Beginning last April, indigenous community leaders from the Philippines started a historical tour around the United States called Lakbay Lumad USA, or Lumad Journey USA. This speaking tour aims to bring light to the struggles of indigenous people in Mindanao – collectively known as Lumad – against militarization, forced migration, and plunder. The tour is the highlight of the “Stop Lumad Killings. Save Our Schools. Protect Indigenous Life” campaign of the ICHRP-US Network, which seeks to educate the American public on the importance of struggling alongside the Lumad people in their journey for peace with justice.
Having toured Washington DC, the Midwest, and West Coast, these leaders will conclude their tour in the New York and New Jersey area from May 17 to 24. Please join us and the Lumad for the following events as part of Lakbay Lumad USA: The Continuing Journey of Mindanao’s Indigenous Peoples for Peace with Justice.
Thursday, May 19th: Land is Life
Come hear indigenous people from the Philippines share their stories of defending their land from mining and agri-business exploitation. RSVP on Facebook.
Saturday, May 21st: Interactive Human Rights Forum
Join us in this rare opportunity to bear witness to the plight and resilience of the Lumad. RSVP on Facebook
Support Lakbay Lumad USA
Help us spread the word! Please follow the speaking tour’s Facebook page and use the hashtags #LakbayLumadUSA, #StopLumadKillings, and #SaveOurSchools.
If you or your organization would like to formally endorse the tour, please direct any inquiries to Jessica Tulloch of Lakbay Lumad USA at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lakbay Lumad USA speaking tour is made possible by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines and your generous contributions. Donations can be made through the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns.