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Rage and fight for those who have no fight left in them -- because they are too hungry, too tired, too afraid, too defeated. The aim of this fundraiser is to be able to give to each of the farmers what has been stolen from them by the Cojuancos: the ability to dream and make those dreams happen.
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I looI look at this photo and I don’t know about you but what I see is a bunch of human beings. I bet you do too. I don’t see them any different from me. Apparently not so with the Cojuangcos of Hacienda Luisita who recruited them from far off Mindanao with the promise of work that would pay them 500 bucks a day. An enticing pay that hundreds of them walked in to the trap and left their families last November. When the dust had settled, the highest they were paid was 160 pesos a WEEK. Often it went down to as low as 40 pesos a week. And they were woken up at 2 or 3 am and in the dark, start the backbreaking work of harvesting sugar cane--- where they were paid by the tons of sugar cane they could harvest instead of by the day as they were promised. Among them, MINORS AND SENIORS! And the food they were fed was rotten, unedible and rice that they were charged at 6,000 Php per sack. And as icing to all that cake: verbal and physical abuse heaped on them day in, day out. These gentle, innocent indigenous people: Lumads, Blaans, Manobos, T’Bolis. As a kid I loved reading stories about slavery in the US. I just had no idea this shit still existed under our very noses. Labor and Criminal case has been filed against Hacienda Luisita and the cohort. Our farmers need to be helped. This is all they ask: money to buy seeds and fertilizer. The aim of this fundraiser is to be able to give to each of the farmers what has been stolen from them by the Cojuangcos: the ability to dream and make those dreams happen. They need source of income while pursuing their cases. Needless to say, there will be a clear and transparent accounting of all funds entrusted to Pia Castro and Ricky Medenilla. DSWD will guide our farmers—as will DAR and DA and Ricky and Pia and other private citizens and NGOs. When government is joined by an involved citizenry, CHANGE happens. Maraming salamat, mga kababayan ko sa pagkakapit-bisig nyo sa amin nila Pia para sa mga kapatid nating nangangailangan ng tulong natin ngayon. Dahan-dahan, tulong-tulong. *Asec Lorraine FB Post
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