still in a natural high over our successful Walkout! protest last July 18, 2008. some 5,000 students walked out of their classes to protest price hikes, corruption in government and Gloria Arroyo’s tyranny and continued stay in power.
more importantly, the protest focused on discussing the semi-feudal, semi-colonial conditions allowing for a handful few to exploit the majority of the Filipino people; and the national democratic line as the most viable alternative to change the flawed, crisis-ridden system.
July 18, 2008
Class walkouts today mark youth call to ‘rise up’
More ‘street classes’ set until SONA
Youth ACT Now! (Youth for Accountability and Truth Now!) today held simultaneous class walkouts signifying the youth’s call on the public to ‘Rise up for meaningful social change’.
Students from UP, PUP, UST, Adamson, FEU, De La Salle, College of St. Benilde, Lyceum, Letran, PLM, Trinity University, PCU, GAUF, St. Scholastica, Mapua, UP Manila, Jose Rizal University, TIP, PSBA, Ateneo de Manila, Miriam College, Sta. Isabel, PNU, St. Paul University, Arellano University, EARIST, MLQU and some high schools in Metro Manila held simultaneous programs in their respective schools before converging in two assembly points, Kalaw in Taft Avenue and UST-Espana.
Youth organizations such as the National Union of Students of the Philippines, College Editors Guild of the Philippines, Student Christian Movement, Kabataang Pinoy, League of Filipino Students, Anakbayan, KARATULA, Gabriela-youth, Liga ng Kabataang Moro, League of Students for the Environment, Youth Revolt, Kristiyanong Kabataan para sa Bayan, peasant group NNARA-youth and Bayan Muna-youth spearheaded the protest.
According to LFS Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo, today’s protest action focused on ‘alternative street classes to deepen political education among the youth in order to bring forth a bigger, stronger, more powerful youth movement that will confront the current ills of society.’
“The youth are already aware of the economic and political issues confronting our country now. Our aim today is to delve into the roots of the current crisis and expose the unjust social set-up allowing for a handful to exploit the majority,” Crisostomo said.
For his part, Anakbayan chairperson Ken Ramos said, “It is important to hold teach-ins such as this to encourage the youth to learn more about the issues and study them beyond face value, and through such be able to come up with a unifying alternative. In a way, we are trying to relive what our predecessors of the First Quarter Storm did in the ’70s.”
First Quarter Storm veterans led by Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo also shared the stage with student and youth leaders. The ‘alternative street classes’ also featured rap acts, graffiti artists and youth rock bands as performers.
From Plaza Miranda, the youth protesters held a ‘symbolic march’ towards Mendiola Bridge before proceeding to the regular Black Friday noise barrage in Trabajo, Espana at 5:00pm.
The youth protesters said to expect more protests and ‘street classes’ as build-up activities for the People’s SONA protests. ###
Mabuhay ang kabataang makabayan!