM), which launched the FQS with other working people. More than fifty thousand to 100,000 joined the rallies at the presidential palace or at the US embassy chanting “Makibaka! Huwag Matakot!” Fight Don’t Be Afraid building momentum and gaining power in numbers.

The original demands put forth by the First Quarter Storm for national democracy, national industrialization, and comprehensive land reform have yet to be fulfilled. And the Philippines has yet to break the chains of oppression from US imperialism, feudalism, and bureaucrat capitalism. The First Quarter Storm advanced the national democratic movement by mobilizing and organizing thousands of people to fight for their human rights on all fronts, broadly reaching many sectors of society, and creating a major influence in the formation of various organizations. Since the 1970s, hundreds of organizations have blossomed creating a broad based movement of women, workers, peasants, youth and students, teachers, healthcare workers, journalists, and church folk, who have joined together in the movement for national democracy in the Philippines. Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Philippines is the largest alliance of legal organizations fighting this cause.

BAYAN USA recognizes its long revolutionary history beginning with the Philippine Revolution of 1896 of the Katipunan led by Andres Bonifacio to the First Quarter Storm movement that paved the way for future generations to participate in the Philippine national democratic movement all over the world.   We call upon all Filipinos and supporters of the Filipino people to celebrate today by taking action such as:

  1. donating to victims of Typhoon Pablo through BALSA Mindanao by clicking this link: TULONG SA BAYAN INC The people’s organizations, like BALSA, have been rebuilding the areas in need, and every donation counts!

  2. Sign the Petition: Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III: Act decisively on the USS Guardian’s crash into Tubbataha Reef! – Sign the Petition!  to immediately address the USS Guardian’s trespassing into Philippine waters and destroying 1,000 sq meters of the Tubbataha Reef National Park by scrapping the Visiting Forces Agreement(VFA) and holding the US Navy accountable by demanding full restoration and compensation for the damages caused.

  3. Learn more about the National Democratic movement in the Philippines by visiting: http://www.bayan.ph/site/

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