Category: Filipino migrant workers

Legal Trafficking is The Philippines’ Labor Export Policy

Forced migration puts hundreds of migrant workers to Louisiana to work long hours without fair wages and indentured servitude. Their living conditions are cramped in substandard facilities. They are kept from the passports and freedom of mobility, therefore kept from their family. This has got to be a scene out of Django. Nope. Its about Filipino migrant workers working at an oil barge in … Read More Legal Trafficking is The Philippines’ Labor Export Policy

http://www.interaksyon.com/article/33424/aquino-signs-ilo-convention-to-protect-domestic-workers-rights “The committee is chaired by Sen. Loren Legarda. We must act fast if we want the Philippines to be the second state party of the ILO to ratify the convention, next to Uruguay, (although Uruguay has not deposited yet the ratification instrument with the ILO) … The convention requires at least two ratifications to enter into force,” Sana said. … The new ILO … Read More

CARE Project Launch

SAVE THE DATE!!! Caregiver Research (CARE) Project Launch  Wednesday APRIL 4, 2012 6pm-8pm 35 San Juan Ave. SF CA 94112 (Old FCC Space) Join the Filipino Community Center (FCC) to launch The CARE Project! Filipino caregivers, youth, students and community members have completed an intensive research training to conduct research on the conditions of Filipino caregivers in the San Francisco/ Bay Area.  Join us … Read More CARE Project Launch

Domestic Workers Look to Extend Gains

A great, quick read on domestic workers’ legislative struggle. === Domestic Workers Look to Extend Gains By Matthew Cunningham-Cook Labor Notes March 13, 2012 http://labornotes.org/2012/03/domestic-workers-look-extend-gains For 76 years domestic workers have been excluded from federal labor law – from overtime and safety and health protections in addition to collective bargaining rights. The exclusion was no accident. When Congress debated the National Labor Relations Act … Read More Domestic Workers Look to Extend Gains

Me, my dissertation at USF

Talk of technology was in every interview, group interview, gathering, observation (you name it) of my dissertation. It was really awesome to see how Filipino women in the middle of their life course, women who didn’t grow up with computers much less knew how to do work on one, pushed themselves to learn new technologies to keep their families together. This talk is about … Read More Me, my dissertation at USF

Who Cares for Caregivers?

One Sunday afternoon when I was 15 years old, I went to visit my father who was working as a caregiver. He was a live-in caregiver with 5 elderly patients, one of them non-ambulatory. He worked 6 days a week, and because he lived in the facility, I can only imagine, he worked 24 hours a day. He’d been in the US for over … Read More Who Cares for Caregivers?

What’s so Super About Being a Maid? The Philippine’s Supermaid Program and Women’s False Empowerment

The erstwhile president of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, launched a domestic worker training program called, the “Supermaid” (or “Supernanny”) Program in 2006 to increase the professionalization of Filipino women leaving the country as domestics. The program teaches Filipino women things like seven ways to cook eggs or how to change a diaper with speed and precision. The Supermaid Program prides itself with shipping … Read More What’s so Super About Being a Maid? The Philippine’s Supermaid Program and Women’s False Empowerment

Buhay Migrante, Isang Tula

My favorite poet, Melanie Dulfo, wrote a poem called, Buhay Migrante, Isang Tula, and it is awesome. For my Tagalog speakers and readers, here you are.

Diwang Pinay

Sunday, March 6, 2011 – 2pm matinee and 7pm and March 13, 2011 – 2pm matinee and 7pm DIWANG PINAY: Kasaysayan sa Likod ng Babaeng Manggagawa The Story Behind the Woman Worker Hunter College-Lang Recital Hall http://WWW.FIRENYC.ORG Hunter College-Lang Recital Hall 695 Park Ave. New York, NY.10065 Buy your tickets now!!! https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/148331 Since February 2010, a group of Filipino women across generations, both age … Read More Diwang Pinay

English Only Never Works

Nurses in central California have sued and won a case against English-Only discrimination in their workplace. In the Center for Place, Culture and Politics seminar a few weeks ago, Bill Fletcher, came in and spoke about how racism in the US is inherently tied into American foreign policy and thus American immigration policy. And I, like most of the seminar’s participants, agreed with him. … Read More English Only Never Works

Migrante International

If you are or you know anyone that is a migrant and is in need of help, please go to Migrante International’s new online complaint form: http://migranteinternational.org/?page_id=1187t

Making Cake

A cake is hard to make. It is a calculated science of measurement and timing. That’s why I’ve never baked one, at least from scratch. But making cake has another meaning, in hip hop, it means to make lettuce, cheddar, skrella…money. This is also a science. It is also a calculated science of measurement and timing. Both for workers and employers, nation-states and capital. … Read More Making Cake