Along the winding pathways in Payatas, a major urban-poor community on Manila's outskirts, election signs are plastered to the walls of makeshift homes, electricity wires rest in ruff hanging bundles, weaving down a steep hill, looking out towards the gleaming office towers of downtown Manila.
Wispy clouds intersect with urban infrastructure during the last moments of a sunset in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Indigenous political party signs posted on rooftops. A makeshift squatter's house isolated in an expanse of garbage, one of innumerable brutal conclusions of an ongoing history of neo-colonial relations. A girl, maybe five years old, trying to smile for the camera as her family collects this garbage for their livelihood.
It was an investigation series by the Toronto Star, examining the lives of those who arrive in Canada to become nannies under the federal government's Live-In Caregiver program. The Star's two-part series documented the deception and exploitation that all too often greets those who dream of better lives in Canada.
Much has been said about the precarious lives of migrants in Canada -- and as the Star proved this week, much more remains to be said. But few have explored the other side of the equation.
Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines last week and is the second deadliest Philippine typhoon on record.
As this devastating scene continues in the Philippines, the UN Conference on Climate Change is taking place in Warsaw where Philippine chief delegate Naderev Sano spoke passionately about his country and the connection between global warming and unstable weather.
Kapwa Collective presents:
BATOK - KALINGA TATTOOS Markers of Identity:From Indigenous to Diasporic
Storytelling of tattoo journeys by three Filipina Canadians. Multimedia art by Kristina Guison and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo. Photography by Ruel Bimuyag.
Presentation by Anthropologist Analyn Salvador-Amores, University of the Philippines.
November 3, 2012
Amidst the engulfing impacts of the economic crisis on workers’ lives, a national conference aims to spark up vital discussions towards generating a wave of resistance for genuine social change. The Congress of Progressive Filipino Canadians (CPFC), its member organizations and allies invite all to participate in “Workers Struggles Amidst Neoliberal Globalization,” to be held on August 11th and 12th at the United Steel Workers Hall in Toronto. As workers’ lives and conditions are being edged onto the precipice of society by the crisis of neoliberal globalization, the conference hopes to meet this critical moment by underscoring the important role that all workers have to play in addressing the challenges and opportunities at hand.