Thursday, May 25, 2006

Tango Muno Bago Mag-Cha Cha

Although the Black Friday Protests have ceased for now, our advocacy against this repressive regime continues on other fronts. The Black & White Movement is clearly against Gloria's version of Cha Cha and her illegal "people's initiative". In this regard, we staged another, peaceful, non-violent action recently called "Tango Bago Cha Cha" (Tanggalin Si Gloria Bago Cha Cha) in front of the COMELEC building in Intramuros. This time we applied for, and received a permit to perform our dance number.



After the usual negotiation that precedes a protest action, and this time with the help of the Manila police, we got to do our STOP Cha Cha Tango. We were eventually joined by a few COMELEC employees that whispered words of support in our ears. Some went as far as saying their bosses were giving the lot of them a bad name and should be replaced sooner than later to ensure clean, honestly managed elections. We continue to work toward making that dream a reality.


Thursday, May 04, 2006

Black Friday Bulletin #9 - Victory Celebration for the Black Friday Protest

Yesterday, the Supreme Court yet again rebuked the GMA administration when it ruled unconstitutional the warrantless arrest of protesters, the forcible breakup of rallies, and the illegal raid of the Tribune under cover of PP 1017.

This reaffirms what we have been saying all along - that GMA's continuing and escalating acts of repression are illegal.

You will recall that this movement was birthed on March 1 and was named Black Friday protest to mourn the death of democracy as symbolized by the declaration of PP 1017 last February 24 - a dark Friday in the history of our nation. With the trashing of EO 464, CPR, and now - PP 1017 by the Supreme Court, the objects of protest of this movement have now been effectively vanquished. And the Black Friday protest movement has outlived its purpose.

We declare victory!

Next Friday (May 12), we invite everyone who has participated in at least one Black Friday protest activity to join us in our victory celebration (details will be announced in a separate email). We will formally close the Black Friday Protest Movement.

But the fight goes on.

In the same forum, we will announce Black and White Movement's planned protest actions against GMA's ChaCha, whether through ConAss or through an illegitimate "people's initiative". We will also present our plans to promote the call for snap elections. We will not stop until truth and justice once again prevail upon this nation.

Patalsikin na! Now na!

God bless,

enteng

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Black Friday Bulletin # 8 - Pre-Labor Day Friday Protest for April 28

Pre-Labor Day Black Friday Protest

Designated time and place of flash protest for April 28:
Your own offices and factories - 8 am to 5 pm

This Friday is the last working day prior to the celebration of Labor Day. Let's show our continuing protest against the continuing illegal stay of GMA in the Palace by wearing black in our own respective workplaces.

Plan of action:

1) Wear BLACK, preferably the "Patalsikin Na! NOW NA!" T-shirts. (Visit www.BlackFridayProtest.blogspot.com to see where you can order them)

2) If you are the business owner or manager of a business unit and your office policy allows it, request your people to wear black this Friday.

3) If you can, take a group picture of all of your officemates wearing black posing and doing the "Patalsikin" sign. Select a background that will identify your company and/or factory. Do it during break time and make sure you do not violate any company regulations.

4) Email pictures to info@BlacknWhite-movement.com so we can post it at our blogsite.

5) Since it's also Friday payday, you may want to "gimik" with your officemates. It's always good to see a group of people wearing black walking in the mall or watching the movies. Take pictures as well.

Forward this message to as many friends, relatives, colleagues, and egroups. I've also included below a brief description of the Black Friday Protest Movement, so those receiving your forwarded mail and hearing this for the first time will understand what we're trying to accomplish.

Let's paint our offices and factories BLACK this Friday.

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BLACK FRIDAY - A NEW FORM OF PROTEST

The Black Friday Protest Movement was launched by eLagda on March 1 to give professionals, students, businessmen, and other sectors a venue to express their protest against the continuing and escalating acts of repression of the GMA administration as manifested in its series of proclamations – CPR, EO 464, and PP 1017 – all designed to curtail basic rights and oppress the people. Even after PP1017 has been lifted, the repressive measures continue.

Patterned after the flash mob concept, the Black Friday Protest calls on people to gather at a designated time and place every Friday wearing a black attire as a symbol of protest. There will be no programs or speeches. Instead, people will be given specific instructions on what to do, and the whole exercise should last about 30 minutes at most. It's safe, non-confrontational, and within the bounds of the law, even under a repressive one like PP 1017. The mere "flash" gathering of the people is the expression of protest.

Where will people get instructions?

Details of the Black Friday Protest action for the week will be published at its blogsite – www.BlackFridayProtest.blogspot.com every Wednesday evening. Those who would like to receive instructions directly can also subscribe to the movement's bulletin service by sending a blank email to BlackFridayProtest-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Black Friday Bulletin #7 - Earth Day Friday Protest for April 21

Theme:
Huwag Babuyin ang Kalikasan. Huwag Babuyin ang Demokrasya.
Say NO to PIG (People's Initiative ni Gloria)!


Designated time and place of flash protest for April 21:
Pasig Riverbank (along JP Rizal near Makati Park and Garden) - 5:30 to 6:30 PM

HOW TO GET THERE:

Exact Location is Pasig Riverbank, along J.P. Rizal Ext., Bgy. Cembo, Makati City.
(note: It is near but outside of Makati Park and Garden and beside the old ferry station)

Landmarks: Across it are Guadalupe Arcadia Square where Mercury Drugstore and Banco San Juan are located (This is where you can park your cars); BLISS Housing and Chapel of Charity of St. John Mary Vianney Parish.

Facing it across the river on the Mandaluyong side are the candy-colored Gawad Kalinga houses.

Where to pass: Coming from Makati along EDSA, turn right after Guadalupe Mall before the bridge; alternate route is Lawton Avenue (street across Kalayaan exit from Fort Bonifacio) and turn left when you hit J.P. Rizal.

Plan of action:

1) Wear BLACK, preferably the "Patalsikin Na! NOW NA!" T-shirts. (Visit www.BlackFridayProtest.blogspot.com to see where you can order them)

2) Bring candles.

3) Assemble at Makati Park and Garden (see instructions above on how to get there) between 5:00 to 5:15 PM.

4) When the cue is given, march towards the old ferry station. Some of the leaders will go down to board a waiting banca that will bring them towards the middle of the river. They will lay down candles placed in cut banana trunks to allow them to float. Those who will stay by the river bank will also lay down floating lit candles.

5) The activity is called "Ilaw sa DalamPASIGan, Linawan ang Isipan ng Taga-Malacanang". The general idea is to let the candles float along Pasig until it reaches Malacanang.

6) After the candle floating activity, everyone should assemble along the river bank.

7) On cue, everybody should line up along the sidewalk, facing the street and then do the "Patalsikin" sign. Of course, someone should be taking the picture.

8) Disperse quietly.

Suggested preparations:
1) Invite as many friends, or officemates, as you can.
2) Make sure that you bring candles.
3) If you're coming from the same office, arrange for carpooling.
4) If you own the business, or if you're a manager of a business unit, invite your employees or your subordinates to join you.
5) If you're outside of the Philippines, and there are enough of you to organize a protest action, you can do the a similar activity or design your own protest action. Inform your local media about the event. Don't forget to take pictures and email to info@blacknwhite-movement.com.
6) If you're outside of Metro Manila, and there are enough of you to organize a protest action, select a public place like a park where you can do the same action. Send us pictures, as well.

Important reminders:
1) This is a SILENT PROTEST, not a rally. Please do not shout, sing, pass leaflets, or do anything to disrupt the traffic along JP Rizal.

2) Bring your cameras. The highlight of the protest action is the floating of candles at the Pasig river and the group's "patalsikin" pose. Let's document them with pictures.

Let's paint the Pasig Riverbank BLACK on Friday.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

In Honor of the Thai People

The Thai Embassy had already closed for the day, but we were undeterred. We decided to visit unannounced anyway, so we met up at a nearby KFC, pleased to find Little John, our three year mascot, already there with his folks. We brought yellow flowers and yellow balloons. Our friends in media were in the area as well, probably grateful that we didn't choose a time too early in the afternoon, it was so warm. And so we crossed the street and made towards the Embassy on Rada, noticing a small contingent of police that kept a respectful distance.

We walked over, everyone in jovial mood. We were happy to find a flower box right under the Royal Thai emblem, and so we offered our flowers and balloons, planting them among the greens. Then Enteng read our statement to the Thai people:

We, the Convenors and Members of the Black & White Movement, wish to commend the peaceful people of Thailand that are, to this day, courageously defending democracy and struggling non-violently for responsible government through serene protest. The Thai people have become an inspiration to us, for they have taken the Filipino contribution to the world, People Power, and have used it wisely, compelling their government to take careful heed.

The use of the imperial color yellow as the Thai color of protest reminds us of the way we used it as our inspiration in 1986 to unseat a dictator and bring an end to the stifling of our freedoms through martial rule, giving historic birth to People Power.

The Filipino people are in the midst of another great effort to cause positive change within ourselves and our government. Our movement hopes to achieve this through non-violence and the exercise of our basic freedoms. And so we take heart and courage from the freedom-loving spirit of the Thai people to continue our fight for just, honest governance and accountable leadership.

Khob khun khon Thai!
Mabuhay ang Kalayaan!


After the usual lining up to make our "patalsikin", or in this case, the "paTHAKSINin" sign, we were pleased to find out that there was indeed an Embassy official still at work, he had come outside to see what the lighthearted fuss was all about. Enteng took the opportunity to present a copy of our statement to him, it was addressed to Amb. Asha Dvitiyananda. Then we all began our peaceful dispersal, looking forward to a quiet weekend.






Thursday, April 06, 2006

Black Friday Bulletin # 6 - Pa-THAKSINin Na. Now Na! : Protest Action for April 7

Pa-THAKSINin Na. Now Na! FRIDAY PROTEST

Designated time and place of flash protest for April 7:
In front of the Thai Embassy (along Rada St., Legaspi Village, Makati) - 5:30 to 6:15 PM

We commend the Thai people for the peaceful resolution of their political crisis. We congratulate the People's Alliance for Democracy for leading a sustained protest action modeled after our very own people power which pressured Thaksin to call for a snap election. And we commend Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra for heeding the true sentiment of the people as reflected in the results of the snap election, putting the interest of the nation above his own personal interest, and offering to resign his post for the sake of unity and the future of the nation.

We will offer flowers at the Thai embassy to express our support for them. At the same time, we call upon our leaders and our people to come together and follow the example of Thailand. Pa-THAKSINin Na. Now Na!

Plan of action:
1) Wear BLACK, preferably the "Patalsikin Na! NOW NA!" T-shirts. (Visit http://www.blackfridayprotest.blogspot.com/ to see where you can order them)

2) Bring yellow flowers.

3) Assemble at any location, probably a cafe, or a parking lot, near Rada St. Legaspi Village, Makati, between 5:00 to 5:15 PM.

4) March towards Rada St. in front of the Thai embassy and target to be there by 5:30 PM.

5) Wait until all of the different groups have converged in front of the Thai embassy.

6) When the cue is given, everyone should lay down the flowers at the sidewalk right in front of the Thai embassy.

7) On cue, everybody should line up along the sidewalk, facing the street and then do the "Patalsikin" sign. Of course, someone should be taking the picture.

8) Disperse quietly.

Suggested preparations:
1) Invite as many friends, or officemates, as you can.
2) Make sure that you bring flowers.
3) Agree on the exact location near Rada St. where you will meet to assemble. If you're coming from the same office, arrange for carpooling.
4) If you own the business, or if you're a manager of a business unit, invite your employees or your subordinates to join you.
5) If you're outside of the Philippines, and there are enough of you to organize a protest action, you can do the same action in front of the Thai embassy. Secure a permit, if your host country requires it. Inform your local media about the event. Don't forget to take pictures and email to info@blacknwhite-movement.com or helga1957@gmail.com.
6) If you're outside of Metro Manila, and there are enough of you to organize a protest action, select a public place like a park where you can do the same action. Send us pictures, as well.

Important reminders:
1) This is a SILENT PROTEST, not a rally. Please do not shout, sing, pass leaflets, or do anything to disturb the people and businesses along Rada St.
2) Bring your cameras. The highlight of the protest action is the laying down of flowers in front of the Thai embassy and the group's "patalsikin" pose. Let's document them with pictures.

Forward this message to as many friends, relatives, colleagues, and egroups. I've also included below a brief description of the Black Friday Protest Movement, so those receiving your forwarded mail and hearing this for the first time will understand what we're trying to accomplish.

Let's paint the Thai Embassy BLACK on Friday.

God bless,

enteng
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BLACK FRIDAY - A NEW FORM OF PROTEST

The Black Friday Protest Movement was launched by eLagda on March 1 to give professionals, students, businessmen, and other sectors a venue to express their protest against the continuing and escalating acts of repression of the GMA administration as manifested in its series of proclamations – CPR, EO 464, and PP 1017 – all designed to curtail basic rights and oppress the people. Even after PP1017 has been lifted, the repressive measures continue.

Patterned after the flash mob concept, the Black Friday Protest calls on people to gather at a designated time and place every Friday wearing a black attire as a symbol of protest. There will be no programs or speeches. Instead, people will be given specific instructions on what to do, and the whole exercise should last about 30 minutes at most. It’s safe, non-confrontational, and within the bounds of the law, even under a repressive one like PP 1017. The mere “flash” gathering of the people is the expression of protest.

Where will people get instructions?

Details of the Black Friday Protest action for the week will be published at its blogsite – www.BlackFridayProtest.blogspot.com every Wednesday evening. Those who would like to receive instructions directly can also subscribe to the movement’s bulletin service by sending a blank email to BlackFridayProtest-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A Jolli Black Friday



Our latest Black Friday Protest was celebrated at three Jollibee locations - Makati Avenue, St. Francis Square, and Katipunan. Instead of the usual early evening time frame, we chose to meet early in the morning for a change. That made it possible for our friends to bring their families, as did some members of the media.



To the credit of Jollibee Corporation, the staff at all three places never put up a fuss, even if we didn't bother giving them a heads up on our plans. They didn't stop the media from doing interviews of either protesters or restaurant patrons.



The regular patrons did not seem bothered by our presence at any of the locations. Some of them came up to engage us in conversation, many were very sympathetic to our cause. Unlike some of the comments made on this blog and our sister blog, blackfridayprotest,no one said we were bothering them. Some offered some pretty good suggestions for future Black Friday Protests, and other ideas on how to rid ourselves of the Gloria scourge.



And so, with our hunger satisfied by Jollibee breakfast fare, we stood outside and took our pictures while flashing the "patalksikin" sign, leaving as peacefully as we arrived.