Monday, September 05, 2005

triumph of truth, non-violence

(from jescomm's calendar, september 2005. calendar doubly speaking about the present days...)

" i believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final words in reality. this is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

i believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men and women.

i have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.

i believe that what self-centered people have torn-down, people other-centered can build."

martin luther king jr
nobel prize acceptance speech

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Anonymous said...

07 September 2005

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Calls for an End to Elite Rule
and the Establishment of True Democracy
Thru Systemic Reforms Backed by Inner Change

The September 7 Movement (S7Movement) today called on all concerned Filipinos to join the mass mobilizations in the streets to oust Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) from the Office of the President. "Congress has failed its tasks in giving the nation an authentic impeachment process. Now it is time to take this process before the tribunal of the Filipino people", said the S7 Movement.

S7 Movement expects close to fifteen thousand of its members to mobilize in the streets on September 7, 2005 within the University Belt of Metro Manila, starting at the University of Santo Tomas. S7 Movement expects the crowd to swell beyond twenty thousand participants due to widespread anger and indignation over the obviously partisan manner by which the House of Representatives handled the impeachment process. Catholic Bishops, professionals and students have expressed support for the movement which includes a large number of workers and the urban and rural poor.

In addition to providing a venue for Filipinos to denounce the blatant betrayal of democracy, the September 7 mobilization also wants to demonstrate that there is a very large anti-trapo and anti-elite rule constituency in the country. (See Declaration of September 7 Movement). The S7 Movement charged that the system of elite rule has deeply eroded our democracy and promoted questionable neo-liberal economic policies that have created mass poverty in our country. This elite rule has also fostered a culture of corruption that is destroying the moral fabric of the nation.

The S7 Movement also emphasizes that change in societal structures must be accompanied by deep change in the hearts and minds of Filipinos. People make up institutions. If these people have dirty hearts and minds, they will create flawed and oppressive institutions. Beneath the problem of elite rule and unjust structures lurks a moral and spiritual crisis. SJ Movement advocates the simultaneously pursuit of inner and systemic change to create a better country.

The S7 Movement is composed of 5 large movements who have decided to come together. These include Akbayan, Fildem, KME, KPD, and PAG-ASA.