The Morong 43 are a group of doctors, nurses and community health workers in the Philippines who have been detained since February on false charges of rebellion. As health workers fighting for social justice here in Canada we take a great deal of inspiration from the tireless efforts of community health workers like the Morong 43 who bring badly needed health services and health education to poor communities throughout the Philippines. Members of our organization have gone on solidarity trips to integrate with the Council for Health and Development and have seen first-hand the vital work that is done at the community level. We condemn in the strongest terms possible the arrest, detention and torture of the Morong 43, many of whom we have met personally, and we demand their immediate and unconditional release.
Please see http://freethehealthworkers.blogspot.com for more information;
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DUKOT (DESAPARECIDOS): A FILM NOT TO BE MISSED!
The film DUKOT (Desaparecidos) is based on true stories, with all incidents in it having actually happened. It had its world premier at the Montreal Film Festiva where it earned positive acclaim for its “great storytelling, thematic urgency, technical competence and tour de force performance of lead actors.” The film is in Tagalog with English sub-titles.
UBC ROBSON SQUARE: C-300 Theatre -800 Robson St.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 (6:30pm) & Friday, June 4, 2010 (6:30pm)
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY ALMA VANDUSEN & PETER MCKAY ROOMS – 350 West Georgia St.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 (6:30 p.m.)
Tickets at $15.00 each. Public discussion follows each screening with our “DUKOT” guests: Dennis Evangelista (producer), Boni Ilagan (scriptwriter), Allen Dizon (the lead actor) and Melissa Roxas, who survived her abduction and torture in the Philippines.
Art Beyond Barriers- Art Petition for the Morong 43
Saturday, June 5, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon @ Mable Elmore’s Constituency Office @ 6106 Fraser St., at E45th St.
Art Beyond Barriers is a Live Art Petition made through different forms of art: visual, music, voice, written word, spoken word, movement, and theatre. We invite concerned artists, communities, and human rights supporters to create art and music in the spirit of collaboration and in support for human rights. This is also an activity in support of the international campaign to free the detained 43 health workers in the Philippines who continue to be held in detention. People do not need to be artists to participate and all ages are welcome. Art supplies will be provided.