The people of Mindanao are asking for your solidarity and support.
Incessant attacks on Mindanao’s schools, communities, and people have spawned massive human rights violations. The brutal killings at the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (Alcadev) in Surigao del Sur demonstrate this reality in Mindanao today.
Various Mindanao-wide and regional people’s organizations have come together to hold the MANILAKBAYAN NG MINDANAO 2015 from October 19-November 20, 2015 with the callStop the Attacks on Our Schools, Communities and People! Support the People’s Resistance to Militarization and Plunder in MindaNOW!
Manilakbayan ng Mindanao is a people’s caravan and mobilization from the rural communities of Mindanao to the heart of Manila to seek immediate action on the killings of Lumad in the name of militarization and plunder by big mining and plantations.
We are inviting you to be one with us in the MANILAKBAYAN NG MINDANAO 2015.
Download Manilakbayan ng Mindanao 2015 brochure here.
Stop the attacks on our schools, communities and people.
Indigenous community schools in Mindanao have been targeted for closure, encampment, villification, and harrasments. These schools have been initiated by Lumad community organizations, with assistance from non-government organizations and support groups, in response to the need to address high illiteracy rates in rural areas.
On September 1, 2015, we were all enraged by the killings of a Lumad School head and two indigenous leaders at the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV).
Since April 2015, Lumad children of Talaingod in Souther Mindanao have been holding classes in na evacuation center after their schools were ordered closed and after soldiers have encamped in their communities.
The same experience of attacks prevails among Manobo, Banwaon, and Mamanwa children in Caraga; Blaan and Tboli children in Socksargen region, and Higaonon and Manobo children in Northern Mindanao.
Militarization of communities has led to forcible evacuations of Lumads. Their livelihood has been disrupted. Community infrastructure like clinics, schools, collective farms have been destroyed.
Using the classic divide-and-rule approach, the AFP organized, armed, and trained indigenous paramilitias to fight against their kin.
Today, some 3,000 Manobos are cramped in an evacuation center in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur; 700 Manobos and Matigsalogs have been staying in UCCP Haran in Davao City since February this year; while 200 Higaonons and Talaandigs are now in temporary shelters in Malaybalay, Bukidnon.
School director Emerito Samarca and indigenous leaders Dionel Campos and Bello Sinzo were brutally killed inside a Lumad community school campus in Surigao del Sur on September 1 this year.
This and other gruesome killings, massacres, and enforced disappearances demonstrate the state of impunity in Mindanao today.
Advocates against big mining, plantations, and other extractive projects, as well as teachers and students, have been lodged with fabricated criminal suits. They are facing threats to their lives.
Several of those who find their names in the AFP's "order of battle hit list" have become victims of summary executions.
JOIN MANILAKBAYAN NG MINDANAO ACTIVITIES
- Salubungan ng Manilakbayan at Mendiola I October 26
- Kampuhan ng Manilakbayan I October 26-November 20
- Dialogue Tents, Museo Lumad, Cultural Interactions, CineManilakbayan, etc
- Mindanao Human Rights Summit I November 12
- Walk with the Lumad of Mindanao for Human Rights & Peace I November 13
- Rice/meal donations
- Cash donations
- Bottled water
- School supplies
- Foster homes
- Health services
- Petition signing
- Fund raisers
ABOUT MANILAKBAYAN NG MINDANAO
(Journey to Manila) is a Mindanao Peoples’ Mobilization for the Defense of Land, the Environment, and Human Rights that brings voices of concern on mining-affected communities and the attacks on environment defenders. Against these threats to land and life, Mindanao peoples – Lumads, Moro and settlers – continue the valiant commitment to defend the environment and national patrimony, resisting Goliaths of plunder and terror driven by corporate mining.