On Occupy Wall Street Movement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Thursday, 03 November 2011 20:43

‘Product of despair and disgust’ with system favoring greedy few

[This was published in the Letter to the Editor, Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 2, 2011]


Although it’s been criticized as a movement that has no clear demands, the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement (including its replications in other countries) is clearly anti-capitalist. It is focused against corporate greed and the social injustice perpetrated by a system dominated by a mere 1 percent of the population.


The movement has been slow in coming, but it has been a product of generations of despair and disgust with the system that favors only a few and oppresses the many.  In a way, the movement has deeper social content and impact compared to the anti-war and anti-globalization actions. By not having a fixed single demand, it is not constrained by the pragmatic limits of single-issue campaigning.  The movement encompasses a broad range of issues that represent both urgent laments against what is perceived as an unjust capitalist system.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 November 2011 10:01
Population and the Environment Wrong Diagnosis, Wrong Solutions PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 11:29
According to the United Nations the world’s population reached 7 billion people in October. This has produced a wave of articles and opinion pieces blaming the world’s environmental crises on overpopulation. In New York’s Times Square, a huge and expensive video declares that “human overpopulation is driving species extinct.” In London’s busiest Underground stations, electronic poster boards warn that 7 billion is ecologically unsustainable.

However, there are some basic facts that must be acknowledged. No reduction in the global population would have prevented BP from poisoning the Gulf of Mexico last year, or prevented Shell’s massive destruction of ecosystems in the Niger River delta, or the immeasurable damage that Chevron has caused to rainforests in Ecuador.

While universal access to reproductive health services, including birth control, is a fundamental human right, it would not have prevented the poisoning of the people and water on Marinduque Island by the Australian mining company Marcopper. Neither would it prevent the heavy metal contamination and poisoning of the fish in Laguna Lake – a major industry controlled by powerful politicians and fish cage operators -- and the health risks to some 1.5 million people living in and around the lake basin.
Occupy Symbols of Corporate Greed! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 19:10

The Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), together with transport and urban poor organizations, has started its campaign to occupy various symbols of corporate greed in Metro Manila on October 21. We are starting with the Big Three multinational oil companies which have raked in super profits week after week while motorists and ordinary people suffer in escalating prices and intense poverty. The three top firms are Petron, Shell and Caltex.

We consider corporate greed as one of the main reasons contributing to the poverty of millions of people in the Philippines and in the world. Corporate greed is signified in the case of the Big 3 oil companies whose profits have increased by more than six times since 2001 as the per liter prices of petroleum products almost tripled in the same period.

We join the transport sector and various urban groups in the country in protesting the weekly increase of gasoline prices which also lead to spiraling prices of basic commodities. The Big 3 oil companies have been involved in the cartelization of the industry, and the overpricing and manipulation of prices of its oil products.

We also join the hundreds of thousands who are participating in the global Occupy movement against corporate greed in many parts of the world, specifically the Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States which has started the global occupy action. The Occupy action symbolizes the struggle of the 99% against the greedy, profit-seeking 1% in society. In the Philippines alone in the last decade, the net worth of the five richest families has increased 72.5% to over P387 billion ($9 billion), while a worker on the minimum wage earned only around P86,000 ($2000) per year.

We vow to continue our actions in order that social justice be attained by the majority of the population who have long been exploited and oppressed by the mere 1% of the population who holds so much wealth and power and perpetrates the gross social inequality in our society today.



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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 November 2011 11:14
Ang Masa October Issue PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 October 2011 16:43


The October Issue of Ang Masa is now available.

DOWNLOAD your Copies Here!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 November 2011 11:28
Ano ang Sosyalismo (Text Only) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 October 2011 12:59


PDF copy of Ano ang Sosyalismo (Text Only) is now available for Download.

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 October 2011 11:19
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A new party is born. A party for our times.

A party of Change! A party of Socialism!

“Pare-pareho lamang silang trapo!
Mangungurakot na naman yan!
Bobolahin na naman nila tayo!”

Sounds really familiar. We have heard this expression from people of all walks of life time and again. An automatic response, when one is asked about a certain politician or politicians in general.

For decades, generations of politicians from the same clan and some new ones have been deceiving the masses. Every election for them has been an opportunity to make more promises. And after every election, all these remain just that – promises.




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