People’s Cultural Caravan for Land, Justice & Peace
12th Year Commemoration of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre
November 14-16, 2016
You and/or your organization may participate in the scheduled activities or initiate events (forum, film viewing, ecumenical service, exhibit, cultural night, solidarity gathering, fund-raising, etc.) to support the campaign.
November 16 is marked every year as National Day of Protest of Farmworkers and Agricultural Workers and International Day of Action Against Trade Union Repression. On this day 12 years ago, seven protesters were killed and hundreds of others were seriously injured in the state’s violent dispersal of the massive sugar workers’ strike in Hacienda Luisita.
Twelve years after the Hacienda Luisita massacre, the victims continue to seek justice. Farmworkers assert their land rights through the BUNGKALAN land cultivation campaign and by forging wider cooperation and collective effort among their ranks. Luisita farmers continue to fight for land and life.
The resumption of peace talks, between the Duterte administration and the National Democratic Front (NDF), also brings hope to Luisita farmers. The talks could positively address the roots of armed conflict and put an end to the scourge of state violence in peasant communities such as Hacienda Luisita –militarization, political killings and various rights violations all in the name of “counter-insurgency.”
For the 12th anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita massacre, farmworkers and their supporters will launch a 3-day Cultural Caravan to rekindle the lessons of the historic People’s Strike. Inspired by the militant tradition of sugar workers in Escalante, Negros Occidental, a theatrical reenactment of the Luisita Massacre will also be mounted to impart mass-oriented values and principles, and to memorialize the sacrifice of Luisita’s martyrs in the struggle for land and justice. Farmworkers must continue to strengthen their unity for genuine land reform, and forge broader solidarity with various sectors such as church people, the academe, agricultural experts, professionals, artists, writers and cultural workers. The youth must carry forward this decades-long struggle by planting the seeds of change for the next generation of Luisita farmers.
The Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang-Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA) and Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) will lead these activities with various militant people’s organizations such as the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and Luisita Watch, a broad network of supporters of the farmers’struggle for land and justice.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
CARAVAN FROM QUEZON CITY TO TARLAC CITY
Assembly Point Dept. of Agrarian Reform (DAR) QC
Target Stops with Short Program and Cultural Presentations:
NOLCOM (San Miguel, Tarlac City)
CONCERT FOR LAND JUSTICE & PEACE
Maria Cristina Plaza, Tarlac City
CARAVAN FROM TARLAC CITY TO HACIENDA LUISITA
Land Preparation & Tree Planting in different Luisita barangays
Interaction with Luisita farmers
12th ANNIVERSARY OF THE HACIENDA LUISITA MASSACRE
#RememberLuisita SOCIAL MEDIA ACTION DAY
MARCH TO GATE 1, CENTRAL AZUCARERA DE TARLAC
THEATRICAL REENACTMENT OF THE LUISITA MASSACRE